Tom Antunovich of Bisnar Chase

Tom Antunovich

Personal Injury Lawyer

Tom Antunovich is a California personal injury attorney and trial lawyer at the firm. His practice focuses on motor vehicle accidents, automotive defects, medical devices, dangerous drugs, wrongful death and other serious injury cases. He represents victims who have been injured by the wrongful acts of negligent individuals and corporations.
Best of California 2022

LIn 2019, Antunovich secured an $11M judgment for a car accident victim. The injuries sustained required a spinal fusion surgery and aggressive physical therapy rehabilitation, however the victim was able to make a full recovery. A judge ordered the judgment after seeing the facts of the case as laid out by Antunovich.

Antunovich is the lead associate attorney for the firm’s Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder ovarian cancer cases. He works directly with managing partner Brian Chase on these cases. In 2018, Bisnar Chase was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder ovarian cancer cases by the judge overseeing these cases in California. Antunovich finds satisfaction in holding wrongdoers and corporations accountable for their actions and securing compensation for his injured clients.

Working to Make a Difference

The National Trial Lawyers

Antunovich is an Orange County native. He received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2010. He graduated from Western State College of Law in 2015 with honors. Since becoming a lawyer, Antunovich has tried seven cases to jury verdict – all resulting in jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiff.

Top 10 Personal Injury Law Attorney 2022

At Bisnar Chase, Antunovich has proven himself as a young man with passion and potential, said H. Gavin Long, one of the firm’s partners and top trial lawyers.

“If you’re going to be a personal injury lawyer, you have to be empathetic while being a bulldog that fights for clients’ rights. Tom has those qualities 100 percent.” – Top Rated Trial Lawyer, H. Gavin Long

  • 2022 NAOPIA Top 10 Under 40
  • 2022 AIOTL Litigator of the Year
  • 2022 American Assoc. of Attorney Advocates
  • 2021 Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers
  • 2021 Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022 Best of CA, American Academy of Attorneys
American Institute Litigator of the Year 2023

Winning Cases

Antunovich has already made a huge impact at the firm. Managing partner Brian Chase sees a long and successful future for Tom.

“In the 26 years I have been practicing law, I have never seen a new attorney with the drive, determination, talent, and skills that I see in Tom.  I saw his potential when he was a law clerk at the firm, and knew we had to hire him as a new associate when he graduated from law school.  That has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made at Bisnar Chase.  His skill level rivals that of attorneys who have been practicing for 10+ years.  He has earned my trust so much that he works hand in hand with me on some of the firm’s largest cases.”

Antunovich is a bright young lawyer full of energy and commitment to his clients. As a trial lawyer, he relishes the opportunity to work up his cases for trial and present them to the jury.

Antunovich is Acutely Aware of His Job’s Importance

“Our clients – they put their trust in us. I make sure the work I put into every case reflects that. Each case means a lot to me, because it means a lot to my client. It makes me want to fight and it makes me want to win.”

Some of Tom's Case Results

$11,253,580 Court JudgmentMotor Vehicle Accident
$10,000,000 Court JudgmentMotor Vehicle Accident
$575,000.00 SettlementMedical Device
$575,000.00 SettlementCar Accident
$325,000.00 SettlementTrip and Fall
$295,000.00 SettlementPremise Liability
$255,000 Jury VerdictMotor Vehicle Accident
$240,000.00 SettlementMedical Device
$225,000.00 SettlementMotorcycle Accident
$120,000.00 Jury VerdictMotor Vehicle Accident
$75,000.00 Jury VerdictMotor Vehicle Accident

Personal Interests

When Antunovich is not working for his clients, he enjoys playing soccer, running, traveling and spending time with his family.

Professional Associations

Tom serves on the Board of Directors for Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), an organization dedicated to providing justice for all California consumers. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), a local organization devoted to protecting access to civil justice for the injured and wronged. 

Tom has been recognized as a 2021 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a designation that means he is a top-rated attorney as recognized by his peers. 

In 2020, Tom achieved one of the top plaintiff’s verdicts in Orange County for the case of Nevarez v. Brutoco. In 2019, Tom was recognized for one of the Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdicts in Los Angeles County for the case of Lim v Wang.

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Awards and Honors

  • 2020-2023 Board of Directors OCTLA
  • 2023 Alumni Award – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2023 10 Best Attorneys, AIOPIA
  • 2023 NAOPIA Top 10 Under 40
  • 2022-2023 AIOTL Litigator of the Year
  • 2022 Ones to Watch – Best Lawyers
  • 2022 Best of CA., American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2022 Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys, AIOPIA
  • 2022 Top Ten Attorney, AAOAA
  • 2021-2023 National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40
  • 2021 Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch
  • 2021 SuperLawyers Rising Stars
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Board of Directors
  • Avvo Top Rated

Client Reviews

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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 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.
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 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

Case Results

  • 1

    $117,500,000

    Consumer Class Action

  • 2

    $38,650,000

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • 3

    $32,698,073

    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

  • 4

    $30,000,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • 5

    $24,744,764

    Defective Seatback

  • 6

    $16,444,904

    Bicycle Accident