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Douglas F. Welebir is the founder of Welebir | Tierney. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from La Sierra College in 1962 and then attended the University of Southern California School of Law where he earned his J.D. degree in 1965.

In 1970, Mr. Welebir began specializing exclusively in plaintiffs' personal injury law and went on to form the predecessor to this firm in 1973. From 1970 to 1974, Mr. Welebir served as the first mayor of the city of Loma Linda, California.

Mr. Welebir served as lead plaintiff's counsel in the Stringfellow Acid Pits Trial case that resulted in a plaintiffs' verdict and ultimately a $110 million settlement for the 4,300 plaintiffs. He has also successfully represented many other clients throughout the State of California with individual settlements and verdicts each in excess of $1 million.

Mr. Welebir's current practice focuses on the representation of individuals and families of those seriously injured or killed by defective products or as a result of motor vehicle, railroad, big-rig truck, motorcycle, aviation or highway design accidents and animal attacks. He is "AV" rated** by Martindale-Hubbell.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 20%
    50 years, 80 cases
  2. Defective Products: 20%
    50 years, 200 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    50 years, 500 cases
  4. Car Accident: 15%
    50 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Jackie Antoinette Abboud

    I endorse Douglas Welebir. He is a highly competent, aggressive and ethical attorney. He is the attorney to whom I refer all personal injury cases.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Welebir | Tierney

2068 Orange Tree Lane Suite 215
Redlands, CA, 92374-4555


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in State of CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2013
Southern Californa Super LawyerPeer Selection2013
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. New & World Report2013
Lawyer of the Year; Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2012
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2012
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2011
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2011
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selected2011
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2010
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2010
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2010
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2009
Featured lawyer & firmCorporateINTL2009
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumInvited Member2009
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2009
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2008
Platinum MemberThe Verdict Club Premier Trial Lawyers2008
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2008
Elected Associate MemberAssociation for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine2008
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2007
Southern California Super LawyersPeer Selection2007
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2006
Million Dollar Advocates ForumInvited Member2006
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPeer Selection2005
Senior CounselThe College of Master Advocates and Barristers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentWelebir Tierney & Weck, APLC2007 - Present
Board of TrusteesLoma Linda University & Loma Linda University Adventist Health Science Center2001 - 2008
Board of Directors1st Centennial Bank1990 - 2009
PresidentWelebir Law Firm (with various names following)1984 - 2007
PresidentWelebir & Brunick, APLC1974 - 1984
N/ALaw Offices of Douglas Welebir1973 - 1974
PartnerGarza, Kassel, Jordan & Welebir, APLC1971 - 1973
MayorCity of Loma Linda, California1970 - 1974
Associate AttorneyGarza & Kassel1970 - 1971
Associate AttorneyKing & Mussell1967 - 1970
Deputy Public DefenderSan Bernardino County Public Defender's Office1967 - 1967
Research Assistant to Justice John KerriganCalifornia Court of Appeals, Dist. 4, Div. 21965 - 1966
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceLawyer Representative2012 - Present
Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Association of European LawyersMember2004 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember2001 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Inns of CourtMaster1998 - Present
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember1997 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesDiplomate1994 - Present
Union Internationale des AvocatsMember1984 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1978 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1970 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1967 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember1967 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1967 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1966 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stringfellow Acid Pits Trial case$110 million settlement for the 4,300 plaintiffs
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, Los AngelesFinanceN/A1967
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1965
La Sierra CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1962
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Medicine & Human RightsHuman Rights and Health Care: The Plight of the Roma2012
Annual Seminar - Association of Southern California Defense CounselPlaintiff's Purpose for Cross-examination2012
56th Annual Congress of the UIA: Dresden, GermanyComparative Legal Systems and Liability of Professionals for Practice Below the Standard of Care2012
Palm Springs SeminarWhat to do When Your Own Client Goes South2011
Palm Springs SeminarArguing Damages2010
Carlson-Reeves Symposium [Annually 2009 to the Present]Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit2009
54th Annual Congress of the UIA: Istanbul, TurkeyGuantanomo Bay and Human Rights2009
54th Annual Congress of the UIA: Istanbul, TurkeyAlternative Dispute Resolution and the Tort Case: Comparative Use Assesment by Jurisdiction2009
53rd Annual Congress of the UIA, Seville, SpainAdvancement of Human Rights and Attacking Intolerance Through Tort Litigation2009
52nd Annual Congress of the UIA, Bucharest, RomaniaChoosing an Expert in Tort Litigation: Dirt Under the Fingernails or Silk Stockings?2008
Two Week Lecture in Comparative Law: St. Petersburg, RussiaLitigation and Dispute Resolution in Claims Against the Pharmaceutical Industry2007
Critical Management of High Risk Disease: Don't Kill Your Patient [Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL; San Diego, CAHow to Avoid Malpractice & Relate to the Legal Community (4 lectures)2007
50th Annual Congress of the UIA, Salvador, Bahia, BrazilPreparation of a Tort Case: From Retainer to Trial2006
American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in TrialCross Examining the Defense Expert2005
49th Annual Congress of the UIA, Fez, MoroccoCreation and Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial2005
48th Annual Congress of the UIA, Geneva, SwitzerlandShould Accountability for Medical Negligence be Reduced?2004
American Inns of CourtThe Perils, Pitfalls & Price of Product Liability Litigation1997
ABA - Toxic Tort LitigationA Plaintiff's View of Toxic Tort Litigation - Common Law Approach1994
From Student to Alumnus (Annually 1986 to present)Steps and Practices for the Avoidance of Medical Negligence1986