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Joseph J. Babich

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Joseph Babich knows that the personal injury cases he takes on are often like David taking on Goliath, but instead of using a slingshot against his adversaries, Babich draws upon his deep well of professional experience, his native intelligence and his ability to form connections with people—whether they are clients or members of a jury. His success can be measured not just by the outstanding verdicts he has won for his clients but also by the recognition from his peers in the legal profession who have given him the top ratings possible for both his legal skills and ethics, including a "Lawyer of the Year" award in Sacramento in 2013, 2018 and again in 2024.

Babich has represented thousands of individuals and families during his 43-year legal career. The wisdom born of experience has taught him what works and what doesn't, and he has obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts for clients who have suffered injuries or loss. He knows courtroom theatrics don't win the day; rather, it is the human connection made with clients and with juries that brings about the best outcomes.

In one recent case, he represented a woman who had the misfortune of driving on a bridge in Sacramento when a counterweight collapsed, crushing the front end of her car and causing serious injuries. The woman, a mother of four young children who was also a late-stage cancer patient, had not been expected to live more than a few years before the accident. After it, those final years would be filled with additional pain and suffering.

Traditionally, actuarial charts that look at earnings based on life expectancy are used to calculate awards but Babich, who himself is the father of four children, knew how critically important the woman's final years would be to her and her family. "I just put myself in her position. I was trying the case not only for her, but for her kids," Babich explained. The challenge in that case was to argue that pain and suffering damages based on her limited life expectancy with cancer didn't tell the whole story. To convey the depth of her loss, he introduced at trial photographs of the woman coaching her children's sports teams to show her active role in their lives just before the accident. The jury got it. He added, "I was very pleased with what the jury awarded her.”

Today's juries are tightening up on pain and suffering awards, principally due to several notorious cases that have been retold so often they are far removed from the facts and more in the realm of urban myth. Faced with such challenges, Babich believes being a good listener helps him get to know his clients in order to create for a jury a genuine picture of what each person’s loss truly is. Being an astute observer also helps guide him. "Some lawyers don't like to look at the jury when they're trying the case. I am the opposite," Babich said. "I try to watch the jury; I try to get some signals from them."

Babich employs the same degree of hard work and dedication in his professional life as he does in his private life. He took up running several years ago and embraced the sport by completing nine marathons in four years. Just as in the courtroom, with running there is what he calls a "real discipline and structure to training, and there's a real sense of accomplishment."

Babich, a Sacramento native whose father was a Superior Court Judge, recognizes not everyone has had the benefits he has had in pursuing a legal career. To that end, he created a scholarship endowment for minority students at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA in economics, and another at Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law, where his son earned his law degree. "I really enjoy helping people and counseling them. When I was a deputy district attorney, my client was the State of California, so I didn’t really have an attorney-client relationship. That's why I went into private practice," he said

Helping people in need and treating them with respect, regardless of their circumstances, are values instilled in him by his parents. They are values that motivate him to fight hard for his clients. "I would say that 95 percent of the clients that come through my door don't have the means to pay us on an hourly basis," he said. "When people are not represented, claims representatives will take advantage of them and offer them a lot less than they clearly deserve." His respect for people extends to members of a jury, about whom he says, "collectively, they are brilliant. You are not going to pull the wool over their eyes.

In addition to being named Lawyer of the Year in 2013, 2018 and 2024 by Best Lawyers®, a group consisting of his peers in the legal profession, Babich holds the highest rating (AV Preeminent®) through Martindale-Hubbell®*. Babich also has served as president of the Sacramento Consumer Attorneys and was honored as Advocate of the Year for his outstanding trial results in 2003.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Auto, Motorcycle & Trucking Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Products Liability

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2004-Present

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list, 2024
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, 2013, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2024
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2023
  • Advocate of the Year, Sacramento Consumer Attorneys, 2003
  • Holds the highest rating (AV Preeminent®) by Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member of the Board, 1995 to 1998
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys, President, 1993
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1997 to Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

Past Employment Positions

  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1980
  • University of California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1977

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980

Awards and Accolades

A Proven Record of Success

Attorney Babich Has Recovered Millions For His Clients
  • Truck Accident $16 Million

    Settlement: $16 Million | Sacramento County | Lucas v. Timmerman Starlite Trucking

  • Wrongful Death $5 Million

    Verdict: $5,038,217 | Sacramento County | Escobar v. Mike Lowery Transport

  • Wrongful Death $5 Million

    Settlement: $5 Million | Sacramento County | Trask v. James E. Simon

  • Drunk Driving Accident $2.47 Million

    February 2015 - Sacramento County - $2,474,854.94

  • Fifteen-Passenger Rollover $1.86 Million

    Verdict: $1.86 Million | Pease v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Big O Tires

  • Fall on Passenger Light Rail Train $1.7 Million

    While boarding a train bound for her job downtown, Ms. Satchel tried to cross a metal bridge plate. The train operator quickly withdrew the plate before she could take her step, resulting in Ms. Satchel planting her foot into the narrow cement gap between the platform and the train.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1.25 Million

    Verdict: $1.25 Million | Sacramento County | Stubbs v. Aslett

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $1.1 Million

    Settlement: $1.1 Million | Sacramento County | Dutcher v. Fairall

  • Broadside Motor Vehicle Collision $1.1 Million

    Settlement: $1.1 Million | Sacramento County | McCall v. Hudson

  • Ford Van Roll-Over Confidential Verdict

    Verdict: Confidential | Sacramento County | Demian v. Ford Motor Co. & Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Our Clients Come first 

What People Are Saying About DBBWC
  • If this world had more people like you this would be a better place. Thanks again.

    - The Naranjo Family
  • I cannot thank you and the team enough for the representation you gave me from January 2015 to the present. I feel so blessed!

    - Tom
  • Thanks so much for your help and talents to get me a just outcome.

    - Sally
  • Although we would like for this accident to not happen by all means, we were grateful that this occurrence brought us together once again.

    - Barbara Meyer
  • Thank you for having kindly walked with us for a little while and in parting, we wish all the best to you and the firm.

    - Wendy Vang

Why Clients Choose Us

  • We Have Helped Thousands of Injured Clients Secure Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • We Have In-Depth Experience in All Types of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
  • Our Team Has Received Numerous Awards and Accolades Including “Best of the Bar", "Consumer Attorney of the Year” and More
  • You Can Count On Working with Your Own Lawyer and Receiving Prompt Responses to Your Concerns
  • No Case is Too Large or Too Small for Our Team to Handle
  • Lawyers, Doctors, Hospitals, Judges and Past Clients Continually Refer Cases to Us

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