Pete started Clancy & Diaz with his wife, Precilla Diaz, in 2007. Prior to this, Pete worked at Bullivant Houser Bailey in San Francisco and Las Vegas, practicing insurance coverage and commercial litigation. After leaving Bullivant, Pete went to work at Wolfsburg, Reese, Colvig & Firstman in Oakland where he practiced complex commercial litigation.
Pete Clancy is recognized among his peers as an outstanding and hard-working personal injury attorney. It is quite common to find him at the office working after everyone else has gone home, and he is proud to say that he has known the late-night custodians at every building where he has worked as a lawyer. This hard work has been rewarded by membership in very exclusive professional organizations and by public recognition.
Pete's family has been practicing law (without skipping a generation) for more than 100 years in California and Illinois. Family legend is that the first Clancy to become an attorney was a man who had to defend himself against a court-martial charge in the Civil War (for stealing an officer's horse). That ancestor won and he was acquitted, starting a family tradition.
Outside of the office, Pete is a father, husband, a voracious reader, an avid ultramarathon runner and a Cub Scout den leader.
Honors & Distinctions
Super Lawyers_ Northern California Rising Stars_ (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013)
In 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Pete was included in the selection of Rising Stars_ by Super Lawyers_ magazine among Northern California personal injury lawyers. Only 2.5% of the attorneys in a given jurisdiction are given this award; even fewer receive the distinction for more than one year. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers_, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers_ undertakes a rigorous, multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum_ (Life Member)
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum_ is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3000 members located throughout the country. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
The National Trial Lawyers:Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and i
s extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process, which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. The result is a credible, comprehensive and impressive list of young attorneys chosen to represent their state. The Top 40 under 40 is restricted to only 40 attorneys per state per year and each attorney must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2012. Attorneys must also specialize in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Each candidate must also be in good standing with the state licensing board and must never have been subject to disciplinary action.
Admissions State Bar of California State Bar of Nevada United States District Court for the Eastern District of California United States District Court for the Northern District of California United States District Court for the Central District of California United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Publications & Professional Associations Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Member, Consumer Attorneys of California Member, Bar Association of San Francisco Member, State Bar of California Member, State Bar of Nevada Member, Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board 2007-2010 Nevada Editor of the Western Water Law and Policy Reporter (2004) "Is the Grass Really Greener on The Other Side? An Introduction to Property Boundary Disputes" California Land Use Reporter (June 2005) "Getting Medical Treatment Without Health Insurance - Doctor's Liens" March 2010 Lawyers in the Library 2007-2010
Pete earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California, and today is one of the top-rated law schools in the United States. Its alumni span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today. Before that, Pete earned his Bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Pete worked full-time during both his law school and undergraduate days.