Richard Alexander

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Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving all of Northern California

Alexander Law Group, LLP is a nationally recognized, award-winning personal injury law firm with offices in San Jose and San Francisco, California. The attorneys at Alexander Law Group have decades of experience with outstanding results litigating difficult and complex cases against major insurance companies, large corporations, and public and government entities. We have recovered literally hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.

We are committed to making a difference for you, your family and for our community. We strive to be more than just "lawyers," we work to be true advocates for our clients.

Our outstanding track record is not a prediction of future recoveries. It is a yardstick of accomplishment by skilled lawyers. Our record confirms we are extraordinarily capable, having proven it time and again in a wide variety of challenging cases. We only make one guarantee: to do our best.

Contact Alexander Law Group, LLP today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

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  • Auto Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Brain Injury
  • Childhood Sexual Assault
  • Insurance Law
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

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Attorney Richard Alexander

Richard (Dick) Alexander is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Alexander Law Group, LLP. He is a nationally-recognized personal injury lawyer and consumer protection advocate. Dick has over 30 years of in-depth legal expertise in the areas of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death and other serious injuries resulting from car, truck, motorcycle and SUV accidents as well as injuries from defective products, leading to an exceptional record of success on behalf of his clients.

Dick has successfully represented clients against large companies and organizations such as IBM, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Pacific Gas & Electric, General Electric, Amtrak, Southern Pacific Railroad, DuPont, Shell Oil, Amoco, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Nationwide Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Fluor Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Sears, Weyerhaeuser and the California Department of Transportation.

Bar Admission:

  • California

Professional Memberships:

  • Vice President, California Trial Lawyers Association (1995-1996)
  • Board of Governors, California Trial Lawyers Association (1990-1994, 1997-1999)
  • Vice President, State Bar of California (1987-1988)
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of California (1985-1988)
  • President, Santa Clara County Bar Association (1984)
  • Trustee, Santa Clara County Bar Association (1979-1981)
  • Founding Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Founding Member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Professional Achievements:

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Statewide Street Fighter of the Year nominee, twice, by Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Best Personal Injury Lawyer by San Jose Magazine
  • Rated “Superb” by AVVO, nationally recognized independent attorney evaluation
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating year after year, nationally recognized peer evaluation
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by the American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Super Lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyers


Jury trial verdict by partner Nina Shapirshteyn against a $100,000 settlement offer before trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court for Paul “Matt” MacPherson, a 41 year-old building trades journeyperson with the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 104. Matt was injured climbing a 20 foot vertical wooden ladder owned by Dollinger Properties. A defective rung pulled apart in his hands and he fell backwards suffering a compression fracture of the L-1 vertebrae. Matt healed in a back brace and returned to work in 5 months, losing $63,000 in wages; his injury was expected to require future surgery which would force him to lose 5 years-work before his retirement and cut short his work life. Past medical expenses were $22,000. One year before trial Alexander Law Group made a statutory offer to settle for $350,000 which entitles Matt to 10% interest per year in addition to the jury’s verdict of $888,914 plus $22,000 in medical expenses. Defendant Dollinger, insured by Liberty Mutual Insurance, also will be obligated to pay the cost of experts who performed evaluations and testified at trial, including an orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, vocational rehabilitation counselor and an economist. Liberty Mutual offered $100,000 before trial and, as its adjuster watched the case in court, increased the offer to $300,000 two days before the verdict.


Jury verdict and judgment against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery subsidiary for 59 year-old Florence Kuhlmann, a retired San Jose police officer and her husband John Perkins, as a result of a catastrophic surgical misfire by a defective hemorrhoid staple gun.


On the afternoon of April 9, 2015, Sara Iyer, 69 and her husband Gopal Iyer, 76, were returning from a routine medical visit and stepped off the rear door of a Valley Transit Authority bus in Cupertino. The driver had stopped the bus more than two feet from the curb, making the 15.5-inch step down into the street especially difficult for Sara who is 5' 1". Gopal exited first and extended his hand to assist his frail spouse of 50 years. The VTA driver never checked the stairwell and side mirrors and the doors closed on Sara. The combination of the height of the step to the street and the jarring of the doors contributed to Sara losing her balance. With Sara and Gopal in clear view, had the driver looked, the bus pulled away and the rear wheels destroyed Sara's leg and crushed Gopal's arms as he tried to pull his wife away from the bus wheels. Sara suffered an avulsive loss of the right calf, massive swelling of the right thigh, a dislocate right knee and right patella fracture that required 135 days of hospitalizations and surgeries. Gopal suffered crushing injuries to the right hand and forearm and multiple fractures to the left shoulder, upper arm and left elbow. He spent 32 days in the hospital and has limited use of both arms and hands. Gopal brought me to tears when he testified, "we are closer now than we ever have been." It is an honor to represent this couple who are so deeply devoted to each other and to provide the financial support to makes their lives bearable.


Bernard Timple, a 48 year-old U.S. Navy veteran, suffered a serious injury on Sunday afternoon March 9, 2014 while driving his motorcycle on a city street. The police blamed Bernard for the crash, based on the statement of Evanielle Talledo, the 20 year-old driver of a 2004 Mitsubishi sedan who claimed that Bernard’s motorcycle moved to the left into the right rear quarter panel of the car. Bernard was physically unable to make any statement and there were no witnesses. The police photos and the evidence left on the roadway were consistent with the driver of the car moving from lane 1 to the right and cutting off Bernard who was in lane 2. A policy limits demand of the total insurance coverage on the Mitsubishi was denied by Farmer's Insurance. I filed Bernard's lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court in September 2014 against Evanielle Talledo and her parents who owned the car. At the 11th hour before trial Farmer's agreed to pay its policy of $15,000 to settle the personal injury claim against its insured and also agreed to pay an additional $485,000 in extra-contractual funds from its treasury, over and above its policy, to put to rest the bad faith claims against the company. The total settlement of $500,000 was finalized in November 2015, but it took until July 2016 to convince the Veteran's Administration that its medical reimbursement claim was invalid against this bad faith recovery. In July 2016 the VA agreed to waive its lien.


Recovery for the September 20, 2014 death of Sergio Mena, age 53 and severe personal injuries suffered by Roxana Mena, husband and wife for 34 years in a head-on collision.


37 year old apprentice technician, employed by Fluor Corporation, contracted by IBM to service its high voltage electrical equipment, suffered severe electrical burn injuries when he was sent to find a replacement part from a power station that was "locked off" and marked "out of service", within the presence of an IBM engineer and his supervisor. When the apprentice applied his wrench, 12,400 volts exploded causing burns to 60% of his body.


A father and daughter suffered C-5/C-6 quadriplegic injuries after a multi-vehicle collision when their car was rear-ended by the defendant's tractor and trailer.


This judgment for 12 year-old Rasheed Hilson was entered in July, 2009 after 15 days of trial before Hon. Leslie Nichols, Santa Clara County Superior Court after the defendant's insurance company, Amica Mutual Insurance, refused to pay its $50,000 policy to put to rest this youngster's severe injury claims, including brain damage, hemiplegia, and multiple fractures. On November 14, 2007, Rasheed left the Morrill Middle School on Cropley Avenue, San Jose, and raced down the driveway, intent on catching a bus. A typical 12 year-old, he thoughtlessly ran into the street and into the path of a car traveling at 35 mph. The San Jose Police Department concluded the speed limit was 35 mph because the crash occurred at 4:30 pm and the school had closed at 2:30 pm. The police department failed to inquire why six witnesses to the event were 11 and 12 year-olds. Had they asked the police would have learned that an interschool basketball game was underway in the school's gym and according to the testimony of the school principal, the Morrill Middle School was in operation at 4:30 pm. Rasheed suffered profoundly severe injuries, which are permanent and which will require lifelong care.


Teenager suffered triple amputation from electrical burn injuries after trespassing on railroad property. First lawyer in the United States to uncover and prove the railroad's electrical system had caused an average of 24 deaths or major injuries per year, primarily to children and teenagers.


15 year old boy suffered irreversible brain damage when his family's car was sideswiped by a tractor and trailer. Rejected original settlement offer for $4.5 million. Jury deliberated one day before delivering its unanimous verdict.


Represented five families in wrongful death actions against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) arising from a defectively designed scaffolding system in a 500' vertical shaft which failed at PG&E's Helm's Creek hydroelectric facility in Fresno. The surviving families received over $25 million in settlement and benefits over their lifetimes.


Class action case involving 1,809 California Allstate Insurance agents who had not been reimbursed for the cost of maintaining Allstate offices under R830, R1500 or R3000 employment contracts. Although these agents legally were employees of Allstate, Allstate required them to personally pay for the costs of operating company offices under its Neighborhood Office Agency program. Under the California Labor Code, employees cannot be forced to pay for an employer's business expenses as a condition of employment.


Insurance bad faith and injury recovery collected for a wonderful San Jose couple who suffered a severe head injury and facial and orthopedic fractures, including the loss of an eye, in a head-on collision at the Cats intersection on Route 17, Los Gatos, California. When a southbound and under-insured Jeep [$100,000/$300,000 GEICO policy], slowed to make an illegal u-turn, which the investigating Highway Patrol officer described as "suicidal," a Housing Authority police officer driving 15 mph hour over the speed limit punched the Jeep forward and across three lanes of northbound traffic into the plaintiffs car. Focus groups concluded that 90% of the cause of the crash was the Jeep. When we described the Jeep as being "cocked" and the police car "pulling the trigger," the Housing Authority was found 90% at fault.


19 year old passenger in a 1989 Toyota Camry driven by a college classmate. The Camry was equipped with automatic shoulder and manual lap seatbelts. Driver and passenger wore the automatic shoulder seatbelts, but neither were wearing manual lap seatbelt. Driver fell asleep, the car crashed and rolled over, throwing both students from the car.


On April 27th, 2006, George Liu, a 24-year-old San Jose State senior, was operating a Kawasaki ZX6 racing motorcycle in the fast lane on Calvert Drive in San Jose. Downstream a Honda CRX in the slow lane made an illegal u-turn across the fast lane and forced a van ahead of George's motorcycle to make an emergency stop. The van stopped in time and never hit the CRX. When George jammed on his brakes, his motorcycle reared upward onto its front wheel and pitched him over the handlebars into the van as he stopped. As a result George is an L-1 paraplegic. A demand that the insurance company for the Honda pay its policy limits was denied, leading to the collection of $4.5 million. In-depth details can be found on this site, including the courtroom computer reconstruction showing how the crash unfolded from the motorcyclist's view.


On the eve of trial for a five-year old child who suffered severe brain injury as a result of being exposed to methanol fumes and gallium arsenide dust during pregnancy. Extremely difficult case to prove exposure and dose sufficient to cause birth defects. Plaintiff's mother worked for a company that received numerous citations from OSHA in the year 2000 and discovery established that company health officials did all that they could to conduct workplace testing to minimize reported exposures. Company officials operated such a dirty facility that it was necessary to dismantle the facility and ship it to China because of the inability to operate in Alameda County. Surprisingly in 2003 during the dismantling, the company was cited again for not protecting workers from exposure to arsenide dust found in the dismantling of the cafeteria ventilation system. A condition of settlement was that the company would not be revealed with regard to this settlement. American International Group paid the recovery, except as the Court will approve. For details please see Dangerous Chemicals at Work Caused Birth Defects.


Donald Coca, a passenger in a car stopped for a vehicle code violation, suffered severe injuries to his face from a shotgun that went off after it had been placed on his shoulder by a San Jose Police Officer who was riding along with the California Highway Patrol.


Case Details: 19 year old passenger suffered a spinal C-7 cord injury in a rollover.


Wrongful death of a college student caused by a delaminating rear tire on her SUV, resulting in multiple rollovers. Before the crash, her father had the car repaired at his regular dealer, who noted that all four tires were "out of round." Those facts were never reported to the family. Witnesses saw the SUV traveling at 70 on an interstate highway and being driven safely immediately before the rollover occurred.


In Singh v. National Real Estate, two year old Ciera Singh suffered a brain injury when she and her father crossed a dark street and were struck by an oncoming vehicle operated by a real estate salesman working for a franchisee of a national real estate firm. The franchisor routinely avoided liability in similar cases throughout the United States, claiming that it was not responsible for its franchisee's torts, that it had no control over day-to-day operations and merely provided a trademark, logo, and national advertising program. Fourteen expert witnesses and completed discovery of an additional 29 parties, witnesses and defense experts, for a total of 43 pre-trial depositions paved the way for this recovery against the franchisor.


70 year old elementary school volunteer came to us immediately after she suffered a below-knee amputation after being struck in a crosswalk by a car. We made sure she made none of the common mistakes made by personal injury claimants. The insurance company refused to settle for its policy limits of $100,000 before suit was filed. This bad faith recovery was obtained before trial after the defendant driver complained to his insurance company that it should have paid the policy limits and in not doing so was exposing him to a judgment in excess of his coverage, all of which could have been avoided. The insurance company came to its senses and paid the $100,000 policy, plus $2.55 million above and beyond the policy to settle all claims.


Metabolife, a "natural" diet supplement to promote weight loss, was produced and sold, without FDA approval, inspection or testing. It was manufactured by a former felon who had been convicted of manufacturing illegal drugs. Under the "natural" food laws of the United States he was free to sell this mixture of ephedra and caffeine, which caused heart attacks and strokes.


Wrongful death of a 65 year old engineer against a trucking company for negligent hiring, supervision and operation.


Wrongful death of a husband and father caused by a drunk driver.


As co-counsel for plaintiff in Cunningham v. Shortstop, quadrupled offer to plaintiff's attorney resulting in recovery of $1.5 million in cash, plus an annuity of $40,000 for a brain-damaged teenager injured by a teenage driver who was intoxicated on illegally sold beer. First contacted six days before trial. At the initial pre-trial conference, the defendant insurance company lawyers disclosed a pathologist would be testifying who had died nine months earlier, along with two other experts. Obviously the defendant insurance company's lawyers were lying. Those experts were retained that evening and that action forced a settlement on the third day of jury selection.


This insurance bad faith recovery for serious personal injuries suffered by Zhai and Pengfu Chin arose from a crash on Interstate 80 near the Carquinez Bridge when an aggressive driver of a Jeep lost control coming onto the highway, spun out and caused a head-on collision. The Nissan Altima performed well in this high speed collision that easily could have killed the driver and passenger. The insurance carrier for the Jeep refused to pay its $100,000 policy to settle these claims. This settlement occurred on the eve of trial.


A retired teacher and his wife suffered severe personal injuries in a head-on crash with an SUV. The insurance company refused to pay its policy limits of $50,000/$100,000 in settlement. One month before trial, State Farm paid $2,000,000 to settle the insurance bad faith claim and end its exposure for punitive damages.


Forty two families in Sutter Creek, California learned their homes were built on land contaminated with mine tailings containing arsenic, resulting in stigmatized property values at the EPA Superfund remediated site. After an individual inspection of each property, a market study and appraisal by an MAI certified appraiser showed that homeowners had suffered an estimated diminution in value of approximately 25%. Total diminution in value was approximately $2,000,000.


In Barger v. Morrison Homes, plaintiff, an employee of a framing contractor suffered a brain injury when he fell from a second story of a single family home after the frame structure was struck by his employer's fork lift. In another Restatement 416 peculiar risk of harm case, the general contractor was sued for failing to take special precautions to prevent such an injury from occurring and settled prior to trial with a waiver of the worker's comp lien of $158,877.


A mother was exposed to toxic solvents at work while she was pregnant, which resulted in brain damage to her child. The defendant was a subsidiary of a nationally recognized chemical manufacturer.


Whitely and Cox v. The State of California, a personal injury action against the California Highway Patrol arising from a late night pursuit of an escapee from the California Youth Authority who was driving a stolen vehicle. Depositions of 21 experts were taken in this case. The central liability issue, which was strongly disputed, was whether the CHP had activated its siren to warn the general public that it was an emergency vehicle. The fleeing escapee violated a red light and collided with plaintiffs causing multiple fractures and brain injuries. At the time of the settlement, two years post-injury, both plaintiffs were preparing to return to work.


First defective product personal injury recovery against BMW in the United States. An aeronautical engineer was rear-ended in his 1969 BMW 1600 by a drunk driver. traveling at a reported 90 miles per hour. The actual speed at impact, based on the crush suffered by the BMW, was approximately 17 miles per hour. At this low speed the BMW exploded into a fireball and caused severe personal injuries: third degree burns. Following the collision, the wrecked BMW mysteriously disappeared near the time BMW's investigators photographed the scene and the bullet vehicle. An identical vehicle mysteriously disappeared in a nearly identical case arising in New York, which was defended by BMW. In crash testing of two full size BMWs, the gas tank crushed and collapsed at only 17 mph in rear end crash tests conducted by experts hired for Dr. Chin's case. The car also had failed in tests conducted by BMW at the Technical University of Berlin, but these results were not reported to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Standards.


Two wrongful deaths resulting from the crash of PSA Flight 1771 when the flight crew was shot by a deranged suicidal killer.


Used tire purchased from a house front mechanic delaminated as a result of defective manufacture and defective engineering design. Extremely difficult liability claim. The base rubber skim stock did not contain proper anti-oxidants, causing the tread to separate from the liner, resulting in a rollover of a van. The belted mother of three was in a second row passenger seat and had moderate injuries. Her three children were unbelted in the rear and were thrown from the van, killing a six year-old boy and severely injuring two girls, ages 9 and 12. Defendant tire company required as a condition of settlement that its name not be revealed.


Defective product recovery for the wrongful death of a spouse. A negligent tire inspection by a tire dealer resulted in a defective tire failing at freeway speed a few hours later. The blowout caused a Ford Explorer to roll on a flat, level road.


Largest known recovery in the United States in an adoption fraud case on behalf of a 16 year old and his parents. The boy had been the victim of years of abuse as an infant when he was placed for adoption at age four. The adopting parents were told there had been one instance of abuse, but the actual extent of the abuse and the youngster's complete psychiatric history were concealed from both the adopting parents and the child's pediatrician. Years later, a severe personality disorder erupted which required hospitalization from age 13 to 17. Referred by a family attorney who had the case pending for three years with no progress. After securing psychiatric, social work, economic, and life placement expert testimony, completing 20 depositions, and defeating multiple motions to dismiss, this extremely difficult legal liability case settled on the second day of trial. Under California law, the county was immune from liability for negligent misrepresentation and could only be held liable for willful acts for which the insurance carriers would not be responsible. In addition, under Prop 51, the Anti-Deep Pocket Law, the county was not responsible for the harm caused by the minor's family prior to the adoption and a jury could have found his natural parents and relatives substantially at fault for his current psychiatric condition. County had also raised a statute of limitations defense that the adopting parents were on notice of the child's severe problems within one year of the adoption and clearly within three years after he was adopted.


48 year old United Airlines pilot suffered a leg fracture when he was struck by a high speed model airplane being clocked for speed at a sanctioned competition of the Academy of Model Aeronautics at Whittier Narrows. The crash of the model airplane and the injuries to plaintiff were caused by faulty construction, faulty pre-flight inspection, and the failure to conduct such races in protected fenced arenas. In addition, the standard AMA pre-flight pull test is believed to have caused the failure of fuselage bolts which caused the plane to fly out of control at a speed of 184 mph.


Wrongful death of a 19 year old man caused by a driver violating a stop sign and crashing into his vehicle. Driver's insurance carrier refused to settle this claim for policy limits before suit was filed and paid. Recovered $1.2 million in addition to the $100,000 insurance policy to put to rest all claims as a result of the insurance company's mismanagement.


Wrongful death recovery for the loss of an 18 year-old against the manufacturer of an unstable SUV, which rolled when a defective rear tire failed, and the manufacturer of the tire. Both required as a condition of settlement that their names not be mentioned and that the settlements be confidential. The vehicle was being driven on a flat, level interstate highway when tire failure cause the SUV to wobble and roll. Defective product and defective design claims filed in New Mexico federal court.


A San Jose warehouse illegally sold the contents of a circuit board manufacturing shop owned by plaintiffs.


Wrongful death recovery for the loss of a teenage son against the manufacturer of an unstable SUV, which rolled when a defective rear tire failed, and against the manufacturer of the tire. Both required as a condition of settlement that their names not be mentioned and that the settlements be confidential. The vehicle was being driven on a flat, level interstate highway when tire failure cause the SUV to roll.


Wrongful death of a 35 year old construction foreman employed by the City of San Jose who was installing curbing in a residential neighborhood when he was struck by the defendant's car, causing amputation of both legs and terminal injuries to his brain and spinal cord.

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