Eight & Sand is a railroad term that represents a swift and safe journey. It reflects the closely held values of founder Jeff R. Dingwall; personal, efficient, agile, creative, intuitive and above all, unrelenting. We strive for smooth and quick resolutions but more importantly, we’re with you for the long haul.


Since 2009 we have helped hundreds of men and women through the most difficult times of their lives and to a brighter future.

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“Frankly there isn’t anyone you can’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” – Unknown.

The most important thing we can do is learn about and understand you. It is only through knowing your personal story that we can bring your truth to light.


It is often overlooked but the right to a jury trial is guaranteed by the Constitution in both criminal and civil cases. Corporations have fought for years to diminish our Seventh Amendment right to civil jury trials.

Jeff R. Dingwall


My life experiences have prepared me to devote myself to fighting with you and for you for what is right and what is just.

Born in Minnesota and raised in Oregon, I have made San Diego my home since 2001. I am a die-hard supporter of my alma mater Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and take breaks from the stress of rooting for the Orange and Black by stressing over rooting for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and Portland Trail Blazers. Otherwise, I am learning to play the guitar, I dabble in improv, and I occasionally reach the green in regulation.

Outside of work I love my Oregon State Beavers, I’m working on becoming a guitar legend, and I occasionally hit the green in regulation.



  • + State of California
  • + State of Minnesota
  • + United States of America


  • + Southern District of California
  • + Central District of California
  • + Eastern District of California
  • + Northern District of Illinois
  • + Western District of Wisconsin
  • + District of Nebraska
  • + District of Minnesota


  • + Ninth Circuit
  • + Eighth Circuit


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    San Diego, California – Juris Doctor
  • Oregon State University
    Corvallis, Oregon – Bachelor of Science
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
    Dubois, Wyoming – Graduate


+ Successfully resolved cases by settlement or verdict against every Class I railroad carrier in the U.S. as well as numerous short-line rail carriers;
+ Represented more than 100 railroad employees in retaliation cases under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) since it was enacted in 2008;
+ Successfully argued the first (and only) case to be decided in favor of a railroad employee by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals under the FRSA, which has decided more such cases than any other appellate court in the U.S.;

We have successfully resolved cases by settlement or verdict in 15 states and counting


Do I Need a lawyer?

It is very difficult to know all of your rights and to navigate the legal process on your own. If you have been injured or otherwise harmed, it is a good idea to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible. We never charge a consultation fee and we are happy to meet with you to discuss your potential case.

How much do you charge?

This depends on the situation but we typically work on a contingency basis, meaning that we get paid an agreed percentage of the ultimate recovery, whether by settlement, verdict or otherwise. If there is no money recovered then we do not charge a fee.

How long does the legal process take?

It is difficult to say for sure. Some cases settle within months while others may take years to resolve. A safe estimate is that it takes about two years for a case to get to trial. We will always keep you informed and do everything we can to move the case along as quickly as possible.

How do I choose the right lawyer?

This comes down to who you feel the most comfortable with. The best lawyers do more listening than they do talking, they spend less time focusing on what they have done in the past and more on what they can do for you, they are always open and honest with you, and they are not afraid to go to trial if necessary.

What type of cases do you handle?

We represent people throughout California and the United States who have been injured (physically, emotionally, financially) or killed through the negligence and wrongdoing of another. We have successfully represented people injured in car accidents and railroad accidents, victims of abuse and retaliation, and those injured by dangerous property conditions.

“Achievement comes not from avoiding the problems. On the contrary, achievement comes from diving into problems and transforming them into positive, meaningful value.”

~ Ralph Marston


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