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Cornwell & Sample is dedicated exclusively to the representation of members of our community who have suffered physical or emotional injuries or lost family members as the result of the wrongful conduct of others.

Stephen R. Cornwell is the most experienced plaintiff’s personal injury attorney in the Valley, having tried over 100 cases in his 40 plus year career. He is the lawyer other lawyers seek out when experience is required to unravel complex issues and to fight against big defendants including Southern Pacific Railroad, Toyota, CIBA-Geigy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Southern California Electric Company.

René Turner Sample is the most experienced female plaintiff personal injury in the Valley, having tried over 50 cases in her 25 plus year career. She is the lawyer other lawyers seek out when experience is required to convey the devastation an injury or loss has had on a victim and their family.

Together, Steve and René have advocated for hundreds of families and ensured they received full and complete compensation for their injuries and losses, leading the fight to set high standards for safety and justice in our Valley. Their philosophy is simple, fight until it is made right. Not only do they know how and when to fight, but they can fund the fight. Their years of success for prior clients provides the resources to fight against the biggest insurance companies and corporations in the country.

Cornwell & Sample knows and hires the right experts. They utilize state-of-the-art technology, focus groups and mock juries, as well as innovative demonstrative evidence.Although when facing the insurance companies and corporations it is about the battle for justice, when facing their clients, it is about relationships. They have helped many families during difficult times and go to great lengths to provide a welcoming and reassuring environment where clients are treated as if they were family.

The office staff is also like a family composed of many dedicated persons, most of whom have been with the firm for many years.


Cornwell & Sample is metro ranked in 1 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Fresno, CA
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


Metro Rankings

Fresno, CA
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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