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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

Contact info

Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell

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

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 48%
    30 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 47%
    30 years
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Eugene Smith

    I enthusiastically endorse Thomas McDonald on serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Tom is a tireless and passionate advocate on behalf of his clients and uniformly obtains significant results and compensation on his cases.


    David Smith Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Even though I work in the same area of practice in the local community wanted to provide an endorsement for Mr. McDonnell. I have known Tom for about 15 years, having had a case with Tom when we were both defense lawyers. Tom is a lawyer of high character and integrity, with the practitioner skills and knowledge to match. Would heartily recommend my colleague to anyone looking for an ethical, practical and effective counsel.


    Brett Rosenthal Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionN/A1987 - Present
Defense Research InsituteN/A1988 - 2000
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 LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of California - Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Meeting of Defense CounselMedical Malpractice in California1996