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John Emanuel Borba

Personal injury Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as John E. Borba, John Borba

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    From motor vehicle accident to slip and falls. Includes, defamation (Libel and slander) intentional torts, wrongful death, brain injury, and product liability.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Real estate
    Rea estate diputes, including boundary line disputes, quiet title actions, adverse possession, easement disputes, ownership issues, broker-agent liability, and breach of contract cases related to real estate.

    23 years, 100 cases

  3. Landlord or tenant
    I have represented more than a 100 landlords and property managers in significant habitability and wrongful eviction cases. In addition, we file unlawful detainer actions for many of our clients. We have also worked on behalf of the landlords to battle with insurance carriers over coverage and duty to defend.

    26 years, 150 cases

  4. Business
    My office can assist in business formations, transactions and all manner of litigation arising out of business disputes.

    23 years, 100 cases

  5. Land use and zoning
    As a long time Planning Commissioner, i am familiar with land use issues and the disputes that arise between developers, land owners and agencies. We have handled many cases involving disputes and entitlement issues and have worked to resolve on our clients behalf.

    18 years

When injured, you need an effective and professional advocate. While most cases settle, many must be taken to trial to achieve a just result. I am proud to say that I enjoy trials. I have significant trial experience in multiple counties and have brought multiple cases to verdict, more than 20-jury tails and many more court trials and arbitrations.

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Borba Frizzell Kerns, P.C.
50 Old Courthouse Square
Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404


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Posted by Janet | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect Attorney!
We not only know John Borba on a Professional level but have been friends with John for many many years. We would never hesitate to recommend John or have him represent us in any legal matter. We have had great experiences with him on several occasions, recently he helped our friends settle an elder abuse case within their family. John also helped us with a wedding venue for our sons wedding that was withholding a deposit from us when we hadn't even signed a contract. We never would of reached a successful conclusion without the professional representation he and his firm provided. If you want piece of mind a phone call is worth so much more!
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Posted by Jeanette | January 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Smart, "The Best"
Mr. Borba has handled various legal matters for me over the past 15 years; Family Trust, Business Incorporation, and a very difficult, but successful, Personal Injury Auto Accident case in which I suffered a serious shoulder injury due to the fault of the other driver involved. At all times he comported himself in a courteous and respectful manner. He is pragmatic and deliberately thorough in demeanor but possesses razor sharp legal acuity, a nimble mind, and keen intuition he can call upon to aggressively defend and represent his clients when necessary. These attributes, coupled with a sterling reputation, make him my one and only choice for legal representation or advice.
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Posted by Colleen M. | May 6, 2015
Highest Recommendation!
Legal matters are never comfortable, but having John Borba as our legal representative for two generations for our family business, John brings a sense of compassion for his clients, but never less than extremely knowledgeable and aggressive with his legal acumen. John having served in Sonoma County for many years, I know his reputation is highly regarded by both client and other legal counsel and is held in high esteem. I would offer John as my highest recommendation for anyone needing his specialized legal services, as we have often done without regrets.
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Posted by Jock M | May 1, 2015
Our "go to" attorney for the past 15 years!
We first met John Borba when he was representing our firm on a real estate matter and he was working on the behalf of the insurance company. That matter was successfully settled and we have had the need for his services a few other times over the years. His approach is pragmatic and sensible, yet he is willing to aggressively work odor his client's interests. John is also well known in the legal community and has been able to help diffuse issues before they get out of hand by leveraging his relationships in the community. Our firm handles property management and real estate and he has proven himself to be knowledgable.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Borba Frizzell Kerns, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Professor-Adjunct Evidence for Paralegals
  • Sonoma State University
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Hinton Cochran & Borba, LLP..
  • 2002 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Hinton & Cochran
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Brayton Harley Curtis
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Registered Representative
  • Waterhouse Securities
  • 1985 - 1990
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • A.A.
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Peterson,Mendocino Game v. Stewart, et. al
  • Obtained defense verdict on complaint and verdict of $791,000 for my clients


  • US District Court ED. Cal.
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • Rohnert Park Planning Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member Legal Resource Services Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Bar Journal
  • Co-Editor
  • 2006 - Present
  • US District Court ND. Cal.
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • Rohnert Park-Cotati Active 20-30 Club
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Rohnert Park Planning Commission
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Chariman
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Rohnert Park-Cotati Active 20-30 Club
  • President
  • 1999 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Volunteer settlement panelist
  • Sonoma County Courts
  • 2005


  • Sonoma County Bar Association Bar Journal
  • Co-Editor
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Luncheon North Coast Rental Housing Association
  • Risk Avoidance-How to avoid lawsuits against landlord and property managers
  • 2013
  • Sonoma County Bar Association MCLE Seminar
  • SLAPP Motions
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Endorse John
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a hardworking and knowledgeable attorney. Highly recommended!"
Real estate Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John's integrity, experience and knowledge make working with him a pleasure."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always showing dedication to clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a highly experienced attorney, and has a crisp and comprehensive insight into the litigation process, as well as a great number of tools for taking on insurance companies. You are in great hands with John representing you."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John does great work for his clients. I am proud to have worked for and with him for a total of 9 years and have seen him get some really great results!"
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