William D. Shapiro

William D. Shapiro

Location:
San Bernardino, California
Phone:
909-890-1000
Fax:
909-890-1001
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Brain Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, (NBTA), State Bar of California

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California, 1979
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013

Education

  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1978
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Charter Member
  • California State University, Fullerton, California
    • California State Teaching Credential, K-12 - 1975
  • California State University, Fullerton, California
    • Bachelor of Science - 1974
    • Major: Physical Education
  • Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California
    • Associate of Arts - 1972
    • Major: General Education

Representative Cases

  • Driscoll vs Superior Court [21st Century] (2015) E062244 4DCA 2nd Dist.
  • Lobo vs Tamco (2014) 230 Cal App 438
  • Lobo v Tamco (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 297
  • Thompson v Mercury Casualty Co, (2000) 84 Cal App 4th 90
  • Jimenez v Protective Life (1992) 8 Cal App 4th 528
  • Horvatin v Allstate 848 F2nd 1012 (9th Cir 1988)
  • Horvatin v Allstate 631 F Supp. 1271 (C.D. Cal 1986)

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty, ABA TIPS Trial Academy, Reno, NV, 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, “Civil Trial Practice”, Western State University, College of Law, 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Torts, Product Liability, Ethics & Professionalism, Western State University, College of Law, 1982 - 1985
  • Faculty, ABOTA Trial College, Harvard Law School, “Trial Practice”, 2012 - Present
  • “Civility Now,” ABOTA presentations on Civility, 2008 - Present
  • “Masters Panel” Consumer Attorneys of CA, Conferences, 2004 - Present
  • “Masters in Trial,” American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - Present
  • Trial of the Masters, a Trial Demonstration,” La Verne School of Law, 2011
  • Evidence, Trial Practice; Lecturer, LaVerne School of Law, 2011
  • Evidence, Trial Practice; Lecturer, California Southern School of Law, 2002 - 2003
  • Civil Trial Conference, Riverside County Bar Association, UCLA, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 1985 - 1992
  • Dangers of 3 wheel ATC design, Testimony: Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1985
  • Seminars and Programs, SBCBA, RCBA, INN of Court, various Trial Lawyer Assoc., Ins. Co, other
  • Presenter, ABOTA Trial College, Faculty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MS, June 2016, 2012 - Present
  • “Examination of Witnesses, Direct & Cross”, Consumer Attorneys of California, Inland Empire, Palm Desert, CA, May 2016
  • TIPS/ABA/ABOTA Trial Academy, Faculty, National Judicial College, Reno, NV, April 16‐21, 2016
  • “A Closing Argument”, Masters in Trial presentation, ABOTA, San Diego Chapter, San Diego, CA, November 2015
  • “Civility, its effect on Persuasion”, Cal-ABOTA Hawaii Conference, Mauna Kae, Kona, Hawaii, November 2015
  • “Closing Arguments”, Masters in Trial presentation, Sacramento Valley Chapter, Mc George School of Law, Sacramento, CA, November 2015
  • “An Opening Statement”, Masters in Trial presentation ABOTA, Central Coast Chapter, Santa Barbara, CA, October 2015
  • “A Closing Argument”, Masters in Trial presentation, ABOTA, Tennessee Chapter, Nashville, TN, August 2015
  • “A Closing Argument”, Masters in Trial presentation, ABOTA, Los Angeles Chapter, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA, June 2015
  • “Trial, what it really takes”, New Lawyer Academy, Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside Superior Court, Riverside, CA, April 2015
  • Rulings, Moot Court Justice, Western State College of Law, Fullerton, CA, April 2015
  • “Success Starts with a Frame of Mind”, Masters Panel, Palm Springs Seminar, Consumer Attorneys of California, Palm Springs, CA, April 2015
  • “Discovery, When, Why and How”, New Lawyer Academy, Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside, CA, February 2015
  • “When and Why to use Accident Reconstructionist”, State Convention, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco, CA, November 2014
  • “Civility Matters”, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Ontario, CA, October 2014
  • “Voir Dire, a Demonstration” Masters in Trial presentation, ABOTA, San Bernardino –Riverside Chapter, University of La Verne Law School, Ontario, CA, September 2014
  • ABOTA Trial College, Faculty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MS, June 2014
  • “A Closing Argument”, Masters in Trial presentation, Arkansas Bar Assn. & ABOTA, Hot Springs, AK, June 2014
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Palm Springs Seminar, Masters of Trial, “Connecting with the jury”, Palm Springs, CA, April 2014
  • “Civility Matters”, Riverside Co Bar Association, ABOTA, Riverside, CA, February 2014
  • Developing a law Practice, Joseph B. Campbell INN of Court, San Bernardino, CA, January 2014
  • "Civility Matters", American Association of Law Schools, New York City, New York, January 2014
  • “Mediation, Maximizing the Award”, Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, November 2013
  • “Y’s in the Road in the Practice of Law”, American INN’s of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, November 2013
  • Presentation of “Trial Judge of the Year” Award, Honorable Marsha Slough, American Board of Trial Advocates, Riverside, CA, October 2013
  • “Civility Matters”, University of LaVerne Law School, Ontario, CA, September 2013
  • "Dean's Counsel", Western State University, College of Law, Fullerton, CA, June 2013
  • "Bridging the Gap a welcome to new lawyers”, San Bernardino County Public Defenders, San Bernardino, CA, June 2013
  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year" nomination, Consumer Attorneys of CA. IE, Palm Desert, CA, May 2013
  • Technology in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Consumer Attorneys of California, Palm Springs, CA, May 2013
  • "Stories from the Bench”, Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire, Ontario, CA, April 2013
  • A Presence at the defense medical examination, Legal Nurse Consultants of Southern California, Anaheim, CA, March 2013
  • "Trial Judge of the Year" Presentation, Honorable Sherrill Ellsworth, Cal ABOTA, Rancho Valencia Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, March 2013
  • "Civility Matters", American Association of Law Schools, New Orleans, LA, January 2013
  • “Voir Dire”, Masters in Trial ABOTA Orange County, Chapman Law School, Orange, CA, January 2013
  • “Civil Trial Practice”, Civil Symposium, San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, April 19, 2012
  • "Discussion with the Masters", Palm Springs Seminar, Consumer Attorneys of California, Palm Springs, CA, April 27- 29, 2012
  • "Teachers Law School" Faculty, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA, June 9, 2012
  • ABOTA Trial College, Faculty, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MS, July 29- August 4
  • "Products Liability", Annual Convention Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco, CA, November 2012
  • "Trial by the Masters" California College of Trial Arts, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco, CA, November 2012
  • "Bridging the Gap A welcome to new lawyers”, San Bernardino County Public Defenders, San Bernardino, CA, June 2011
  • Presentation of "Trial Judge of the Year" Honorable Douglas E. Weathers, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, Palm Springs, CA, May 2011
  • "Presenting Damages in a Wrongful Death Case", Consumer Attorneys of California, Palm Springs, CA, May, 2011
  • Trial Judge for Litigators Trial Practice Statewide Competition, University of LaVerne Law School, Ontario, CA, March 2011
  • "The intake of a Personal Injury case", University of LaVerne Law School, Ontario, CA, March 2011
  • "Admitting documentary evidence" Trial Practice presentation, University of LaVerne Law School, Ontario, CA, March 2011
  • "Civility Matters in Litigation", American INN's of Court, Joseph B. Campbell INN, San Bernardino, CA, April 2011
  • "Arguing damages for the death of a minor", Masters in Trial Panel, Consumer Attorneys of CA, Palm Springs, CA, April 2011
  • Leadership Conference Co-Chair, American Board of Trial Advocates , New Leaders Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2011
  • "Opening Statement in a Dangerous Condition Case", "Masters in Trial" ABOTA Sacramento Chapter, Sacramento, CA, December 2010
  • "Changes in California's 'Going and Coming" Rule", Inland Chapter of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Riverside, CA, December 2010
  • "Arguing Damages in a Wrongful Death Case", 49th Annual Convention of the Consumer Attorneys of California, San Francisco, CA, November, 2010
  • “Cross Examination of a Police Officer” , Masters in Trial, ABOTA, Chapman Law School, Orange, CA, June 2010
  • “Masters in Trial, Round Table Discussion”, Palm Springs Seminar, Consumer Attorneys of California, Rancho Mirage, CA, April 2010
  • "A Trial with the Masters" Mock Trial: Direct and Cross Examination, University of La Verne Law School, Ontario, CA, March 2010
  • “Constitution Day ABOTA”, Assembly Chambers of the Capital, Sacramento, CA, November 2009
  • "Career Day", Highgrove Elementary School, Riverside, CA, November 2009
  • "Developing a successful Personal Injury Practice", Joseph B. Campbell INN's of Court, San Bernardino, CA, November 2008
  • "Judicial Evaluations”, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Tustin, CA, November 2008
  • “Development of Civil Trial Skills”, Civil Symposium; San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, March 2008
  • “Promoting Chapter Success”, Leadership Conference, American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas, TX, February 2008
  • "Courts into the Schools", 4th District Court of Appeal Outreach Program, Chaffey High School, Ontario, CA, February 2008
  • "Bridging the Gap, Introduction into law”, Riverside Bar Association, Riverside, CA, January 2008
  • "Legal Aid in San Bernardino County", A Promotion of the United Way City, San Bernardino, CA, October 2007
  • “Demonstration: Direct Examination in a Wrongful Death case”, "Masters in Trial" American Board of Trial Advocates, San Bernardino, CA, October 2007
  • "Building Your Civil Trial Skills", National Business Institute, San Bernardino, CA, August 2007
  • "Judicial Outreach", County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, January 2007
  • "Bridging the Gap", Joint Meeting of the Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations, Riverside, CA, January 2007
  • "Experts and Ethics", National Business Institute, Continuing Education of the Bar, San Bernardino, CA, January 2007
  • "Evaluation of Inland Empire Judges", Consumer Attorneys of California, Beverly Hills, CA, November 2006
  • “Structured Settlements” , University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, November 2006
  • "Outreach Program", 4th District Court of Appeal, the judicial system by the 4th District Court of Appeal and Board members of the San Bernardino County Bar Association, Rialto High School, Rialto, CA, January 2006
  • Presentation at the Enrobement of the Honorable Douglas Weathers to the Bench of Riverside County, Historic Riverside County Courthouse, Riverside, CA, January 2006
  • "Trial techniques and strategies" "The Barristers", Riverside, CA, June 2006
  • “Structured Settlements, Special Needs Trusts in PI and Wrongful Death cases”, San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, February 2006
  • “Presentation of the Kaufman/Campbell Judicial Award”, Honorable Christopher Warner, Judge of the Superior Court, County of San Bernardino, CA, San Bernardino, CA, September 2005
  • Presentation of New Officers, San Bernardino Co. Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, December 2005
  • "Careers in Law" "The Jury System" "Day in the Life of a Lawyer", San Bernardino County Bar Association, East Valley High School, Redlands, CA, April 2005
  • "Tort Reform" KVCR / PBS Television, San Bernardino, CA, January 2005
  • "Keys to Effective Expert Witness Examination in California", National Business Institute Legal Seminars for Attorney's, San Bernardino, CA, January 2005
  • "Outreach Program" Fourth District Court of Appeal Oral Argument & Comment, Pacific High School, San Bernardino, CA, January 2005
  • "Post Trial/Verdict Settlement", American Inns of Count, Honorable Joseph B. Campbell, Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, December 2004
  • “Opening Statement to Closing Arguments”, NBI Seminars Trial, San Bernardino, CA, May 2004
  • "Careers in Law", Muscoy Elementary School, Muscoy, CA, February 2004
  • "Ethics; Personal, Work, and Legal", California Association of Realtors Legal Affairs Forum, Rancho Mirage, CA, January 2004
  • "Legal Ethics", American Inns of Count: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, November 2002
  • "Cross Examination", “Masters in Trial" American Board of Trial Advocates, Riverside, CA, November 2002
  • "Compromises, Forms and Hearings", Riverside County Bar Association: Riverside, CA, May 2002
  • "Post-Trial Motions, the case killers", American Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, April 2002
  • "What do I do if I am in an accident", KCSB /PBS Television: Legal Issues: San Bernardino, CA, January 2002
  • "Voir Dire- Non Verbal Communication", American Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, March 2001
  • "Handling the Evasive Witness", American Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, May 2000
  • "Current issues of Liability Law”, KVCR Public Television, “On Call" San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, CA, April 2000
  • "Why people retain the services of an attorney", Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Inland Empire Chapter, Ontario, CA, September, 1999
  • "10 Important Considerations When Taking A Deposition", Riverside County Bar Association: Temecula, CA, June 1999
  • "10 Questions You Must Ask At A Deposition", American Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, May 1999
  • "The Importance of Funding Of Legal Aid", San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, April 1999
  • "Handling The Property Damage Claim", KCSB Television: Legal Issues: San Bernardino, CA, July 1998
  • "Ethics, Civility, Professionalism, and Legal Excellence In A Market Economy", American Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, April 1998
  • "Legal Aspects of Genetic Engineering", KCSB Television: Legal Issues, San Bernardino, CA, April 1997
  • "A.D.R. and the American Arbitration Association", Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Upland, CA, May 1996
  • "Discovery", Americans of Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, February 1996
  • "Negotiations with Plaintiff's Counsel", AETNA Insurance Company: Training Seminar, San Bernardino, CA, June 1995
  • "Tort Reform", KCSB Television: Legal Issues: A Discussion With William D. Shapiro & The Honorable Judge Keith Davis, San Bernardino, CA, March 1995
  • “Voir dire”, KCSB Television: Legal Issues: A Discussion with William D. Shapiro & Bruce Mac Lachlan, San Bernardino, CA, January 1995
  • "Experts; Use Of and Designation of Experts; In Limine Motions", Americans of Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, January 1995
  • "Arbitration: Purpose, Functions, Types", San Bernardino County Inns of Court: San Bernardino, CA, November 17, 1993
  • "Relations with Staff, Clients, And Counsel", San Bernardino County Legal Secretaries Association: San Bernardino, CA, November 18, 1993
  • "Adjusters & Claims, Plaintiff's Perspective", AETNA Life & Casualty: Customer Service Workshop, San Bernardino, CA, May 11, 1993
  • “Trial Advocacy”, Honorable Robert Timlin, William Shapiro (plaintiff) and Terry Bridges (defense), 3 Panel, 5 day program in Trial advocacy from plaintiff, defense and bench point of view, Riverside Bar Association, 1986-1993), Lake Arrowhead, CA, May 1993
  • "Handling the Auto Case", California Trial Lawyers Association, San Bernardino, CA, March 1993
  • "Proposition 51; Arguing Allocation of Fault", California Trial Lawyers Association, San Bernardino, CA, February 1993
  • "Closing Argument; Lecture and Demonstration", Americans of Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, San Bernardino, CA, July 1992
  • Tropical Illusion: "Master of Ceremonies", San Bernardino Legal Secretaries, San Bernardino, CA, August 1992
  • "Ethics; Dealing With The Obstreperous Lawyer", Leo A. Deegan; Inns of Court Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside, CA, October 1992
  • "Closing Argument; A Demonstration", Americans of Inns of Court: Honorable Joseph B. Campbell Chapter San Bernardino, CA, May 1992
  • "Dealing With Medical Liens in the Personal Injury Case", Bancroft-Whitney Approved Continuing Legal Education, San Bernardino, CA, October 1991
  • "10 Questions Of Inquiry At Defendants Deposition", Bancroft-Whitney Approved Continuing Legal Education, San Bernardino, CA, September 1991
  • "Bridging the Gap", Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside, CA, January 1991
  • "STOP: A Personal Perspective On Lawyer Advertising", General Telephone Company, Lake Arrowhead, CA, June, 1990
  • "The Adjuster's Conduct through the Eyes Of Plaintiff's Counsel", Southern California Adjuster's Association, Riverside, CA, April 1990
  • "Plaintiff's Strategies In Handling A Personal Injury Auto Claim", State Farm Insurance Company, San Bernardino, CA, February 1990
  • "Mock Trial; From Voir Dire To Verdict", Citrus Belt School of Law, Riverside County Courthouse, Riverside, CA, May 1989
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution; Pros And Cons From The Plaintiff's Vantage Point", Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS), San Bernardino, CA, November 1988
  • "Fast Track/Los Angeles; Riverside Court Rules; San Bernardino To Follow", California Trial Lawyers Association, Indian Wells, CA, October 1988
  • "Presentation Of A Mock Trial", San Bernardino County Legal Secretaries: San Bernardino County Courthouse, San Bernardino, CA, October, 1988/ 1985
  • "Law Of Malpractice Litigation From Plaintiff/Attorney Point of View", San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA, April 1988
  • “Demonstration Of Direct And Cross Examination in Action", Center for Judicial Education and Research with Honorable John Kennedy, Judge of Superior Court, San Bernardino, CA, June 1988
  • "Demonstration Of The Mandatory Settlement Conference", Center for Judicial Education and Research with Honorable Joseph Campbell, Judge of Superior Court San Bernardino County Courthouse, San Bernardino, CA, January 1986
  • "Bridging the Gap", San Bernardino County Bar Association, San Bernardino, CA, January 1986
  • "The Dangers Of All Terrain Vehicles", Consumer Product Safety Commission, Los Angeles, CA, October, 1985
  • "Court Reform", San Bernardino Optimist's Club, San Bernardino, CA, July 1985
  • "Development Of A Discovery Plan In A Product Liability Case", California Trial Lawyers Association, Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 1983
  • "Expanding Employer Liability; Agency And Vicarious Liability", California Trial Lawyers Association, Monterey, CA, November 1983
  • "Legislative Changes For 1983", California Trial Lawyers Association, Palm Springs, CA, May 1983
  • Participation in Legal Aid, Law Week and Speaker for Programs of the San Bernardino County Bar Association California Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1980 - Present
  • Scuba Instructor, Professional Association of Scuba Diving Instructors (PADI.) Open Water Instructor, No: OWSI 7245, 1974 - Present
  • Discovery, New Lawyers Academy Riverside County Bar Association, February, 2016   
  • “Introduction to the Legal Profession” Western State College of Law Irvine, CA, March, 2016, 2016 - Present
  • Trial Practice Faculty; ABOTA Trial College Harvard Law School Cambridge, MS, July, 2016
  • "Civil & Constitutional Issues in Terrorism vs Security; 2016 and Beyond" San Bernardino County Bar Association San Bernardino, CA, April, 2016 
  • “Entering the Legal Profession” Western State College of Law Irvine, CA, April, 2016 
  • “Introduction to the Legal Profession” Low Desert  Bar Association Palm Springs, CA, April, 2016 
  • Moot Court, Justice Western State College of Law Irvine, CA, April, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Lawyers in America,” U.S. News & World Report
  • “Top One Percent in the Nation” National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • “SuperLawyer.” Los Angeles Times Magazine
  • “Best Lawyers in Orange County,” Orange County Register, Metro
  • “Best Lawyers in Inland Empire,” Inland Empire Magazine
  • “One of Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” ALM Publications
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," National Lawyers of America
  • “Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers,” American Law Magazine, published in LA Times
  • “Top 500” in the Nation,” RCRSD, Lawdragon
  • “Best Firms in America,” RCRSD, U.S. News & World Report
  • “Top 20 Leaders,” RCRSD, Newsweek Magazine
  • “Top Ranked Law Firm” Martindale-Hubbell, Fortune Magazine
  • “Most Elite Trial Lawyers in America,” RCRSD, National Law Journal
  • “Top 50 list for Orange County” Los Angeles Times
  • A-V, Preeminent, “One of the Pre-eminent lawyers in America,” Martindale-Hubbell
  • Master, American INN of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly CTLA) Recognition for expertise in Bad Faith, Personal Injury & Product Liability Trials
  • California Judicial College, Attorney participant w/ Honorable Joseph B. Campbell, 1986
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2015, CAL ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2015 nomination, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2014, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year 2013 & 2014 nomination, CAL ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)
  • “John B. Surr Award,” 2013, presented by the San Bernardino County Bar Association: “Awarded to the Member of the Legal Community who has Best Exemplified the High Standards of the Profession and the Administration of Justice”
  • “Top Gun, Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2013, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2013 nomination, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • “Access to Justice Award,” 2012 presented by San Bernardino Legal Aid Society, "For exceptional service in providing access to the courts for those in need”
  • “Hall of Fame,” Western State University College of Law. Inducted 2011
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” nomination 2011 & 2012, Consumer Attorneys of CA, IE
  • “President’s Award,” (2011 & 2012) Consumer Attorneys of CA, IE
  • “President’s Award,” (2011) American Board of Trial Advocates, IE
  • “Consumer Attorney of the Year” 2010 nomination, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • “Matthew Kearney Award,” (1999) presented by SBCBA & Legal Aid Society, Awarded to the Member of the Community who has best Exemplified the High Purposes of the Legal Aid Society
  • “Kleps Award” (1996 & 2002) presented by Presiding Justice Manual Ramirez of the 4th DCA, For improvement in the administration of the courts
  • “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” CAL ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), 2015 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Relations and Site Committees, Board of Directors
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate
  • American Bar Association, Trial, Torts and Insurance Section
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, State Board of Governors, 2009 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire, Past President, 1982 - 1984
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Inland Chapter, Executive Board, 2009 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 1979 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, 1978 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Past President, 2008
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Fee Dispute Arbitrator, Medical Legal Committee
  • American Inns of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, Past President, 1996
  • Riverside County Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2000 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - Present
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
  • Million and Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Forum
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Secretary, 2016
  • University of Laverne School of Law, Board of Visitors
  • John Lewis King Scholarship, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2011 - 2015
  • ABOTA National, National Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
  • ABOTA, National Awards Committee Chair, 2014 - Present
  • Western State University, College of Law, Deans Counsel, 2012 - Present
  • ABOTA Leadership conference, New Orleans, LA, Co-Chair, 2010
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, 2009 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, President, 2008
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Executive Board, 2004 - 2008
  • ABOTA, San Bernardino/Riverside, President, 2008
  • ABOTA, San Bernardino/Riverside, Executive Board, 2004 - 2013
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Inland Chapter, President, 1984 - 1986
  • Student Bar Association, Western State University, College of Law, President, 1977 - 1978
  • Judge Pro-Tem/Mediator, Hearings, Trial Settlement Conferences, 1988 - Present
  • 4th District Court of Appeal, San Bernardino, California, 1988 - Present
  • San Bernardino & Riverside County Superior Courts, 1987 - Present
  • Administrative Hearing Officer, County of San Bernardino, 1991 - Present
  • Settlement Now, Panel Member, 1985 - 1993
  • Judicate-West, Panel Member, 1983 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel Member, 1983 - 1990
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), National Representative, 2010‐Current
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), National Committees: Civility, Professionalism and Ethics, Awards, Trial College, Chapter Relations
  • ABOTA Foundation, Legacy Fellow
  • ABOTA Foundation, Trustee, 2009‐2013
  • ABOTA Foundation, Co‐chair 2010 Leadership conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire, Executive Board, 2009 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter, Master

Pro Bono Activities

  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • ABOTA Foundation, Legacy Fellow
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • ABOTA Foundation, Trustee, 2011 - 2014
  • Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino, Executive Board of Directors, 1980 - Present