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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: 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.

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: 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.

Bar Soap - March 2014

Bar Soap – March 2014

I did hear of three recent verdicts. And I do know that cases are getting out to trial. I had to do a bit of research on my own to get the facts for a minimal report on each one of the three rumored cases.

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Trials are taking place on a regular basis in Contra Costa County and we would like to hear about them.

Bar Soap - June 2013

Bar Soap – June 2013

Still plenty of lawyers moving around, forming new law firms, leaving partnerships, finding new office space—but few actually retiring. I am often asked: “When are you retiring?” You heard it here—not for a long while.

Bar Soap - April 2013

Bar Soap – April 2013

Feeling a bit like a beggar once again. For years I was begging members for reports on their civil jury verdicts. Then reports on civil bench trial verdicts. After that, begging for reports on interesting settlements and arbitrations. Finally I was reduced to asking for reports on kid’s soccer scores, just so I would have something to write about in civil jury verdicts. Now that we have Bar Soap, I can combine gossip with some interesting soccer scores. But I still need your input.

A Defendant’s Windfall: The Implications of Howell v. Hamilton Meats on Social Justice

Without justice, how can the civil system be respected?

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Some years ago, I moderated a roundtable discussion entitled “The Vanishing Jury Trial”. Remember we ran the transcript of that discussion in the Contra Costa Lawyer? Peter Hinton, K.C. Ward, Harvey Sohnen and I participated in that roundtable discussion. Lots of reasons we thought contributed to the diminishing numbers of civil jury trials. One that […]