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Philip R. Birney
General Information | Biography |

For the past 39+ years, Mr. Birney has been engaged exclusively as a trial attorney responsible for preparation and management of medical malpractice litigation actions on behalf of defendant physicians, medical groups and hospitals; including representation of physicians before  the  Medical Board, State of California, regarding licensure issues.
Mr. Birney has also lectured extensively at seminars throughout California and nationwide, focused upon risk management for the medical professional, including a video tape on management of the HIV+/AIDS patient.

Professional Experience

  • 1970 - present
    Attorney, Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP
  • 1968 - 1970
    Deputy District Attorney, County of Sacramento
  • 1966 - 1968
    Deputy Attorney General, State of California


  • 1966 California State Courts - State Bar No. 038745
  • 1975 United States Supreme Court
  • 1966 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District Court, County of Washoe - Reno, Nevada


  • California State Bar Association - American Bar Association
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
    • Judiciary Committee (1991-1994)
    • Judicial Review Committee (1992 to present)
    • Chairman (1995 to present)
  • Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Member of Northern California
    • Membership Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Sacramento Valley Chapter
      - Board of Directors 1994 to 1999
      - President 1998-1999
    • Civility Award (1995)
      Demonstration of Highest Degree of Integrity, Credibility and Professionalism in the handling of civil litigation
  • Diplomate American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    Certified and Re-Certified Specialist - Medical Professional Liability
  • California Medical-Legal Committee
    By election/invitation, defense lawyers specializing in medical negligence litigation; 30 practicing in Southern California and 30 practicing in Northern California.
    • Secretary-Treasurer/President Elect (2002-2004)
    • President (2005-2007)
  • Northern California Association of Defense Counsel
    • Board of Directors 1986 to 1988
    • Northern California Super Lawyer; Elected yearly (2004 - present)