Charles “Tony” Piccuta
Charles “Tony” Piccuta was born in San Francisco, California and raised on the central coast of California. As a youth, he was a champion tennis player who traveled nationally to compete in junior tournaments. Tony earned a full ride athletic scholarship to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where he was a captain of the tennis team. Tony graduated from Cal Poly in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and a dual minor in Business and Psychology.
Tony attended law school at Indiana University-Bloomington on a merit scholarship and graduated in 2006 with honors. Tony excelled in law school recording the highest marks in his class for Banking Law, International Contracts and Commercial Transactions. Tony was also an editor on the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies and Vice-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. While in law school, Tony became a certified legal intern for the State of Indiana and was one of the few students who made court appearances while earning his law degree.
Tony is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada. Tony took the bar exam in each of those states and passed each on the first try. Tony is admitted in all state courts in Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada; all United States District Courts in California; the United States District Court for the State of Arizona; the United States District Court for the State of Nevada; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tony started his practice in Chicago, Illinois where he worked for a civil litigation law firm specializing in personal injury and Plaintiff side litigation. While there, Tony independently managed a case load with cases ranging from motor-vehicle accidents to slip and falls. Tony also assisted the senior partners with catastrophic injury cases including medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, aviation accidents, child sexual abuse and nursing home neglect. Tony worked there from 2006 to 2008 before making the decision to move back to California.
Upon returning to California, Tony worked at Houser and Allison, APC—a national law firm with over 65 attorneys in eleven offices nationwide. While there, Tony represented corporate and fortune-500 clients in commercial and civil litigation matters in both federal and state court. Tony also managed one of the firm’s regional offices and tried multiple jury trials to verdict. When Tony left Houser & Allison, APC, he was the fourth attorney in tenure. Nevertheless, Tony made the decision to trade his senior position to get back to his original calling—helping individuals in need.
Tony is a principal of the Piccuta Law Group, LLP and established the firm with three goals in mind. First, to create trusted and long-lasting relationships with every client he represents. Second, to work harder and achieve better results than other attorneys would if given the same case and client. Third, to take on challenging matters including cases that most attorneys consider too complex or risky to handle.
Aside from being an attorney, Tony is also a cancer-survivor, triathlete, author, husband, father and step-father. Tony splits his time between Monterey, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. When he is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family or training for his next athletic challenge.
RECENT NOTABLE RESULTS:
$710,000 Jury Verdict – 2020 Police Brutality Civil Rights Case; Green v. Officer Robert Johnson and City of Stockton, San Joaquin County Superior Court, Case # STK-CV-UPI-2011-14340.
$700,000 Settlement – 2020 Crashworthiness-Auto Product Liability Case; California Superior Court, Confidential.
$225,000 Settlement – 2020 Prisoner FTCA Claim For Negligent Medical Care; Carr v. United States, United States District Court-Eastern District of California, Case # 2:14-CV-02110.
$600,000 Settlement – 2019 Police Brutality Civil Rights Case; Reyes v. Deputy Wise and County of Monterey, United States District Court-Northern District of California, Case # 5:18-CV-03935.
$380,000 Settlement – 2019 Rear-End Car Accident Case; Nunes v. Orth, Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Case # 17CV01156.
$1,925,000 Jury Verdict – 2018 Motorcycle Accident Case; Hambrook v. Lafitte, Monterey County Superior Court, Case # M133438.
$675,000 Settlement – 2018 Auto-Defect Product Liability Case; United States District Court, Confidential.
$550,000 Settlement – 2018 Maritime Injury Case; Bakkila v. CISCO’S Sportfishing, Inc., United States District Court-Central District of California, Case # 5:17-CV-02438.
Six Figure Confidential Class Action Settlement – 2018 breach of contract class action; United States District Court-Central District of California.
$215,000 Confidential Professional Negligence Settlement – 2018 malpractice case; Santa Clara County Superior Court.
$240,000 Jury Verdict – 2017 Car Accident Case; Deaner v. Santini, Maricopa County Superior Court, Case # CV2015-00148.
$130,000 Jury Verdict – 2017 Civil Rights § 1983 Case; Bryant v. Gallagher, United States District Court- Eastern District of California, Case # 1:11-CV-00446.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision – 2017 Briefing and Oral Argument in Commercial Dispute Case; Sharp v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, United States Court of Appeals-Ninth Circuit, Case # 15-15066.
$150,000 Settlement – 2017 Car Accident Case; Rino v. Cook, San Bernardino County Superior Court, Case # CIV DS1602950.
$650,000 Settlement – 2016 Civil Rights § 1983 Police Excessive Force Case; Macias v. Cleaver, (City of Clovis), United States District Court-Eastern District of California, Case # 1:13-CV-01819.
$400,000 Settlement – 2015 Trust Dispute Case; Kaspian v. Thoms, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case # 113PR173358.
$175,000 Settlement – 2015 Slip and Fall Case; Rijborz v. Armstrong Garden Centers, Inc., Orange County Superior Court, Case # 30-2015-00776956.
$23,262 Jury Verdict – 2015 Car Accident Case; Cloak v. Irwin; Orange County Superior Court; Case # 30-2013-00685089.
Lead Attorney & Founding Partner
Founding partner of the Piccuta Law Group, LLP
J.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2006
B.S., Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 2001
Consumer Attorneys of California formerly California Trial Lawyers Association
American Association of Justice
National Police Accountability Project
Arizona Association for Justice formerly Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Maricopa County Bar Association
Scottsdale Bar Association
Illinois State Bar, 2006*
California State Bar, 2008*
Nevada State Bar, 2010*
Arizona State Bar, 2011*
*All Bar Admissions By Examination
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2008
U.S. District Court, All Districts of California, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2011
400 W. Franklin Street Monterey, California 93940