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When someone is injured in an accident, insurance companies will often encourage a quick settlement. The reason is simple: these companies know that by dangling the “carrot” of a quick settlement before the victim, he or she will likely take the money and relinquish all rights to future compensation. This means that, by offering a quick settlement, the insurance company can often get out of paying the full value of a claim. In fact, many settlement offers from insurance companies are pennies on the dollar when compared to the true value of a case. A victim who is represented by a personal injury attorney rarely encounters this problem. Insurance companies know that personal injury attorneys will not encourage their clients to settle quickly but to hold out for a reasonable sum that represents not only the economic damages in the case, such as medical bills and property damage, but the non-economic value of the case as well, such as sums for pain and
If you have been involved in an accident and are seeking compensation for your damages, you will likely be dealing with an insurance company. Whether you are suing an at-fault driver or a doctor for medical malpractice, their insurance provider will likely be the one discussing settlement or opposing you at trial.
Six people are dead and seven others were injured after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed. The incident occurred early Tuesday in Berkeley, California. There was a gathering at the apartment for a 21st birthday, according to two witnesses. Police have not confirmed what type of gathering it was, however they did say that they received a call about a noise disturbance about 40 minutes before the balcony collapsed.
John Demas went above and beyond what me or my family ever thought possible from an Attorney. Not only did he fight to win our case but he fought the state when things didn't go quite as planned. He did everything you NEVER expect (Or think you should) from your Attorney. He returned calls and emails promptly and considerately. He gave us solid legal advice and let us make our own decisions. He was kind, considerate, and made my whole family feel "Extremely well represented" in a very difficult time of need. My entire family would highly recommend Mr. Demas should a situation arise that falls in his line of expertise. You will be thrilled you did!!
With a heavy heart but great satisfaction,
- Demas Law Group, P.C.Personal Injury Attorney, present
John N. Demas, a Sacramento personal injury attorney, is the founding partner of the Demas Law Group, P.C. and has been exclusively representing injured victims for over twenty years. John is passionate about helping people and has earned a stellar reputation in the community for his dedication and successful results for his clients. He has extensive trial experience with several multi-million dollar verdicts, including one of the largest verdicts ever against Sacramento County ($4,500,000) and the largest verdict in Tuolumne County ($2,500,000).
John has earned the respect of the legal community for his zealous representation of his clients. As a result, he has been selected by his peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; an honor limited to less than 5% of all attorneys and approximately 1% of plaintiff personal injury attorneys. In 2013, he was also named a Top 100 Attorney for Northern California. The Top 100 list is an even more exclusive group of attorneys chosen by Super Lawyers, as the very best among the best lawyers in the state.
John has been granted membership to The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a respected professional organization with exclusive membership limited to less than 1% of the country's civil attorneys. ABOTA membership is by invitation only—extended to attorneys distinguished for their high personal character and professional reputation. Furthermore, he is a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization consisting of the nation’s top personal injury attorneys.
John has an "AV" rating, the highest possible national rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The "AV" rating is derived from confidential assessments by attorneys in the community as well as judges. In addition to the highest attainable legal ability ratings, he has been given the highest marks for "adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence." John also has a 10/10 rating, the highest possible rating, with the prominent attorney ranking web site, Avvo.com.
He was recently recognized as the Trial Lawyer/Advocate of the Year by the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association in recognition for his extraordinary trial results and intrepid work in advocating the rights of consumers.
John is very active in the legal community and is past President of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a Board Member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at seminars and conventions across the State and has been asked to speak by numerous organizations, including the Continuing Education of the Bar, Consumer Attorneys of California, and Capital City Trial Lawyers. He donates his time and serves as a Settlement Conference Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator in Sacramento County, and as a Mediator for El Dorado County and Placer County.
In addition to representing injury victims, he is committed to educating and informing people about safety and accident prevention.
In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, exercise, cycle, scuba dive, hike and travel. He speaks Greek fluently.
Education & Certification
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1992 With Distinction)
- University of the Pacific (B.A. Political Science, 1989)
Bars and Courts
- State Bar of California (1992)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California (1992)
- Past President, Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- Board Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
- Member, American Association of Justice
- Member, The Justice Roundtable
- Settlement Conference Judge Pro Tem, Sacramento County
- Mediator, Placer & El Dorado County
- Arbitrator, Sacramento County
- Frequent lecturer and speaker at attorney seminars and conventions
Honors & Awards
- Trial Lawyer/Advocate of the Year, Capital City Trial Lawyers Association
- Trial Lawyer President of the Year
- Presidential Award for Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California
- Numerous academic awards & scholarships
- Recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards
- Law Journal Editor
- International Moot Court Honors Board
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Elder Abuse
- University of PacificPolitical Science, 1985 - 1989
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawJ.D., 1989 - 1992