Todd P. Emanuel
San Mateo Office – (650) 369-8900
San Francisco Office – (415) 399-1112
San Jose Office – (408) 943-8833
Bay Area Injury Attorney Todd P. Emanuel is the managing partner of the firm. Todd has been given the honor of being selected as a “Northern California Superlawyer” eleven years in a row from 2009 through 2020 based on peer recognition and great achievements in representing personal injury plaintiffs. Todd has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a “Top 100 trial lawyer” and has been nominated for consideration as Consumer Attorney of the Year. In 2012, he served as President of the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association and is currently a board member Emeritus. He has also been a member of the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California.
One of his significant jury trials was Fua v. Yellow Cab Cooperative, Inc. Our client was an unrestrained passenger in a taxi cab. The driver crashed and our client sustained left-sided hemi-paresis and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yellow Cab claimed it was not responsible because its driver was an independent contractor and our client failed to wear a seat belt. After a six week trial, a San Francisco jury found Yellow Cab liable and awarded our client more than $8,000,000.00.
Mr. Emanuel won multiple significant jury awards and settlements for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and gender violence, including cases where the perpetrator was never criminally prosecuted, nor even arrested.
Mr. Emanuel started his legal career developing his courtroom skills as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney. In 1996 he started his own law firm which is now exclusively dedicated to representing plaintiffs in cases of personal injury and wrongful death. The firm, which now consists of five excellent lawyers, has collected millions of dollars on behalf of deserving victims through pre-litigation negotiation, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and trial.
In addition to helping persons injured or killed in accidents, Mr. Emanuel has become known for his successful representation of police officers (injured both on duty and off duty) and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. He has won substantial settlements and verdicts for crime victims even where their assailants were never criminally prosecuted.
Mr. Emanuel is a member Emeritus of the Board of Directors of WOMEN (Women of Means Escape Network- Silicon Valley), an organization devoted to helping domestic violence survivors. EMANUEL LAW GROUP actively supports “CORA” (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse).
Mr. Emanuel prides himself on delivering justice and closure to his clients by achieving favorable settlements and verdicts. His extensive trial experience is respected by opposing counsel. Maintaining a smaller law firm and a selective caseload allows Mr. Emanuel to regularly communicate with our clients and to fully engage himself in the detailed preparation of important cases.
- J.D., University of San Francisco, 1993
- Taught “Street Law” for troubled youth, worked for State of California
- Attorney General’s Office, San Mateo County Superior Court, Santa
- Clara County District Attorney, Santa Clara County Public Defender
- B.S., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
- University of California Boxing Team
- University of Southern California, 1986-1988
Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice
- California, 1993
- Federal District Court, Northern District of California, 1993
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993
Professional Memberships and Sponsorships
- State Bar of California
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- American Association for Justice
- Brain Injury Litigation Network
- San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (Past-President)
- San Mateo County Bar Association
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Santa Clara County Psychological Association
- National Crime Victim Bar Association, Child Sex Abuse Section
- National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates
- American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (listserv member and past presenter)
- Women of Means Escape Network
- Peninsula Velo Cycling
- Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
- Samaritan House
- 2/13/2017 American Bar Association “Beyond a Protection Order: Tort Law Litigation for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence”
- 10/3/2014 Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference.
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