Dale Minami

Dale Minami

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Minami Tamaki LLP
 | 360 Post Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-788-9000
Fax: 415-398-3887
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A Partner at the San Francisco-based law firm Minami Tamaki LLP and one of the Bay Area's premier attorneys, Dale Minami has focused primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation for the past 45 years, including claims resulting from auto accidents, pedestrians, defective products, slips and falls and other situations where persons were injured through the negligence of others.                               

Mr. Minami has been recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the Bay Area.  He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine as one of the Super Lawyers for each year from 2004 through 2017 in the Personal Injury category, one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers for Northern California in 2005 and from 2007 through 2017, one of the Top 10 personal injury lawyers in Northern California from 2013 through 2017, one of the 500 hundred Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2005 and 2014-2015 one of the top 3% attorneys in the nation by The Legal News and one of the Best Lawyers in America by the Best Lawyers group for 2015-2017.  He has received an “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication, and reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field. 

He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, including  Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40 year old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during WWII, originally upheld by US Supreme Court in landmark decisions, United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield, the first class action employment lawsuit brought by Asian Pacific Americans on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans, Spokane JACL v. Washington State University, a class action on behalf of  Asian Pacific Americans to establish an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University and Nakanishi v. UCLA a claim for unfair denial of tenure which resulted in the granting of tenure after several hearing and widespread publicity over discrimination in academia. 

In 1968, Mr. Minami graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in political science. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971. He is licensed to practice law in California as well as before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since his admission to practice in 1972, Mr. Minami has built an impressive resume. In addition to obtaining outstanding results for clients, he co-founded the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the Asian Pacific Bar and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, and he serves on the advisory boards for several foundations.

Mr. Minami has been involved in the judicial appointment process and in establishing or influencing public policy and legislation. President Clinton appointed him as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in January 1996. Mr. Minami has served as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and has chaired the California Attorney General's Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, advising the State's Attorney General on key issues. He has also served as a Commissioner on the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominee's Evaluation, and on Senator Barbara Boxer's Judicial Screening Committee, which made recommendations for federal judicial appointments.

Minami is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ABA’s Thurgood Marshall and Spirit of Excellence Awards, NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, honorary Juris Doctor degrees from the University of San Francisco and McGeorge Schools of Law, designation of a dormitory at U.C. Santa Cruz as the Queen Liliuokalani-Minami Dormitory, Berkeley Law's Citation Award, the naming of a public interest fellowship in his name at Berkeley Law and awards from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, the Asian Law Alliance and the Asian Law Caucus.

 

 

About Dale Minami

Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.minamitamaki.com/attorneys/daleminami/

Honors/Awards:

  • One of the 500 hundred Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine, 2005 and 2013-2014, Lawdragon, 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Alameda County Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, 2012
  • For recognition of outstanding efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession, in particular, to recognize efforts that ensure the full and equal opportunity of all persons for entry and advancement in California's legal profession, Diversity Award, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2010
  • For recognition of exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality, Justice in Action Award, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2009
  • For an individual who serves as an inspiration and role model to Asian Pacific Islander youth, Vision Award, Japanese American Youth Organization of the Japanese American Citizens League, 2005
  • For individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the advancement of civil liberties, Civil Liberties Award, American Civil Liberties Union, Northern California, 2003
  • For recognition of long-term contributions by members of the legal profession to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States, Thurgood Marshall Award, American Bar Association, 2003
  • For individuals who have strived to ensure that justice works for those who are the most vulnerable among us, Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award, The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, 2002
  • Organization of Chinese Americans, San Mateo Chapter, 2001
  • For attorneys who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession, Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 1997
  • For outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association lawyers who have paved the way for advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 1996
  • Boalt Hall Distinguished Service Award, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1996
  • Leadership Award, Japanese Community Youth Council, 1995
  • Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1995
  • For someone who has shown courage and commitment to protect civil liberties and constitutional rights in the current political climate, Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Fund Award, Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Fund, 1994
  • Naming of a dorminatory after me and Queen Liliuokalani, the last Monarch of Hawaii, Designation of dormitory as , Oaks College, UC Santa Cruz, 1989
  • For service to the Asian Pacific American and Islander community, OCA Leadership Award, Organization of Chinese Americans, 1989
  • For individuals or organizations whose actions, programs and missions promote a just society, Justice in Action Award, Harry Dow Memorial Fellowship, 1988
  • For services to Japanese Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, Community Service Award, Japanese Cultural and Community Services of Northern California, 1988
  • For public service to the San Francisco Bay Area Community, Coro Foundation Achievement Award, Coro Foundation, 1986
  • For extraordinary pro bono legal services, State Bar of California President's Pro Bono Award, State Bar of California, 1984
  • Community Service Award, Centro Legale de la Raza, 1983
  • Member of the Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship
  • Top 3% of attorneys in the nation by The Legal News
  • Employment Law Center's Matthew Tobriner Award
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Trailblazer Award, 1993
  • Citation Award from U.C. Berkeley's School of Law
  • State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award
  • "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Highest Rating

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • California, 1972
  • Member, The San Francisco Urban + Research Association
  • Member, Asian Pacific Fund the Japanese Community Youth Council
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County the Asian America Bar Association
  • Member, Japanese American Bar Association
  • Member, Japanese American Youth organization, Japanese American Citizens League
  • Member, Organization of Chinese Americans
  • Member, Asian Law Caucus
  • Member, Asian Law Alliance
  • Chair, California Attorney General's Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, State's Attorney General
  • Member, Asian American Journalists Association
  • Member, Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Member, Asian Pacific Bar of California
  • Co-Founder, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the first Asian American Bar Association in the United States
  • Co-Founder, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific Americans

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Advisory Boards of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
  • Senator, Barbara Boxer's Judicial Screening Committee
  • Co-Executive Producer, (with Philip Kan Gotanda) of "Drinking Tea" and "Life Tastes Good", both of which were screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Member, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission
  • Centro Legale de la Raza
  • Chinatown Community Children's Center

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Rental car vs. automobile: $1 Million settlement, policy limits. Case involved an intersection collision in which our client was struck by a left turning rental car and suffered neck injuries. Surgeons at a SF hospital operated on him but partially severed his spinal cord rendering him a hemiplegic.  We recovered the policy limits of the driver's insurance policy, settled a claim for reimbursement of medical bills and disability payments of $660,000 by the workers compensation insurance company for $25,000 and no credit for future benefits, thus guaranteeing our client lifetime care., 2011
  • Commercial Truck vs. Pedestrian: $5 Million Settlement. A 75 year-old mother of 5 and grandmother of 10 was out for her morning walk. While crossing the street in the crosswalk, she was struck on her left side by a commercial truck. After striking her, the truck rolled over the lower half of her body and dragged her approximately 6 feet. She suffered a crushed pelvis and required multiple surgeries, including amputation of her left leg.  The settlement provided our client with lifetime medical and home care so she never had to worry about her future. Dale Minami, Mark Fong, Seth Rosenberg, and Eunice Yang represented the Plaintiff., 2010
  • Garbage Truck vs. Pedestrian: $3.5 Million settlement. A 62 year old mechanic, was crossing the street to warm up his car early in the morning. While in the crosswalk he was struck by a garbage truck.  As his son was walking to the car, he discovered his father laying in the street next to the parked truck. He suffered a fractured skull, brain damage, broken ribs and was diagnosed with cognitive defects after recovering from his other injuries. After vigorous litigation, defendants paid a settlement which will care for the plaintiff for the rest of his life.  Dale Minami and Mark Fong represented the Plaintiffs., 2010
  • Taxi Cab vs. Pedestrian:  $1 Million Settlement. A 65 year-old retired woman was hit by a taxi cab while walking in the crosswalk in San Francisco. She suffered traumatic brain injury resulting in vision problems, headaches, cognitive defects, personality changes, lack of coordinated muscle movements, incontinence, difficulties with memory and attention span and depression. After mediation, the case was settled for the policy limits of the taxi cab's policy.  Dale Minami, Mark Fong and Seth Rosenberg represented the Plaintiff., 2008
  • Rear-end collision: $650,000 Settlement. An 85 year old man was driving on the freeway, when the traffic ahead of him came to an abrupt stop.  He was able to stop, however the defendant was looking at his GPS device and slammed into the rear of our clients car with his SUV at 65 miles-per-hour. The force of the impact caused our clients vehicle to slam into the car in-front of him, and subsequently the next three cars in front were damaged.  Our client suffered an unstable transverse fracture of his T-8 vertebra, both lungs were partially collapsed, and multiple left and right rib fractures.  He was hospitalized for 49 days, and required his T 6-11 vertebrae to be fused.  Dale Minami and Mark Fong represented the plaintiff., 2007
  • Wrongful Death – Accident in Company Vehicle:  $725,000 Settlement. Our clients were the surviving wife and daughter of a man who died from a motor vehicle accident.  After a long day of transporting clients to Pebble Beach and an evening of karaoke, the decedent fell asleep in the backseat of a company owned van, when the van, driven by a company employee who fell asleep, veered off of the road and crashed.  He later died at the hospital as a result of the injuries suffered during the accident.  The employee driving the van had the company's permission to use the vehicle.  The wife and daughter filed a lawsuit based on future wage loss the husband provided, medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of consortium.  The case was settled with the employer before going to trial., 2001
  • Underinsured Motor Vehicle Accident: $2.65 Million Settlement. Our client was severely injured in an automobile crash in which a messenger ran a red light and crushed her vehicle.  She had been in a coma for over a month.  The driver only had a $15,000 policy and his employer had no insurance.  Both defendants disappeared and the insurance company later declared insolvency. Outraged by the defendants' and the insurance company's irresponsibility, Dale Minami still filed a lawsuit, obtained a default judgment of over $2.4 million (which was uncollectible at the time) but still filed the judgment in Florida where the insolvent insurance company purported conducted business.  After a very convoluted legal journey, the Department of Insurance in Florida was able to settle a fraud claim against the owners insurance and in 2004, Dale Minami was contacted by the Department of Insurance.  He negotiated a $2.65 Million settlement., 1993
  • Pedestrian vs. Underinsured Motor Vehicle: $300,000 Settlement. As our client was crossing the street in the crosswalk with a green light, the defendant drove from behind him, made a left turn and struck him.  Our client smashed his head on the windshield and was thrown off the hood of the car onto the pavement.  The defendant driver had an insurance policy limit of only $15,000.  Due to the severity of the injuries, Dale Minami was able to obtain another $275,000 from our client's own insurance policy, which represented the policy limits of our client's policy.
  • Wrongful Death - Pedestrian Killed by Motor Vehicle: $210,000 Settlement.  Dale Minami represented the husband and son of a 79 year-old woman who died from injuries suffered after being struck by a vehicle.  She had been retrieving the newspaper and mail for neighbors across the street who were on vacation. The defendant driver claimed the sun was in his eyes and struck the decedent as she crossed the street, causing her head to smash the windshield and throwing her onto the sidewalk.  The defendant claimed the decedent was illegally jaywalking and should have seen the approaching car. We obtained the policy limits of $100,000 from the defendant's insurance company and another $110,000 from the personal assets of the defendant after two separate mediations.
  • Wrongful Death - Pedestrian vs. Truck: $500,000 Settlement. Our firm represented the five surviving members of an elderly man who was run over by an 18-wheel truck while crossing the street.  He and the 18-wheel truck were both at a stop light traveling in the same direction.  When the light turned green, our client's family member began to cross in the crosswalk, as he made it halfway across the intersection, the truck driver suddenly made a right hand turn, running over the pedestrian.  There were no witnesses and the defendant truck driver disputed liability claiming that the pedestrian was in his blind spot.  We discovered a video outside of a store on the corner where the accident occurred which clearly depicted the failure of the driver to see the pedestrian or make any attempt to avoid the collision.  The driver then pled guilty to a misdemeanor manslaughter conviction.  Dale Minami and William Kwong settled this case out of court.
  • Uninsured Motorist - Hit-and-Run: $105,000 Settlement. Our client was walking with a large crowd of people following a 49ers game.  They were leaving the stadium and crossing the street, when an unidentified SUV hit our client while in the crosswalk and sped off.  Our client suffered a torn meniscus and ligament damage to his knee, which required surgery.  Dale Minami was able to recover a settlement from the client's own uninsured motorist insurance policy.
  • Wrongful Death - Big Rig vs. Pedestrian: $2.3 Million. Dale Minami represented a 41 year old man who was the father of two children and husband of an immigrant Chinese American woman.  Our client's car had stalled on the freeway and he was walking on the shoulder to find help for his family. A big rig traveling in the same direction as our client lost control in inclement weather and jack knifed. The trailer part of the big rig slammed into the man, killing him instantly.  The big rig driver claimed that the accident was unavoidable.
  • Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle: $100,000 Settlement. A 92 year-old female who lived alone was badly injured when she was struck by the defendant's car.  She had been walking on the sidewalk when the defendant drove the wrong way while leaving a supermarket parking lot.  She was hit while crossing the entrance to the parking lot.  Among the injuries she sustained were an elbow fracture, a broken heel bone, and a fractured bone in her foot.  She required surgery and a hospital stay of 53 days.  The defendant's insurance policy limit of $100,000 was obtained as a settlement for the case by Dale Minami.
  • Multiple Car, Multiple Impact Collision - Underinsured Motorist: $300,000 Settlement. Our client was entering a large, busy intersection on a green light when he was slammed into by the defendant driver.  Witnesses claim that the defendant's traffic signal had been red for over 30 seconds when she entered the intersection traveling between 40-50 miles-per-hour.  Our client was struck by the defendant, and pushed into another moving car to his left.  The defendant's vehicle was traveling so fast that it slid all the way across the intersection until colliding with the center divider.  The defendant exited her car, and left the scene.  She was found to be on a number of prescription drugs. Our client suffered a lacerated artery to his left foot, ruptured tendons in his left foot, lacerations to his head, and a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra.  Our client required surgery to repair his injuries and spent 15 days in the hospital. Dale Minami was able to obtain the policy limit of $100,000 from the defendant driver, and a $200,000 from our client's underinsured motorist insurance policy as a Settlement in the case.
  • Rear-end Collision: $250,000 Settlement. A woman was driving on the freeway with the flow of traffic, when the defendant driver, traveling at a higher-rate of speed, did not notice our client in front of him and slammed into the rear-end of her car. Our client's car was completely totaled.  She suffered severe injuries to her neck, which required surgery to fuse her C1 and C2 vertebrae and C2 and C3 vertebrae with metal rods and wires.  She was required to wear a full neck brace fixated to her body for six months.  The defendant was found to be completely at fault and settled out of court.  Dale Minami settled the case for the plaintiff.
  • Defective Product - Student Killed by Tire of Truck Trailer: $1 Million Settlement. Our clients were the parents of a 21 year-old graduate of UC Santa Barbara and a soon-to-be medical student.  She was driving on the freeway when the wheel on a commercial truck's trailer broke loose, flew through her windshield and killed her.  The Defendant trailer owner and wheel fabricator disputed who was primarily at fault; however, there was no dispute that cumulatively all defendants were at fault for her death.  The company which welded the faulty wheel assembly was uninsured.  The case settled for the $1 million policy limits of the trailer's owner.  Dale Minami, Mark Fong and Seth Rosenberg represented Plaintiffs.
  • Product Liability - Defective Propane Tank: $1.98 Million Settlement. While attending a barbeque at a friend's home, our client was burned on over 35% of her body when an overfilled propane tank vented gas with explosive force.  The tank spewed forth a stream of fire injuring our client, as well as two others.   We sued the manufacturer of the barbeque unit for defective design and failure to warn, the propane supplier for overfilling the tank, the owners of the property for improperly storing the tank underneath the grill and the manufacturers of the components of the tank.  All defendants denied liability and we proceeded to litigation.  One week before trial, the court granted our clients a summary judgment on the issue of the failure to warn.  The defendants appealed but one month before their appeal was granted, Dale Minami was able to settle the case with all defendants for $1.98 million.
  • Government Negligence - Pedestrian Killed by Bus: $425,000 Settlement. Our client was the 96 year-old mother of a man who was run over by a city bus, and eventually died five days later in the hospital.  He was crossing the street, and had a green light.  The bus driver ran the red light, and as the bus was approaching our client's son frantically waived his arms to get the bus driver's attention. The bus driver hit our client's son while he was clearly in the crosswalk, and continued to drag him until a witness yelled and honked at the bus driver to stop.  The son of our client was taken to the hospital, where he suffered for five days, until he could no longer fight and his life support was removed.  Dale Minami was the attorney for the plaintiff.
  • Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle: $150,000 Settlement. A 37 year old Assistant Manager for a bank was struck in the crosswalk by the defendant, who was turning left.  Our client suffered multiple compression and transverse process fractures to the vertebrae in her spine.  Dale Minami was able to obtain the policy limits of $100,000 from the defendant's insurance company, as well as another $50,000 from the individual defendant.
  • Head on Collision - Underinsured Motorist: $305,000 Settlement. A 60 year old dentist was traveling through an intersection in which he had a green light when the Defendant abruptly made a left-turn while traveling from the opposite direction and struck our client head-on.  He suffered a compound fracture in his left wrist, neck and back pain, and carpel tunnel syndrome in his left arm.  Due to the continued pain in his wrist, he is only able to work part-time as a dentist now.  Dale Minami was able to recover $275,000 from our client's underinsured motorist policy, as well as an additional $30,000 from the Defendant.
  • Wrongful Death - Pedestrian vs. Underinsured Motor Vehicle: $100,000 Arbitration Settlement. The surviving family members of a doctor who was killed by a car brought a claim against their own insurance company and the driver who struck him.  The highly regarded doctor was jogging across a busy street in the crosswalk when he was struck by the defendant motorist.  It was raining heavily that night, and the motorist claimed to have never seen him.  Witnesses all testified that the defendant had been driving too fast for the conditions and that he should have been aware of pedestrians, as there were lines of people waiting to see a movie.  Dale Minami was able to obtain a $25,000 settlement from the defendant motorist, and the $75,000 policy limits from the clients' own underinsured motorist insurance policy.
  • Wrongful Death - Motor Vehicle Collision: $1.9 Million Settlements. Our clients were the parents of two young adult passengers in a car who were killed in a collision when the young Japanese driver of the car made a left hand turn and was slammed into by an SUV heading the opposite direction at 65 miles-per-hour, 20 miles-per-hour over the speed limit.  The SUV driver claimed she could not avoid the accident as the Japanese driver turned suddenly in front of her but our recovery of the "Black Box" proved that the SUV was going over 60 mph before the accident and at impact, over 15 mph over the stated speed limit.  The driver of the car whom our clients' children were riding in was an unlicensed driver whose father lived in Japan and we sued on the basis of negligent entrustment.  Despite the difficulties of jurisdiction, the Hague Convention laws and the proof liability against the father, we were able to obtain the policy limits of $500,000 from the SUV driver and $1.4 million for both families from the Japanese driver and her father.  Dale Minami was the lead counsel.
  • Premises Liability - Four-year Old Boy Receives Severe Burns at Restaurant: $178,000 Settlement. A four-year old boy and his family were eating at a Chinese food restaurant, when the boy reached for a piece of food located on a "lazy susan," a pot of boiling hot tea was knocked over.  He sustained second degree burns on 20% of his body.  He suffered permanent scarring and permanent psychological damage as a result of the burns.  The case settled for $168,000 for the young boy and $10,000 for the mother.  Dale Minami handled the case.
  • Strict Liability - Dog Bite: $300,000 Settlement. A 32 year old female student from Japan, was visiting her friend who owned a large pit bull/Welsh corgi mix.  While our client was petting the dog, he suddenly jumped up and bit her viciously in the face.  There was no warning, growling or barking and the dog bit off one-third of her upper lip causing a serious deformity.  Because our client did not have the resources for reconstructive surgery, we were able to find her an excellent physician who was willing to perform 3 major surgeries on a partial lien.  In the first, surgery, the physician built a "skin bridge" from the lower lip to the upper lip to allow natural skin to grow on the bite site.  The next surgeries helped correct the scarring to restore the natural "bow" of the upper lip.  While our client still suffers a slight deformity, the surgeries restored her appearance almost completely.  The case was settled by Dale Minami for the policy limits of the homeowners insurance policy for $300,000.
  • Government Liability – Motor Vehicle Accident - Blind-Spot Created Unsafe Intersection:  $275,000 Settlement. Our clients were traveling straight through an intersection on a green light when the defendant driver attempted to make a left turn, also on a green light, and hit our clients' car.  The defendant driver did not see our clients' vehicle because of a blind-spot created in the intersection due to a mass public transit support column in the median of the road.  This intersection has been the site of many car accidents under similar circumstances, and had been well documented by the city since the early 1970s.  One client suffered fractured C6 and C7 vertebrae which were required to be fused.  She was forced to wear a "halo," a neck brace that is fixated to the body and head, for three months.  The City settled the case out of court.
  • Pedestrian vs. Auto - Brain Injury: $140,000 Settlement. A man was crossing a busy street in the city.  As he entered the crosswalk, he noticed a city truck was making a right hand turn toward him.  He realized that the man driving the truck did not see him, and he turned around and began to head back towards the sidewalk from which he came.  Before reaching the sidewalk, the man in the truck turned, knocking our client out of the crosswalk, which resulted in a brain injury.  The city employee claimed that our client had simply fallen down and did not make contact with the vehicle.  However, there was a witness in an office building who watched the accident occur, and even heard a "thud" from the accident inside of a building.  Based on the evidence presented, the city settled the case out of court.  Seth Rosenberg and Dale Minami handled this case.
  • Wrongful Death - Child Pedestrian vs. Truck: $385,000 Verdict.  Our client was the father of an 11 year old child who was struck and killed in a crosswalk on the way to school.  The parents were divorced and each claimed compensation for the loss of their child at more than one half of the $750,000 policy limits.  After a trial, the Court awarded our client $385,000 of the policy limits, more than the one-half of the policy.  Dale Minami tried the case for the client.
  • Multiple Vehicle Rear-End Collision: $132,500 Settlement. Our client was slowing down to avoid a disabled vehicle in front of him.  As he was slowing down, he was rear-ended by the car following him.  After the collision, our client exited his vehicle to inspect the damage, when a third-vehicle attempting to avoid the slowed traffic swerved into our client's vehicle on the shoulder, and pushed his vehicle into him, knocking him to the ground.  Our client was diagnosed with a proximal fibula fracture and a completely displaced anterior circulate ligament in his right knee, both of which required surgery.  We were able to obtain a combined settlement from both drivers at-fault in the amount of $132,500.  Dale Minami was the attorney for the plaintiff.
  • Pedestrian vs. Motor Vehicle: $300,000 Settlement. A 70 year-old woman was crossing a busy street in San Francisco. Before crossing, she waited for all of the cars to pass so she could cross safely.  The driver who struck our client was more than a block away when she began to cross the street.  Our client was already 12 feet into the crosswalk when she was struck by the defendant and thrown 17 feet from the force of the impact.  Our client suffered a fractured pelvis, a fractured knee, as well as a closed-head injury.  Dale Minami represented the Plaintiff.
  • General Negligence - Man Suffers Brain Damage as a Result of Heart Attack at Gym: Confidential Settlement. Represented were the family members of a 56 year-old chemist who suffered a heart attack while using weight lifting equipment at the gym.  The employees of the gym were not trained in CPR, and there was no Automated Electronic Defibrillator at the gym.  The man was unconscious for over nine minutes before paramedics arrived and is now in a permanent vegetative state due to the brain damage he suffered from lack of oxygen.  The case settled for a significant amount for both the client and his wife.  Dale Minami represented the Plaintiff.
  • Premises Liability - Fall From Deck: $234,000 Settlement. A medical equipment salesman visited a residence with a real estate agent to prospectively lease the home.  When the two stepped onto the deck in the back yard, the deck gave way, causing both to fall over 12 feet to the ground.  Our client suffered a torn meniscus and severe internal injuries to his cervical discs. He also suffered a significant loss of earnings, and was forced to change careers.  Our client brought a lawsuit against the owners of the home, and the construction company who built the deck.  The homeowners settled out of court for $34,000 and the construction company settled for $200,000.  Dale Minami represented the Plaintiff.
  • Pedestrians vs. Motor Vehicle - Couple Hit by Truck: $385,000 Settlement. An elderly couple were attempting to cross a wide street in Berkeley when they were struck by the defendant.  After they had passed the mid-way point of the crosswalk, they noticed a vehicle that was not slowing down to let them cross.  The defendant claimed to have the sun directly in his eyes, and did not brake until the last second.  The wife sustained multiple pubic fractures, while the husband sustained a broken femur.  Both required hospitalization for a number of days.  The case was settled out of court with the defendant by Dale Minami.

Representative Clients:

  • Olympic Gold Medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992
  • Nakanishi v. UCLA, a claim for unfair denial of tenure which resulted in the granting of tenure after several hearing and widespread publicity over discrimination in academia
  • Spokane JACL v. Washington State University, a class action on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans to establish an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University
  • United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield, the first class action employment lawsuit brought by Asian Pacific Americans on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Steven Okazaki
  • Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda
  • KDTV anchor Leticia Maria Gomez
  • ABC correspondent Cecilia Vega
  • KGO weatherman Mike Nicco
  • Heather Ishimaru
  • KPIX weatherman Lawrence Karnow

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Honorary Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, 2010
  • Dormitory at U.C. Santa Cruz named "Queen Liliuokalani-Minami" dormatory, 1997
  • Honorary Juris Doctor Degree from McGeorge School of Law, 1995

Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California, B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1968

Industry Groups

  • CAOC
  • SFTLA

Articles about Dale Minami appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for Dale Minami

360 Post Street
8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

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Last Updated: 11/29/2018

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