Markus Willoughby

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Berkeley, California

Willoughby Law Firm, Inc.
Markus Willoughby
Willoughby Law Firm, Inc.

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1998

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

Willoughby Law Firm, Inc.

609 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710 Visit website


A medical malpractice attorney for 27 years and founding partner with Willoughby Law Firm, Markus Willoughby represents clients in all of California. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has an Avvo “Superb” rating, was named by California Lawyer magazine as the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Medical Malpractice and is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association gave him the Civil Justice Award in 2014, and he was nominated for the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the organization two years in a row.

Mr. Willoughby is admitted to practice in the states of California and Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Supreme Court. A former treasurer of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, he was the 2020 president of the association and an arbitrator for the Ohio Courts of Common Pleas.

In 1992, Mr. Willoughby graduated from California State University with high honors and an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He then attended Case Western Reserve University Law School, where he was given the Governor’s Commendation and the Nathan Burkan Award while he earned his Juris Doctor. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

He was also a chairperson of the Interprofessional Committee of The Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association and a member of the Alameda County Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Barristers. Mr. Willoughby has published numerous articles on topics related to trial tactics, medical malpractice and personal injury.  He teaches continuing legal educations courses, seminars and mock trial.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice

  • 90% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Given to the Attorney who fights the good fight for his clients in the trenches every day, Civil Justice Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year - Medical Malpractice, California Lawyer Daily Journal, CLAY Award for Keys v. Alta Bates 235 Cal.App.4th 484, 2015, 2016, CLAY Award, California Lawyer, 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author of Navigating Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in Medical Malpractice, Author, The Trial Lawyer Magazine, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2023
  • Member, Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • President, San Francisco Trial Lawyer's Association, 2020
  • President-Elect, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2019

Office location for Markus Willoughby

609 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 510-451-2270


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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