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Reuben J. Donig

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Mateo, CA

Law Office of Reuben J. Donig
177 Bovet Road, Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: 877-332-3710
Fax: 650-638-2536
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Owner and attorney at the Law Office of Reuben J. Donig, Reuben J. Donig represents clients in the San Francisco, California, peninsula area and San Mateo County. Focusing on vehicle accidents, animal bites, wrongful death and dangerous property conditions, he has over four decades of experience fighting for the rights of the injured. Along with personal injury law, he is also experienced in real estate litigation and business litigation.

Mr. Donig is admitted to practice in the state of California and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Consumer Business Review named him Personal Injury Attorney of the Year, and for his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

At the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Donig graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then attended McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1975. From the long list of satisfied clients he has worked with, he has an Avvo “Superb” rating.

A member of The State Bar of California, Mr. Donig is also a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association. To serve his community, he has served as President of the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, and as President of the CA Kiwanis Club in San Carlos, President of the Wornick Jewish Day School and President of Congregation Beth Jacob.

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

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Reuben J. Donig

First Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Martindale Hubbell - AV, AVVO
  • Personal Injury Attorney of the Year, Consumer Business Review

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Making a Claim for Personal Injuries: What is Involved, 2000
  • Uninsured Motorist Law: Tips for the Practitioner; Traps for the Unwary, 2008
  • After the Accident: What Should You Do? What Should You Avoid Doing?, 2005
  • The Perilous Waters of California's Uninsured Motorist Law, 1995
  • Uninsured Motorists: Answers to Six Important Questions, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President, Wornick Jewish Day School, San Mateo, CA, 1991 to 1993
  • President, San Carlos, CA Kiwanis Club, 1987 to 1988
  • President, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City, 1999 to 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member, 1976 to Present
  • State Bar of California, Member, 1976 to Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, 1995 to Present
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2005 to 2006
  • California, 1975, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1975, U.S. Supreme Court

Educational Background

  • University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California, B.A. - 1972, Honors: With High Honors, Major: Political Science


  • Trip & Fall (2021):  Plaintiff, a retired married gentleman in his early 70's, tripped and fell while walking in the hallway of his apartment building, going back to his apartment from the garage. He tripped and fell over cords and hoses being utilized by a carpet cleaning company hired by the apartment manager. Plaintiff contended that the carpet cleaners were careless in how they laid out and handled the hoses and cords, causing him to trip. Carpet cleaning company maintained that they had warned him to be careful, and were doing nothing wrong when Plaintiff tripped while trying to step over the hoses. Carpet cleaning company had no insurance or assets. Plaintiff also sued the apartment complex and a maintenance service which arranged for the carpet cleaning company to perform services at the apartment complex. Plaintiff claimed injuries to both shoulders and both needs, requiring knee and shoulder replacement. Defendants contended that they and the carpet cleaning company were all not negligent; that Plaintiff was himself comparatively negligent; and that his knee and shoulder injuries were pre-existing and not caused by the subject incident. Case settled at mediation prior to trial for $975,000. Plaintiff was a veteran, and VA Hospital claimed medical lien of $322,000, which was negotiated down to $173,000, representing an additional savings to Plaintiff of $150,000., 2021
  • Motor Vehicle (2021):  Plaintiff, a married woman in her late 50’s with two adult children, involved in a relatively low- speed two-car motor vehicle accident; claimed neck, shoulder (rotator cuff tear) and mild head injuries as a result. Liability was admitted, but Defendant denied severity of injuries, and specifically denied that the motor vehicle could have caused a torn right rotator cuff, claiming instead that the shoulder injury was degenerative in nature. Case settled after protracted mediation, when Plaintiff decided to accept Defendants’ settlement offer of $115,000., 2021
  • Motor Vehicle (2021): Plaintiff, a middle aged nurse on disability, with soft tissue, claimed concussion, and disputed eye injury. Admitted liability; disputed extent of injury. Settled for nearly $200,000., 2021
  • Negligence (2021): Plaintiff, a 92-year-old woman with multiple degenerative conditions, received transportation to and from her medical appointments through the San Mateo County program, RediWheels. Plaintiff alleges that the RediWheels driver ran over a speed hump too fast, causing her to be jostled about in her seat, and suffering a one level thoracic vertebral compression fracture.  Defendant denied that the driver was driving too fast or in any other way negligent; questioned whether plaintiff sustained a fracture or sustained in the subject incident, and questioned the reasonability and relationship of medical and related charges and costs of nearly $100,000. In discovery, Plaintiff’s counsel learned for the first time that the driver had been admonished by San Mateo Transit for driving too fast over the speed, causing Plaintiff’s injuries. The parties thereafter agreed to settle the matter for $195,000., 2021
  • Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian (2021):  Plaintiff, an attractive, athletic, young, single woman in her mid-20s was crossing the street in a pedestrian crosswalk when the motorists failed to yield, and ran over her foot. She suffered fractures and crushing injury to her right big toe, resulting in partial amputation (of the first phalanx) of the right toe. Liability was admitted. Case settled prior to litigation for $750,000., 2021
  • Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian (2020):  Plaintiffs, an elderly husband and wife, were struck by car while walking in the parking lot at Stanford Shopping Center.  Husband had a closed head injury; wife broken leg. Defense contended they were jaywalking, and there was a crosswalk not too far away they could have used. Settled for policy limits of $100,000 each., 2020
  • Dog Bite (2020):  Plaintiff, a young, single woman with heavy tattoo and piercings, was bitten by dog about her face, with permanent damage to her lip and facial scarring. Defendants claimed client was intoxicated and provoked the dog. Settled for $202, 000., 2020
  • Motor Vehicle vs. Bicycle (2020):  Disputed liability on guarded, strangely laid out intersection with neither party having much opportunity to avoid the collision, which resulted in some pelvic fractures. Settled for $150,000., 2020
  • Motor Vehicle (2021):  Plaintiff, a married mother of two young children, involved in a rear end accident. Plaintiff had a prior history of neck complaints. Claimed neck injury and concussion, with post concussive issues. Defendants contended that Plaintiff only sustained mild injuries that should have resolved within a few months. The parties agreed to submit the claim to binding arbitration. Prior to arbitration, Defendants offered to settle for about $40,000. Arbitration resulted in an award to Plaintiff of slightly over $250,000., 2021
  • Motor Vehicle (2019):  Plaintiff, a 30-year-old woman, was a passenger in a delivery van being driven by her husband in the course and scope of his employment with Defendant RP Transit. Accident occurred in Ohio, while husband was driving from New York to Illinois, to make deliveries. Plaintiff was asleep in the back part of the van, when in the middle of the night, Defendant somehow drove the vehicle into the back of a fire truck, which had already been stopped on the highway to attend to another accident. Husband/driver was killed upon impact, wife/Plaintiff seriously injured. To compound matters, 20 minutes later, another driver struck a police officer that had arrived on the scene to direct traffic, killing the police officer. Estate of the police officer and city/owner of the fire truck joined in the lawsuit. Settled $485,000. Policy limit was $1 million., 2019
  • Motor Vehicle vs. Bicycle (2019):  Plaintiff, a rugged triathlete and high income earner in Silicon Valley, was injured when struck at low speed by a pickup truck exiting the driveway of a private business. Plaintiff claimed severe shoulder injuries requiring surgery, and leg injury with resultant mild injury to a peripheral lower leg nerve, resulting in occasional foot drop. Plaintiff subsequently suffered a hamstring tear and he caught his toe while running a half marathon, due to the foot drop. Defendants contested liability, denied lower leg nerve injury, and denied any serious right shoulder injury, claiming that the shoulder condition was a pre-existing condition, which had also been exacerbated by a skiing injury six months earlier. The arbitrator found for Plaintiff on all issues of liability and causation. Award $270,000 plus costs (agreed high limit of $300,000)., 2019
  • Premises Liability (2019):  Plaintiff, a 63-year-old retired police officer, slipped and fell when he entered the restroom of the Target department store. Restroom had just been mopped, but janitorial service neglected to put up a warning sign. Floor was wet and slippery. Patient suffered a torn rotator cuff injury to right shoulder. Defense denied causation, claiming that the rotator cuff was an old shoulder injury, and that client only suffered a temporary strain. Settled for $240,000., 2019
  • Dog Bite (2019):  Plaintiff, a 62-year-old woman, was attacked by Defendant’s Bull Mastiff while she was a visitor in Defendant’s home. Bull Mastiff basically ripped off a large portion of Plaintiff’s scalp, resulting in permanent disfigurement. Plaintiff was required to undergo skin graft surgery; however, was left with a large portion of her scalp with permanent scarring and which no longer grows hair. Plaintiff also suffered other, more minor wounds to her wrist and other parts of her body. Settled for $1,500,000., 2019
  • Motor Vehicle (2019):  Older woman in motor vehicle accident with shoulder injuries. Settled for policy limit of $100,000., 2019
  • Motor Vehicle (2019):  Middle-age man with neck and back injuries from motor vehicle accident. Settled for policy limit of $100,000., 2019
  • Unsafe Condition of Public Property (2019):  Plaintiff, a minor, claimed damages for wrongful death of his mother when mother was struck and killed by a falling eucalyptus tree branch. County denied liability, and claimed that mother was in poor health, was also a drug addict, and not a very attentive mother, and would have died within a couple of years anyway from kidney cancer. County also claimed incident was an act of God, and further claimed that liability, if any, lay with its independent contractor who was responsible for maintaining the trail that decedent was walking on in a safe condition. Plaintiff’s half-brother, an adult, also was a claimant in the action, but was represented by a separate counsel due to a possible conflict of interest. Total settlement for both of the children of decedent was $750,000. , 2019
  • Negligent Failure to Warn or Instruct (2018):  Plaintiff, a 17-year-old young man, suffered loss of left middle finger and permanent injury to left ring finger as a result of an accident involving a log splitter, which he had been requested to use by his family’s landlord. Plaintiff alleged inadequate and improper training/negligence on the part of the land owner, failing to adequately explain the use of and safety of using a log splitter to a minor child. Jury awarded $669,000 in damages, but reduced 30% for comparative negligence., 2018
  • Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian (2018):  Plaintiff, an 18-year-old young man, struck by motor vehicle at low speed. Defendant contended bad lighting conditions plus Plaintiffs wearing of dark clothing prevented Defendant from seeing Plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered knee injuries requiring surgery. Settled for $250,000., 2018
  • Motor Vehicle v. Pedestrian, Failure to Train and Negligent Supervision (2018):  Plaintiff was part of a group of workers picking up trash and clearing brush on the highway, under a job-training program operated by County of San Mateo, when he and a fellow worker were struck by a motor vehicle where the Defendant driver had lost control due to suffering a seizure. Plaintiff suffered multiple fractures to his legs and feet, as well as a closed head injury. Plaintiff alleged that Caltrans failed to properly supervise and train the people involved in the cleanup and brush clearing operation, especially regarding the proper placement and use of a guard vehicle. Settled for $400,000., 2018
  • Negligent Installation, Premises Liability (2018):  Plaintiff, a woman in her 50's, working as a home care provider for an elderly widow, visited the widow's family cemetery Chapel. While there, one of the marble slabs affixed to the wall about 6 feet off the ground (just slightly higher than the top of Plaintiff’s head) came loose and struck Plaintiff on her head and body, causing a concussion with residual headaches. Settled for $225,000., 2018
  • Negligent Home Care Provider (2018):  Plaintiff, a wheelchair-bound man in his early 60's requiring healthcare with all activities, fell while being transferred from the Hoyer lift to a shower chair, while the Hoyer lift was being operated by and he was under the supervision of, a home care provider employed by Defendants. Plaintiff suffered a fractured leg, requiring surgery. Settled for $275,000., 2018
  • Motor Vehicle Passenger (2018):  Plaintiff, an elderly lady, was in the process of embarking in her neighbor’s vehicle when the neighbor started to pull away, causing Plaintiff to fall out of the car and sustain neck and back injuries. Settled for $100,000 policy limit., 2018
  • Motor Vehicle (2018):  A woman in her 40's claiming neck injuries from motor vehicle accident. Third-party settlement for policy limit of $15,000. UIM claim settled with Farmers Insurance $150,000 new money., 2018
  • Motor Vehicle (2018):  Woman in her 40’s with neck and back injuries from motor vehicle accident. Settled for policy limit of $100,000., 2018
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Office Location for Reuben J. Donig

177 Bovet Road
Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 877-332-3710

Fax: 650-638-2536

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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