Creative Representation | Expert Litigation

The man to see was Edward Bennett Williams – by Robert H. Bunzel

On December 12, 2019, the following article by Rob Bunzel, "The man to see was Edward Bennett Williams," appeared in the San Francisco Daily Journal. This is the third installment for the Daily Journal of histories for trial lawyers from the shelves of law-related books left to my firm by Bill Edlund, who passed in late 2016.  The wisdom Bill curated is the basis for this series.  The current article is a review of the book, "The Man to See: Edward Bennett Williams: Ultimate Insider: Legendary Trial Lawyer," by Evan Thomas (Simon & Schuster, 1991), who was Newsweek's Washington bureau chief.

Saving the Japanese YWCA Building – by Benjamin K. Riley

Ben Riley published an article in the November 15, 2019 issue of the Daily Journal about Saving the Japanese YWCA building – a pro bono case in which he represented the Japanese-American community of San Francisco.

Sometimes It Pays to Opt for a Jury in Business Disputes – by Benjamin K. Riley and Robert H. Bunzel

Ben Riley and Rob Bunzel publish article in Litigation Magazine, Summer 2019: Sometimes It Pays to Opt for a Jury in Business Disputes

Lessons learned from ‘The Trial of Jack Ruby’ – by Robert H. Bunzel

On October 1, 2018 and again on June 10, 2019, articles by Rob Bunzel containing lessons for trial lawyers from great books in the Edlund library appeared in the Daily Journal. Mel Belli represented Jack Ruby on trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1964 in Dallas. Belli angered Dallas and tried to hit a home run with an insanity defense. Ruby was convicted and sentenced to death. The current article is a review of the 1965 book The Trial of Jack Ruby by law professors John Kaplan and Jon Walz about how the trial went so wrong for the defense.

Lawyers: Put down the electronic legal menu for just a moment – by Robert H. Bunzel

San Francisco lawyer's lawyer Bill Edlund (Pillsbury Madison & Sutro 1956-1999 and Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller 1999-2016) died on Christmas Eve two years ago. Bill's daughter Cami gave our firm his legal library collected over 60+ years. The collection contains first-edition and hardbound biographies and histories of great trials, trial lawyers, judges and courts from England and the United States.

How Not to Regret Your Direct: Exploring the Human Story – by Benjamin K. Riley

Ben Riley’s article on How Not To Regret Your Direct: Exploring The Human Story, originally published in the ABA Litigation Magazine in 2015, was recently selected as a Best of ABA Sections: Litigation. An abridged version of the article was published in GPSOLO, Volume 35, No. 5, at 70-71 (September/October 2018).

Local Idea: National Impact – by Stephen C. Steinberg

It began as a local issue. In the process of overhauling the Contra Costa County Bar Association website in 2009-10, I realized how important our Lawyer Referral Service is to members of the public and to the CCCBA. It was crucial to highlight our program and make it more accessible through the website. Once the new website was launched, I took on the role of vice-chair of the CCCBA’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee, which establishes the rules and procedures of the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) and oversees it.

ABA LRIS Standing Committee Launches National Data Survey of Programs – by Stephen C. Steinberg

This year, one of the top initiatives for the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Service ("LRIS") is to launch the first ever LRIS Annual Census. We have received responses from over 120 of the approximately 240 LRIS programs in the U.S. and Canada.

From the Chair . . . – by Stephen C. Steinberg

To the members of the lawyer referral and information service (LRIS) community across the country, I want to say that it is a great honor and a privilege to serve as the Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on LRIS for the coming year.

Trying a Trade Secret Case: A Road Map – by Benjamin K. Riley

Trade secret trials challenge and engage all of a trial lawyer’s essential skills and training. Dealing with state-of-the-art technology–intricate circuit designs, sophisticated manufacturing processes, or highly complex formulas–is often a huge challenge, but there are other pitfalls for the unaware lawyer. Special care must be given in these cases to issues of disclosure, discovery, the preparation of witnesses, the handling of experts and juries, and the use of graphics and technology in the courtroom. With legal and other barriers being erected in patent litigation and with the recent passage of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, trade secret cases have moved to the forefront of technology litigation. Trade secrets litigators must understand the unique and critical strategies, requirements, and hazards presented by the trial of a technical trade secret case.