Pete Clancy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

Clancy & Diaz, LLP
3000 Citrus Cir, Suite 215
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: 925-835-7500
Fax: 510-768-7203
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tagalog
Attorney Profile

Pete Clancy started Clancy & Diaz, LLP in 2007 because he loves to help others.  He loves to meet new people, hear their stories and figure out a way that he can help them.  He proactively and tirelessly works to get injured people the compensation they deserve.

Mr. Clancy takes great pride in the personal approach he puts into each case, and enjoys working with his clients and employees to create a plan of action to move quickly and effectively.  Others in the legal community respect him as a compassionate attorney who cares for the families he represents, and as a thoroughly-prepared advocate in the courtroom.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Clancy earned his Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law. He is admitted to practice law in California and Nevada, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

An impressive track record of success has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions for Mr. Clancy. He is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been included in The National Trial Lawyers' Top 40 under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers lists. In the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He belongs to several bars and associations, including The State Bar of California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, The Bar Association of San Francisco and the State Bar of Nevada.

Outside of the office, Pete Clancy enjoys running and spending time with his family.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


3 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

About Pete Clancy

Admitted: 2004, Nevada

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • California Land Use Reporter, "Is the Grass Really Greener on The Other Side? An Introduction to Property Boundary Disputes", June 2005
  • In 2015 Pete Clancy was invited to act as a speaker at Bar Association of San Francisco CLE on trial strategies, jury selection, discovery, witness selection and overall case approach., Speaker, How to Win HUGE Personal Injury Verdicts , 2015
  • Member of Editorial Board, "Nevada Lawyer", 2006
  • Nevada Editor, Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Lawyers in the Library, 2007-2010
  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California

Educational Background

  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Bachelor's Degree in Finance; Minor: Spanish, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Alameda County "Lawyers in the Library", 2005


  • Summary of legal professionals throughout the United States.  New members are nominated by existing members., Who's Who Among Legal Professionals, Piedmont Publishing, 2010
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • In 2017 Pete Clancy became a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He earlier became a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  To qualify for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an attorney and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement., Life Member: Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process, which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. The result is a credible, comprehensive and impressive list of young attorneys chosen to represent their state. The Top 40 under 40 is restricted to only 40 attorneys per state per year and each attorney must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2012. Attorneys must also specialize in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Each candidate must also be in good standing with the state licensing board and must never have been subject to disciplinary action., Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015


  • Verdict - $1,871,406.19 (Solano County) We represented a truck driver who was injured by another trucker while our client was repairing a brake on his rig.  As a result, he suffered a back injury and underwent a 2-level spinal fusion.  The defendants appealed the verdict, but ultimately dismissed their appeal., 2014
  • $1,150,000 Settlement out of a low-speed auto collision in Alameda County, resulting in neck surgery.  This case settled the day before picking a jury., 2017
  • M.S. went out with his friends one night. The person who drove them to a club got drunk and asked someone else to drive home. As they were traveling down highway 880 in Hayward, a hit-and-run driver started a three-car collision that left M.S. stuck in the back seat of the car, smashed into the median. His leg was broken and he was in pain. A moment later another car came speeding down the highway at roughly 80 M.P.H. and struck the car in which M.S. was stuck. As a result of this impact, M.S.’s head was essentially split open. For the most part he recovered, but never regained 100% of his vision and has permanent and obvious scarring on his face and head. Other attorneys had looked at this case and concluded there was no enough insurance money to make it worth their while. We believed in the case from the start and spent considerable time and resources on this case. As a result, we were able to identify a number of additional insurance policies. We filed suit on M.S.’s behalf. At mediation, each of the insurance companies offered to pay the policy limits (with the exception of one- which paid 90% of its policy limits). The case settled on behalf of all injured parties for between $500,000 and $600,000.
  • Matter of R.D. – Pedestrian on Sidewalk; Soft Tissue Injury; Permanent Scarring; Infection R.D. was walking down the sidewalk in Union City when a car exiting a gas station ran over her foot and lower leg; when the driver stopped, the car was still resting on R.D.’s foot. As a result of the accident, R.D. was taken to the emergency room and spent 3 days in the hospital. After returning home, she developed an allergic reaction to one of her medications and had to return to the hospital for 3 more days. The accident left her with permanent scarring on her legs and an unhealthy fear of cars. We filed a lawsuit and, after mediation, the insurance carrier for the driver paid the policy limits ($30,000) to settle the case.
  • Matter of M.T. - Client was rear-ended at a low speed, causing him to require spinal fusion.  We filed suit and, despite the fact that he had already been told he needed back surgery and had a long history of back pain, settled the matter for between $50,000 and $70,000., 2010
  • $1,300,000 - Premises Liability Case Our client fell and sustained a trimalleolar fracture to her left leg.  She was taken to the hospital. The next day she had surgery to implant hardware (ORIF).  Unfortunately, the skin did not heal. She then underwent five rounds of surgical debridement, followed by a below-the- knee amputation in August 2011.  The skin still did not heal, so she underwent a sixth round of debridement before finally undergoing an above- the-knee amputation in October 2011.  In total she spent 120 consecutive days either in the hospital or in a skilled nursing facility.  She is currently able to walk with a prosthetic leg.  Paid medical specials totaled approximately $290,000. , 2012
  • $3,000,000 wrongful death settlement.  Parties and facts of incident are confidential., 2017
  • $280,000 against school district for badly broken finger.  My client was able to settle her claims against a school district and a desk manufacturer for injuries she suffered when her school desk flipped over and badly injured finger.  As part of the lawsuit, the school district replaced all of the dangerous desks so no kids will be injured in the future!, 2017
  • Matter of A.M. – Pedestrians Struck in Cross Walk; Permanent Scarring A.M. and her daughter retained Clancy & Diaz shortly after being struck by a car while crossing the street. Both were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The daughter suffered soft-tissue injury and permanent, disfiguring scars on her legs. The driver’s insurance company attributed 50% of the fault to A.M and her daughter. We vigorously contested any liability attributable to our clients. After they had completed their treatment, we submitted a demand package to the driver’s insurance company. The insurance company paid the policy limits ($30,000) within a few days of our demand.
  • Invasion of Privacy - Client had her private information improperly and illegally released by major telecommunications company.  A third party then used that information to track down and assault client.  Confidential settlement reached prior to initiating lawsuit., 2010
  • Recovery for client injured in roll-over accident. Client suffered fairly minor injuries but, as a result of the type of accident, had significant hospital bills (because she had to be monitored, x-rayed, etc.).  We recovered approximately $50,000 for her., 2011
  • $2,617,566 judgment - Pete represented a couple badly injured in a rollover crash on Highway 880.  They were rear-ended by a driver who was traveling close to 90 miles per hour. The impact caused them to lose control of their vehicle, at highway speeds.  Their vehicle rolled over, leaving the wife with significant disfigurement, including massive scarring on her head.  , 2013
  • $1,250,000 settlement - truck versus bicyclist., 2017
  • Matter of J.H. – Uninsured Motorist; Soft Tissue Injury Client was rear-ended by a large truck, which carried no insurance. She suffered from whiplash, back pain and neck pain. By the time she contacted Clancy & Diaz she had been through nearly two years of chiropractic care/physical therapy and her symptoms were not improving. Her insurance company had not made her any offer, and she was worried that she would not only have to pay all of current medical bills out-of-pocket, but that she would have to pay all future medical bills out-of-pocket. J.H. said that her goals were to make sure that all of her medical bills, past and future, were paid. When she first came to us, the statute of limitations was going to run in 2 weeks. We acted fast, first contacting her insurance company to demand arbitration. We then submitted a detailed demand package addressing the relevant law, her damages and her likely future medical bills. Clancy & Diaz was able to settle the case for J.H. for between $20,000 and $30,000.
  • Partnership Theft -  Obtained judgment against business partner for $135,000 for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract., 2010
  • Policy Limits recovery for client injured in car-versus-bus accident.  Our client was injured when a car struck the bus in which she was traveling.  She had just completed physical therapy following a knee replacement and is required to now have a second knee surgery to replace the first replacement, which was dislodged during the accident., 2011
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Office Location for Pete Clancy

3000 Citrus Cir
Suite 215
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Phone: 925-835-7500

Fax: 510-768-7203

Last Updated: 5/13/2021

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