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About Me

I came to California to study law at the University of Santa Clara, not realizing I would stay.  After law school, I practiced in San Jose at a medium sized, commercial litigation firm for 3 years, and then moved to Santa Rosa, where I have lived and practiced law since 1990.  I love the wine country, with all of its beauty and culture.  The food and wine are unbeatable.  I feel privileged to practice law and raise a family in an area that is so beautiful.


When I went to law school, I thought I would become a prosecutor of crimes, a District Attorney.  Instead, I fell in love with personal injury work while working as a law clerk for Joe Carcione on the Peninsula.  So now I prosecute personal injury claims.  I love my work!


I have taken many cases to trial, when I've had no choice; but of course more than 95% of my cases do settle without trial.   I believe strongly that potential clients should hire only personal injury attorneys who are willing to try cases, and who have tried cases, preferably to verdict.  My two cents, as they say.


Languages Spoken: French

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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 40%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
    28 years, 200 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Maryclare Lawrence

    I've known Julia as a professional colleague for many years. As a volunteer settlement conference panelist for the courts, I saw her as a litigator, vigorously representing her clients against the insurance companies. Julia is not afraid to take a case to trial, and the insurance companies know it! I refer all of my clients who are injured to Julia for personal injury work. She works hard for her clients and won't back down to insurance strong-arm tactics. Julia is a fighter who also has the wisdom and experience to advise her clients on when and whether they should settle. With Julia, her clients interests ALWAYS come first. I recommend Julia wholeheartedly!! MaryClare Lawrence Estate Planning Attorney


    Maryclare Lawrence Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Parranto & Applegate, LLP

819 Sonoma Avenue.
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Excellence in ArbitrationSonoma County Superior Court1995
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerParranto & Applegate, LLP2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices Of Julia J. Parranto1992 - 2013
Associate AttorneyReed Elliott Creech & Roth1987 - 1990
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/A1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1987 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Briese vs. Tilley$850,000 jury verdict + costs
Odeh vs. Jensen$68,836 jury verdict + costs
Pittman vs. Regents of the University of California$185,000 jury verdict + costs
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SCBA Civil Trial WorkshopClosing Argument2014