Anthony S. Petru

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Oakland, CA

Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson
 | 350 Frank H Ogawa Plaza 4FL, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-451-6732
Fax: 510-465-7023
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff,
  • Transportation/Maritime (0%)
Attorney Profile

Anthony S. Petru is an attorney with the Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson LLP law firm in Oakland, California. A highly rated trial attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Petru devotes his practice primarily to helping injured and disabled railroad workers obtain their rightful compensation and benefits following an accident on the job.

In addition to handling all types of FELA claims and other railroad injury cases, Mr. Petru maintains a successful civil trial practice representing the rights of those adversely affected by defective products, medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, bad faith insurance disputes, and other similar matters. He also advocates strongly on behalf of those who experienced discrimination in the workplace, and he defends whistleblowers against unlawful employer retaliation.

Licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California, Mr. Petru is also admitted to handle cases in Washington state, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Texas and Nevada. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Petru has achieved unprecedented success helping his clients recover the maximum amount possible for their injuries and losses, and he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and awards for those he has served.

A 1972 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Petru obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979. After completing an internship with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office Consumer Fraud Unit and another internship with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Petru joined Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson LLP, where he has helped establish the law firm as one of the top in the region for those seeking justice in the wake of a preventable tragedy.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Petru conducts lectures across the country on a variety of legal topics, and he serves as mediator, arbitrator and settlement commissioner for courts throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Active in numerous professional legal organizations, he currently serves on the board of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Transportation/Maritime (0%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Anthony Petru

Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Lifetime Achievement recipient of America’s Top 100 Attorneys for Northern California
  • National Registry of Who's Who, Lifetime Member

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • Alameda Democratic Lawyers Club, Member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA), Past President
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Alameda Democratic Lawyers Club

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, B.A. - 1976, Honors: With Honors, Major: American Studies
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Office Location for Anthony S. Petru

350 Frank H Ogawa Plaza 4FL
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-451-6732

Fax: 510-465-7023

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Last Updated: 11/29/2018

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