Experience: Insurance bad faith litigation; construction defect litigation; libel and slander defense; defended to a successful decision in the California Supreme Court an individual sued for libeling the plaintiff arising out of the publication of interviews given in connection with the U. C. Berkeley oral history project; prevailed on summary judgment motions in several cases involving insurance coverage issues and potential liability of owners and general contractors for injuries to employees of subcontractors (“Privette” cases).

Awards, Honors:

St. Mary’s College:  Student body president (1963-1964)

Order of the Coif; Thurston Scholastic Honor Society Hastings Law Review (1966-1967)

JAGC: Bronze Star; Army Commendation Metal

Academic Credentials

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1967
St Mary’s College, California, B.A., 1964
Direct Commission, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1968-1972); Vietnam deployment (June 1969- June 1970); of counsel to U.S. Attorney’s office, San Francisco (1970-1972)


State Bar of California, 1967
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Judicial Circuit


Board of Directors of Marin Community Clinic (1996-2002)