2000 U Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916) 451-3426
Fax: (916) 451-0371

The Law Office of Justin Tierney, established in 1993, represents clients in Federal and State court throughout Northern and Central California. Specializing in civil litigation, the firm represents: contractors, insurance companies (and their insureds), cities and special districts, businesses, and individuals. The firm also works with numerous third party administrators, collective risk pools and self-insured clients to provide premium representation at reasonable rates. (less than $200 per hour for attorney and $80 for paralegal)

Contact the law firm today for professional references including: insurance and third party claims supervisors and adjustors, risk managers, current client representatives, contractor general managers and business CEO's and owners.


Whether it’s a simple, limited jurisdiction case or complex civil litigation involving dozens of litigants and millions of dollars, each case receives diligent, personal attention to resolve the dispute efficiently and effectively. Time is money and litigation takes time, but through communication and listening to your needs and goals, we can develop a strategy to end the litigation through straightforward investigation and discovery toward early settlement negotiations, when possible, and to aggressive representation at trial, when necessary.

In addition to the areas of practice listed below, the firm defends civil rights (Section 1983) cases and Americans with Disability Act cases (including access issues) in federal court.


Since 1986, when he was admitted to the California and Federal Bar, Mr. Tierney has worked for just about every major insurance company in the United States. Mr. Tierney either has represented or currently represents insureds of: Zurich, Munich RE, Transamerica (TIG), Maryland Casualty, Coregis, American Alternative Insurance Company (AAIC), Continental (CNA), Aetna, Argonaut, Lloyds of London, USAA, Great American Insurance Company, Ohio Casualty, Nationwide, York Insurance Services, and Nova Casualty/AIX Group. In addition, the firm works for self insurance groups including nonprofit entities and associations.

Property and personal injury claims range from construction defect, premise liability, product defect, negligence, strict liability, to motor vehicle accidents. Defense has been afforded under General Commercial Liability and Automobile Policies (with occasional coverage and additional insured/indemnity analysis). In addition Mr. Tierney represents common carriers and for over 10 years, Mr. Tierney represented Greyhound Lines in Northern California that spanned not just premises liability but major bus accidents including defense of numerous lawsuits arising from a bus roll-over accident where school children alleged post traumatic stress syndrome.

Working within the policy and reporting requirements of each of these carriers, Mr. Tierney recognizes the unique relationship between an insurer and insured and strives to provide both the carrier and its insured with regular reports (including litigation plans and budget), constant communication and updated evaluations that explore options for resolution to keep attorney fees and expert costs reasonable while still providing the insured with an excellent defense.


In addition to defense pursuant to insurance policies, the firm represents self insured contractors and other contractors directly. From large to small, design to construction, and from geotechnical to the chimney flashing on the roof, Mr. Tierney has represented general contractors, engineers and architects, underground utility contractors, asphalt suppliers and contractors, concrete suppliers, place and finish contractors, framers, drywallers, stucco and plasterers, HVAC, sheet metal subcontractors and roofers.

Hundreds of construction defect cases have spanned almost 25 years - every trade and every portion of both residential and commercial development (that even reaches to representing local building officials) with excellent results for the contractor each time. Mr. Tierney and his staff understand their role as attorney, listen to the contractor and explain each step in the litigation process towards a positive outcome.

In addition, Mr. Tierney drafts construction contracts, enforces Mechanics’ and Construction Liens and represents contractors in contract disputes.


California has enacted a statutory framework that overrides and limits liability to the State, Cities and Counties, Towns and municipalities. Known as the California Tort Claim Act, Mr. Tierney has been representing the State of California (Caltrans), and local governments since 1986.

For 15 years, Mr. Tierney was outside litigation counsel working directly for Mono County Counsel in cases involving wrongful death, dangerous condition of public property, law enforcement defense, child protective services and just about every aspect of litigation involving a local government in California.

In addition, the firm regularly defends the State of California, Department of Transportation (through indemnity and additional insured agreements), local parks and recreational districts, and Cities and Counties throughout Central and Northern California in cases ranging from a child injured at a public playground to defending a Sheriff’s Deputy or Police Officer in a motor vehicle negligence case.


Since the early 1990’s, Mr. Tierney has been a settlement judge pro tem for the Sacramento County courts a Dispute Resolution Facilitator for El Dorado County and conducts mediation and judicial arbitrations for the courts throughout Central and Northern California including Solano and Yolo Counties. For the Federal Courts, Mr. Tierney is an early neutral evaluator (mediator) for 42 USC 1983 actions and other civil rights and federal lawsuits.

In addition, private mediation and binding contractual arbitration services are offered at reasonable rates ($250 per hour with no minimum) in a comfortable setting. There are several “break out” rooms in a quiet, midtown Sacramento location with plenty of free, street parking and many excellent restaurants within walking distance. Located minutes from the Sacramento Airport the office is located adjacent to Highways 5, 99 and 80, near the Sacramento County courthouse and the Federal Courthouse for the Eastern District of California.