Daniel P. Costa

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Gold River, CA

The Costa Law Firm
2489 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite A
Gold River, CA 95670
Phone: 916-400-2734
Fax: 916-400-2744
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas: General Litigation (30%), Employment & Labor: Employee (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Franchise/Dealership (20%), Environmental Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Daniel P. Costa is the principal attorney at The Costa Law Firm, located in Gold River, California. Devoting 100 percent of his practice to litigation, Mr. Costa represents clients throughout the Sacramento area in cases involving personal injury, environmental and toxic torts, labor and employment, business and general civil litigation, insurance and more. Mr. Costa also represents a large number of auto dealers in the Northern California area in a wide variety of matters and this has been a focus of his practice for the last 15 years.

After graduating with honors from Florida State University, Mr. Costa earned his law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1983. He is admitted to practice in all California state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Costa is a member of various professional organizations, including the State Bar of California, the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, the American Board of Trial Advocates(ABOTA) and the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court. He also has been a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento since 1994, where he served on the board of directors from 2004 to 2006, and the Piemonte Reale Benevolent Society since 1986, an Italian-American community organization.

Mr. Costa's significant professional accomplishments have earned him recognition throughout his career. He is rated AV Preeminent* by the renowned peer review service Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. Enthusiastic about sharing his legal knowledge, Mr. Costa has published articles on various legal topics and taught at numerous conferences and seminars in California and out of state.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%General Litigation
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Franchise/Dealership
  • 10%Environmental Litigation
Focus Areas

Litigation, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Daniel P. Costa

Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.thecostalawfirm.com/Attorneys/Daniel-P-Costa.shtm...


  • Beller v. Sonnen Motorcars, LLC [Arbitration award in favor of employer in matter alleging sex discrimination, hostile work environment/harassment based on sex, retaliation, failure to engage in interactive process, bad faith and constructive discharge by General Manager who quit after she was questioned with respect to her performance issues, absences and dress atire. Plaintiff had sought to recover $800,000.00 in damages]
  • Ferguson v. Temple Israel Cemetery (Cal. Superior 2007) 2007 WL 1830195 (Negligence)
  • Hughes v. Sonnen Motorcars, LLC [Arbitration award in favor of employer in matter alleging age, race, gender discrimination, and retaliation in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by receptionist who was discharged due to business necessity. Plaintiff had sought to recover $509,113.00 in damages]
  • Eddie Horner v. Paneltech International, LLC, et al. (USDC, Eastern District) [Defense verdict in jury trial alleging negligence, design defectand manufacturing defect]
  • Macklin v. Americrete (Cal. Superior 2010) 2010 WL 1040085 (Product Liability)
  • Stephen Shields v. Kyle Cummings(Cal. Superior 1998) 1998 WL 2031024
  • Cox v. Weaver Automotive(Nevada County Superior Court) [Defense verdict in jury trial alleging gender, race discrimination]
  • Penn America Insurance Co. v. Mike’s Tailoring (Cal. Superior 2004), 2004 WL 3133146 (Insurance)
  • Kuykendall v. Colvin Oil Co. (Cal. Superior 2007) 2007 WL 5355991 (Premises Liability)
  • Kreitzer v. Auburn Honda, et al. [Arbitration award in favor of employer in matter alleging retaliation based on religious belief, failure to reasonably accommodate a religious belief in the workplace, and for discrimination based on religious creed]
  • Amir v. Thompson's Toyota [Arbitration award in favor of employer in matter alleging disability discrimination in violation of Government Code § 12940 by used car manager who was discharged due to business necessity. Plaintiff had sought to recover $700,000.00 in damages]
  • Duran, et al. v. Pacific Insurance Co., et al. (Cal. Superior 2009) 2009 WL 1749181 (Insurance Bad Faith)
  • Leek, et al. v. Jay Cooper (Cal.Ct.App.,3d Dist. 2011) 2011 WL 1452103 (Age Discrimination)
  • Messner v. Brack (Cal. Superior 1998) 1998 WL 1083775
  • American States Insurance Co. v. James David McGovern, et al. (Cal. Superior 2002) 2002 WL 31247418 (Insurance)
  • Leek, Leonardo, et al. v. Auburn Honda (Placer County Superior Court) [Defense verdict in jury trial alleging age discrimination and wrongful termination. Plaintiff, Leonardo also brought causes of action for violation of the California Family Rights Act and retaliation]
  • Taxara v. Auburn Honda, Jay Cooper (Placer County Superior Court) [Represent employer in multiple defamation actions by employees. Motions for Summary Judgment and/or Adjudication granted in individual cases awarding employer costs/fees totaling $82,651.63]
  • Dickerson v. Garrahan Electric, Inc. (Cal. Superior 2007) 2007 WL 4976298 (Construction Negligence)
  • Gill v. Rhinehart Oil, Inc. (Cal. Superior 1996) 1996 WL 402831
  • State Farm Insurance v. Federated Mutual Insurance (Cal. Superior 2008) 2008 WL 2556627
  • Viso v. Federated Life Insurance (N.D. Cal 2010) 2010 WL 334457 (Insurance)
  • Morales-Chavez v. Del Webb California Corp. (Cal. Superior 1999) 1999 WL 732774 (Construction Negligence)
  • Peraita v. Weaver Automotive (Nevada County Superior Court) [Defense verdict in jury trial alleging gender, race discrimination]

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Rotary Club of Sacramento, Member - Board of Directors, 2004 - 2006
  • Piemonte Reale Benevolent Society


  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • AV Pre-eminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, Radiation Litigation and Minimization of Risks of Exposure, Norm Regulation and Control Seminar, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 8, 1992
  • Lecturer, Understanding the Legal Process, Sexual Harassment Seminar, Sacramento, California, May 21, 1994
  • Lecturer, Daubert, A Blessing in Disguise?, National Association of Railroad Trail Counsel Seminar, Pebble Beach, California, April 27, 1995
  • Lecturer, Handling Toxic Mold Disputes in California; A Guide to Recent Developments and Effective Litigation Strategies, Lorman Ed. Services, Sacramento, California, August 12, 2003
  • Lecturer, Toxic Mold: An Update, Mold Seminar, CEB - California, Sacramento, California, January 17, 2004
  • Lecturer, The Mold Challenge in California, Mold Seminar, National Business Institute, Sacramento, California, March 19, 2004
  • Lecturer, Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in California, Pre-Trial Preparation Seminar, National Business Institute, Sacramento, California, October 12, 2004
  • Are Temporary Nuclear Workers "Special" or "Statutory" Utility Employees? (Co-Author, Donald E. Jose), Nuclear News, Vol. 34, No. 10, August, 1991
  • Ways for Health Physicists to Minimize the Chances of Being Sued (Co-Author, David Wiedis, Donald Jose), Radiation Protection Management, Vol. 9, No. 3, May/June, 1992

Representative Clients

  • Redding Petroleum
  • Tracy Honda
  • Dublin Honda
  • Roseville Toyota
  • Koss Industries
  • Evins Funeral Home
  • Safeco Insurance Company of America
  • Merced Mutual Insurance Company
  • ARCO
  • Flyers, LLC
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Sierra View Funeral Chapel and Crematory
  • McGraw Group
  • Becks Furniture Company
  • United Rentals, Inc.
  • St. Anton Property Management
  • Paneltech International, LLC
  • Central States Insurance
  • Professional Cycle Parts
  • Thompson’s Toyota
  • CNA Insurance Company
  • Rocklin Motorsports
  • John L. Sullivan Chevrolet
  • Empire Nissan
  • RPM Luxury Auto Sales, Inc.
  • Lind Brothers Mortuary
  • American Nuclear Insurers
  • Firemans Fund Insurance Company
  • Future Ford Automotive Group
  • Sequoia Insurance Company
  • Mazzei Pontiac-GMC
  • Auburn Associates, Inc.
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Sonnen Motorcars, Inc.
  • Pacific Specialty Insurance Company
  • Weaver Auto Center
  • Sureproducts Insurance Agency
  • Penn-America Insurance Company
  • Cox Petroleum
  • Reibes Auto Parts
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Ellsworth Harrold Ford
  • Royal Petroleum Company
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Federated Insurance Company
  • Folsom Buick Pontiac GMC
  • Schwebel Petroleum Co., Inc.
  • Mark III Management
  • ARCO Products Company
  • Green Motors, Inc.
  • Shreve & Company
  • Nella Oil Company
  • California Capital Insurance Group (CIG)
  • Washington Mills Company, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Peninsula Infiniti
  • College Park Apartments


Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
  • California, 1983
  • California State Bar Association
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1983
  • North California Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Educational Background

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, B.S., Honors: With Honors, Major: Business Administration, Major: Hotel and Restaurant Management, Emphasis in Accounting and Finance, 1979

Industry Groups

  • Motor Vehicle Dealers
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Office Location for Daniel P. Costa

2489 Sunrise Boulevard
Suite A
Gold River, CA 95670

Phone: 916-400-2734

Fax: 916-400-2744

Last Updated: 2/8/2021

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