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       I graduated with honors from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Since graduating in 1994, I have handled personal injury cases since I became an attorney in 1994. The cases I have handled in the past that I am the most proud of are the ones which have resulted in change for the public good, such as employment cases where the defendant has changed policy to the benefit of the employees, and injury cases where the defendant adopts a new safety policy as a result of my client’s case.

       I am a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of California (State Trial Lawyers Association). I have served on my church parish’s pastoral council, my kids’ schools Advisory Commission, and I am currently a member of the school facility subcommittee on safety.  I like to support youth programs.  I coached a competitive girls’ soccer team for several years, and I am a certified soccer and futsal referee.  My brother and I founded the Elk Grove Futsal Club, a non-profit indoor youth soccer league, which has provided an indoor-style youth soccer program to children in the Sacramento area on a non-profit basis during the winter season since 2006.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
    22 years
  2. Slip and Fall: 20%
    22 years
  3. Employment: 20%
    22 years
  4. Car Accident: 20%
    22 years
  5. Personal Injury: 20%
    22 years



Contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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  • Matthew Reynold Young

    I highly recommend this lawyer. John is an excellent attorney with an outstanding repuatation in the legal community. I have personally referred cases to John to litigate due to my confidence in his abilities and his history of successful trial verdicts.


    Matthew Young Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brad Adam Schultz

    John is extremely knowledgeable and is relentless in obtaining the best result for his clients.


    Brad Schultz Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Arnold Law Firm

865 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95825


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Allstar, February 2012Keenan & Ball Trial College2012
Law ReviewCalifornia Western School of Law1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateArnold Law Firm2016 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of John T. Stralen, APC1999 - 2015
AssociateEricson, Arbuthnot Attorneys at Law1997 - 1999
AssociateCaulfield, Davies, & Donohue1995 - 1997
AttorneyDaley & Heft, LLP1994 - 1995
Legal InternSan Diego County District Attorney's Office1993 - 1993
Legal InternSacramento County District Attorney's Office1988 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
El Dorado County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem2004 - Present
Placer County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem2004 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAttorney Member2003 - Present
Capital City Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
Sacramento County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem2000 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionAttorney Member1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brock v. CarrionPlaintiff won on motion for summary judgment as to defendant's liability for wage violations.
Elite Performance (Jonoubei) v. California State Automobile AssociationSuccessful result
Meneley v. CroweJury's verdict for client was over 24 times the pre-trial settlement offer.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Consumer Legal GuideTen Steps for California Apartment Owners to Avoid Claims for Back Wages from Onsite Managers2013
The Keenan EdgeCase Example/Reference2012
332 F.Supp.2d 1320 (2004).Brock v Carrion2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
California State University, SacramentoCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Diablo Valley CollegeCommunicationsAssociate of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Belli SeminarCutting Edge Trial Techniques2014
Keenan & Ball Masters SeminarUse of American Medical Assoc. Guidelines for Rating Permanent Injury Cases2012