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Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

There was a time I prepared a Civil Jury Verdicts Column every month. And in almost all cases, the reports came right out of our Superior Court in Martinez. Back then the Court statistics showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or so civil cases to verdict in Martinez Superior Courts. As the years have […]

Bar Soap

Bar Soap

As I mentioned in my last Bar Soap, the Contra Costa High School Mock Trial Competition was on the horizon. It has now taken place and it was the usual tremendous success. Miramonte High School was the winner this year. That makes two years in a row for Miramonte. I served as judge two nights […]

Bar Soap

Bar Soap

Here we are starting another new year. Seems as though we just started 2016 and here we are in 2017. I know, I know, many of you just want to put 2016 behind you. But many good things happened in our wonderful Contra Costa County legal community in 2016. If it is January I am […]

Bar Soap

Bar Soap

Many things are happening locally with our legal community. So many in fact that it is impossible to learn about them, much less comment on all of them. But I will give it a try. MCLE Spectacular, Spectacular! You actually don’t need my reminder, but the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s 22nd MCLE Spectacular is […]

Bar Soap: Judge Arnason Celebration Tops them All

Bar Soap: Judge Arnason Celebration Tops them All

Every time I report on an interesting local event, I keep thinking nothing can top it. Recall my mention of the MCLE Spectacular, the Annual Installation Luncheon, Contra Costa County Mock Trial Competition and other Bar Association events. Well, I do believe the Celebration to Honor the Life of the Honorable Richard E. Arnason topped […]

Bar Soap: April 2016

Bar Soap: April 2016

It is most amusing, but also embarrassing, to sit in court waiting for a case to be called and being forced to listen to attorneys appear on Court Call and drone on about issues unrelated to their cases.

Bar Soap: February 2016

Bar Soap: February 2016

We lost several more friends and colleagues since my last column. Judge Richard Arnason quietly passed away in his sleep at the age of 94.

Civil Jury Verdicts: December 2015

Civil Jury Verdicts: December 2015

We don’t often hear “I told you so” from our judges, but they certainly could say that in most cases in which a civil jury verdict is entered.

Bar Soap/Civil Jury Verdicts, August 2015

Bar Soap/Civil Jury Verdicts, August 2015

I have been sitting on a couple of trial reports while waiting for more, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. So, this will be a combined column.

Bar Soap: June 2015

Bar Soap: June 2015

I was most impressed with all the new young faces present. That, of course, means the CCCBA continues to be a dynamic and ever evolving organization; nothing stale about it.

Bar Soap: February 2015

Bar Soap: February 2015

I do have to chuckle once again at the whole Court Call “experiment.” So, why do some lawyers talk way too much, and a number not enough, when on Court Call?

Civil Jury Verdicts: February 2015

Civil Jury Verdicts: February 2015

One of the bigger jury awards in Contra Costa recent history involved a medical malpractice claim involving alleged negligent management of a twin pregnancy.

Bar Soap: October 2014

Bar Soap: October 2014

Thanks to all for your input. I received comments on Super Lawyers, verdicts, settlements, lawyers on Courtcall and lawyers on the move.

Civil Jury Verdicts: June 2014

Civil Jury Verdicts: June 2014

Because of the limited time allocated to actual trial time, the trial took an agonizingly slow 32 days just to get to the liability verdict.

Bar Soap: June 2014

Bar Soap: June 2014

I have enough trouble keeping my kids and their friends from using “like” in their conversations, but as I sat in a hearing the other day, a lawyer used it at least five times in arguing a motion.