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William John Light

William John Light

Offices in Riverside & Santa Ana
  • Personal Injury, Animal & Dog Law, Insurance Claims ...
  • California
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I have offices in Riverside and Santa Ana. Call me at (424) 269-5554. Email me at Visit my website at

I have been practicing law for 30 years. I have recovered millions and millions of dollars for people like you. I have met thousands of decent, honorable people who have been hurt due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing of others. You deserve a voice. We will speak for you. When we speak, insurance companies pay attention. Some of our biggest and most satisfying cases involved representing victims of dog bites, sexual molestation, product liability, dangerous roads and, of course, vehicle collisions involving cars, bicycles, motorcycles and semis/trucks. We have a great deal of experience in virtually every kind of personal injury claim there is, including dental and medical malpractice, premises liability and employment disputes. I would like to discuss your case with you. Consultations are free.

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Univ of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree
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Southwestern Univ School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Experience
Frank P. Barbaro & Associates, APC, Santa Ana, CA
- Current
Personal Injury, Products Liability, Road Defect, Slip and Fall, Molestation, Employment Law, Professional Malpractice, Excessive Force. Have recovered Millions and Millions for victims.
Law Offices of Todd Rash, Riverside, CA
- Current
Personal Injury, Products Liability, Road Defect, Slip and Fall, Molestation, Employment Law, Professional Malpractice, Excessive Force. Have recovered Millions and Millions for victims.
Black, Compean, Hall & Lenneman
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation.
Clausen & Campbell
Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith.
Dean Paul Wildman Scholarship
Southwestern University School of Law
Evidence Award
American Jurisprudence
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 141220
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    1 hour free
  • Contingent Fees
    Fees are 33 1/3% to 40%, depending on when the case is resolved. Fees for minors are set by the Court.
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Animal & Dog Law
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Elder Law
    Nursing Home Abuse
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Legal Malpractice
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Lawsuit in discovery mode… when am I getting a settlement offer?… finished treatment Dec.8th now. IT’s January 28th…
A: This question should be presented to your attorney. He is being paid for this. In general, settlement can take a few weeks to a few years. Where your case fits along that spectrum depends on facts, which we don't have.
Q. Is a law firm that represents you obligated to show you how your funds from your settlement were dispersed?
A: The attorney is supposed to account for all funds and report to you. California Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 ( "(d) A lawyer shall: (1) absent good cause, notify a client or other person* no later than 14 days of the receipt of funds, securities, or other property in which the lawyer knows* or reasonably should know* the client or other person* has an interest; (2) identify and label securities and properties of a client or other person* promptly upon receipt and place them in a safe deposit box or other place of safekeeping as soon as practicable; The repealed prior version of this rule that was effective from November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022, and the Executive Summary concerning those amendments can be found here. (3) maintain complete records of all funds, securities, and other property of a client or other person* coming into the possession of the lawyer or law firm;* (4) promptly account in writing* to the client or other person* for whom the lawyer holds funds or property; (5) preserve records of all funds and property held by a lawyer or law firm* under this rule for a period of no less than five years after final appropriate distribution of such funds or property; (6) comply with any order for an audit of such records issued pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar; and (7) promptly distribute any undisputed funds or property in the possession of the lawyer or law firm* that the client or other person* is entitled to receive. If your lawyer isn't complying with these obligations, you can file a complaint with the State Bar.
Q. How long once my demand for civil monetary settlement is agreed to by the defendent and accepted do I have to confirm it
A: If you made a demand, and the defendant agreed to it, you don't get to decide whether you will live up to your demand. Unless your offer expired, or the defendant tried to impose new and different conditions, the contract has been made. After you made the offer, and the defendant accepted it, the parties typically memorialize that agreement in a contract called a Settlement Agreement and Release. That takes a 2-4 weeks to finalize and sign. Payment from the Defendant comes 2-6 weeks after that, usually. You get paid after your attorney finalizes all of your expenses and medical reimbursements/liens. That can take a few days to months.
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Contact & Map
3900 Market St
Ste. 210
Riverside, CA 92501
Telephone: (951) 275-5297
Cell: (424) 269-5554
Fax: (951) 275-9154
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment after hours, Holidays, and weekends.
1111 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Toll-Free: (714) 973-4892
Cell: (424) 269-5554
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: By appointment after hours, Holidays and weekends