Brian T. Bonney

For over 30 years, Mr. Bonney has been a senior trial attorney with a focus on complex commercial litigation, insurance, product liability, land use, toxic tort, construction defect, premises liability, employment, appellate (state and federal) class actions, environmental, and other complex general liability matters. Mr. Bonney has successfully tried many cases to jury verdict over the course of 30 years and is a partner at Clapp Moroney.

Prior to joining Clapp, Moroney, Mr. Bonney was the lead trial counsel in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for Zurich North America insured clients, including emerging technology companies. His current practice emphasizes the representation of individual and corporate defendants in cases ranging from catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims (including complex, multi-party matters arising out of construction site accidents, and defective products) to business litigation and professional liability matters.

Mr. Bonney is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients before arbitrators, judges, and juries in in California and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California. He has also been lead counsel in hundreds of arbitrations and mediations and is very experienced in the handling of severe orthopedic, internal injury and traumatic brain injury claims. He has earned a reputation for aggressive, efficient, and result-driven case handling.

Mr. Bonney has extensive experience in complex civil litigation and dispute resolution and has represented clients in both State and Federal Court. He has cases published in Federal Court (Federal Supplement) and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. Among his published opinions is Cortez v. MTD Products 927 F.Supp. 386 (N.D.Cal. 1996), a Federal Court decision regarding federal preemption in the area of prescribed safety warnings and standards in products liability cases.

Mr. Bonney received his B.A. from the University of California at Davis (UCD), Dean’s List, in 1983, and his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1987, where he was named to the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and received an American Jurisprudence Award for the subject of Agency. Mr. Bonney also belongs to Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Defense Research Institute, and the Litigation sections of the California State Bar Association and the Contra Costa County Bar Associations.

He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. He also volunteers as coach for local high schools Students In Action community service clubs through The Jefferson Awards Foundation, a national service organization.

Mr. Bonney can be contacted at Clapp, Moroney’s East Bay/Central Valley Office or at