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Eric Gene Young

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Principal, Young Law Group, representing victims of catastrophic injuries
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice ...
  • California
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Since 1997, Mr. Young has represented plaintiffs involved in serious personal injury cases. Mr. Young has a strong background in litigation and appeals. In 2005, Mr. Young successfully argued a significant premises liability case on behalf of a seriously injured plaintiff before the California Supreme Court, Delgado v. Trax Bar & Grill (2005) 36 Cal.4th 224, which established that California merchants have a special relationship-based duty of care to protect their customers from the wrongful acts of other customers. Mr. Young also won an appeal in another premises liability case, Mata v. Mata (2003) 105 Cal.App.4th 1121, which involved an innocent bystander who was shot by an assailant in a bar due to negligent security.

Because of his extensive experience in the field of premises liability, Thomson Reuters, the premier legal publisher in the U.S., asked Mr. Young to author an article for its Causes of Action series. The article is entitled "Cause of Action Against Tavern Owners, Restaurants, And Similar Businesses For Injuries Caused To Patrons By The Criminal Acts Of Others," which can be found at 26 Causes of Action 2d 1 (2004, updated Oct. 2014). The article contains a nationwide, state-by-state summary of the law of third-party premises liability and has been cited by attorneys around the country as a one-of-a-kind, go-to resource.

Mr. Young is also an instructor at the Center for Advanced Legal Studies, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he teaches courses in legal research and legal technology to students seeking a paralegal degree. He has also taught appellate advocacy at Golden Gate University School of Law and pre-trial civil procedure at John F. Kennedy School of Law. From time to time, Mr. Young also blogs about law and technology issues at his blog The Cyber-Esq, which can be found at

Mr. Young is actively seeking new clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others.

Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Nursing Home Abuse
Video Conferencing
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  • Free Consultation
    I offer free consultations to potential new clients without time restrictions on length of consultation.
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  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Adjunct Instructor
Center for Advanced Legal Studies
- Current
Adjunct instructor teaching legal research & writing and legal technology courses
Young Law Group
- Current
Young Law Group is an aggressive personal injury law firm serving clients throughout Northern California
Adjunct Instructor
Empire College
Adjunct instructor teaching advanced legal research and writing, discovery, and e-discovery
Adjunct Instructor
Santa Rosa Junior College
Adjunct instructor of paralegal studies, teaching Legal Writing, Law Office Technology, and Business Law
Senior Associate
Daniel Crowley & Associates
Practiced as senior associate for small, boutique law firm handling a variety of civil litigation matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants
Law Offices of Eric G. Young
Private practice focused on personal injury and employment litigation and appeals.
Adjunct Professor of Law
John F. Kennedy University School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Legal Writing and Law & Motion Practice to upper division law students
Adjunct Instructor
California State University - Sonoma State University
Adjunct instructor in the Attorney Assistant Program, teaching Legal Writing, Law & Motion Practice, and Legal Research. I taught in the program until the program closed in 2006.
Univ of Illinois
Undergraduate Degree
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Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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Consumer Attorneys of California
- Current
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California State Bar  # 190104
- Current
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Sonoma County Bar Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
E-Discovery, Part III of III, Production and Presentation
Sonoma County Bar Association
Part III in a 3-part MCLE series on the topic of e-discovery in which I was a panel presenter.
E-Discovery, Part II of III, Collecting & Processing Electronically Stored Information
Sonoma County Bar Association
Part II in a 3-part MCLE series on the topic of e-discovery in which I was a panel presenter.
E-Discovery, Part I of III, Identifying, Preserving & Collecting Electronically Stored Information
Sonoma County Bar Association
Part I in a 3-part MCLE series on the topic of e-discovery in which I was a panel presenter.
Firm Disruption
Sonoma County Bar Association
Firm Disruption was an MCLE presentation I provided on the topic of legal technology.
Fundamentals of E-Discovery, 2604 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sonoma County Law Library
MCLE presentation to attorneys and paralegals on basic e-discovery practice and procedure.
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. I have filed a civil case for personal injury on my own. But I’m not sure about serving the other party and the summons?
A: I concur with the others who answered your question, but I would also add that you should check with your local bar association. Many county bar associations operate lawyer referral services that can pair you up with an attorney who may be willing to take on your case, or perhaps, even assist you behind the scenes for a lesser fee. No one should attempt to represent themselves in any type of civil litigation. There are many pitfalls for the unwary. And, in all likelihood, you will be dealing with a defense attorney(s) who will do whatever they can to take advantage of the situation. Find someone to help you.
Q. Why is my settlement agreement form taking so long?
A: Waiting a month or longer after mediation to receive a settlement agreement is quite common, as frustrating as it can be. Most mediators who are worth their salt these days will have the parties and/or counsel execute a written memorandum of understanding or binding confirmation of agreement, a sort of temporary, though enforceable, agreement that stands in until the full and final settlement agreement is prepared and executed. Hopefully, your attorney has not dismissed the case yet. Presuming that has not occurred, I concur with the recommendation that you tell your attorney you want a deadline to produce the settlement agreement given to the other side's counsel, or no deal.
Q. Can I sue a law firm for having my tragic story up and they are not involved or representing anyone in the case?
A: I know exactly the type of website you are describing, and they are, frankly, disgusting. I have had firms with these type of websites post information about cases I am handling. Unfortunately, the smarmy firms that use this kind of advertising typically obtain information about cases from publicly available information. Is this not the case with your situation? If they just posted details about the case that may have been reported elsewhere, or which they could have obtained from law enforcement or court records, that is not something that you could sue them for. It is interesting you decided to take them up on their advertising by seeing if they wanted to represent you. They were under no obligation to take your case, so that is not something you could sue the for either. Finally, I do not think you would have a viable case against them for refusing to take down the post on their site. If the information posted is true, then there is no cause of action for defamation. If the information was from public sources, then there is no invasion of privacy either. Moreover, the Supreme Court has held that even if a company posts false or inaccurate information on their website, a person cannot hold them liable unless the person can show a concrete, actual or imminent injury that resulted from the posting. Examples of such injuries might be a person being denied a mortgage because of a false posting about them on a website. SAbsent a concrete, actual or imminent injury of this type, a person cannot sue a website for publishing information, even if it is false or incorrect. It does not sound like the information they posted was false or necessarily inaccurate. Such online advertising practices are, in my opinion, tacky and insensitive to the people involved or their loved ones. You might consider reporting the website to the State Bar. Attorneys are bound by rules of professional conduct that limit how we can use websites to advertise online, including blogging and social media. Without seeing the actual website, I cannot express an opinion on this, but it is just a phone call to the State Bar. The worst they can do is nothing.
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Young Law Group
411 Russell Avenue
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Telephone: (707) 527-3637
Cell: (707) 687-9993
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Notice: Weekend and evening appointments available as needed. In-person, telephone, or video appointments available. Spanish speaking staff available.
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