Admitted California and Federal Bar: 1981
Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S.); McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Lectures: 2012 - Guest Lecturer, Law Firm Management, USF School of Law; 2010 - Guest Lecturer, Professional Responsibility/Legal Ethics, USF School of Law; 2009 - Guest Lecturer, Professional Responsibility/Legal Ethics, USF School of Law; 2002 - UC Davis School of Law, Negotiations and Settlements
Seminars and Panels: March 2012 – Judge, American Bar Association – 2011-2012 National Appellate Advocacy Competition – Law Student Division, San Francisco, CA; October 2011 – Bar Assn. of San Francisco - Mediation Skills Training, 40-hour Training – Ron Kelly Instructor; October 2007 – Wilderness Risk Management Conference, NOLS, Banff, Canada – “Lessons Learned Urban Pioneer Experiential Academy March 2003”; April 2003 – ATLA – Litigating Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Cases, New York, NY – “A View From the Defense”; September 2002 – 4th Annual Medical and Legal Seminar; Brain Injury Association of America; Napa, California – “The Defense Perspective”; March 2002 – ATLA National College of Advocacy; Mild to Severe Head Injury Cases; Houston, Texas – “A View from the Defense”; February 1999-2001 – Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in California, Oakland, California – “Trial of the Case, Defendant’s Perspective.” Sponsor – Lorman Educations Services, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Specializes in complex civil litigation, mediations, arbitrations, and trials in the areas of probate/trust/estate planning matters; partnership disputes; elder abuse – financial/other; business transaction disputes; insurance and matters involving claims covered by insurance
Reported Cases: Robertson v. Wentz (1986) 187 Cal.App.3d 1281, 232 Cal.Rptr. 634; Ampersand Publishing LLC v. Jerry Roberts (2012) S201320 (co-counsel for Roberts with Stimmel office in underlying case)
I have practiced law for approximately 30 years. On many occasions I have represented the party bringing the lawsuit, and on other occasions I have represented the party defending against the lawsuit. Each case is different – whether it be the facts, the personalities of the parties, their attorneys, and of course the law applicable to that particular case. I bring my experience to each case with an eye towards reaching the best result for the client. In some instances, because of a number of factors we take the case through trial; in others, the cases are settled short of trial. I work closely with the clients and the Stimmel offices to reach the best and appropriate result in each case, keeping in mind that for most people the system appears expensive, cumbersome, and it can often take two years to resolve a lawsuit.
I have been affiliated with the Stimmel office as corresponding firm partner for nine years. My firm, ArcherNorris has 110+ business-savvy litigators and transactional lawyers admitted to practice in 18 states. If appropriate and/or necessary, we can bring our enormous amount of talent and resources “to the fight.” Counsel on the other side of our cases know and respect the ArcherNorris offices, a factor which Mr. Stimmel and myself believe has led to our consistently favorable results. We also work with a team approach. Each attorney has their areas of special expertise and interest. Between our two firms, we have a number of people to draw from individually or in combination to work with us on your case. It is not the same team every time. With our two firms working together, the client gets the attention that a small firm can provide, as well as the “muscle” that a large firm can provide. We think this combination of resources allows us to deliver the best possible service to the client.