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Thomas John McDonnell

Thomas John McDonnell

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice

Thomas McDonnell

About Me

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

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    29 years
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    29 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Michael Scott Shuttleworth

    The excellent results Tom produces for clients are directly related to his high level of skill honed after many years of experience as both a plaintiff's, and defendants', attorney in the area of personal injury and wrongful death claims.


    Michael Shuttleworth Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    I had the distinct pleasure of working with Tom on an typical automobile accident case, where my office did some medical illustrations for the trial. I was amazed that Tom obtained well over a million dollar verdict for his client in the case. Having tried many personal injury case myself, I can strongly attest the result he obtained is exceptional and I would recommend Tom to any client looking for great representation.


    Morgan Smith Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell

13620 Lincoln Way
Suite 310
Auburn, CA, 95603-3263



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Featured VerdictVerdict Search2011
Featured SettlementVerdict Search2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner, Director, Managing PartnerEricksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day & Lindstrom, Inc.1995 - 2002
Associate, PartnerFonda & Garrard1986 - 1995

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Placer County Bar AssociationJudicial evaluations committee2006 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/A2004 - Present
Defense Research InsituteN/A1988 - 2000
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionN/A1987 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
McGinis v. BabikianPlaintiff recieved a jury verdict for $1,384,471.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Ericksen, ArbuthnotHealth Care Professional Liability in California1995

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJuris Doctor1986
University of California at Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Meeting of Defense CounselMedical Malpractice in California1996