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Tom Antunovich of Bisnar Chase

Tom Antunovich

California Personal Injury Lawyer - Tom Antunovich

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.

Tom Antunovich is a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled a wide range of cases across California. His primary areas of practice include motor vehicle accidents, auto defect cases involving dangerous and defective products, medical devices, pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, and other serious injury cases.

American Institute of Legal Advocates 2024

2024 Top Lawyer

In 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. Tom is passionate about helping people and has already proven himself as an outstanding trial attorney.

Tom Antunovich is a member of ABOTA

Antunovich is the lead associate attorney for the firm’s Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder ovarian cancer cases. On these cases, he works directly with his managing partner, Brian Chase.

In 2018, the judge overseeing these cases in California appointed Bisnar Chase to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder ovarian cancer cases. Antunovich finds satisfaction in holding wrongdoers and corporations accountable for their actions and securing compensation for his injured clients.

Working to Make a Difference For Plaintiffs

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 ten 40 under 40 personal injury lawyers

At Bisnar Chase, Antunovich has proven himself to be 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 must be empathetic while being a bulldog fighting for clients’ rights. Tom has those qualities 100 percent.” – Top Rated Trial Lawyer, H. Gavin Long

  • 2020-2024 Board of Directors OCTLA
  • 2024 ABOTA Member
  • 2023 Alumni Award: National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2024 10 Best Attorneys, AIOPIA
  • 2024 Top Lawyers, AIOLA
  • 2024 NAOPIA Top 10 Under 40
  • 2022-2024 AIOTL Litigator of the Year
Litigator of the Year 2024

Winning Tough Injury Cases

Antunovich has already made a huge impact at the firm. That impact includes maximizing results for his clients. But it also involves connecting with his clients and ensuring that they trust in their legal representation. Managing partner Brian Chase sees a long and successful future for Tom.

“In the 28 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

Amount Case Details
  • $11,253,580
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Court Judgment)
  • $10,000,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Court Judgment)
  • $2,175,000
  • Product Liability (Settlement)
  • $2,000,000
  • Confidential Premises Liability (Settlement)
  • $1,275,000
  • Products Liability (Settlement)
  • $580,000
  • Car Accident
  • $575,000
  • Medical Device (Settlement)
  • $575,000
  • Car Accident (Settlement)
  • $475,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Settlement)
  • $325,000
  • Trip and Fall (Settlement)
  • $300,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Jury Verdict)
  • $295,000
  • Premises Liability (Settlement)
  • $255,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Jury Verdict)
  • $240,000
  • Medical Device (Settlement)
  • $225,000
  • Motorcycle Accident (Settlement)
  • $120,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Jury Verdict)
  • $100,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Settlement)
  • $75,000
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Jury Verdict)

    Personal Interests

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

    American Institute of Legal Advocates 2024

    Professional Legal 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. He believes in lending his expertise to organizations like these that do important work across California.

    Tom has received the accolade of being named a 2024 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, indicating that his peers consider him to be a top legal professional.

    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

    • 2024 Parliamentarian of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
    • 2024 Member of ABOTA
    • 2024 Top Lawyer American Institute of Legal Advocates
    • 2024 Elite Lawyer
    • 2020-2024 Board of Directors OCTLA
    • 2024 Alumni Award – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    • 2024 10 Best Attorneys, AIOPIA
    • 2024 American Association of Attorney Advocates
    • 2024 American Institute of Legal Professionals
    • 2024 Top Lawyers, AIOLA
    • 2024 NAOPIA Top 10 Under 40
    • 2024 AIOTL Litigator of the Year
    • 2024 Ones to Watch – Best Lawyers
    • 2022 Best of CA., American Academy of Attorneys
    • 2024 Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys, AIOPIA
    • 2023 Top Ten Attorney, AAOAA
    • 2024 National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40
    • 2024 SuperLawyers Rising Stars
    • Consumer Attorneys of California Board of Directors
    • Avvo Top Rated 10.0

    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

    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 - 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

    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