W. Timothy Needham

W. Timothy NeedhamMr. Needham is an experienced trial attorney who has tried over fifty jury cases in courts throughout California and numerous court trials and binding arbitrations. The emphasis of his practice includes personal injury, insurance coverage, class actions, nursing home abuse, and complex business claims.
  •  Selected Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine
  •  2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of California
  •  2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice Foundation
  •  A rated - Martindale Hubbell
  •  Superb rated - AVVO
Representative Verdicts:
  • Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. - $675,000,000
  • Evergreen Pulp, Inc. v. Ace Mill, Inc. - $11,500,000
  • Fitzpatrick v. Timber Ridge Assisted Living, LLP - $5,000,000
  • Stewart v. National Auto Assn., Inc. - $3,500,000
Representative Settlements:
  • Azizian v. Federated Dept. Stores - $175,000,000
  • Winans v. Emeritus - $13,000,000
  • Doe v. Doe Trucking Company - $2,500,000
Born and raised in Humboldt County, Mr. Needham graduated magna cum laude from Humboldt State University (1977) and received his legal education at the University of California, Davis (J.D., 1980), where he was a member of the Law Review (1979-1980).

Mr. Needham joined the firm in 1981, following service as a law clerk to the Alaska Courts. He served as a member of the Judicial Council Committee on Uniform Local Rules and is a member of the State Bars of Alaska, California, and U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a former president of the Humboldt County Bar Association and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Redwood Capital Bank. He is a member of both the American Association for Justice and the Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Directors 2000-2004). He has written articles for the Forum magazine including Liability of Parent and Sister Corporations, Getting the Family to the Table, Assumption of the Risk, A Suggested Method of Analysis, and Plaintiff's Primer on Motions in Limine.

Email: tneedham@janssenlaw.com