PETER P. EDRINGTON-partner-Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1972. Juris Doctor Degree, Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1976. Mr. Edrington's practice is in public entity defense throughout the greater Bay Area, including counties, cities, school districts, BART, East Bay MUD, sanitary and water districts, park and recreation districts, housing authorities and utility districts. He has handled numerous high profile and politically sensitive cases. Cases tried to verdict include wrongful death claims, catastrophic automobile accidents, dangerous condition claims against numerous public entities, civil rights, landslide, property damage, construction, discrimination as to employment, hostile work environment as well as gender/race/sexual preference, whistleblower claims and cases alleging violations of FAPE, 401 Plans, IEPs as well as IDEA. He has represented police departments throughout the Bay Area as well as state and county law enforcement agencies. He has provided advanced officer training to police in the area of civil liability, excessive force, racial discrimination, high-speed pursuits, report writing, and has taught at the Los Medanos Police Academy. He has represented numerous public officials, including Superior Court Judges, School Superintendents and Board Members, the District Attorney, Chiefs of Police, Mayors and Councilpersons. He has lectured at the annual Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) Conference on developments in recent case law concerning county, municipal and school district liability. He has spoken before the Association of Bay Area Governments, County Risk Managers and Public Works Directors as well as East Bay Adjusters on dangerous condition of public roads, highways and sidewalks. He has addressed Northern California PARMA on a variety of litigation issues, and has been the featured speaker for the Bay Area City Attorneys (BACA) and the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). He has lectured county department heads on sexual harassment in the workplace as well as hostile work environment. Mr. Edrington has tried numerous cases to juries in both State and Federal courts and has had hundreds of court trials and judicial arbitrations. He has argued cases in both State and Federal Courts of Appeal. He has an AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell and, for many consecutive years prior to his retirement, was honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer, a distinction limited to only 5% of lawyers in Northern California.
Keith R. Schirmer- partner - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Stanford University, 1976. Juris Doctor Degree, University of San Diego, 1979. Admitted to California Bar, 1979. Mr. Schirmer’s practice emphasizes the defense of serious personal injury, commercial liability, construction defect, and public entity actions. His public entity practice includes defense of claims of the dangerous condition of public property involving wrongful death, claims of civil rights violations against public employees, claims of alleged excessive force against police officers, including police shooting cases, and claims against municipalities for alleged dangerous daycare practices. His practice includes all Bay Area Superior courts, resolving hundreds of cases through mediation and arbitration, including complex, multi-party mediation work with special masters, with over fifteen jury trials and briefing and oral argument in the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Schirmer has been an invited presenter at the annual NorCal ReLiEF Defense Counsel Summit on the topic of school district molestation claims. His volunteer work has included sitting as a Trial Judge for the local high school moot court competitions. Mr. Schirmer has also served as Judge Pro Tem, Contra Costa Superior Court, and as Arbitrator for the Contra Costa Superior Court.
Timothy P. Murphy- partner- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1982. Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1985. During law school, Mr. Murphy earned membership in the prestigious McAuliffe Honor Society and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in December 1985. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern, Central and Eastern Districts. Mr. Murphy's practice emphasizes defense litigation in areas including dangerous conditions of public property, alleged excessive force by police or correctional officers, employment discrimination, alleged civil rights violations, premises liability, including commercial establishments and public accommodations, construction site accidents, and automobile accidents. He regularly represents public school districts and their employees, the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and its employees, cities, contractors, developers, and individuals involved in civil litigation. He has represented clients throughout the State and has successfully resolved cases in jury trials in State and Federal courts, in court trials, through dispositive motions, in binding arbitration, in mediation, and through direct negotiations. Recent trial successes include a defense verdict in United States District Court in an inmate excessive force case involving an inmate who lost an eye, a defense verdict in a Contra Costa County case involving two Hispanic employees who sued for race discrimination and harassment, and a defense verdict in an Alameda County Superior Court case involving a former tenant suing for violation of her civil rights. Mr. Murphy has successfully briefed and argued cases in the California Court of Appeal. He has lectured and provided training to various groups, based on his areas of practice. He has an AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell and has been annually selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2011, a distinction limited to only 5% of lawyers in Northern California. He has also been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants.
James M. Marzan- partner-James obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Francisco in 1984. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1987. After taking a year off for family reasons, James was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988.
For over 30 years, James’ practice has emphasized insurance and public entity defense, including the representation of cities, counties, school districts, community college districts, sanitary districts, and BART. He has defended civil rights actions, claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and hostile work environment, police excessive force matters, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, dangerous condition of public property claims, serious personal injury, and wrongful death actions, child abuse/sexual assault cases, claims brought pursuant to Title IX, IDEA and 504, wage and hour labor violations, complex litigation involving construction defect and asbestos, breach of construction contract/delay claims, stop notice matters and insurance declaratory relief actions. He has also represented local Housing Authorities in unlawful detainer actions.
James has substantial trial experience. He has had numerous court and jury trials in Superior Court and briefing and oral argument in the California Court of Appeal. He handled the landmark “Vandal Watch” Wage and Hours Litigation for Fremont Unified School District, obtaining a 12-0 defense verdict. In a clear liability, wrongful death case tried in Nevada County where the plaintiffs’ attorney asked the jury to award $22 million, James obtained a verdict in the low six figures. He also successfully defended a school district employee against allegations of assault and battery by a special education student who demanded $12 million during a jury trial in Fresno County Superior Court.
Here are a few testimonials from other attorneys who have litigated cases with James:
“I think that Mr. Marzan is an excellent lawyer across the board.”
“Mr. Marzan and I worked together in the early-1990's, and we have represented parties in several cases together since then. In my opinion, he excels in his professionalism, legal knowledge, and case-handling abilities.”
“A solid attorney.”
James is married to Jocelyn, an expert quilter, and is the proud father of three grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, DIY home projects, karaoke, and beating family in Scrabble.
Cody L. Saal- associate - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Washington, 2009. Juris Doctorate, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, 2012. Graduated earning Certificates with distinction in both Litigation and Criminal Law. Admitted to the California Bar, 2012. During law school, Ms. Saal participated in Mock Trial, competing in a national competition, and took first place in the Spring 2011 Appellate Advocacy Competition. She also earned several academic awards, including the Witkin Award for the highest grade in Evidence. As an attorney, Ms. Saal’s practice emphasizes insurance defense and public entity defense, primarily on behalf of school districts, handling cases involving personal injury, sexual abuse, alleged civil rights violations, excessive force, cases involving special education issues, negligent supervision, dangerous condition of public property, employment discrimination and harassment. She has extensive successful motion practice experience, including demurrers, motions to strike, and motions for summary judgment and/or adjudication. Most notably, Ms. Saal co-chaired a $24 million dollar multi-defendant personal injury/dangerous condition of public property jury trial in Santa Clara County involving a minor plaintiff with catastrophic injuries as a result of a motor-vehicle-pedestrian accident and obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the driver. Ms. Saal also handles complex litigation cases involving school district compliance with Education Code statutes, as well as appellate matters.
Jordan C. Meyer - associate – Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of California, Berkeley, 2003. Juris Doctorate, Santa Clara University, 2009. Admitted to the California Bar in 2009. During law school, Mr. Meyer externed at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where he worked on a special circumstances murder trial. As an attorney, Mr. Meyer’s practice has focused on public entity representation, and specifically representation of school districts. Mr. Meyer’s emphasis is in labor and employment, special education, public contracting and bidding, and general tort liability. Mr. Meyer has handled cases involving teacher dismissals, employment discrimination and harassment, alleged civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, abuse and negligent supervision, sexual abuse, and alleged violations of the Education Code and Labor Code. Mr. Meyer twice argued before the California Court of Appeal and has extensively represented clients on appeals from administrative agency decisions in federal district courts and California superior courts. Mr. Meyer has also independently represented clients or served as co-counsel before the Public Employment Relations Board, the Department of Industrial Relations, and Commissions on Professional Competence. Mr. Meyer has an extensive motion practice, including motions to dismiss, demurrers, motions to strike, and motions for attorneys’ fees.
Megan M. Symonds - associate - Native of Contra Costa County- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2002. Juris Doctorate, with Highest Honors from Golden Gate University in 2006. Admitted to the California Bar in 2007. Ms. Symonds clerked for Justices Patricia Sepulveda and Maria Rivera, State of California, First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. Ms. Symonds has over ten years’ experience as an insurance defense attorney, representing Corporate entities and public agencies. For the past three years, Ms. Symonds was one of the managing attorneys of the Law Offices of Santana, Vierra & Symonds. As part of her practice, Ms. Symonds has successfully won several motions for summary judgment in third party criminal conduct cases, premises liability and products liability cases. Ms. Symonds has successfully tried cases to verdict as a first chair. Ms. Symonds obtained a defense verdict in a binding arbitration, wherein her client was accused of causing millions of dollars in property damage. Currently, Ms. Symonds handles insurance defense and public entity defense primarily on behalf of cities and school districts.
Vance R. Williams- of counsel -Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude, Saint Mary's College of California, 1986. Master in Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1988. Chancellor, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Juris Doctor Degree, John F. Kennedy School of Law, 1992. American Jurisprudence Award Constitutional Law. Admitted to California Bar, 1993. Mr. Williams’ practice emphasizes insurance defense, public entity defense, and landlord-tenant law. This includes personal injury, premises liability, construction defect litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes. His practice includes trials, arbitration, and mediation in California court actions. Mr. Williams also acts as an arbitrator for the California Better Business Bureau.
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