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Brian Chase of Bisnar Chase

Brian Chase

Managing Partner, Senior Trial Lawyer

Nationally known and top rated auto defect and California personal injury lawyer Brian D. Chase serves injured plaintiffs with trust, passion, and results.

What Being An Injury Advocate Means to Brian Chase

2024 SuperLawyers Brian Chase

Assisting injured people to obtain justice from big corporations when they manufacture dangerous products that cause injuries due to placing profit over safety.

Helping accident victims collect what they are due from insurance companies that believe they are solely in business to collect premiums, as opposed to the business of paying valid claims. The satisfaction of helping someone recover their life after an accident or injury, especially one from the wrongdoing of others. This is what matters most to Brian Chase.

About Brian D. Chase

Brian Chase is the managing partner and senior trial attorney who heads up the firm’s litigation department.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Chase was named Litigator of the Year, Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL, Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal, Lawyer of the Year, Million Dollar Advocate,” American Academy of Attorneys $500M Club Best Law Firm, and dozens of other top-rated honors.  Brian is the 2023 Orange County Bar Association’s Tort and Trial Section Chair.

He was the former president of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the past president of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a current member of ABOTA, which upholds the highest standards for trial attorneys. In 2014, he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in Products Liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

Brian has been listed as one of the top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007. He’s also been listed as the nation’s top one percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

He’s earned the title of Southern California SuperLawyers since 2006 and has been a Top 50 Orange County SuperLawyers for the past 15 years. Brian is a board member of the Brain Society of California, which was established to help those who have suffered a serious traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyer Institute and the Diversity Law Institute.

Author and Expert on Defective and Dangerous Products

Mr. Chase published his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed,” which deals with the auto industry and defective vehicles. He released an update in 2019 titled “The Second Collision,” a follow-up about the catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths caused by auto defects.

He is a frequent lecturer nationwide on litigation-related topics. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on “CBS Special Reports,” “Peter Jennings/World News Tonight,” “PBS”, “Fox 11 News,” and “America’s Best Lawyers.”

Published Appellate Opinions

Brian was the lead attorney on four crucial, precedent-setting appellate opinions:

  • Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (auto products defect case dealing with Forum Non-Conveniens)
  • Romine v. Johnson Controls (auto products defects case dealing with consumer expectation test for proving defect)
  • Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (California Supreme Court case dealing with expert witness designations)
  • And Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with governmental design immunity).

Brian Chase is a passionate personal injury attorney who understands what you are going through and will protect your rights.

Brian focuses his efforts on auto defects and defective or dangerous products. He’s made a name for himself by fighting some of the biggest corporate giants in the name of fairness to his clients. Brian is the man for the job, from car defects to consumer products that fail to warn or harm.

“I specifically went to law school to become a personal injury trial attorney. It is what I love, what I do, and what I am.” – Brian Chase.

Some of Brian Chase's Case Results

Award Amount Type of Case
$117,500,000 Consumer Class Action
$38,650,000 Motorcycle Accident
$24,700,000 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure
$23,091,000 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure + MVA
$16,444,904 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure
$12,238,000 Auto Defect
$10,591,098 Auto Defect: 15-Passenger Van Rollover
$10,200,000 Auto Defect/Auto Negligence
$10,030,000 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure
$6,800,000 Auto Defect: Airbag Failure/Commercial Trucking Accident
$6,777,258 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure
$6,500,000 Auto Defect
$6,400,000 Auto Defect:  Airbag Failure
$5,500,000 Auto Defect
$5,500,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure
$4,750,000 Auto Defect: Roof Crush/Rollover
$4,250,000 Auto Defect: Defective Seatbelt
$3,000,000 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure in a Rollover
$3,000,000 Car Accident: Back Surgery
$3,000,000 Auto Defect: Roof Crush/Rollover
$2,815,958 Motor Vehicle Accident
$2,500,000 Auto Defect
$2,200,000 Defective Products
$2,175,000 Defective Products
$1,500,000 Auto Defect: Roof Crush/Rollover
$1,500,000 Auto Defect
$1,500,000 Roof Crush – Auto Defect
$1,000,000 Auto Defect: Seatback Failure

2014–2024: Best Lawyers in America

Brian Chase featured in Best Lawyers in America magazine

Brian Chase was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Podcasts & Videos with Brian

About this podcast: Brian discusses having a successful law firm and how he has a winning team.

About this podcast: One of Mr. Chase’s proudest moments among many, was the victory he obtained representing a client that was seriously injured in an auto defects case that left her paralyzed. Brian took on the auto industry and garnered a $24.7 million dollar victory for his client and secured medical care & financial security for the rest of her life. Here’s Brian discussing the case with Fox News.


Brian Chase appeared on the Trial Alchemy podcast to discuss what works and doesn’t work when taking a case to a jury.

Another favorable and touching case for Brian was obtaining over a million dollars for the most amazing 95 year old woman he says he ever met — whose life was ruined due to the negligence of another, after the insurance company stated *in writing* that her claim was a “sham.”

Brian Chase discusses how animation helps in serious injury cases caused by auto defects.

Brian Chase - Published Author With a Passion for Safety

The Second Collision - Brian Chase

Brian Chase has released his latest version of his auto defect book titled Second Collision where he takes on the automotive industry as a follow up to Still Unsafe at Any Speed. Brian discusses a variety of issues with today’s standards in motor vehicle safety and the dangers. Please contact our office if you would like a copy.

Brian Chase is the author of “Still Unsafe at Any Speed“, a book about the automobile industry and the dangers it hides. From wrongful deaths to catastrophic injuries, Brian Chase takes on the underbelly of the auto industry putting the mighty dollar before safety in his book on auto defects.

Brian Chase - The Next big thing

Brian co-authored “The Next Big Thing”, a road-map to the top trends from leading experts on navigating the new economy.

Have questions, need help? Contact us about your auto defect or products liability case for a free evaluation. 949-203-3814. We’ve got the reputation, means, and passion to pursue your case in the name of justice. Brian Chase has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for serious and catastrophic injuries.

MCLE Certified in Auto Defects and Awards

Brian Chase is in-house certified to teach the course “How to Identify Auto Defect Cases” with a 1.5 hour credit for your MCLE.

Award Winning Personal Injury Attorney - Brian Chase

Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Attorney


Best Lawyers in America

Litigator of the year 2020
2024 SuperLawyers Brian Chase
American Institutes of Legal Professionals and Trial Lawyers

About Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP is a nine-attorney AV-rated national law firm founded in 1978 in Newport Beach, California. Brian Chase is the managing partner and senior trial attorney who heads up the litigation department of the firm.  The firm specializes in automotive defect cases, catastrophic personal injury cases, mass torts (pharmaceutical and medical devices), automotive defects, employment, and consumer class actions.

Brian D. Chase, – California Personal Injury Lawyer
1301 Dove St., STE 120, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 203-3814 – (800)-561-4887
California Bar Number: 164109

Brian Chase Online

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Awards and Honors

  • Former CAOC President
  • Former OCTLA President
  • 2023 Chair, Tort & Trial OCBA
  • 2023 OCBA Board of Directors Masters Division
  • Former Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, CAALA
  • Two-time Trial Lawyer of the Year for Products Liability (OCTLA)
  • Trial Attorney of the Year, CAOC
  • 2020-2023 Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal
  • 2024 Alumni Award – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2024 10 Best Attorneys, AIOPIA
  • 2023 Best of the Best
  • 2023 Advisory Excellence
  • 2024 Lawyer of the Year AIOLP
  • 2024 Top 10 – Attorney & Practice Magazine
  • 2024 Best Law Firms in America
  • 2024 Top Lawyer American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2024 Elite Lawyer
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®
  • Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers
  • 2024 Top 10% Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2006-2024 SuperLawyers Honoree
  • 2024 Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2024 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers
  • 2024 Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL
  • 2024 America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2024 Top 10 National Trial Lawyer High Stakes Litigator
  • 2019 Million Dollar Advocate
  • 2013 Top Attorney in OC Award
  • Prestigious Member of the $500M Club
  • Member of the American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • Board Member of the Brain Society of California
  • California Supreme Court and Appellate Court case winner
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, ATLA – Since 2007
  • Top 50 Orange County Lawyers, SuperLawyers
  • Author, ‘Second Collision’
  • Author, ‘Still Unsafe At Any Speed
  • Author of numerous legal publication articles
  • National Speaker on Personal Injury and Product Defect Law
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • LCA Order of Justitia
  • LCA Order of Certus
Brian Chase featured in the 2023 edition of the TBI Times

Brian Chase Cover Story - Attorney Journal Magazine

Brian Chase was featured in the September 2020 issue of Attorney Journals magazine for his expertise in specializing in serious auto defect cases.

Brian Chase cover story: Brian Chase Featured in Attorney Magazine

Brian Chase was featured on the cover of the Attorney Journals issue for his passionate representation of clients. The story covers Brian’s vow to his clients and his continued fight for justice against corporate greed that harms others.

Brian Chase was featured in the August 2021 issue of Attorney Journals magazine in a featured story following his road to becoming an industry leader.

Brian Chase magazine article

Brian Chase was featured in the Daily Journal in 2021, discussing the cases that ignited his passion for auto defect justice.

Brian Chase featured in the Daily Journal

Client Reviews

Bisnar Chase Google Review

Bisnar Chase is a model #veteranowned business that is purpose-driven — showing the power of patriotism in action! Because of Bisnar Chase, low-income veterans will be able to forge new futures at home through pro bono legal care. Team Veterans Legal Institute is grateful to have Bisnar Chase as a sponsor for Lawyers for Warriors — supporting the promise to be there for our veterans when they need it most.

KellyAnn Romanych
Bisnar Chase Google Review

Great people in this office, everyone was really helpful explaining everything. I was referred by my aunt for my car accident in October and the case went pretty fast. No problems and very professional. I was kept in the loop thru the whole process and was able to get a better settlement than my insurance company said I would. I can’t really compare them to other law firms because it was the first time I had to use an attorney, but my bad experience with the car accident was handled as well as I could have hoped.

P. Montgomery
Bisnar Chase Google Review - Lena

I wasn’t sure if I needed a personal injury attorney because I’d never been in a car accident before. I assumed I’d just go straight through the other driver’s insurance but that quickly became a nightmare. I spent months fighting over the simplest of issues about my case, which was 100% the other driver’s fault. I hired Bisnar Chase to see if they could just take it over for me. I was really impressed with how much they communicated everything to me! I suddenly started getting calls from the insurance company, imagine that. My final settlement was 6 times what I asked for to begin with. Everyone I dealt with was really involved in what was best for me, not the insurance.

Lena Murillo
Bisnar Chase Review - Natalie

I’m so impressed with this law firm. I lost my mother because of a seat defect when she was rear-ended in an auto accident and Bisnar Chase stepped up and took our case. The staff is wonderful and Brian Chase took his time explaining everything via phone with me. I’m honored to have the best of the best working on our family’s behalf, trying to get justice for my Mom, because of a negligent car company still manufacturing faulty seats. I look forward to working with this firm and am hopeful for a positive outcome. Thank you so much, Brian Chase. I know you will work your hardest on this case. God Bless you.

Natalie C.

Case Results

  • 1


    Consumer Class Action

  • 2


    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • 3


    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

  • 4


    Motorcycle Accident

  • 5


    Defective Seatback

  • 6


    Bicycle Accident