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Bennett & Johnson has been prosecuting personal injury cases for over forty years. The firm exclusively limits its practice to representing injured parties who have suffered severe or catastrophic injuries and/or wrongful death due to the negligence of others.  Our firm has been awarded some of the highest verdicts and/or settlements throughout California, Nevada and Oregon. Rick Bennett and Bill Johnson are both graduates of the University of California, Berkeley and are members of numerous peer reviewed legal societies including the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the American College of Trial Attorneys (ACTL), AAS, CAOC, the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Super Lawyers and Trial Masters. 

The firm is “AV rated” by Martindale and Hubbell/Lexis-Nexis as having Highest Rating for both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Bennett & Johnson employs a large staff of paralegals, associate attorneys, expert witnesses, and in house physicians and investigators to prepare each of their client’s cases in the most favorable posture to assure they are fully compensated for their physical, emotional, and financial losses.  Bennett & Johnson’s verdicts and awards for their clients over the past fifteen years exceed $500,000,000.00. We are successful because we treat each client whose case we are handling as if they were members of our immediate family.  As such, each decision on the prosecution of the case is predicated on what is in the best interest of our client.

Contact Bennett & Johnson, LLP today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Personal Injury – Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Product Liability Law
  • Construction Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Sports Injuries (biking, skiing, boating & team sports)
  • Dog Bite Cases
  • Toxic Torts
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Personal Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Severe Orthopedic and Neurological Injuries
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases

Call Bennett & Johnson, LLP today at 510-200-0447 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney Richard C. Bennett


  • California

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1974


  • University of San Francisco School of Law , Juris Doctor, 1974
  • University of California, Bachelor of Arts, 1969

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates     
  • Consumer Attorneys of California     
  • American Trial Lawyers Association     
  • AIEG     
  • California Trial Lawyers Association

Attorney William C. Johnson


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

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1978


  • John F. Kennedy School of Law, 1978
  • University of California Berkeley, 1972

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Alameda/Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Office Locations

Alameda County
1901 Harrison Street, 16th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Napa County
1001 Second Street, Suite 205
Napa, CA 94559

Santa Barbara County
204 North Vine Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454


Too many lawyers are all talk, full of promises to aggressively pursue your claim, but in reality they lack the financial resources or the willingness to invest their time for the biggest settlement or award possible. And they often don't have the full range of medical knowledge and experience to do so.  That's why it's important to know about Bennett & Johnson, LLP which is recognized by clients and other attorneys alike as one of the toughest and most capable firms to get you the recovery you deserve.


Bennett & Johnson has a long track record of success since its founding in 1981. Because of so many years of detailed technical medical experience, they can pinpoint elements of your claim that other attorneys miss. Bill Johnson explains, "We know exactly the medical experts to send you to in order to document damages that would otherwise be overlooked, resulting in a much larger recovery for you." Clients we called as research for this article backed this up, like one named Tom who told us, "!highly recommend either Bili Johnson or Rick Bennett.  They are top notch.  They did a great job for  me and they 're just  a lot sharper than some of the other lawyers we were talking with. We were very satisfied  "

And over three decades of success has given Bennett & Johnson the resources to invest in a case to make it as strong as it needs to be. Where too many other firms won't do all the investigation and expert consultations possible because of the upfront expense they incur, Bennett & Johnson does. Bill shares, "We're not afraid to spend our money on your case because it's productive in the long run." At other firms it's common for you to get handed off to junior staff, and even to have difficulty getting your calls returned to get updates. Unlike those firms, clients of Bennett & Johnson get Rick or Bill personally working on their case, and have communication with them throughout the process.  As one client named Ken said, "You can talk to them about anything. They 're available. They tellyou what's happening. You would be happy with them. I strongly recommend them. " A client named Arlene reported to us, ''BillJohnson was very helpful. He was very patient, especially if I didn't understand anything. He's caring and he wants to make sure thatyou 're taken care of  He s not out therejust  to get ajob.  He's out there tofight for you,  whatever you  need. He s a good man. Give him a call. "

The behavior of your attorney is another consideration. Those who think simply being friendly will get a jury on their side, or gain cooperation from the defense for a good settlement end up costing you money when they lack the detailed medical knowledge required. Equally problematic are those so abrasive that they irritate the jury, or make the defense less likely to make a good offer. Instead, you want one who's aggressive while also staying professional .. Bill tells us, "It pays to be civil to the opposing counsel and their client. We're very aggressive while staying professional. That benefits our clients because defense attorneys and insurance companies know our firm will give them a real fight in the courtroom and pretrial discovery, while at the same time not creating the kind of animosity that diminishes the value of the client's case."

So Bennett & Johnson has shown to be the firm that builds stronger cases leading to bigger awards or settlements due to greater detailed medical knowledge that comes from three decades of experience, their willingness to invest their money to build your case, and the respect from the courts and defense of their professionalism.    In the words of one client named Linda who reported her experience to us, "Weselected Bennett &Johnson after we interviewed three different attorneys that were carefully selected by friends  of ours who are attorneys.  We went with Rick Bennett.  We were very pleased   He was terrific. "

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