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Best Personal Injury Attorneys in California

Lawyer Legion Top Picks for 2024

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2023 for the best criminal defense attorneys in the United States. To rank the top personal injury attorneys, and other lawyers in California, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top personal injury attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished personal injury lawyers currently practicing in California. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing personal injury law (but our list comes close).
Gilbert Lynn Purcell
Personal Injury and Civil Trial Lawyer
Novato, CA
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Bruce A Broillet
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Santa Monica, CA
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John Montevideo
Personal Injury Lawyer
Santa Ana, CA
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Matthew S. McNicholas
Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles, CA
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Monica Justine Burneikis
Personal Injury Lawyer
Alameda, CA
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Craig Rene McClellan
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
San Diego, CA
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William Shapiro
Personal Injury Lawyer
San Bernardino, CA
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Andrew Charles Schwartz
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer
Walnut Creek, CA
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Brian Doster Chase
Personal Injury and Products Liability Lawyer
Newport Beach, CA
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Edward Albert Smith
Personal Injury Lawyer
Sacramento, CA
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Ingrid Maria Evans
Personal Injury Lawyer
San Francisco, CA
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John Philip Blumberg
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer
Long Beach, CA
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Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Association for Justice (AAJ) - The American Association for Justice is a nonprofit association of lawyers who represent the interests of plaintiffs. The AAJ advocates for fair access to the civil court system. The AAJ strives to promote a fair and effective justice system and support attorneys in their efforts to ensure that persons injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice. Attorneys represent those in personal injury cases and other civil matters.
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - ABOTA is an invitation-only, national association of trial lawyers and judges advocating for the preservation of the 7th amendment right to a civil jury trial. Membership consists of both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Members must have at least 5 years experience as a trial and have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion. Lawyers must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism as outlined by the organization.
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) - The CAOC is a nonprofit professional association for attorneys who focus on personal injury, wrongful death, and product safety. Founded in 1961, the Consumer Attorneys of California is an organization that provides resources and education to lawyers practicing in civil courts throughout California. The CAOC is also an advocacy organization that opposes legislation that would limit access to the civil courts.
Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) - The Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) acts as a representative body for Sacramento Trial Attorneys. Originating in the early 1950s, its primary purpose was to offer insights for Sacramento juries. With time, CCTLA has transformed into a supportive guild for trial advocates and attorneys representing plaintiffs. An affiliate organization of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the CCTLA provides continuing legal education (CLE) and networking opportunities for its members.
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) - The Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) is a nonprofit association of civil trial attorneys in Los Angeles. It is the largest county-level association for plaintiff attorneys in the United States. The CAALA supports its members by providing training, education, and networking opportunities while emphasizing high-quality legal representation and ethical conduct. Through its efforts, the CAALA focuses on defending consumer rights within the civil justice system.
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) - Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) is a professional association dedicated to serving the needs of civil trial lawyers striving for a just and effective legal system. The organization focuses on preserving and elevating the standards of trial advocacy by providing avenues for its members to engage with each other through networking events and community outreach, ensuring they have opportunities to contribute positively to their surroundings.
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) - Established in 1963, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) focuses on providing education and training to civil trial attorneys. Membership in the organization aims to give civil trial lawyers a unified voice in promoting and supporting laws that address injustice and ensure equal access to the civil justice system. The primary mission of OCTLA is to protect the rights of people harmed by wrongful acts through education, resource sharing, and legal advocacy.
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association SFTLA - The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) is an organization of civil trial attorneys dedicated to advancing civil justice through trial advocacy. For over half a century, it has catered to the needs of the plaintiff's legal community throughout the Bay Area. SFTLA's primary mission is to offer innovative and relevant continuing legal education to its members, ensuring they can proficiently serve their clients.

Specialty Certifications in Personal Injury Law

Civil Trial Law Board Certification by the NBTA - The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) offers board certification in Civil Trial Law, covering non-criminal litigation like personal injury and insurance claims. To qualify, an attorney must demonstrate substantial trial involvement, serving as lead counsel in numerous jury cases and participating in over 100 contested testimonial matters, including hearings and depositions. The focus is on actual trial experience and pre-trial dispute handling in various substantive law areas, before both courts and arbitrators.
Truck Accident Law Board Certification by the NBTA - The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) offers a Truck Accident Law specialty certification program to help consumers identify qualified truck accident attorneys through verifiable credentials. This board certification acknowledges the intricate nature of truck accident litigation, emphasizing its distinct complexities. To achieve this certification, an attorney must dedicate a significant portion of their practice to trucking litigation, have hands-on experience in various truck accident cases, and pass a rigorous written exam.
Medical Professional Liability Board Certification by the ABPLA - Attorneys seeking Board Certification in Medical Professional Liability from the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) must meet specific criteria. They must pass the ABPLA's written examination and complete at least 36 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in the specialty within the past three years or meet their State Bar's CLE requirements, whichever is greater. They are also required to provide 10 references, which should include either 5 judges or 5 attorneys practicing in medical malpractice law.

California Government and Court Resources

California Attorney General

California Attorney General - California's Office of the Attorney General was created in 1850. The Attorney General oversees lawyers, officers, investigators, and law enforcement agencies. The responsibilities and duties are detailed in California's Constitution and state government codes. Also, the Officer is the head of the Department of Justice. Under the state Constitution, some of the responsibilities include safeguarding the public from criminals, support criminal investigations, and much more. One of the missions of the Attorney General's Office is to enforce and apply all of California's laws fairly and impartially.

California Judicial Branch

California Judicial Branch - In 1926, the Judicial Branch was created by the constitutional amendment. The power to govern is divided into the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Additionally, the power of the judicial branch is given to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and superior courts. The judicial branch interprets the laws of the State of California, protects the rights of individuals, "provides for the orderly settlement of disputes between parties in controversy," and determines the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating the laws.

California State Legislature

California State Legislature - The California State Assembly is the governing body responsible for making laws and overseeing the state's policies. It is a bicameral institution, comprising the State Assembly, which has 80 members serving two-year terms, and the State Senate, consisting of 40 members with four-year terms. The Legislature convenes to propose, debate, and pass legislation on a wide range of issues, including education, healthcare, transportation, and the state budget. Its primary duties involve crafting and passing laws that shape the governance and well-being of California.

Supreme Court of California

Supreme Court of California - California's Supreme Court is the state's highest court, consisting of one chief justice and six associate justices. The chief justice and the associate justices are appointed or nominated by the Governor. California's Constitution gives the Supreme Court of California jurisdiction in all cases imposing capital punishment within the state. It also has the authority to review decisions by the California Courts of Appeals and by the Public Utilities Commission (Cal. Const., art. VI, ยง 11). The court chooses cases that address legal matters that are significant and relevant in the state.

California Law Enforcement Agencies

California Highway Patrol - The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a law enforcement agency responsible for ensuring safety on the state's highways and freeways. Established in 1929, the CHP serves as the primary agency for traffic enforcement and accident investigation. With a commitment to public service, the CHP promotes traffic safety, responds to emergencies, and offers various programs to educate and engage the community.

California Highway Patrol
601 North 7th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95811

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