About Scott Bonzell
Scott Bonzell has practiced civil litigation since 1986. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1983) and the University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1986), Mr. Bonzell has extensive experience in a broad range of litigation fields.
His current practice focuses on bodily injuries, construction defects, employment claims and insurance coverage disputes, including claims of insurance bad faith. He also represents clients in matters involving professional malpractice, police misconduct, real estate non-disclosure, unfair competition, and a wide array of commercial disputes.
Mr. Bonzell began his career as a defense lawyer, working at Popelka, Allard, McCowan & Jones (San Jose) and Gordon & Rees, LLP (San Francisco), where he was named partner in 1993. In that capacity, he represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Since 1997, however, his practice has primarily involved representation of persons seeking redress for injuries and other losses. His prior work as a defense lawyer makes Mr. Bonzell an especially skillful advocate on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Bonzell has represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts throughout California, and has tried cases in eight of the nine of the San Francisco Bay Area counties. He has also served as counsel in hundreds of arbitration proceedings. He has been recognized as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” each year since 2010.
In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Bonzell has often traveled overseas to conduct training in discovery, trial practice and mediation for insurance claims personnel in the London insurance market. He also regularly serves as a mediator to assist others in resolving their disputes short of trial.
Out of the courtroom, Mr. Bonzell devotes much of his time to coaching youth baseball. In 2006, he founded BALL Summer Camp, which provides summer baseball instruction and activities for hundreds of East Bay children each year. Mr. Bonzell lives in Oakland with his wife and their three sons.
- Cassandra S.
- Morgan C. Smith, Esq., Cogent Legal
- Roberta B.
- Miguel G.
- Sunil N.
Scott Bonzell represented me in an automobile personal injury case where I suffered considerable soft tissue injury and trauma. He was very direct and low key. He made no promises, but won an award far greater than any I could have hoped for and far far greater than the norm for such cases.
- Louis S.
- Stephen N.
- Lauren P.
- Joyce and Richard S.
Thanks to his experience and expertise, Scott Bonzell turned my entirely overwhelming
- Dan B.
- Andrew R. Gillin
- Poojitha P.
Scott helped me navigate through a car accident and its arduous aftermath, and I feel so grateful to have connected with him. Every other lawyer referred to me would evoke anxiety attacks and emotional rollercoasters within me, but not with Scott. He was able to keep me grounded and deal effectively with all the problems. And it helps that there’s no BS with Scott, he lends clarity to seemingly confusing or frustrating situations. There is no doubt he’s a professional and very, very experienced and exceptionally knowledgeable in doing what he does. What makes him stand apart is: Scott cares, he sincerely cares about you. When he’s on your side, he’s on your side, you come first. He goes above and beyond. He is also a very good listener, gives sound advice, he’s warm, patient, has prompt communication skills, is affable, and even has a sense of humor too! I truly believe if there were more Scott Bonzells in this world, it would change the reputation of lawyers for the better.
- Junia C.
- Michael W.
- Earl W.
- Elizabeth S.
-Mary Beth B.