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Scott Sumner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

1299 Newell Hill Place, Suite 301
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-278-6170
Fax: 925-278-6174
Email: Scott Sumner
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Appellate
Attorney Profile

Scott H.Z. Sumner has 24 years experience as an advocate for injury victims and their families in catastrophic injury and death cases arising from auto, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and aircraft cases, defective products, and dangerous roadways.  

He has successfully fought for and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims and their families for decades in and around the Bay Area and the State of California against major insurers, corporations, and manufacturers in the auto, trucking, heavy equipment and other industries, and against state and local governments. 

He is widely recognized and respected by both the personal injury victim’s and insurance/corporation defense bars; a seasoned and experienced litigator, trial lawyer, and appellate advocate; a leader and leading educator for the plaintiff’s bar in California and in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding Counties.

Recipient of the CAALA Ian Herzog Award Appellate Lawyer of the Year 2010; Civil Justice Award, SFTLA, 2010; 2010 Consumer Attorneys of Marin Special Recognition for appellate and educational work; and the CAOC Robert E. Cartwright, Sr. Award In Recognition of Excellence In Trail Advocacy And Dedication To Teaching Trial Advocacy To Colleagues And To The Public 2009. Peer-rated A/V by Martindale for over a decade, Northern California SuperLawyer since 2005, and peer-voted one of the Top 100 Personal Injury Lawyers in Northern California.

J.D., USD (cum laude, 1991; American Jurisprudence Award, Remedies 1991); Hastings (visiting student 1990-91). Past President of the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyer's Association (ACCTLA, 2004) and elected to the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

About Scott Sumner

First Admitted: 1991, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Amicus Committee, 1998 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, 1998 - Present (Board of Governors); Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007 - Present (Board of Directors); American Association for Justice (Member); Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2004 (President); Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Assoc., 1997 - Present (Board Member); Public Justice Foundation


  • Special Recognition for appellate and educational work, Special Recognition, Consumer Attorneys of Marin
  • Given in recognition of excellence in trial advocacy and dedication to teaching trial advocacy to fellow trial lawyers and to the public, Robert E. Cartwright, Sr. Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009
  • For Appellate Excellence, Ian Herzog Award Appellate Lawyer of the Year, CAALA, 2010
  • For contribution to the development of the law, Civil Justice Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • Commendation from Senator Joseph Dunn for work in advancing civil justice through leadership., Senate Member Resolution No. 135, Califiornia Senate - Senator Joseph Dunn, 2005

Educational Background

  • Graduate from University of San Diego School of Law, visiting student at Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. , 1991

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Medical Special Damages ‘Incurred” Under California Law: The Collateral Source Rule, Law of Contracts, and the Discount Myth,” California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, State Bar of California, Vol. 21, Number 3, 2008.  Examines private health insurance and medical care under California's statutory framework and the law of contracts, and how those laws are being ignored and misapplied in an attempt by liability insurers and defendants to avoid the proper application of the collateral source rule in personal injury tort cases., Author, “Medical Special Damages ‘Incurred” Under California Law: The Collateral Source Rule, Law of Contracts, and the Discount Myth”, 2008
  • "Medi-Cal liens update,",, Plaintiff Magazine, September, 2009
  • "Health Insurance and the Collateral Source Rule in California a Tortured by Myth, Misrepresentation, and Misconception,",, Forum Magazine, May/June, 2009
  • "Reasonable Value of Medical Services a€ the Hanif Issue at Issue,", Article and Seminar Tour for CAOC, 2006
  • "How Can Bill Clinton's Home State Help You With Medi-Cal Liens? (Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (ADHS), et. al. v. Ahlborn),", Forum Magazine, May, 2006
  • "Tort Reform = Corporate Welfare and Class Warfare,", Forum Magazine, December, 2004
  • "Handling County Hospital Liens",, The Verdict, Summer, 2003
  • "New Ways to Cut Health Insurer Liens",, Forum Magazine, Spring, 2001
  • "Overcoming Inadequate Insurance Coverage Through a Separate Loss of Consortium Claim", The Verdict, Fall, 1997

Industry Groups

  • CAOC
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Office Location for Scott Sumner

1299 Newell Hill Place
Suite 301
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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