A leading Southern California trial lawyer, William H. Newkirk represents people who have suffered serious personal injuries or families who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death due to the carelessness or negligence of the healthcare industry, a nursing home, a corporation, or a government entity.

In 25 years of practice William H. Newkirk has earned a reputation for being a fearless litigator and has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He takes all the legal action possible to ensure that his clients receive the care and the compensation they deserve from those who have hurt them.

William H. Newkirk reputation among defense lawyers for never being afraid to try a case, results in many of his cases being settled before or during trial. William has negotiated numerous multimillion dollar settlements for his clients.

Though the Law Offices of William H. Newkirk are headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., William H. Newkirk represents people throughout Southern California and Central California, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside Country, Ventura County, San Luis Obispo County, and Kern County.

William H. Newkirk success in representing people who have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved has earned him leadership positions in numerous professional organizations. He also has written extensively on medical malpractice litigation for professional legal journals and speaks regularly on medical malpractice issues at trial lawyer conventions.

William H. Newkirk is one of the few trial lawyers in the country certified through the Consumer Attorneys of California in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and professional liability.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Medical Malpractice, Consumer Attorneys of California

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Federal Court, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
  • Member, Board of Governors, California Association of Justice, 1990
  • Member, Board of Governors, Los Angeles Association of Justice, 1983
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1985
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1975
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983
  • Board Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Board Member, Governor emeritus, Consumer Attorneys of California

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “Litigating Malpractice Claims in the 80s,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Advocate, 1986
  • “Damages for Alteration of Health Care Records,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, October, 1990
  • “Hospital Negligence,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, October, 1992
  • “Medical Malpractice in the 80s,” LATLA Syllabus, Los Vegas Seminar, October, 1987
  • “Living With MICRA Today,” California TLA Syllabus, Lake Tahoe Seminar, 1992
Between Bill Newkirk’s success in trial and in negotiating settlements, he has earned more than $25 million for his clients.

Bill Newkirk’s reputation among defense lawyers for never being afraid to try a case, results in many of his cases being settled before or during trial. He has negotiated numerous multimillion-dollar settlements for his clients.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Federal District Court, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
  • California State Bar Association, 1974
  • Member, Board of Governors, California Association of Justice, 1990
  • Member, Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1983
  • Member, Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California (1985 – 1990)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1985
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1975
  • Board Member, Governor emeritus, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1983

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “Litigating Malpractice Claims in the 80s,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Advocate, 1986
  • “Damages for Alteration of Health Care Records,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, October, 1990
  • “Hospital Negligence,” Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, October, 1992
  • “Medical Malpractice in the 80s,” LATLA Syllabus, Los Vegas Seminar, October, 1987
  • “Living With MICRA Today,” California TLA Syllabus, Lake Tahoe Seminar, 1992
Bill Newkirk is recognized by other attorneys as a leading Southern California trial lawyer. These include being recognized by:

Bill Newkirk’s success in representing people who have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one has earned him leadership positions in attorney organizations. These include:

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, board member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, board member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Bar, 1975

Bill Newkirk has written extensively on medical negligence litigation for professional legal journals. His understanding and practice of the law results in his being asked frequently to speak at legal conferences and seminars on trends and strategies in medical malpractice litigation.

Bill Newkirk is one of a few attorneys in the country who has earned special certifications in specific areas of law. These include:

  • Medical Malpractice, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Personal Injury, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Professional Liability, Consumer Attorneys of California

Bill’s education includes attending and graduating from:

  • Southwestern University, School of Law, Los Angeles, J.D., 1974
    • Moot Court Honors Program
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1970
    • Blue Key National Honor Society

Bill was also a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

United States Army, National Guard, Los Angeles, 1970 – 1977 Sergeant (E-5)

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    $4.2 MILLION

    Medical malpractice against doctor who failed to diagnose and failed to treat a 35-year-old dad’s abscess caused by an infection in his spinal cord that resulted in partial paralysis.

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    $3.7 MILLION

    Settlement for a truck accident. A man was hit and dragged by a trash truck causing serious personal injuries and paralysis.

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    $1.9 MILLION

    Arbitration for a baby born in a coma and who died days later because of medical malpractice. [Birth Injury]

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    $1.3 MILLION

    Settlement for medical malpractice caused by a doctor’s failure to treat colon cancer in a 58-year-old foreign-trained doctor.

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    $738,000

    Settlement for medical malpractice caused by a doctor’s failure to treat melanoma resulting in a part-time actor’s partial loss of an ear.

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    $475,000

    Settlement for the wrongful death of a 57-year-old unemployed father with 5 children following a colonoscopy.

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    $400,000

    Settlement for a motor vehicle accidents in which a 34-year-old woman suffered serious personal injuries including a spinal cord injury and paralysis in a single car rollover.

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    $388,000

    Settlement for the wrongful death of a 44-year-old woman prisoner who was not provided medical care for breast cancer.

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    $250,000

    Settlement on the eve of trial in a medical malpractice case for the elder abuse of a 91-year-old woman’s wrongful death due to a home healthcare nurse’s mismanagement of a feeding tube.

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