Expert Details

Expert in Legal Fee Analysis; Expert Witness Testimony

Expert ID: 735266 California, USA

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For over 30 years, Expert has worked on hundreds of cases dealing with issues relating to litigation management, the reasonableness of attorneys' fees and the ethics of hourly billing. He has been involved in cases decided by the Arizona, Montana, Georgia and Florida Supreme Courts wherein ethical issues relating to the reasonableness of hourly fees, the use of billing guidelines, legal auditing, and related issues have been decided. Since 1991, Expert has served as an expert, litigator and a consultant in a wide range of fee dispute cases, including patent, copyright and trademark litigation, environmental contamination, entertainment cases, complex commercial disputes, and insurance coverage/fee disputes. Expert has reviewed and analyzed 100s of millions of dollars in legal fees and costs generated in litigation matters.

Expert has acted as a litigator, expert, and consultant on ethical issues pertaining to the tripartite relationship and conflict of interest issues.

Assist clients in complex claims handling including issues pertaining to efficient litigation management practices.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1985 Degree: Juris Doctorate Subject: Law Institution: Golden Gate University
Year: 1982 Degree: M.A. Subject: Marine Affairs Institution: University of Rhode Island, Kingston
Year: 1979 Degree: B.S. Subject: N/A Institution: University of Rhode Island, Kingston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Attorney Department: Responsibilities: Expert Witness Testimony
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: Self Employed Title: Capital Partner Department: Responsibilities: Practice Areas:
Nationally known litigator with extensive experience in complex business and commercial litigation, environmental matters, entertainment cases, construction defect, intellectual property and maritime litigation.
Extensive counseling experience in the areas of attorneys’ fee disputes, maritime matters and international super yacht and vessel construction transactions.
Years: 1995 to 2014 Employer: Barger &Wolen, LLP Title: Partner Department: Responsibilities: Managing Partner, San Francisco office, from
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January 1, 2008 to September 30, 2014; Member of Firm’s Compensation Committee 2012, 2007 and 2003. Member of Firm’s Investment Committee 2008 – 2014.
Years: 1991 to 1994 Employer: Barger &Wolen Title: Associate Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Carroll, Burdick & McDonough Title: Associate Department: Responsibilities: Asbestos and Environmental Coverage and Business and Commercial Litigation.
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: Acret & Perrochet Title: Associate Department: Responsibilities: Practice Areas:
Maritime, Environmental and Construction Litigation.
Years: 1982 to 1982 Employer: U.S. Department of State funded project Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities: A History of Biological Research in the Gulf of Maine. In preparation for U.S. v. Canada case at the World Court concerning the Gulf of Maine seabed boundary dispute.
Years: 1981 to 1982 Employer: Center for Ocean Management Studies Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA/NMFS Funding: A Study of the Regional Fishery Management Councils under the Magnuson Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Intellectual Property Association

ASSOCIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS:
1. State Bar of California, Section of Environmental Law and Practice.
2. State Bar of New York.
3. State Bar of Hawaii.
4. Member American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA).
5. Council for Litigation Management, State Chair Committee
Licenses / Certifications
California Bar 1985
Hawaii Bar 1986
New York Bar 1988
Awards / Recognition
Juris Doctorate Golden Gate University Highest Honors

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Nationally known A.V. rated litigator with over 30 years of experience. Since 1992 served as a litigator, consultant and expert in numerous cases involving attorneys’ fee disputes, including disputes between clients and independently retained counsel; prevailing party fee disputes; Cumis fee disputes and attorney fee arbitrations. Expert has been involved in litigation and appellate work concerning legal ethics, the ethics of the tripartite relationship, legal auditing, billing guidelines, and staff counsel issues. He has reviewed and analyzed hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees and costs as an expert witness and lawyer in fee dispute litigation. The underlying litigation in fee disputes has dealt with a broad range of subjects, including entertainment cases, advertising injury, asbestos cases, EPLI, MTBE contamination cases, oil spill cases, consumer cases, mass tort litigation, patent, copyright, intellectual property matters, and commercial and business disputes.

63 cases to date.

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