Philip R. Birney

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  • Of Counsel at Wilke Fleury (25 Attorneys)
  • 400 Capitol Mall, 22nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
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    As a board certified specialist in professional medical negligence litigation, I can think of no other position that could afford me the intellectual challenge of solving complex medical issues and the satisfaction of knowing that I can successfully ‘translate’ that medical knowledge into language that is understandable to a lay jury.
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For the past 39+ years, Mr. Birney has been engaged exclusively as a trial attorney responsible for preparation and management of medical malpractice litigation actions on behalf of defendant physicians, medical groups and hospitals; including representation of physicians before the Medical Board, State of California, regarding licensure issues. Mr. Birney has also lectured extensively at seminars throughout California and nationwide, focused upon risk management for the medical professional, including a video tape on management of the HIV+/AIDS patient.Professional Experience
•1970 - present
Attorney, Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP
•1968 - 1970
Deputy District Attorney, County of Sacramento
•1966 - 1968
Deputy Attorney General, State of CaliforniaAdmissions
•1966 California State Courts - State Bar No. 038745
•1975 United States Supreme Court
•1966 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
•Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
•Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
•Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
•District Court, County of Washoe - Reno, NevadaMemberships
•California State Bar Association - American Bar Association
•Sacramento County Bar Association
•Judiciary Committee (1991-1994)
•Judicial Review Committee (1992 to present)
•Chairman (1995 to present)•Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers
•Member of Northern California
•Membership Committee•American Board of Trial Advocates
•Sacramento Valley Chapter
- Board of Directors 1994 to 1999
- President 1998-1999
•Civility Award (1995)
Demonstration of Highest Degree of Integrity, Credibility and Professionalism in the handling of civil litigation•Diplomate American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
Certified and Re-Certified Specialist - Medical Professional Liability
•California Medical-Legal Committee
By election/invitation, defense lawyers specializing in medical negligence litigation; 30 practicing in Southern California and 30 practicing in Northern California.
•Secretary-Treasurer/President Elect (2002-2004)
•President (2005-2007)•Northern California Association of Defense Counsel
•Board of Directors 1986 to 1988
•Northern California Super Lawyer; Elected yearly (2004 - present)

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
916-229-8403  Phone
916.441.2430  Phone
916.442.6664  Fax
University Attended:
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, B.S.B.A., 1962
Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, California, J.D., 1965
Year of First Admission:
1966, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1966, California; 1975, U.S. Supreme Court; 1966, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Sacramento County (Judiciary Committee, 1991-1994; Judicial Review Committee, 1992-1995; Chair, 1995—) and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Sacramento Chapter, 1998; Member); CAL-ABOTA, Board of Directors, (1997-1998); Association of Defense Counsel; Northern California Association of Defense Counsel (Member, Board of Directors, 1986-1988); American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (Diplomate; Board Certified Specialist in Medical Professional Liability); California Medical Legal Committee (Immediate Past President; Member, Executive Committee 1998—); American College of Trial Lawyers(1998—); Northern California Membership Selection Committee (2006—).

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