About Us


With 60+ combined years working exclusively on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, we are one of the premier personal injury law firms in the San Francisco/East Bay Area. Our offices are located in Walnut Creek, California, and we practice primarily in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. We believe in personalized commitment to our clients and upholding the highest ethical standards of conduct.

The Appel Attorneys

Joseph Appel and Michael Appel are brothers who each have 30+ years of experience. Thomas Appel joined the firm as an associate upon being admitted to the California Bar in December of 2011.

Joe have received the highest national AV* ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative resource for information on the legal profession. The AV rating is based on peer evaluations for legal ability and ethical standards.

Our attorneys have helped thousands, injured by the fault of others, receive the money they deserve. We’ve been known to scan years of Google Earth satellite photographs, zooming into street view, in search of one particular crack in one particular public unmarked crosswalk, rummage through dusty aerial photographic archives in the Central Valley for key evidence in an irrigation ditch, or jump on a plane headed for the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia to take and secure a key witness’ deposition. All three cases were successfully resolved and settlements paid.

Our Mission

Our mission is to achieve a successful recovery in every case we take. More specifically, our job is to get you full compensation. Your job is to get better. With our 60+ combined years of experience, we have seen most types of personal injury cases. Let us put our strategic legal machine to work. While you get better, we’ll get down to business by:

  • Crafting legal strategies and tactics
  • Conducting meticulous investigations
  • Ensuring medical care is timely authorized
  • Responding to your questions in a timely manner
  • Reviewing all the facts and applicable laws
  • Retaining expert witnesses as necessary
  • Preparing paperwork and filing it in court
  • Settling cases at the right time
  • Preparing your case and taking it to trial, if necessary

To learn more about our firm and our services, watch our VIDEO.

Appel Law Firm Featured in Daily Journal

We are excited to announce that Appel Law Firm LLP has also been profiled by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal in the article entitled Family Ties: Two brothers, one son, and a cousin work together at Appel Law Firm on plaintiffs’ lawsuits. Below is a short excerpt from the article:

Daily Journal ArticleFamily ties are a point of pride at Appel Law Firm LLP, a plaintiffs’ law firm specializing in personal injury.

They are a meeting of minds with the gritty legal wrangling of the past and today’s posture toward mediation, along with the importance of an online presence. All have defense experience under their belt, but have since crossed the aisle.  

Read entire article PDF here


*AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.