Poswall White & Brelsford
1001 G Street, Suite 301
Leading Personal Injury lawyer Parker White is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers of Northern California, Top 25, and National Trial Lawyers, Top 100. His firm was selected by US News and World Report, the last three years running, as Best Law Firms in America. The Princeton Review signaled out his firm as Best in America. The national lawyer ranking system, Martindell-Hubble, lists Parker as AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating.
Although he relishes trying any type of personal injury matter, Parker has been singled out as the only lawyer in Sacramento to be honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the field of plaintiff Medical Malpractice. Over the last 30 years, Parker has developed a special knowledge of medicine necessary to handle major medical malpractice cases. This knowledge also makes him a resource for all of the attorneys in the firm on complex medical issues in accident cases.
Parker White was born on February 4, 1952 in New Haven, Connecticut. His family moved to California when his father, a best–selling novelist, was granted a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University.
Parker attended high school at Woodside High School where he was involved in theater, three varsity sports and was president of the student body. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in English. He attended Colorado State University where he led his rugby team to championships in the PABST Cup, the Coors Cup and the Notre Dame Invitational. After college, Parker went to work for a Mountaineering firm, Alpine Products, in Davis, CA. Parker had grown up backpacking with his family in the High Sierra, so for him it was a perfect job: managing the warehouse, testing gear and shooting pictures for the catalog. But after two years, a desire to go into politics led him to law school.
He attended University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he earned a spot on the trial advocacy competition team. He was the regional champion in the American College of Trial Lawyers competition and placed third in the National Trial competition. During law school, he clerked with nationally known attorney Edward Freidberg. There, he was first exposed to actions involving medical malpractice and quickly developed an interest and expertise in this area of litigation. Once exposed to trial work, he knew it was his calling. Thus, any thought of a political career was gone.
In 1984 he joined the firm of Friedman, Collard & Poswall, initially as back-up attorney for Morton Friedman. There, Parker handled numerous cases involving medical malpractice. He organized and managed a series of highly complicated actions including the “heart cases” against University of California, Davis Medical Center which resulted in a multi–million dollar settlement. By 1987 he was named partner in the firm. In 1993, Poswall & White left to form their own firm at their current location, 1001 G Street. Since 1994, Parker has been an active visiting faculty member at Stanford University Law School and University of San Francisco Law School, teaching in the schools’ Trial Advocacy Programs. Parker greatly cherishes the ability to pass on his skills and experience to younger lawyers.
In 1991, Parker was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Since that time, he has been involved in continuing legal education programs for lawyers first as a participant in two ABOTA Masters in Trial programs. In 2000, he was a moderator and organizer of the Masters in Trial, Trial Notebook. It was the most heavily attended such program in California history. In 2001, he organized and moderated the Mock Trial Presentation of ABOTA. Again, it was the most heavily attended such program in California history.
In 2003, Parker was honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates at its Sacramento Chapter before judges and attorneys, as its recipient of the Civility Award given to the attorney who bests exemplifies professionalism and civility in the advocacy of his clients’ interests.
In 2011, Parker was again honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates as Trial Lawyer of the Year. At the time, he was the only member to receive the Civility Award and the Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Parker continues to have an active trial practice having most recently brought in a verdict in conservative Amador County in May 2015. He continues to obtain verdicts and receive the accolades that follow.
In 2011, Parker was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The organization is limited to top 500 trial lawyers in the country. Thereafter, he was inducted as Fellow into the International Society of Barristers. Again, an extremely limited, invitational only, organization of top trial lawyers.
Poswall, White & Brelsford:
Poswall, White & Brelsford has been in existence since the early 90’s. Though many illustrious names pass through this firm, the firms eminent suitability with litigation is still very much indissoluble. PW&B understands that most clients have never been involved in litigation and are unaware of the legal process. The attorneys of PW&B not only work to achieve the best results possible, they educate the client and provide guidance. They pride themselves on being approachable and warm. Concern for the client’s well being during the entire litigation process is a hallmark of their practice. Commitment to excellence, integrity and success while representing the injured and wronged has given PW&B its distinctive reputation. All of our attorneys are imbued with this commitment and trained in this tradition.
The firm’s senior lawyers have decades of experience in Sacramento and Northern California courtrooms. Two of the firm’s named partners, John M. Poswall and R. Parker White, launched their practice together in 1993 after they both worked at Friedman Collard & Poswall.
Poswall & White established itself as a leader in personal injury litigation by successfully handling cases against major multinational corporations and taking challenging medical malpractice cases in difficult rural regions.