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The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm was formed with one thought in mind: justice for injured victims. Our record over the past eighteen years proves how successful we have been in achieving that goal. It remains our singular mission even today.

We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, ranging from automobile and construction site accidents to product liability and wrongful death actions. We have the experience, expertise, and resources to take on any defendant, large or small, to ensure justice for our clients.

Why Choose the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

As a firm, we pride ourselves in giving each of our clients the care and guidance needed to help them through such a traumatizing experience in their life.

The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm has earned the trust of both clients and law firm specialized reviewers. Our clients have constantly been satisfied by the way we resolve their cases. Accordingly, Martindale-Hubbell, as well as AVVO, have bestowed us with the highest ratings available. In our 25 years' experience, the focus has always been and will remain, on satisfying our clients' needs and goals.

Our Attorneys

John M. O'Brien, Elk Grove-based Founding Partner Attorney
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Grant R. Zehnder, Elk Grove-based Partner Attorney
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John M. O'Brien's reputation in winning personal injury cases by being dedicated and incisive precedes him throughout the Californian legal community. He is able to sustain cases in all Californian courts. Also, he is an active member of professional organizations.

Partner attorney Grant R. Zehnder's focus relies, also, on personal injury, wrongful death and product liability matters. Mr. Zehnder's outstanding scholastic achievements, lead to his selection to the McGeorge chapters of the Traynor Honor Society and to the Order of the Coif (Top 10%).

The knowledge, experience, and drive placed at the Elk Grove-based the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm in the client's service has lead to a long track record of won cases and recovered damages.

Our Mission & Goals

You are not a case number to us. You are someone who is deserving of our utmost attention and skill. We take the time to learn about you and discover what makes your case unique. Such proactive steps and discernment allows us to be prepared when it comes time to negotiate a resolution or present a closing argument to a jury. Aside from experienced trial counsel, our staff is also highly qualified. Our paralegals and legal assistants have over 50 years of combined experience between them in the Sacramento legal community. They are always willing and eager to assist our Elk Grove-based firm's clients with their concerns.

A stress free process

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A common misconception of lawsuits is the expectation that the process itself will require a great deal of your time and energy. In reality, with the right attorney, this shouldn’t be the case.

At the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm we value the opportunity to practice personal injury law because it allows us to help people when they are most in need.

We make it our duty to ensure our clients can focus on healing and not the steps in-between. For example, if a client is incapacitated and cannot come to us; we go to them.

From the beginning we keep our clients informed as to what their recovery process entails and, if needed, we offer help in securing the best medical care possible. To the relief of many of our clients, after becoming their advocate we immediately inform the insurance companies to direct all their inquiries to our office, thus relieving our clients of the anxiety attached to dealing with the insurance adjusters on their own.

As a firm, we pride ourselves in giving each of our clients the care and guidance needed to help them through such a traumatizing experience in their life.

Fight insurance companies

Free Accident Consultation at O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, likely the negligent party will have an insurance policy to compensate you for your damages. This means, however, that you will need to communicate with a representative from the insurance company, known as an insurance adjuster, in order to recover your losses. If you have been seriously injured then we strongly recommend that you have an attorney be your advocate.

Why? Here are three ways that we, at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, can help you fight the insurance company to achieve the best possible outcome in your case:

1) We Protect You from the Insurance Company’s Tactics

Despite insurance existing as a means of protection, insurance adjusters will always look after the interest of their company first and foremost. Some of the tactics they use include:

  • Attempting to get an innocent party to admit to fault or a percentage of fault
  • Rushing a settlement before an injured party is fully aware of all their injuries
  • Pressuring the injured party to give a statement before they have had a chance to speak to an attorney
  • Endeavoring to settle a claim for the lowest amount possible.

Consulting with an experienced attorney from the start, equips you to better understand what you legal rights are and what can be done to protect these.

2) We Help Prove Liability

We are prepared to, if needed, defend you against an adjuster who tries to blame you for the incident. We do this by making use of police reports, witness testimony, photographs, videos, and accident reconstruction specialists. In addition, we have the resources to send our own investigators to the scene of the accident in order to seek clarity of the incident and help prove our client’s innocence. Without an attorney, you may not have access to the resources needed to prove liability in your case.

3) We Fight to Prove the Value of Your Claim

Paying any claim is a financial loss to an insurance company, thus an adjuster will use every excuse in the book to drop the value of a claim. This may include arguing that the proposed compensation needed for anticipated future medical expenses. An adjuster could attempt to challenge the length of treatment received or surmise that the damages an injured party suffered is linked to another incident unrelated to the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney has the legal knowledge to effectively combat these types of challenges that arise.

O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm was formed with one thought in mind: justice for injured victims. Our record over the past eighteen years proves how successful we have been in achieving that goal. It remains our singular mission even today.

We handle a wide variety of Sacramento and Elk Grove personal injury cases, ranging from automobile and construction site accidents to product liability and wrongful death actions. We have the experience, expertise, and resources to take on any defendant, large or small, to ensure justice for our clients.

We win your case or you don't pay

Free Accident Consultation at O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

According to the Webster Dictionary, an “accident” can be described as an unfortunate incident that happens unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

This explains why accidents tend to occur when people least expect it and when they feel entirely unprepared.

If significantly injured, most people cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. An injury can cause a person to miss several days of work or they may never recover to the point that allows them to return to their former employment.

When faced with such obstacles a person could feel overwhelmed with obtaining a personal injury lawyer. Yet, failing to hire an attorney could result in a low-ball settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company; an offer that may fail to justly compensate you for your damages.

At the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm you won't be expected to pay us any legal fees unless we are able to secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. In our 25 years' experience, the focus has always been and will remain, on satisfying our clients' needs and goals.

Professional Memberships & Awards

As an appreciation of his skilled excellence Elk Grove, CA lawyer John M. O'Brien achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent assessment. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an accurate indicator of a lawyer's ethical standards and professional ability. The directory is being used by clients all over the U.S. to identify, evaluate, and select the most appropriate lawyer for their needs.

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Peer review rating is generated from objective evaluations of lawyers by other members of the Bar. During the first stage, the general ethical standards of a lawyer are being evaluated. Only once a lawyer reaches the "Very High" rating can he or she proceed to the next stage of the evaluation. During the second stage, the attorney's legal ability will be rated. The highest rating one can achieve is "Preeminent".

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We are thrilled to announce that John M. O'Brien was chosen by Super Lawyers Magazine one of Northern California's Super Lawyers for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and attorney Grant R. Zehnder was chosen in 2018 and 2019 a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from over 70 different practice areas based on research, peer evaluations, and peer nominations.

The process starts with gathering the lists of those attorneys - nominated by their own peers - who showed excellence in their work followed by an independent research in more than 10 key categories. A highly skilled and recognized attorney panel reviews these findings and only 5% of the attorneys get to be selected by Super Lawyers but this 5% are truly the finest attorneys in the US.

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John M. O'Brien is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2008. American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a select group of trial attorneys that demand for admission at least 20 successful jury trials and acknowledgment of demonstrated stability and courtroom skill.

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The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm PC has an A+ rating on BBB - Better Business Bureau. Our Elk Grove-based law firm is BBB accredited since 2011. Better Business Bureau - BBB - accreditation standards include:

  • the built trust of the business among clients
  • honest advertising
  • truthfulness
  • transparency
  • the honoring of promises made
  • the ability to be responsive
  • privacy
  • embodiment of integrity

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The mission of Lawyer.com is to bring together their visitors and the matching lawyers, in this way helping them find quickly the best available lawyer in their area, making the overwhelming task of finding the right lawyer much easier.

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John M. O'BrienCreated in 2009, the Best of Elk Grove competition brings awareness to all the great small businesses in the city. The competition is open to all Elk Grove businesses, and winners are chosen by people who fill out the online voting ballot.

The goal of this competition is to host a fun, fair, and accurate contest to determine the best local businesses by popular vote.

The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm is pleased to announce that Grant Zehnder, our partner attorney has won the 2016 award for the Best Attorney category.

We pride ourselves with the result and would like to thank all who voted for Grant in the competition.

We are pleased to announce that the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm is a winner in the 2016 Best Law Office category. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us to receive this award.

Lead Counsel Rating belongs to Lawinfo, an online legal resource center bringing together clients with lawyers. Lead Counsel Rating eligibility criteria consist in:

  • Professional experience
  • Peer recommendation
  • Spotless record

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Grant ZehnderFounded in the 1950s, Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, CCTLA is the voice of the trial attorneys of Sacramento.

CCTLA offers continuing legal education as well as information about Sacramento juries.

Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association is a representative of Consumer Attorneys of California.

In 2009, the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) awarded John M. O'Brien with the distinction and honor of Advocate of the Year. Partner attorney Grant R. Zehnder is also a member of CCTLA.

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Avvo is a highly popular online legal Q&A forum and directory. Visitors here are able to find the right attorney or get answers for their legal matters from top attorneys.

John M. O'Brien has a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating and in 2014 he received the Top Contributor title from Avvo.

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American Association for Justice, AAJ - formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) - promotes a fair and effective justice system. Personal injury lawyer John M. O'Brien is a member of the American Association for Justice.

The State Bar of California, a public corporation, which is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, allows a lawyer to practice law in the state of California. The State Bar of California has over 249,000 members.

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Grant ZehnderSacramento Magazine named Attorney John M. O'Brien as one of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers in 2017, 2016, and 2015. Peers chose Mr. O'Brien as a top attorney in the Personal Injury and Product Liability categories. The list of Sacramento's top lawyers was published in Sacramento Magazine's August issue.

The Sacramento County Bar Association is committed to enhancing the system of justice and the lawyers who practice law in the county, this way serving the community of Sacramento. Personal injury lawyers John M. O'Brien and Grant R. Zehnder are members of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Consumer Attorneys of California, CAOC is an organization with around 3,000 attorney members representing plaintiffs is different areas of practice.

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HG.org Legal Resources is one of the very first and well-known websites offering information on law and government. Founded in 1995 by Lex Mundi, HG.org offers assistance and information to seekers in many different practice areas.

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Justia offers legal resources for those who seek answers to legal matters. Law firms and lawyers can also benefit from Justia by receiving online marketing solutions.

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ChamberofCommerce.com with more than 100,000 members offers the chance for businesses to grow through exposing them to millions of potential clients. The expert editorial team of the Chamber of Commerce provides guides and reviews of business products and services. The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm is in the legal area of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.

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we're known for our integrity

We have the highest AV rating on Martindale Hubbell for our legal ability and ethics, an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and a 10/10 rating on Avvo.

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30 years of experience

John O’Brien was selected as Advocate of the Year by the Capitol City Trial Lawyer’s Association in 2009, nominated for ABOTA, an elite trial lawyer’s organization by his peers in 2010 and selected by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.

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we have proven results

We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. We fight for every dollar that our clients deserve.

We Service Clients in Sacramento and Vicinities

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