New Years is a time for celebration and laughter with friends and family. We celebrate entering into a new year. Nobody anticipates the tragedies that can come in future. I am sure that many that joined a nice employee get-together at Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, and Harrison did not anticipate.
On Friday December 29th, 2017, Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, and Harrison were having a work holiday party when a former irate employee came in letting off rounds of ammunition. The shooter was named as John A. Mendoza, a former partner at this Long Beach, CA personal injury law firm who practiced workers’ compensation law. According to reports, Mendoza had either been fired that same day or earlier in the week and return to the work holiday party with a gun and started firing.
Mendoza told all lower-level staff members to leave the building before he started firing at senior managing partner Major A. Langer and Ronald Beck, who ran day-to-day operations at the firm. Langer was shot in the upper body and died at the scene. Beck was shot in the leg as well as had a bullet graze his stomach. Mendoza shot himself and was found dead at the scene.
The Ben Law Firm would like to extend our condolences to Major Langer’s family, friends, and colleagues during this extremely difficult time.