Donnelly Nelson
Depolo & Murray Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Thomas J. Donnelly

ThomasJ.Donnelly

 

Location:
Walnut Creek, California
Phone:
925-287-8181
Fax:
925-287-8188
Email:
 

Mr. Donnelly was born in Oakland, California and grew up in that city. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and received his undergraduate degree with distinction in 1971. He received his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1975. Mr. Donnelly served as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Alameda from 1975-1979. Since 1980, Mr. Donnelly has specialized in the defense of physicians, hospitals and their employees in medical malpractice actions.

In 2001, he formed the law firm with Jim Nelson and Dave Depolo. Mr. Donnelly has received the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a nationally board certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with Special Competence in Medical Professional Liability, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, holding the rank of Advocate in that organization. Mr. Donnelly is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the California Medical Legal Committee, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association, Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Irish American Bar Association, as well as the National Registry of Who's Who.

Mr. Donnelly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and was selected by that organization in both 2013 and 2016 as the Lawyer of the Year in medical malpractice defense. He was also selected by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Oakland in the field of personal injury litigation - defendants. He has been honored in Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California (San Francisco Magazine), Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine Top Northern California Lawyers, Oakland Magazine's Top Lawyers and Top Attorneys in Northern California, American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine Top Rated Lawyers and Best California Attorneys. He is also a member of America's Top 100 Attorneys - Lifetime Achievement, Northern California. He is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California. He is a frequent speaker before various legal and medical organizations, and has made presentations before the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Physician Insurers Association of America, various emergency medical provider organizations, professional medical services provider organizations, professional medical programs, and has served as an instructor on multiple occasions for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy teaching programs for practicing attorneys and as a faculty instructor at the University of San Francisco Law School Intensive Advocacy Program.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Diplomat for the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with Special Competence in medical professional liability

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctor, 1975
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A., 1971

Classes/Seminars

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  • Emergency medical provider organizations
  • Professional medical services provider organizations
  • Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA)
  • UCSF Law School Intensive Advocacy Program

Honors and Awards

  • Highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America - 2013 Lawyer of the Year in medical malpractice defense
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year in California 2016
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California (San Francisco Magazine)
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year in personal injury litigation - defendants, for Oakland
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • San Francisco Chronicle's Top Attorneys
  • Oakland Magazine's Top Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • California Medical Legal Committee, Member
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Member
  • Irish American Bar Association, Member
  • National Registry of Who's Who, Member

Our Office

Donnelly Nelson Depolo & Murray,
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

201 North Civic Drive
Suite 239
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-287-8181
Fax: 925-287-8188
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