Ralph W. Robinson: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Ralph W. Robinson


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Practice Areas

  • Asia
  • e-Discovery
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice & Health Care
  • Senior Trial Group
  • Municipal/Local Government
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Railroad
  • Transportation
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9400
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1968
Law SchoolGolden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1971 Editor, Golden Gate University Law Review
Admitted1972, California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California; Supreme Court of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
Alameda County Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates


Ralph Robinson is the 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.

Awards & Distinctions

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2014

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Represented a manufacturer of personal watercraft in which plaintiff suffered fatal injuries on the Colorado River. Plaintiff alleged a design defect relating to the steering mechanism. Economic damages were verified at $240 million. Hung jury after three-month trial. This case was retried to a defense verdict. Defense verdict for a manufacturer of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Plaintiff was operating ATV on a steep slope, and due to rider error the ATV turned over causing severe and permanent leg injuries. Plaintiff alleged a defect in the transmission. Defense verdict following a three-week trial. Class action for alleged carbon monoxide exposure on power boats. Multiple theories of liability under California consumer protection statutes; 30-day court trial. Liability found on one theory, which is in error and on appeal. Represented an international steel manufacturer involving a $250 million fire loss at one of its steel mills. It was alleged that the fire was caused by a design defect in the hydraulics system of the mill's machinery. This matter was venued in the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland, and was resolved for a fraction of the claim damages representing the cost of defense. A 23-year-old girl suffered a leg amputation while operating a personal watercraft. It was alleged that the accident was due to off-throttle steering. The case settled at trial for $42,500. Represented a compounding pharmaceutical company that provided raw chemicals and formulas for injectable medications. There were numerous claims of wrongful death and serious permanent injuries due to alleged contamination of the injectable products caused by an incorrect formulation process. Multiple claims were resolved for cost of defense. Obtained defense verdict after a 30-day trial on behalf of a manufacturer of golf carts in a wrongful death claim involving a passenger on a golf cart who was thrown from the vehicle. It was alleged that the golf cart was defective for not having seat belts.

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Ralph W. Robinson

525 Market Street, 17th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94105-2725


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