Ralph Robinson is the co-regional managing partner of the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's Senior Trial Group. Ralph's primary areas of focus are general liability, municipal claims, employment practices liability, medical malpractice and product liability. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Ralph has tried more than 100 cases to verdict throughout Northern California. In addition to appearing in virtually every jurisdiction in California, he has handled a variety of legal matters in Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Additionally, Ralph has handled cases before the International Court of Arbitration, and matters of catastrophic loss in France, Germany, Italy, Australia and Spain.
Ralph's extensive litigation experience and his prominent positions within the firm enable him to serve clients as a guiding force behind their cases and the attorneys who handle them.
Areas of Focus
Ralph has extensive experience in product liability matters involving a wide variety of mechanized vehicles and other manufactured products. During his career, Ralph has represented makers of tractors, motorcycles, ATVs, watercraft, forklifts and bicycles. He has also represented the manufacturers of punch presses, industrial heaters, air conditioning systems, power saws, chemical manufacturers, agricultural tractors and related heavy machinery, earth moving equipment, industrial chippers, industrial packaging machinery, forestry heavy machinery, equipment hydraulics, cranes, assembly line facilities, marine loading facilities and related machinery, cement plant machinery, lumber mill equipment, wind turbines, electrical machinery failures, chemical storage facilities & industrial grinders. In addition, Ralph has addressed for clients a variety of asbestos-related cases and trials involving gaskets, motorcycles and tractors. He also has handled class action claims, Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls, California Proposition 65 toxic matters, and Business and Professions Code unfair practices claims.
Ralph handles all aspects of transportation defense, including hundreds of liability matters for trucking and bus companies and insurers. He also defends product liability claims involving motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, power boats, and related products such as tractors and heavy equipment. Ralph works very closely with the leading experts in the areas of accident reconstruction, human factors, biomechanics and related fields.
Ralph has represented lawyers, architects, engineers, insurance agents and brokers, and security broker-dealers in state and federal actions. He has also handled arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other regulatory bodies.
Ralph's experience in representing municipalities includes matters of liability, civil rights claims, land subsidence, first amendment issues and inverse contamination cases.
Awards & Distinctions
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2014