Frank M. Pitre

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Biography

Legal Externship, California Supreme Court, 1980. Law Clerk, San Mateo County Superior Court, 1981. Author: "Abuse of Process," California Tort Damages, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988; "Tort Trends," The Docket, San Mateo County Bar Association, 1989-1994. Co-Author: "Jury Instructions: A Practical Approach to their Use," Civil Litigation Reporter, March, 1984; "Arguing Punitive Damages," Civil Litigation Reporter, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991; "Effective Opening Statements," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991; "Jury Trial Tips: Witnesses," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991; "Winning Through A More Effective Direct Examination," California Litigation, Journal Of The Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991; "Jury Trial Tips: High Tech Tools," California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1992. Consultant: "California Civil Practice," Bancroft-Whitney, 1992; "California Trial Practice: Civil Procedure During Trial," CEB, 1995; "California Personal Injury Proof," (CEB, 1996-2016). Panelist: "Fundamentals of Civil Litigation Before Trial," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988 and 1990; "Jury Instructions," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1986; "Proving Injuries To The Body And Mind," San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, 1989; "Tort Damages: How To Identify And Prove Them," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1989; "Jury Voir Dire Skills Workshop," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1989; "Trial Preparation: The War To End All Wars," Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, 1991; "Evaluation & Settlement," San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 1991; "Trial Video: Litigation In The Televisual Age," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991 and 1993; "Premises Liability Seminar," San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association, 1994; "Deposition Fundamentals," Lorman Business Center, 1995-; "Preparing For Trial The Last 100 Days," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998; "Mass Torts: The Future Is Here," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2000; "Jury Trials in the Aftermath of September 11th," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2001; "Jury Selection: Overcoming Juror Bias," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2002, 2004; "Jury Selection," San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 2003; "Legends of Litigation: The Art of Examination," CEB 2003; "Evidence For the Trial Practitioner in California," Lorman Education Services, 2003-2007; "The Art of Jury Selection," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2003; "Effective Opening Statements & Closing Arguments," California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2004; "Opening Statements and Hearsay," Lorman Business Center, 2004-2005. Lecturer: Working With Experts, Hastings College of Advocacy, 1987; Overlooked Torts in Business Litigation, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1987; Closing Arguments, Hastings College of Advocacy, 1989; "Trial Preparation," Hastings College of Advocacy, 1992. Faculty: Hastings College of Advocacy, 1988-1994; University of San Francisco, "Trial Skills Workshop," 1992, 1995-1998; "Creative Opening Statements," California Trial Lawyers Association, 1994; "Creative Use Of Video Evidence," Consumer Attorneys of California, 1995; "Evaluation Of A Case," Santa Clara University, 1996; "How to Handle The Trial Of a Trademark/Trade Dress Claim; The Kendall-Jackson v. Gallo Case," Business Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association, 1997; "The Case Against the TEC-9 Assault Rifle," Consumer Attorneys of California, 1998; "Diet Center Liability and the Fen-Phen Cocktail," Consumer Attorneys of California, 1999; "Tips on Jury Selection for a Business Tort Case," Consumer Attorneys of California, 1999; "The First Amendment Challenge to Product Liability Suits," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2000. "De-Mystifying Daubert," Consumer Attorney's of California, 2007; "Masters in Demonstrative Evidence," American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Demonstration, 2009; "Masters in Opening Statements & Closing Arguments," American Board of Trial Advocates, 2010; "Masters In Trial - Opening Statement To Jury Deliberation," Trial Deposition, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2011. Judge Pro Tem, San Mateo County Superior Court, 1993-. Listed: "The Best Lawyers in America," Naifeh & Smith, 2006-2016 Selected Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury, San Francisco Bay Area, "Northern California Super Lawyers 2004-2016 (Top 100; Top 10 2010, 2014-2015); Listed, Lawdragon "Top 500 Leading Litigators in America," 2006. Recipient: San Mateo County Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyer of The Year, 2006; Edward I. Pollack Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2010; Consumer Attorney of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2013. Selected Top 25 California Plaintiffs Lawyers, Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal (2015).

American College of Trial Lawyers (2010-); American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate, 2000-); International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2006-); National Board of Trial Advocates, Certified Trial Advocate (1996-); International Society of Barristers (2011-).

Civil Trial Advocacy & Civil Pretrial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer Fraud

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-753-1763  Phone
(650) 697-6000  Phone
(650) 697-0577  Fax
www.cpmlegal.com
University Attended:
University of San Francisco, B.S., cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
University of San Francisco, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981
Admission:
1981, California; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
San Mateo County (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2001), Federal and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; San Mateo County Barristers (Member, Board of Directors, 1984-1986); Consumer Attorneys of California (Member: Board of Governors, 1998-; Financial Secretary, 2001-2002; Vice President, 2002-2004; President-Elect, 2004-2005; President, 2005-2006); Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2000); American Association for Justice (Co-Chair, Class Action Group, 2009-2010); Public Justice; San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1996-2001); National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 (2007-); Litigation Counsel of America (2008-); American Bar Foundation (2008-).
Languages:
Italian
Birth Information:
San Francisco, California, January 17, 1955
Reported Cases:
Holmes v. Lerner (1999) 74 Cal. App.4th 442.
ISLN:
904406519
Hobbies & interests:
Cross-training; Mountain Biking; Travel.

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (2 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.9/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.9/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

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Burlingame, California

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