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I spent four years in the United States Air Force as an air policeman. After honorable discharge I attanded Bakersfield College (AA Degree) and transferred to San Francisco State (BA Degree). While i was in college I worked as a bail bondsman. After graduation i worked as an insurance adjuster for one year and the as a private investigator in San Francisco. In 1969 i returned to Bakersfield and worked as a juvenile probation officer for 1 1/2 years. I then started my own private investigation practice and started commuting to Glendale to attend law school. I graduated with a JD in 1974, passed the bar and started practicing law in Bakersfield, in the areas of crimnal defense, personal injury and workers compensation. In the criminal area i tired traffic tickets to death penalty. Many of these wer high profile and complicated. I was also trying personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and products liabilty cases. I have tried approximately 300 jury trials during my career. I taught law school at Pacific College of Law for three years in Torts.

I now practice with my wife Kathleen and son Matthew. We represent people in personal injury, brain injuries and wrongful death.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    42 years
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
    42 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
    42 years

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Faulkner Law Offices

1825 18th Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93301-4308


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial LawyerFaulkner Law Offices1974 - Present
ProfessorPacific College of Law1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Kern County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Independent Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Independent Lawyers AssociationPresident1995 - 1995
Kern County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1988 - 1989
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard Member1987 - 1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Glendale University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
San Francisco State UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1966
Bakersfield CollegeN/AA.A1964