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

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 managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. Mr. Chase was named Litigator of the Year, Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel, Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL and 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 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Tort & Trial section. Brian is responsible for putting together the monthly seminars/programs teaching both plaintiffs and defense attorneys how to better litigate their cases on behalf of their clients.

He was the former President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a Past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a current member of ABOTA, an organization that upholds the highest standards of trial attorneys. In 2014 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

He is 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 SuperLawyer since 2007 and a Top 50 Orange County SuperLawyer 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 Diversity Law Institute.

In 2009, Mr. Chase had his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed”- dealing with the auto industry and defective vehicles, published. 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 and has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on “CBS Special Reports,” “Peter Jennings/World News Tonight,” “Fox 11 News” and “America’s Best Lawyers.”

Brian was the lead attorney on four important, 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 fighting some of the biggest corporate giants in the name of fairness to his clients. From car defects to consumer products that fail to warn or harm, Brian is the man for the job.

“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
$6,500,000 Auto Defect
$5,500,000 Auto Defect
$6,777,258 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 Auto Defect – Roof Crush/Rollover
$2,815,958 Motor Vehicle Accident
$2,200,000 Defective Medical Device
$1,500,000 Auto Defect – Roof Crush/Rollover
$1,500,000 Auto Defect
$1,000,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure

2014 - 2022 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.

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 - 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 & 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.

Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Attorney


Best Lawyers in America

Litigator of the year 2020
Litigation Counsel of America
American Institutes of Legal Professionals and Trial Lawyers
American Institute of Legal Advocates
Distinguished Counsel Nation's top Attorneys
2019 Lawyer of the Year, Brian Chase
National Trial Lawyers Association
Class Action Top 25 Trial Lawyers
High Stakes Litigator 2022
Best Law Firms 2022
2023 Attorney and Practice magazine Top 10 Lawyers
American Institute of Legal Professionals 2023 Lawyer of the Year

About Bisnar|Chase

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 managing partner and senior trial attorney that 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

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
  • 2023 Alumni Award – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2023 10 Best Attorneys, AIOPIA
  • 2023 Advisory Excellence
  • 2023 Lawyer of the Year AIOLP
  • 2023 Top 10 – Attorney & Practice Magazine
  • 2022 Best Law Firms in America
  • 2023 Elite Lawyer
  • 2023 Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®
  • 2022 Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers
  • 2021 Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal
  • 2023 Top 10% Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2023 SuperLawyers
  • 2023 Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2022 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers
  • 2023 Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL
  • 2023 America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2023 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 Journal magazine for his expertise is specializing in serious auto defect cases.

Brian Chase was featured on the cover of the Attorney Journal 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 Journal magazine in a featured story following his road to becoming an industry leader.

Client Reviews

Bisnar Chase Google Review

It was a pleasure working with such an amazing team. You will definitely feel welcomed and kept in the loop throughout the entire process. They do a great job making you feel like you are a part of their team which is how one should feel. The superb customer experience from finish to end. You can trust they will do all possible to promptly and efficiently handle your case.
Yes! I recommend this team…

Queen V
Bisnar Chase Google Review

I had an attorney for my truck accident who wanted almost 60% of what my case was worth. Worse than that, he was willing to settle for $5,000.00 with the insurance company even though I was still treating for whiplash and back pain. I contacted Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys because a friend recommended them. My case was handled exceptionally well! I was being kept notified throughout the whole process and only when I was comfortable with the settlement figure, did my attorney Gavin Long, accept it. I felt like we were working together and I felt listened to. I would refer Bisnar Chase to anyone who wants quality over quantity!

Lauren B
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

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

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