My first 16 years of practicing were spent at large insurance defense firms, working for the biggest insurance companies in California. I eventually became the managing partner of a firm with 7 offices in California and 55 attorneys. We defended trucking companies, doctors, hospitals and just about every kind of person or entity that was insured and got sued.
In 2002 I switched sides and since then have only represented people injured in accidents or by medical malpractice. Knowing how insurance companies (and their lawyers) think gives me, and my clients, a definite advantage.
Our firm is small and handles cases, whether large or small, like we would like our own matters handled.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1986
I enthusiastically endorse Thomas McDonald on serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Tom is a tireless and passionate advocate on behalf of his clients and uniformly obtains significant results and compensation on his cases.
David Smith Medical Malpractice Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Even though I work in the same area of practice in the local community wanted to provide an endorsement for Mr. McDonnell. I have known Tom for about 15 years, having had a case with Tom when we were both defense lawyers. Tom is a lawyer of high character and integrity, with the practitioner skills and knowledge to match. Would heartily recommend my colleague to anyone looking for an ethical, practical and effective counsel.
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Featured Verdict||Verdict Search||2011|
|Featured Settlement||Verdict Search||2007|
|Partner, Director, Managing Partner||Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day & Lindstrom, Inc.||1995 - 2002|
|Associate, Partner||Fonda & Garrard||1986 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Placer County Bar Association||Judicial evaluations committee||2006 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||N/A||2004 - Present|
|Defense Research Insitute||N/A||1988 - 2000|
|State Bar of California, Litigation Section||N/A||1987 - Present|
|Ericksen, Arbuthnot||Health Care Professional Liability in California||1995|
|University of Oregon School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1986|
|University of California at Los Angeles||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|Annual Meeting of Defense Counsel||Medical Malpractice in California||1996|