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Thomas John McDonnell

Personal injury Attorney at Auburn, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

I have specialized in injury cases for over 30 years. In 1986, I began my career defending cases for insurance companies at a firm in Los Angeles. I became the youngest partner in the firm, and eventually moved on to a larger firm to become a managing partner. In 2001 I realized I did not want to spend the rest of my life working on behalf of insurance companies, so I opened a small practice representing people hurt in accidents--often against the same insurance companies I once defended. 

I take the time to get to know each client my firm works with and strive to make them feel comfortable every step of the way. I pride myself on my firm's "small town" service and our approach that every case and client is unique. Our clients are treated like people, not numbers. Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for you. Sometimes that means zealously negotiating with the insurance company. Other times it means bringing your case to the courtroom. Whatever your situation, we will provide honest, straightforward advice and help you make educated decisions.


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Our beautiful courtyard in the back of our office.
Our charming office, located in historic downtown Auburn.
Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell
Attorney, Tom McDonnell


Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell
13620 Lincoln Way
Suite 315
Auburn, CA, 95603-3263


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Posted by Marilyn | June 29, 2019
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Auto Accident
We hired Thomas McDonnell after my husband and 96 year old aunt were involved in a auto accident. My husband was driving and was not at fault. We both had medical insurance coverage through our employment, and auto insurance. Our aunt unfortunately passed away from her injuries. Later, our medical insurance company wanted to be reimbursed thousands of dollars for the medical payments. Tom helped us through this devastating situation and we settled with a great outcome. We could handle most everything through emails with Tom which was wonderful since we live 2 hours away. Highly recommend Thomas McDonnell.
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Posted by Mary Ann | March 4, 2018
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Personal Injury
I was in an automobile accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The injury did not result in any permanent disability and I was not interested in a lawsuit. But I was overwhelmed by the interactions I was having with my auto and health insurance companies and the at-fault driver's auto insurance. Mr McDonnell was recommended to me and he was incredibly helpful. He explained the entire process and assumed responsibility for all of it. He was up-front about his fee and obtained a settlement for me that was more than fair.
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Posted by Pat | February 16, 2018
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Just Tom to me
Tom took on my personal injury case and took care of every detail for me. I did not have to worry about anything. If I got a notice or a phone call regarding my case I just passed it on to Tom. He was by my side every step of the way. His gentle presence next to me during depositions was very reassuring, I always knew when to hold back when he would tap my leg to tell me enough said. My case was quite involved and detailed for many reasons. I am self employed running a home care business so loss of wages was a bear to document and a previous injury was ammunition for opposing counsel. Multiple vehicles involved in the accident meant multiple lawyers representing different interest. I could never have navigated the mine field my case was without Tom’s great experience. I know I had the best man in my side. I just put my faith in Tom and he never let me down. He won a difficult case and achieved a good outcome for me. You’ll notice that I refer to Mr McDonnell as Tom, I was way to comfortable with my attorney to use his sir name. He is just Tom to me.
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Posted by Sunnie | April 27, 2015
Couldn't Have Asked for Better Service - Five Stars Across the Board
At the end of 2012 I was rear-ended on the freeway while on my way to work. My car was completely totaled and I ended up in physical therapy for over six months due to the back problems that ensued. In 2014, upon the recommendation of my parents who had used Mr. McDonnell for a case where they were hit by a drunk driver, I called him to help with my accident case. Mr. McDonnell and his staff were so incredibly helpful and kind. But I wasn't surprised because my parents had the same great experience. Mr. McDonnell was very prompt in returning emails and his staff always returned my calls within the a few hours. The process went smoothly and I was walked though the process with kindness, understanding and compassion. I can't express enough gratitude to Mr. McDonnell and his staff for their assistance with my case. I received a favorable outcome and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Isaiah | July 19, 2012
Slip and Fall
I slipped and fell outside a bank that had standing water on it's stairs. Mr. McDonnell got me a very fair settlement. I was very happy with the amount Mr. McDonnell got for me.
Posted by B. Johnson | October 2, 2011
Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell
My family chose to pursue a lawsuit because the events that took our mother's life were so egregious we felt it was necessary despite the fact that financial compensation would be no remedy to the emotional pain we suffered. Tom was our guiding light in these uncharted waters. He was very honest with us from the beginning, exceptionally thorough and his experience showed throughout the entire process. He was available to answer any and all questions when we had them. Having no experience or knowledge of the lawsuit process myself I feel that my family was very fortunate to be referred to Tom McDonnell.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Thomas J. McDonnell
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner, Director, Managing Partner
  • Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day & Lindstrom, Inc.
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Associate, Partner
  • Fonda & Garrard
  • 1986 - 1995


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McGinis v. Babikian
  • Plaintiff recieved a jury verdict for $1,384,471.
  • Smith v. Disaster Restoration
  • Settlement


  • Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluations Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • 1987 - Present
  • Defense Research Insitute
  • 1988 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Featured Settlement
  • Verdict Search
  • 2016
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
  • Featured Verdict
  • Verdict Search
  • 2011
  • Featured Settlement
  • Verdict Search
  • 2007
  • Honors
  • UCLA
  • 1983
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  • Ericksen, Arbuthnot
  • Health Care Professional Liability in California
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting of Defense Counsel
  • Medical Malpractice in California
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Thomas
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Tom on an typical automobile accident case, where my office did some medical illustrations for the trial. I was amazed that Tom obtained well over a million dollar verdict for his client in the case. Having tried many personal injury case myself, I can strongly attest the result he obtained is exceptional and I would recommend Tom to any client looking for great representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"The excellent results Tom produces for clients are directly related to his high level of skill honed after many years of experience as both a plaintiff's, and defendants', attorney in the area of personal injury and wrongful death claims."
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Auburn Personal injury Lawyer Thomas John McDonnell
Thomas John McDonnell
Personal injury Attorney
Auburn, CA
Licensed for 37 years