William C. Callaham

William C. Callaham

Sacramento, California

Born Guam, Mariana Islands, August 22, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, California. Education: San Diego State University (B.S.M.E., 1970); McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D., 1974). Phi Alpha Delta. Member, Moot Court Honors Board. Faculty Member, Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Civil College of Advocacy and Litigation Advocacy Program; CEB Panel Speaker. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Member: Sacramento County and American Bar Associations; The State Bar of California; Consumer Attorneys of California; Sacramento Consumer Attorneys; American Board of Trial Advocates (Diplomate; President, Sacramento Chapter, 1995). (Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy).

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic loss
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death litigation
  • Legal, medical and other professional malpractice
  • Product liability
  • Insurance bad faith

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy, 1993
  • Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    • B.S.M.E., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - American's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award - National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016 and 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - Present
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America – The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, President, 2014 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers, 2009 - Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 1997 - Present
  • National ABOTA, Board of Directors, 1995 - Present
  • National ABOTA, President, 2008 - Present
  • Sacramento Valley ABOTA Chapter, President, 1995 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Pratt & Whitney Aircraft West Palm Beach, Florida, Engineer
  • Ericksen, Ericksen, Lynch, Mackenroth and Arbuthnot
  • Hastings College of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
  • Sacramento County, Judge Pro Tem