Robert J. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner since 1999
Location:
San Francisco, California
Phone:
415-421-7995
Fax:
415-421-0912
Email:

RJ Waldsmith graduated from the University of California at Berkeley before attending law school at Golden Gate University. Since his graduation and subsequent admission to the California Bar in 1992, RJ has represented exclusively victims. His clients include individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries and the families of those who have been wrongfully killed.

RJ handles personal injury matters arising from dangerous conditions of public property, dangerous private premises, defective products, motor vehicle collisions, aviation accidents, construction injuries, etc. His results have earned him nomination as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine since 2005. In addition, he was a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and a Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of San Francisco. RJ has been awarded the National "Most Innovative Use of Technology During Trial" and "Top 100 Jury Verdicts for 2003 in the United States."

RJ is a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national, peer-nominated organization of civil trial lawyers reserved for only those with extensive trial experience and the highest reputation in the legal community for honesty and integrity.

Areas of Practice

  • Brain Injuries
  • Burn & Electrocution Injuries
  • Construction Accidents
  • Fires & Explosions
  • Governmental Tort Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Nursing Home/Elder Abuse
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Truck Accidents
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
  • University of California at Berkeley

Published Works

  • The Electronic Trial, Journal of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, August, 2003
  • Winning The Close Case And Increasing Your Damages With Technology, The Trial Lawyer, Journal of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Spring, 2004
  • Discovery In Dangerous Condition Of Public Property Cases, The Advocate, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, Spring, 2004
  • California Uninsured Motorist Practice, (Co-Author), Continuing Education of the Bar, Chapter 2, 2005 to Present
  • California Government Tort Liability Practice, (Contributing Author), Continuing Education of the Bar, Fourth Edition, Chapters 1-4, 2007 - 2008 Updates
  • California Government Tort Liability Practice, (Co-Author), Continuing Education of the Bar, Fourth Edition, Chapters 1-4, 2009-2011 Updates

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker,"Personal Injury Suits Against Public Entities", State Bar of California, Lawyering Skills Continuing Education Program, 2001
  • Speaker,"Small Firm Technology", Cal Law Business Conference, Continuing Education Program, 2004
  • Speaker, "Personal Injury Suits Against California Public Entities", State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Lawyering Skills Continuing Education Program, 2004
  • Speaker, "How To Use High Tech (And Sometimes Low Tech) To Prove Your Case", San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Education Program, 2004
  • Speaker, "The Ultimate Electronic Trial", American Board Of Trial Advocates, Masters In Trial Education Program, 2005
  • Faculty, "Impact of Technology In Trial Proceedings", California Judicial Branch Conference, San Diego, 2005
  • Presenter, "Multimedia Trials", Inns of Court, 2006
  • Speaker, "Government Tort Liability: Claims, Litigation & Recent Developments", San Francisco, 2007
  • Speaker, "Government Tort Liability: Claims, Litigation & Recent Developments", Sacramento, 2007
  • Faculty, "Animations: WOW! But Is It Admissible?", California Bench Bar Biannual Conference, Anaheim, 2007
  • Faculty, "Animations: Tomorrowland Today", California Judges Association/State Bar of California, Anaheim, 2007
  • Speaker "Government Tort Liability: Claims, Litigation & Recent Developments", San Diego, 2007
  • Speaker, "The Electronic Trial in Brain Damage Cases", The Brain Injury Association Annual Meeting, Napa, 2007
  • Speaker, "Public Entity Liability", State Bar of California, Section Education Institute, San Diego, 2008
  • Speaker, "Beyond Boilerplate: Raising the Bar on Motions In Limine", San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Education Program, San Francisco, 2008
  • Speaker, "The Use and Abuse of Technology by Expert Witnesses at Trial", Forensic Expert Witness Association/SEAK Expert Witness Summit, Newport Beach, 2008
  • Speaker, "Personal Injury Suits Against California Public Entities", Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Monterey, 2008
  • Faculty, Trial Skills: Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford Law School, 2008
  • Speaker, "California Public Entity Liability", Santa Clara Trial Lawyers Association Program, San Jose, 2009
  • Speaker, "Demonstrative Evidence in the 21st Century", Regional TLA Conference, Olympic Valley, CA, 2009
  • Speaker, "California Public Entity Liability", Regional TLA Conference, Olympic Valley, CA, 2009
  • Speaker, "The Effective Use of Visual Evidence in Litigation", Bar Association of San Francisco, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust - Litigation Subsection, San Francisco, 2010
  • Speaker, "Understanding and Preparing a Frontal Lobe Case for Trial", The California Brain Injury Association Annual Meeting, Napa, 2010
  • Speaker, "Suing California Public Entities", Santa Clara Trial Lawyers Association Program, San Jose, 2011
  • Speaker, “Streamlining Legal Document Management” , LegalTech Conference, New York, 2012
  • Speaker, “Preparing Witnesses for Deposition and Trial”, , Continuing Education of the Bar

Honors and Awards

  • Named "Northern California Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine, 2005 - 2012
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2003
  • National "Most Innovative Use of Technology During Trial" Award Recipient, 2004
  • "Top 100 Jury Verdicts for 2003 in United States" Award, National Law Journal
  • Criminal Litigation Award, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1992
  • Member, The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, (SFTLA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Mighty Mouthpieces Softball Company, San Francisco Lawyer League Champions, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008-2011
  • Public Justice Foundation