John Thomas Stralen

Arnold Law Firm - Sacramento
Arnold Law Firm - Sacramento
865 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825 United States

John T. Stralen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Sacramento to attend college at California State University, Sacramento. He attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where he graduated in 1994 with honors.

Mr. Stralen started his career working at large law firms defending personal injury, employment, business tort, and class action lawsuits. In 1999, he joined the Plaintiffs Bar and began exclusively representing individuals in these types of cases.

Mr. Stralen's success as a trial attorney includes a recent case where, as co-lead counsel, he represented clients who were injured in a solo roll-over collision. The jury returned a verdict in favor of his clients for 7.4 million dollars, with the final judgment totaling more than 11 million dollars after the judge added his clients’ costs, expert fees, and interest to the amount awarded by the jury. 

In a recent employment case that went to trial after the defendant made no pre-trial settlement offer, Mr. Stralen won a verdict in favor of his clients and a final judgment amount of more than 1.1 million dollars, which included unpaid wages, costs and attorneys' fees.

Mr. Stralen is a Board-Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). As a member of the California State Bar and all Federal Court Districts within the State of California, Mr. Stralen represents clients throughout California in both state and federal court. Mr. Stralen serves on the Board of Directors for the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Mr. Stralen and his wife reside in Sacramento with their four children. He has served as a member of the Catholic School Advisory Commission and his church parish facility committee on safety, formerly serving on the pastoral council. He enjoys being involved with his children's activities and supporting youth sports programs. A former competitive soccer coach, Mr. Stralen is a certified soccer and futsal (indoor soccer) referee. In 2006, Mr. Stralen started a non-profit youth futsal league with his brother that provides indoor Brazilian style youth soccer programs in the Sacramento area.


California State University, Sacramento

California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor


1994 California Bar


Employment Wage and Hour

Auto Accidents

Personal Injury

Complex Litigation/Class Actions


National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board-Certified Specialist in Trial Advocacy

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors

2004-current El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem

2003-current Capital City Trial Lawyers Association

2003-current Consumer Attorneys of California

2000-current Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem

1995-current Sacramento County Bar Association

1995-current U.S. District Court Eastern District of CA

1994-current U.S. District Court Central District of CA

1994-current U.S. District Court Northern District of CA


2012 February All-Star - Previous Firm

1992 Law Review - California Western School of Law


Dunlap v. Folsom Lake Ford (2014)

Trujillo v. Tri City Storage, LLC (2013)

Meneley v. Crowe (2011)

Brock v. Carrion (2004)

Doe II v. Professional NFL team (2001)

CSA v. Jonoubei/Elite Performance (2001)

Doe v. Professional Football team (1999)


$10,200,000: Verdict: Truck vs. Motorcycle Collision Lawsuit

$3,900,000: Judgment: A Great Battle

$3,767,000: Settlement: Justice For Families And Accountability On Our Roads

$3,500,000: Settlement: Earl Bode v. County of Sacramento, Sacramento Superior

$2,600,000: Settlement: Stevens v. Security Contractor Services, Sacramento Superior+

$1,000,000: Settlement: Motorcycle Accident


Scripps Health Reports Data Breach

Insurance Technologies Corporation Data Breach

USA Waste-Management Resources, LLC Data Breach

O.K. Foods, Inc. Announces Email Security Breach

Health Plan of San Joaquin Announces Email Security Breach

Another Infinity Insurance Company Data Breach

Who May Be Liable for a Crash Caused by Road Debris?

21st Century Insurance Data Breach

Farmers Insurance Data Breach

Benefits of Having Insurance Policy Add-Ons When Filing an Auto Accident Claim

Herff Jones Reports Data Breach

What Should I Do if the At-Fault Driver Lied to the Insurance Company?

Scripps Health Hit by Apparent Ransomware Attack

Factors that Help Determine Liability for a Merge Lane Accident in California

Filing an Injury Claim for an Accident Caused by a Driver in a Rental Car

AmeriFirst Data Breach Exposes Customer Loan Files

Driver’s License Numbers Exposed in GEICO Data Breach

Can I File a Claim for a No-Contact Car Accident?

Shell Oil Accused of Charging Debit Card Fees at Gas Stations Using Deceptive Practices

Who May Be Liable for a Crash Caused by a Teenage Driver?

Infinity Insurance Data Breach Shrouded in Suspicion

Whose Insurance Company Pays for Rental Costs After a Crash?

Kroger Confirms Data Breach

Shell Confirms Data Breach

Morgan Stanley Data Breach

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