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Eric Gene Young

Eric Gene Young

Dedicated, aggressive California personal injury attorney
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability
  • California
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Since 1997, Mr. Young has been representing both plaintiffs and businesses of varying sizes involved in personal injury, premises liability, and products liability litigation. Mr. Young has a strong background of litigation and appellate victories. In 2005, Mr. Young successfully argued a significant premises liability case on behalf of a seriously injured plaintiff before the California Supreme Court, Delgado v. Trax Bar & Grill (2005) 36 Cal.4th 224. That decision established that a merchant has a special relationship-based duty of care to protect its patrons. Prior to Delgado, Mr. Young also won an appeal in another premises liability case, Mata v. Mata (2003) 105 Cal.App.4th 1121, which involved an innocent bystander who was shot by an assailant in a bar due to negligent security.

Because of his extensive experience in the field of premises liability, Mr. Young was selected by Thomson Reuters to author an article for its Causes of Action series. The article is entitled "Cause of Action Against Tavern Owners, Restaurants, And Similar Businesses For Injuries Caused To Patrons By The Criminal Acts Of Others," which can be found at 26 Causes of Action 2d 1 (2004, updated Oct. 2014). It contains a nationwide, state-by-state summary of the law of third-party premises liability and has been cited by attorneys around the country as a go-to resource.

In addition to lawyering by day, Mr. Young also teaches paralegal studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaching a course on Legal Writing and another called Technology in the Law Office. He has also taught law school courses at Golden Gate University School of Law and John F. Kennedy School of Law. From time to time, Mr. Young also blogs about law and technology issues at his blog The Cyber-Esq, which can be found at

Mr. Young is actively seeking new clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others.

Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
  • Free Consultation
    I offer free consultations to potential new clients without time restrictions on length of consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Written
  • Italian: Spoken
Professional Experience
Adjunct Instructor
Center for Advanced Legal Studies
- Current
Adjunct instructor teaching legal research & writing and legal technology courses
Young Law Group
- Current
Young Law Group is an aggressive personal injury law firm serving clients throughout Northern California
Adjunct Instructor
Empire College
Adjunct instructor teaching advanced legal research and writing, discovery, and e-discovery
Adjunct Instructor
Santa Rosa Junior College
Adjunct instructor of paralegal studies, teaching Legal Writing, Law Office Technology, and Business Law
Senior Associate
Daniel Crowley & Associates
Practiced as senior associate for small, boutique law firm handling a variety of civil litigation matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants
Law Offices of Eric G. Young
Private practice focused on personal injury and employment litigation and appeals.
Adjunct Professor of Law
John F. Kennedy University School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Legal Writing and Law & Motion Practice to upper division law students
Adjunct Instructor
California State University - Sonoma State University
Adjunct instructor in the Attorney Assistant Program, teaching Legal Writing, Law & Motion Practice, and Legal Research. I taught in the program until the program closed in 2006.
Univ of Illinois
Undergraduate Degree
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Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
Consumer Attorneys of California
- Current
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American Association for Paralegal Education
- Current
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California State Bar  # 190104
- Current
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Sonoma County Bar Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Fundamentals of E-Discovery, 2604 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sonoma County Law Library
MCLE presentation to attorneys and paralegals on basic e-discovery practice and procedure.
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. what is the fourm I use to file for marvin v marvin palimony
A: From your question, it is unclear whether you meant to say "form" or "forum." If you meant "form," there is no "form" for filing a Marvin action. An attorney would need to draft a pleading for you. These are very fact-intensive cases. To strengthen your case in advance, you should gather as much documentation as you have that will help evidence that your companion held you out to the world as his wife. I handled a Marvin case in a nearly 30-year relationship that dissolved where I was able to obtain a favorable outcome for my client (1/2 of substantial real property holdings) based, in part, on greeting cards and notes from her companion where he referred to the property as "our property," or he promised her that she would be taken care of. Valuable evidence may be something you least expect in Marvin cases. Check out this link to one of the seminal cases, Byrne v. Laura, which has a great discussion of the many types of evidence that can be relevant in a Marvin action - Any proof you have that he cared for you financially as well as witnesses to corroborate your facts are both important. Since you indicated in your inquiry that your companion passed away, a word or two about probate - did he leave a will? If not, who are the next of kin heirs? Has a probate been opened? As a person holding a Marvin claim, you are a creditor of the deceased's probate estate. You must assert a timely Creditor's Claim against the probate estate, or your Marvin claim will be barred as a matter of law. Once the personal representative of the probate, whomever that may be, provides notice to the creditor that the estate disputes the debt, you must file suit within 90 days of the rejection. I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck.
Q. In California can a dog walker sue me if they ran into a pole while walking my dog, it was not the dogs fought.
A: To begin with, a person can sue another person for anything they want. The doors of the court are open to some of the most ridiculous claims imaginable, in California and in every other state. Having said that, however, it does mean the person who sues has a meritorious case. Based on the limited information you have provided, the only possible cause of action she might have would be for negligence, which requires that she establish that you owed a duty of care to prevent her harm and that your unreasonable action or inaction breached that duty. What duty does a dog owner owe a dog walker? You probably have a duty to warn if a dog is dangerous. But, beyond that, do you owe a duty to prevent a dog walker from walking into a pole while she is in charge of your dog. Not likely. There is simply no duty or breach of duty on these facts. California follows the doctrine of "occupational assumption of the risk." A person who knowingly undertakes an occupation that comes with certain risks assumes them, and you owe no duty to prevent their harm. You could argue that walking a dog involves caring for an animal that might suddenly act in an unpredictable manner - dogs pull at their leads, tug, jump, turn, and go in different directions. Think how often even the most well-mannered dog (I have 2) suddenly runs off in a different direction simply because it sees a cat or a squirrel. In my opinion, a dog walker assumes the risk of injury caused by such unpredictability in an animal and, furthermore, they should be attentive to their surroundings, which would include poles at street crossings.
Q. Defendant filed a motion to compel discovery based on his request not when discovery is due.
A: Much more information is needed to answer this question. Unless discovery responses are late, a motion to compel would not be appropriate. I am confused by the remainder of the information you provided. Seeing a lawyer in person would be helpful, if you do not already have one.
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411 Russell Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Telephone: (707) 527-3637
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