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Volunteering with the Court

Volunteering with the Court

It’s a “Win-Win” Have you ever noticed that helping others can have the added benefit of helping ourselves? It’s true. Sometimes what benefits others, also benefits us – it’s the ultimate “win-win.”[1] Working with our courts and volunteering my time is one area that I have found to be a true “win-win.” Not only have […]

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective On Best Practices In Working With Insurance Claims Adjusters

In your law practice have you ever reached an impasse in trying to settle your case with an insurance claims adjuster? At times it can be frustrating. [1]  Working for two insurance defense law firms and three in-house insurance law departments over the past 33 years has given me some ideas on how to deal […]

Stress Management

Stress Management

Law is a stressful occupation and it starts early.[1] In law school we are thrown into the most stressful academic situation most of us have ever encountered. Once we are out of law school it gets worse. Maybe we got a job with a top tier firm and we are working crazy hours with no […]

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Developing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Are you happy? It sounds like a simple question, but it is a surprisingly difficult one for many people to answer.  We all have multi-faceted lives and being happy in one area of our lives may or may not correlate to being happy in another. Work is an area where many people find the concept […]

Reflections on Life and Death

Reflections on Life and Death

My interest in life and death started when I was a teenager and my grandmother moved in with us.[1] My mother took care of her for two years before she died of cancer. I watched as my mother balanced her career managing a medical lab with continuing to run a busy house with three of […]

An Insurance Defense Attorney's Perspective on Effective ADR

An Insurance Defense Attorney’s Perspective on Effective ADR

I would like to share my perspective on how to make the most of the ADR process.  In my 33 years as an insurance defense attorney I have participated in hundreds of mediations. I have also served as a volunteer mediator for the courts in over 100 cases.  In my view ADR is the most […]

Giving Back

Giving Back

So often we have the opportunity to use our legal backgrounds to repay favors from long ago or provide tremendous relief to a friend in need.
My message this month is to look for ways to give back. It feels right. You can make a difference. It will also enrich your life.

"Can We All Get Along?"

“Can We All Get Along?”

We can each do our part to understand each other better. We can all benefit from listening and appreciating the views and ideas of those who have backgrounds and perspectives which differ from our own.

New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

New CCCBA Board President, Philip Andersen, Sr.

Hello, I am Phil Andersen and I am very excited to be serving as your next Board President. I have had the pleasure of working on the Board for the last seven years, and have met many of you, but for those who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself. I […]

President's Column, The Benefits of CCCBA

President’s Column, The Benefits of CCCBA

As my year as President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association winds down, I find myself thinking about the many benefits I have received from the CCCBA since I joined the organization some eight years ago, when I first moved my practice to Contra Costa. Initially, I joined the Women’s Section and the Real […]

Welcoming Outsiders... The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Welcoming Outsiders… The Spirit of Thanksgiving

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. Emma Lazarus, from the New Colosses Thanksgiving has always been my mother’s favorite holiday. I always thought this was a […]

Life as a Solo

Life as a Solo

I am a solo attorney that relies heavily on technology. This not only makes me more efficient, but saves space and time.

President's Message

President’s Message

Many of you have a strong creative side that you express outside of the law. How would you like to have a place to publish your work? That is the idea behind Creative Corner,

President's Message, Like Water and Oil:  Millennials and Traditional Law Firms

President’s Message, Like Water and Oil: Millennials and Traditional Law Firms

Firms and Millennials are like water and oil. They don’t naturally blend, but if you shake it up, you can create a fabulous vinaigrette!

Message from the President: June 2016

Message from the President: June 2016

Our members are looking for more networking opportunities and many are looking for programs closer to their homes or offices.