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I belong to a family firm that has been in business since 1974. I have been a partner with Faulkner Law Offices since 2001.  I have exceptional experience in personal injury litigation and trial practice including: products liability, brain injury cases, medical device class actions and other significant cases.  I have changed the law concerning premises liability on the appellate court level. 


 


I was born in 1969 in Bakersfield, California. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Santa Barbara and Juris Doctorate degree at Golden Gate University of Law in San Francisco. While living in San Francisco before beginning law school,  I worked on the cutting edge of computer technology during the heyday of its expansion into all areas of industry.  I have extensive experience in information technology, web design, desktop publishing and digital trial presentation. I am a certified trainer for the trial presenation software Trial Director. I have used my technical ability in law since being a lawyer in my own practice. I often advise other lawyers in the implementation and use of office management software and trial presentation technology.


 


I am very active in the legal community and work with cooperatively with other lawyers to constantly improve my trial advocacy. I am committed to public service in our community. I am on the Board of Directors for our local County Bar Association and I serve the community in many organizations local and statewide. I am involved in the arts community and sit on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Kern.


 


Our firm comprises my father, James L. Faulkner, my mother, Kathleen Ellis Faulkner, and me. I have been steeped in the tradition of law since I worked with my family at 14. By age 18, I was an investigator for our personal injury cases. My father likes to joke that my first day in Law School was when I went with him as a four year old. Being part of a family business is being supportive of your family as you work together.


 


I remember as far back as when I was six years old watching my dad in trial. One time I was very tired after school when my grandmother took me to see my dad give a closing argument in one of his cases. I dozed off and fell out of my chair, at which point my dad told the jury, "well my son fell asleep, I guess my argument should end here."


 


What sets our firm apart is that we think of our firm as more than just a business. We think about our clients as members of our family. We deeply care about building personal relationships with our clients that last a lot longer than their case. Our clients are our partners and our friends. We try one case at a time and give it all we have for each of our clients. To some firms, a client is just another case. To us, we know that our client's case means everything to them. Justice is done one person and one case at a time.

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Contact info

Faulkner Law Offices

1825 18th Street

Bakersfield, CA, 93301-4308

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Personal Injury: 20%
    15 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
    15 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    15 years
  4. Car Accident: 20%
    15 years
  5. Brain Injury: 20%
    15 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200105/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Certificate of Special Congressional RecognitionUnited States Congress2014
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia State Assembly2014
Commendation for Service to the CommunityCalifornia State Senate2014
Certified TrainerinData Trial Director Software2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFaulkner Law Offices2001 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Arts Council of Kern CountyBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Bakersfield Burrito Project - Feeding the HomelessBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeMember2013 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors2012 - Present
California Brain Injury AssociationMember2009 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
George Sweat v. Big Time AutoSent back to Trial Court and Settled
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - Santa BarbaraComputer Graphics, 3D Graphics & Interactive DesignArt Studio1994