James D. Rush

Top rated personal injury attorney in Novato, California

Rush Injury Law
James D. Rush
Rush Injury Law

Practice Areas: Personal injury; view more

Licensed in California since: 2005

Education: University of San Francisco School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015
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Rush Injury Law

10 Commercial Blvd
Suite 206
Novato, CA 94949 Visit website


Personal injury attorney James D. Rush heads the Rush Injury Law, with offices in Novato, San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California. He serves clients throughout the entire state from his office in Novato, assisting them with legal matters such as car and motorcycle accidents, slip-and-falls, animal bites, brain injuries and wrongful death.

Mr. Rush holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of California and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While in law school, he was the managing editor of the Maritime Law Journal. He was admitted to practice in California in 2005 and has been practicing personal injury law ever since. He is also licensed before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.

Having tried numerous personal injury cases to jury verdict, Mr. Rush has represented plaintiffs against large companies and cities, such as the Ford Motor Company, UPS, Walmart, and the cities of Santa Rosa, Oakland and San Francisco. He helps his clients through all stages of the legal process, including recovery, ensuring they get the most favorable settlement.

A lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Mr. Rush has earned several accolades over the years. He has been:

  • Named among the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s attorney in Northern California by The National Trial Lawyers
  •  Listed in the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Northern California by America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Added to the 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  •  Peer review-rated as AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell
  •  Rated 10 out of 10 on Avvo

An active member of the legal community, Mr. Rush is a part of several legal associations, including the Marin County Bar Association, the Marin Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Sonoma County Bar Association.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 100% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.rushinjurylaw.com/about/james-d-rush/

Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor from University of San Francisco School of Law. , 2005
  • University of California, Riverside, B.A. Administrative Studies, 1995
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Sonoma County Bar Association , 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's Attorneys - Northern California, 2020
  • Keenan Trial Institute - Graduate , 2018
  • Member, California Association of Consumer Attorneys , 2017
  • Member, Marin Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Member, Marin County Bar Association, 2006
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Plenty of drivers in California head out on the road while in a drowsy state of mind, yet few are aware of the dangers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that there are 328,000 car crashes every year that are caused by drowsy drivers. Of these, 109,000 involve injuries, and 6,400 are fatal., DROWSY DRIVING, AND WHY IT IS SO DANGEROUS, 2020
  • With summer drawing close, Californians are looking forward to the prospect of spending more time in the water. From public pools to the Pacific Ocean, swimming offers Californians incredible exercise, relief from the heat and a fun activity for those kids on summer break. However, more people in the water means a higher risk of drowning., THE RISK OF DROWNING INCREASES WITH SUMMER, 2020
  • The sudden impact of a rear-end collision is a frightening experience. A surprise to most drivers, these crashes often cause a condition called whiplash. Most Californians are familiar with this term, but not the specific medical implications. Whiplash is a painful injury that, if untreated, can cause chronic lifetime pain., WHAT IS WHIPLASH AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?, 2020
  • Investigators must often work for days, even weeks, to determine all the factors that may or may not have been involved in a particular car accident. A fatal collision occurred on a recent Friday evening in California. Police say preliminary investigations did not show whether alcohol or drugs may have been a factor., QUESTIONS YET UNANSWERED AFTER FATAL COLLISION, 2020
  • Many California residents own older vehicles, and there is good reason for this. Many don’t have the money to spend on a newer vehicle, and after all, a car can last 15 years or more and sometimes run for 300,000 miles. The problem, though, is that owners may not maintain their vehicles and that this can lead to defective equipment, which can raise the risk of an accident., OLDER CARS MORE LIABLE TO BE IN DEFECT-RELATED CRASHES, 2020
  • Many people in California and across the U.S. injure their head by slipping, tripping or falling on another’s property. Traumatic brain injuries are the worst of these types of injuries and can have long-lasting effects. TBI victims may experience mental impairment, migraines, dizziness and nausea. Below is a summary of how such victims might be able to seek compensation., TBIS IN SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENT CASES, 2020
  • Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise in the United States. California, together with four other states that make up 33% of the population, accounts for nearly half of all pedestrian deaths in the U.S., PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES INCREASE OVER THE DECADE, 2020
  • Distracted driving is the cause of many car accidents and fatalities in California, yet drivers can prevent most of these accidents by staying safe and alert. The artificial intelligence firm Netradyne commissioned a study on distracted driving. To gain more insight, researchers surveyed drivers on their attitudes toward this form of negligence., SURVEY REVEALS CONCERNING TRENDS IN DISTRACTED DRIVING, Legal, Personal Injury, 2020
  • California residents who received a blow or jolt to the head, whether in a car crash or a sports-related incident, should know that they may have incurred a traumatic brain injury. TBIs range from mild to severe, but the symptoms are consistent and fall under four categories., TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND THEIR SYMPTOMS, 2020
  • Any parent in California knows that teenagers, being inexperienced behind the wheel, are more liable to be in a crash than adults are. The risk goes up even more during what are called the 100 deadliest days, which span from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Between 2008 and 2018, more than 8,300 people died in crashes with teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days., TEEN DRIVERS RUN GREATER RISKS DURING 100 DEADLIEST DAYS, 2020
  • California remains home to many dog owners and their pets. Unfortunately, interactions between dogs and humans are not always benign, and people do suffer from bites. The fault does not always lie with the dog, even when the canine in question is an “aggressive” breed. Sometimes, human beings provoke the attack., UNDERSTANDING DOG BITE INJURIES AND PROVOCATION, 2020
  • Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a roadside brake inspection spree called Brake Safety Week. During this event, truckers in California and throughout the U.S. are pulled over at random and have every brake component checked. Those trucks that violate brake regulations are issued out-of-service orders., CVSA SCHEDULES BRAKE SAFETY WEEK FOR AUGUST 23 TO 29, 2020, 2020
  • Whether California residents are in a car crash or a slip and fall incident, they will need to prove that the other side, be it a driver or a property owner, was negligent in order to be eligible for compensation. As a legal concept, negligence means the failure to act in a reasonably safe manner., KNOWING WHAT NEGLIGENCE IS AND PROVING IT, 2020
  • Business owners have a lot on their plate including dealing with all the rules and regulations imposed on them by government agencies at all levels. Plus, they have to be mindful of lawsuits that could be brought against them including claims or slips and falls. There are precautions a business owner in California can take to minimize the possibility of these kinds of lawsuits and litigation., UNDERSTANDING SLIPS AND FALLS IN TERMS OF PREMISES LIABILITY LAW, Law, Injury Lawyers, accident, 2020
  • In 2008, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study concluded that red turn signals are more dangerous than amber ones. A car with red turn signals is 22% more likely to be rear-ended than a vehicle with amber turn signals, according to the study. In California and throughout the United States, rear-end collisions are the most common kind of car accident., THE COLOR OF CAR TURN SIGNALS AFFECTS SAFETY, Law, Legal, Personal Injury, 2020
  • Recent research provided some detailed information regarding the safety of teens and senior citizens behind the wheel. Teens were more commonly involved in accidents during the study period, and senior drivers were the most common fatalities. The first consideration most would have for these statistics is that teens are less experienced and senior drivers not as attentive and responsive as they once were. However, there are more factors that affect their safety., TEENS AND SENIOR DRIVERS POINTED OUT IN RECENT SAFETY STUDY, Legal, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Injury Lawyer, 2020
  • California residents who experience lower back pain may have strained or sprained their lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is especially prone to these conditions because of how much it moves, twists and bends. When the muscle fibers are excessively stretched or torn, the result is strain. Spraining occurs when the ligaments stretch or tear. Other symptoms of strain and strains include: Pain extending to the buttocks A limited range of motion due to stiffness Inability to maintain normal posture Muscles spasms while active or at rest, LUMBAR SPINE STRAINS AND SPRAINS: AN OVERVIEW, Legal, Personal Injury, Car Accident, 2020
  • Perhaps a negligent driver collided into you here in Novato, California, and you suffered a TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the hinge that attaches the jawbone to the rest of the skull. When it is injured, victims may experience jaw and face pain, earaches, and other symptoms. In some instances, these symptoms can persist for years., TMJ DISORDERS INCURRED IN CAR ACCIDENTS, Legal, Personal Injury, 2020
  • In 2017, there were 40,231 car crash fatalities in California and throughout the U.S. The number went down 2% to 39,404 in 2018, and now the National Safety Council has attested to another 2% decline in 2019: An estimated 38,800 people may have died in car crashes that year. While the gradual decline is good news, safety experts agree, and you will likely agree as well, that the number is still tragically high., NSC REPORT ESTIMATES 2% DECLINE IN TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2019, Legal, Personal Injury, 2020
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Mr. Rush has zero negative online reviews from clients on Yelp, Facebook, Google, Avvo or any other website.  All of his reviews have the maximum amount of positive stars for the particular website.  Furthermore, Mr. Rush has a positive video testimonials from real clients on his website (https://www.rushinjurylaw.com/testimonials/) and Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZ1idYnzHwlXW4GzjIb7AQ.  It is Mr. Rush’s belief that an attorney’s own clients are the best judges of his or her competence and skill.  Mr. Rush built a mock courtroom in his suite of offices where pre-COVID he would run focus groups to get potential juror feedback on his client’s cases and now does this via Zoom until the in-person focus groups can be run safely again.  Other attorneys in the area come to Mr. Rush for help with running a focus group for their cases., 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Mr. Rush is a panelist for the Bar Association of San Francisco lawyer referral service for SF and Marin where he gives time and advice to clients inquiring about possible personal injury claims., 2020
  • Mr. Rush is a panelist for the Sonoma County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service for SF.  He gives time and advice to clients inquiring about possible personal injury claims., 2021
  • Recendez & Salinas v. Gonzalez & Dominguez:  $500,000 policy limits for Sonoma County motor vehicle wrongful death case, 2022
  • Orozco v. Logan, et al: $825,000 for Sonoma County motor vehicle accident, 2022
  • Duran v. Recology Sonoma Marin.  $575,000 for disputed liability Sonoma County car versus garbage truck collision injury case, 2022
  • Kahalekulu v. Javid: $505,000 for Solano County premises liability personal injury case., 2022
  • Wilson, et al. v. Pietruszka & Farmers Insurance: $500,000 policy limits for San Francisco motor vehicle vs. pedestrian wrongful death case, 2022
  • Warych v. Herner.  $250,000 policy limit for Northern California car accident personal injury case, 2022
  • Johnson v. Scarpa:  $352,000 for Marin County trip and fall premises liability case, 2022
  • Swett v. BMC Freight, Int'l.  $255,000 for Marin County truck vs. van injury collision, 2022
  • Whitefield v. Kump:  $180,000 for Sonoma County motorcycle vs. car personal injury case, 2022
  • Defina v. Godinez, et al.  $165,000 for Sonoma County motor vehicle crash, 2022
  • Gutierrez, et al. v. State Farm Insurance:  $100,000 policy limits for Marin County motor vehicle accident injury case, 2022
  • Quackenbush v. Martindale: $100,000 policy limits for Sonoma County personal injury motor vehicle crash, 2022
  • Cambridge v. D'Augusta and CSAA Insurance: $100,000 policy limits for Santa Clara County car crash personal injury case, 2022
  • Marvier v. Maiyo and ESIS: $100,000 policy limits for Santa Rosa car accident personal injury case, 2022
  • Le v. La Pointe: $100,000 policy limits for Santa Cruz County motor vehicle personal injury case, 2022
  • Powers v. Caporale.  $100,000 policy limit for Merced County dog bite personal injury case, 2022
  • McPhee v. Estay: $100,000 policy limits for San Joaquin County motor vehicle collision wrongful death case, 2022
  • Gilbert v. City of Oakland: $1,750,000 settlement approved by Oakland City Council for client in bicycle-pothole brain injury case involving dangerous condition of public property. , 2021
  • Crisostomo v. Oewel:  $1,500,000 policy limits settlement for motor vehicle-pedestrian injury accident, Marin County, 2021
  • Christensen v. Benge: $465,000 for Marin County motor vehicle case involving a drunk driver who hit and injured client., 2021
  • Sidhu v. Brown: $198,500 for Sonoma County dog bite case., 2021
  • Wallace v. California Capital Insurance Company: $178,547.70 award obtained for client at arbitration in Marin County underinsured motorist case.  , 2021
  • Kollman v. Precision Excavating, Inc.:  $240,000 for San Joaquin County car accident injury case., 2021
  • Patocchi v. Garcia: $191,963 settlement for Sonoma County motor vehicle collision case, 2021
  • Markwick v. Leikin: $170,000 settlement for bicyclist-motorist collision in Marin County, 2021
  • Hendrickx v. Silva: $225,000 for Sonoma County motor vehicle crash personal injury lawsuit. , 2021
  • Weissenberg v. Carquinez Women's Club:  $790,000 for Contra Costa County trip and fall personal injury case , 2020
  • Booth v. Zerah: $500,000 policy limits for truck vs. pedestrian Sonoma County personal injury case, 2020
  • Christiansen v. DeGabrielle: $500,000 policy limits for Marin County motor vehicle crash personal injury case, 2020
  • Bostjancic v. Smith: $195,000 for Marin County car accident personal injury case, 2020
  • Cantagallo v. Doble: $285,000 for Marin County premises liability case., 2020
  • Murray v. Meek: $250,000 policy limits settlement for Siskiyou County motor vehicle-pedestrian personal injury case, 2020
  • Angeles v. Gramajo: $100,000 policy limits for Marin County motor vehicle-pedestrian injury claim, 2020
  • Cifuentes v. Fournier: $116,577 for Sonoma County motor vehicle collision claim., 2020
  • Hodge v. Fox: $688,754 for Marin County jury verdict in automobile-bicycle injury case.  Total of $850,000 paid for satisfaction of judgment, 2019
  • Mathews, et al. v CSAA, et al:  $320,000 for Placer County motor vehicle personal injury case, 2019
  • Hernandez v. King, et al, $280,000 Sonoma County motor vehicle crash., 2019
  • Sullivan v. Wylie: $100,000 policy limits for Contra Costa County car-motorcycle injury case., 2019
  • Whiteman v. Wilson: $100,000 policy limits in Sonoma County motor vehicle injury case, 2019
  • Sapone v. Confidential, $125,000 San Francisco pedestrian-car injury settlement., 2019
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $104,000 policy limits and personal contribution for Marin County motor vehicle personal injury case, 2019
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $1,150,000 for Marin County trip-and-fall premises liability case, 2018
  • Grant v. Ko, $100,000 policy limits Sonoma County motor vehicle crash. , 2019
  • Dullea v. Dullea, $105,000 for Marin County dog bite., 2019
  • Minnery v. Cal-Star Gymnastics, et al.: $1,025,000 for Marin County premises liability personal injury case, 2018
  • McPherson v. Nita: $510,000 for Sonoma County disputed liability burn injury case , 2018
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $308,000 for Solano County slip and fall premises liability case , 2018
  • Teixeira v. Bedrick, et al.: $260,000 for Marin County trip-and-fall premises liability case, 2018
  • Confidential v. Sarver: $104,000 for motor vehicle crash case representing policy limits plus personal contribution from Defendant, 2018
  • Rhoades v. Erlandson: $100,000 policy limits for Marin County motor vehicle personal injury case, 2018
  • Davis v. Harris: $100,000 policy limits for Sonoma County motor vehicle injury that occurred in Petaluma, CA , 2018
  • Given v. Bush-Lopez: $90,000 for Santa Rosa motor vehicle-pedestrian injury case , 2018
  • Day v. Wind Mill Circle Homeowners’ Association, et al: $275,000 for Santa Rosa, Sonoma County trip and fall premises liability lawsuit , 2017
  • Lee v. Wang: $100,000 insurance policy limits for rear-end car crash case, 2017
  • Madru v. Whittington, et al.: $150,000 for Marin County motor vehicle injury case , 2017
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $150,000 for disputed liability slip and fall injury case in Sonoma County , 2017
  • Vicente v. Christie: $92,000 for San Rafael disputed liability pedestrian-motor vehicle injury case , 2017
  • Burchfield v. Belhumeur: $160,000 for Sonoma County motor vehicle vs. construction flagger accident injury case, 2017
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $185,000 or 80% of the alleged gunman's net estate for wrongful death case arising out of a murder-suicide , 2017
  • Matthews v. CSAA: $214,000 for Sonoma County motor vehicle injury claim, 2017
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $125,000 for disputed liability injury case, 2017
  • Zavala v. Carlton Senior Living, LLC: $950,000 for class action case in Contra Costa County, 2016
  • Gasper v. Marin Sanitary Services: $165,000 for Marin County injury claim , 2016
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $165,000 for disputed causation Marin County motor vehicle accident case, 2016
  • Lynn v. South Novato Animal Hospital: $100,000 for Marin County injury case, 2016
  • O'Reilly v. Sturm: $120,000 for motor vehicle accident bodily injury claim in Marin County, 2016
  • Stogner v. Beronio Lumber: $100,000 for injury claim , 2015
  • Clancy v. Confidential: $101,500 for Sonoma County premises liability personal injury claim , 2015
  • $739,000 for Napa County class action case , 2015
  • Eddy v. Windhover: $240,000 for Marin County trip-and-fall lawsuit, 2015
  • Olivier v. Loshin: $150,000 for Marin County motor vehicle vs. pedestrian personal injury lawsuit, 2015
  • Bignardi v. Aramark: $128,000 for injury claim, 2014
  • Shuping v. North Bay Center, LLC: $127,000 for premises liability, personal injury claim in Marin County , 2014
  • Confidential v. Confidential, $400,000 for Solano County class action case , 2013
  • O'Sullivan, et al. v. AMN Services, LLC, et al., $3,000,000 for class action case against a publicly-traded company , 2013
  • Zeuli v. Yu: $105,000 for pedestrian struck in crosswalk by motor vehicle injury claim, 2013
  • Dennis v. Bumgarner: $425,000 for pedestrian injured after being struck in crosswalk by Defendant's motor vehicle. , 2013
  • Covillo, et al. v. Specialty's Cafe & Bakery, Inc.: $2,000,000 for class action case , 2013
  • Sullivan and Fujita v. City of San Rafael, et al.: $185,000 for federal court injury lawsuit , 2013
  • Yantas v. Detar: $275,000 for injury case , 2012
  • Jimenez v. Kortum, Sonoma County jury verdict in the amount of $366,221 for broken femur suffered by 7 year-old boy. Total compensation paid by Defendant: $390,054, 2011
  • Confidential v. Confidential, Multi-plaintiff case resulted in arbitration award of $778,000, 2011
  • Confidential v. Confidential: $160,000 for disputed liability injury case, 2011
  • Ince. v. Barrera, $260,000 for personal injury case , 2010
  • James D. Rush rated AV Preeminent again by peers for 2023, AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney , Martindale-Hubbell, 2023
  • Mr. Rush was selected as one of the top 5% of plaintiff's personal injury attorneys in Northern California by Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer - Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Mr. Rush obtained 2 of the Top 50 Personal Injury settlements in the state of California in 2021, Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in California, TopVerdict.com, 2021
  • Mr. Rush was selected as one of the top 5% of plaintiff's personal injury attorneys in Northern California, Northern California Super Lawyer - Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • James D. Rush rated AV Preeminent again by peers for 2021, AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Achieved the honor of obtaining the 85th highest personal injury verdict in the State of California for 2019 with the case of Fox v. Hodge in Marin County, Top 100 Jury Verdicts - CA Personal Injury 2019, TopVerdict.com, 2020
  • Achieved the honor of being named Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's attorney in Northern California, Top 100 - Civil Plaintiff - Northern California, The National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney by the local judiciary and bar., AV Preeminent Judicial Edition, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Achieved the honor of being named one of the top 100 "high stakes" litigators in Northern California., Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Northern California, America's Top 100, 2020
  • James D. Rush rated AV Preeminent again in 2019., AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • in 2018, James Rush achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, awarded to only those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability., AV Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction for California., 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction , American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2018
  • Awarded the highest rating of 10.0 by Avvo., Avvo 10.0 Top Attorney, www.avvo.com, 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction for California awarded by American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers., 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2017

Office location for James D. Rush

10 Commercial Blvd
Suite 206
Novato, CA 94949

Phone: 415-985-7225


3 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2015

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