Don A. Ernst

Don A. Ernst: Attorney with Ernst Law Group A Law Corporation AV stamp icon
  • Senior Partner at Ernst Law Group A Law Corporation (5 Attorneys)
  • 1020 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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  • Previous President of the California Trial Lawyers
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Born in San Luis Obispo County, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics 1971, and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1975. Admitted to the California Bar in 1975. Began practice in San Diego and moved to San Luis Obispo in 1976. Partner in Ernst and Mattison since 1980, specializing in civil litigation. Extensive trial experience. Tried over 100 cases to verdict. Taught over 30 CEB programs on tort and insurance law from 1988 - Authored articles for Forum and the California Bar Journal on torts and civil procedure. Adjunct professor Cal Poly State University 1978 through 92. Central Coast Trial Lawyer of the Year 1998, 2002. Adjunct Professor and Sponsor of 8 Continuing Education Programs in Tort & Insurance Litigation, California State University, 1982-1989. Awarded: CCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1998, 2002.

Areas of Practice (48)

  • Civil Trial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Cruise Ship Injuries
  • Jones Act
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Airplane Crash Litigation
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Helicopter Crash Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Accidents
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Insurance
  • Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Aquatic Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bodily Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Cumulative Trauma
  • Dog Bites
  • Electrical Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Neurolaw
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Power Line Contact Injury
  • Rental Vehicle Litigation
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Severe Burns
  • Slip and Fall
  • Spinal Injury
  • Third Party Wrongful Death
  • Tourist Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Unintended Acceleration
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
805-980-7231  Phone
805-541-0300  Phone
University Attended:
Stanford University, B.S., Economics, 1971
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego, J.D., 1975
Year of First Admission:
1985, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1975, California
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (President, 2002-2003); State Bar of California; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; Central Coast Trial Lawyer's Association (Founder and President, 1990); Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Governors, 1990-; President Elect); American Board of Trial Advocates; California Trial Lawyers Association (CAOC - Past President).
Birth Information:
Atascadero, California, August 3, 1949
Reported Cases:
Mariscal v. Old Republic Life Insurance Company, 42 Cal. App. 4th, 1617 (1996).

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