The Law Offices of Adam Sorrells

Aggressive Chico attorney with twenty years of experience.

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Firm Overview

As a Chico and California personal injury lawyer and attorney, I only represent victims of personal injury, such as people hurt in car accidents, dog bite and animal attacks, wrongful death cases, burn victims, traumatic brain injuries, and all serious injury cases. In that sense, we are unique. I am not a general lawyer, who handles whatever case comes through the door. I only practice personal injury law. This unique emphasis and specialization allows us to stay current on the law and excel in this area, to better serve our clients. I am a member of ABOTA, which only about 1% of all lawyers worldwide can make that claim. One has to have been lead counsel in more than 20 jury trials, be peer reviewed, and invited to join.

After working for ten years for another personal injury lawyer, I formally launched the Law Offices of Adam Sorrells in Chico, California, on July 1, 2002, where I work as a Chico and California personal injury attorney and lawyer.

Example cases

I have worked on over 1,000 cases, so picking a few are difficult. There are many cases where unique strategies and good legal maneuvering made a difference.

One case was a traumatic brain injury case out of Butte County. The client had been rear-ended by a tow truck in Paradise, California. While the impact pushed his car into the intersection, there was not a lot of visible damage to his car, and the tow truck (being large, with a utility bumper) did not exhibit any damage. The defense insurance company hired a large Southern California law firm to come to Butte County and defend the case. They engaged in a typical "scorched earth defense," where they would not willingly produce discovery, denied the impact was sufficient to injure my client, denied my client was injured, and denied he had a brain injury. They initially offered only $15,000, and they then raised that offer to $30,000 right before trial. The trial took place, and I had to put on dozens of expert witnesses, as well as cross-examine those hired by the defense. During cross examination of the defense neuro-psychologist, I produced several admissions that the plaintiff (injured person) probably had sustained a traumatic brain injury. Part of the examination included the use of a "learned treatise" on the subject of brain injury. I also called a host of lay witnesses to testify to the "before accident and after accident" difference in the injured person. When the trial was over, the jury awarded the injured person approximately $168,000. The defense then asked for a new trial, essentially arguing that I did too good of a job, and that the award should not have been so high.

Incredibly, the judge agreed, and awarded the defense a new trial. I appealed that ruling, and the case went up on appeal to the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. I wrote the winning argument in the Appellate Brief, and then personally argued the case in front of the Appellate Panel. This is in front of three Appeals Judges, who all sit above and in front of the attorney, and pepper the attorney with questions. I was able to convince the Appeals Court that the trial judge had not properly documented the paper-work for his New Trial ruling, and convinced the Appeals Court to allow the trial verdict to stand. My client was able to receive more than $30,000 in interest that accrued on the judgment while the case was on appeal.

This case is an example of the skill level and tenacity that the Law Offices of Adam Sorrells will employ with every personal injury case.

I am very proud of my numerous other trial verdicts, including winning verdicts in both State and Federal Court, and trials and victories in Courts in San Diego, Orange County, Sacramento, and all over the North-State. I am also very proud of some of the exceptional settlements that I have been able to negotiate on behalf of my clients, including wrongful death and serious personal injury cases.

Main Office

Main
60 Independence Circle
Suite 100
Chico  CA  95973

Phone
  • (530) 893-9900
Fax
  • (530) 893-9901

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, a free consultation for personal injury cases is always offered. However, you have to call first, and only those cases that pass the initial screening can actually meet with me.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

While fees are negotiable, I only handle cases on a contingency fee. This means the client never has to pay, and I am only paid if I am successful in getting a settlement, or win the case at trial. The fees range from 25% of the recovery (usually only on a minor), to 40% if the case is in litigation. The average fee is usually 33.3%.

Hourly Rates

I generally only take contingent fee cases.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Although we sometimes leave early on Friday, if not in trial.

We will meet with clients any time, day, or location, if required.

Office Manager

Crista.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I like personal injury work because a lot of time is spent in the court room, it is challenging, you can really help people, and it is also very lucrative.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage people to research and educate themselves on the issues they will be facing. That is one of the reasons my website is so detailed. However, personal injury litigation is very complicated, and there are many areas where a misstep early on can sometimes not be fixed.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

As a Chico and Northern California personal injury lawyer and attorney, I handle personal injury cases. For that reason, I do not review documents that clients have prepared on their own. This could take time away from a seriously injured person's case. One of the philosophies at the Law Offices of Adam Sorrells is that each case gets individual attention. Phone calls are always taken or returned promptly, and each client is always kept informed on the status of their case. Reviewing documents for non-clients could get in the way of that philosophy.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I believe that self-education is good, but that it is usually a mistake for an injured person to try to handle their case on their own. Also, if self education causes a delay in seeking an attorney, that can be a mistake as well.

Adam Sorrells

I was hired right out of law school to work for a very experienced personal injury lawyer. For the next ten years, I handled numerous trials, depositions, arbitrations, and worked on hundreds of personal injury cases. When I left my old firm, I was the "lead trial counsel" at the firm, and handled most of the more serious and difficult cases.

I waited tables for many years at a very nice restaurant on the Mendocino Coast where I grew up. I was lucky enough to wait on movie stars such as Johnny Carson, Robert Redford, and many others. Waiting tables is very hard work. Years later, during the summers while I was in law-school, I took a second full time job. One summer I worked as a security guard, and the next summer I sold jewelry. I would work as a waiter from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and then report to the Mill as a security guard at midnight and work until 8:00 in the morning. In my last two years of law school, I worked a law-enforcement position at Butte County Juvenile Hall, supporting myself through law school. Money was always tight, and it was tough not getting enough sleep and trying to pay the rent while still excelling in law school, as well as preparing for and passing the California State Bar exam (passed on the first try).

This type of hard work and real life experience was a good foundation for the rigors of trial work and personal injury litigation. Moreover, many of my clients find themselves in a very rough spot because of their injuries. All of a sudden they cannot pay the rent or their mortgage, they have lost a spouse who was the breadwinner, and they are in a tough situation. I have been in this position. I can empathize, and am motivated to do the very best job I can on every case.

I like to be very aggressive on cases, and in my dealings with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. However, I like to temper that aggressiveness with respect and professionalism for the other side because that person is simply doing their job, I also like to keep my clients involved at all stages of the case and make important decisions with them. For example, an ultra-aggressive move may be to reject a decent settlement offer and proceed to trial, with the hope of doing better. Of course, trials are very risky, and you can always do worse. I like to explain these risks to my client and explain what I think they should do, but then let them make the decision (as long as the decision is not crazy). I always try to remember that the case is my client's case. I have many cases, but this is their only case.

Personal interests:

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am married, and have a young son. I also enjoy working out, playing softball and golf, and traveling.

License
  • Bar Number: 160226
    California , 1992
Education
  • Cal Northern School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Chico, CA
  • Cal Northern School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Chico, CA

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