Craig A. Diamond

craig_largeCraig A. Diamond has tried cases throughout the State of California and in the State of Washington during his nearly four decades of practicing law.  He has tried brain damage, wrongful death, traumatic amputations, products and premises liability cases, large value construction defect cases as well as a wage and hour class action and commercial matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also appeared before the California First and Third District Courts of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.
Some of Craig’s litigation accomplishments consist of, but not limited to;

  • Appearance before the United State Supreme Court with a favorable 9-0 ruling.
  • $ 55.3 million bad faith verdict for client.
  • $ 1.3 million fraud verdict for client.
  • $ 6.8 million brain injury verdict for client.
  • Traumatic amputation defense verdict for client.

Craig was also a firefighter for 15 years, and a fire investigator for 12 years. He was voted "Firefighter of the year" in 1996.  His motto: "I learned my courtroom composure at the nozzle of a hose in the middle of a burning building... if you can stay composed there, the courtroom is a breeze."

During his spare time, he is a sports enthusiast, currently struggling to learn how to play golf. He also enjoys woodworking, working on the property while tending to his horses, and, of course, the dogs. Though less active than when he rowed on the UCLA Crew, he still enjoys rowing on his ergonomic machine, watching sports and participating when he can.


California, Washington and New York State Bars, all United States District Courts in California, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.


J.D. 1979,  Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, University of California.
B.A. 1976, University of California at Davis


Judge Pro Tem, Nevada County Courts.  
Judge Pro Tem, Placer County Courts.
Founding Fellow, Foundation of the State Bar of California.
Formerly Board of Directors - Nevada County Legal Assistance.    
Formerly Board of Directors – Lawyer Referral Service of Northern California
Formerly Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California - Vice Chairman of Ethics Subcommittee.
California State Fire Marshall Certified Fire Origin and Cause Investigator
Formerly Grass Valley Volunteer Firefighter
Pro bono Service to local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition 15 years