Robinson & Wood, Inc.

Law Firm in San Jose, CA

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Firm Overview

Robinson & Wood offers a broad spectrum of legal services to our litigation and corporate clients. As a dynamic member of the San Jose legal community since 1962, our law firm has contributed to the evolution of Silicon Valley as a world center of technological and entrepreneurial innovation.
The firm's professional focus is crafting thoughtful, creative and cost-effective solutions to the often complex legal situations encountered by our clients. We understand that today's litigation sometimes requires unique responses, but always requires careful attention to the client's resources and needs. For our litigation clients, we pursue aggressive and dedicated advocacy, while staying alert to any opportunity for early resolution of the dispute. For our corporate clients, we provide experienced and insightful counseling calculated to achieve venture success.

Our practice areas include the following:

Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate/Business, Employment, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Public Entity, Transportation, Trusts and Estates.

Our highly specialized practice of law and national reputation are the product of years of leadership in professional associations, legislative advocacy and legal education. Our attorneys frequently serve as Judges Pro Tem, arbitrators and mediators in complex litigation.

The talented and experienced attorneys of Robinson & Wood stand ready to assist in times of need. If you believe that Robinson & Wood might be able to help you, we invite you to contact us for a confidential consultation.
Main Office

Main Office
227 N. 1st Street
San Jose  CA  95113

Phone
  • 408-298-7120
Fax
  • 408-298-0477
Personal Injury
Robinson & Wood, Inc. will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Civil
-Commercial Litigation
-General Business Practice with emphasis in Products Liability
-Construction
-Insurance Fraud Litigation
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Coverage
-Governmental Entity Defense
-Patent
-Copyright Infringement
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Director's
-Officer's Liability
-Professional Negligence
-Catastrophic Injury
-Employment Law
-Appellate Litigation.
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Appellate Practice
-Civil Practice
-Commercial Real Estate
-Construction Law
-Environmental Law
-Insurance Defense
-Litigation
-Negligence
-Personal Injury
-Premises Liability
-Products Liability
-Property Law
-Real Estate
-Torts
-Transportation.
-Civil Appeals
-Construction Defects
-Intellectual Property
-Professional Liability
-Government Tort Liability
-Foreclosures
-Civil Rights
-Mediation
-Business Formation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Business Succession Planning
-Intellectual Property Enforcement
-Corporate Law
-Labor and Employment
-Age Discrimination in Employment
-Employment Contracts
-Wage and Hour Law
-Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
-Harassment
-Insurance Coverage
-Trade Secrets
-Automobile Accidents
-Motor Vehicle Accidents
-Motorcycle Accidents
-Construction Accidents
-Slip and Fall
-Assault and Battery
-Inadequate Security
-Trusts and Estates
-Family Limited Partnerships.
-Estate Planning
-Estate Administration
-Estate Litigation
-Trust Administration
-Trust Litigation
-Elder Abuse
-Guardianship and Conservatorship.
-Contracts
-Construction Contracts
-Employment Litigation
-Wrongful Termination
-Federal Tort Claims
-Municipal Torts
-Civil Litigation
-Construction and Design Law
-Construction Liability
-Toxic Torts
-Homeowners Association Law
-Landslides and Subsidence
-Fire Loss
-Corporate Formation
-Corporate Governance
-Incorporation
-Business Successions
-Corporate Successions
-Successions
-Buying and Selling of Businesses
-Americans With Disabilities Act
-Caregiver Discrimination
-Employment Disability Discrimination
-Employment Discrimination
-National Origin Discrimination
-Pregnancy Discrimination
-Personnel Policies
-Trade Secret Misappropriation
-Sexual Harassment
-Patents
-Patent Infringement
-Intellectual Property Infringement
-Domain Name Infringement
-Accidents
-Automobile Negligence
-Bicycle Accidents
-Boating Accidents
-Bodily Injury
-Commercial Vehicle Liability
-Wrongful Death
-Truck Accidents
-Premises Security
-Medical Malpractice
-Inverse Condemnation
-Transportation
-Living Trusts
-Powers of Attorney
-Trust Law
-Trust Planning
-Elder Law
-Elder Rights
-Elder Guardianship
-Estate Planning for the Elderly
-Guardianship and Conservatorship
-Probate

Archie S. Robinson

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Archie Robinson is one of the founders of Robinson & Wood, Inc. He and five partners formed the current law firm in 1983. Shortly thereafter, the new firm moved into an historic building, owned and beautifully restored by them. Mr. Robinson has been trying civil matters before California juries for nearly five decades, and has more than 100 jury verdicts to his credit. Mr. Robinson began his career defending claims for personal injury arising out of accidents. Later, he became active in insurance litigation while at the same time developing expertise in the fields of medical and legal malpractice. Still later, focus in products liability matters gradually evolved into the practice of intellectual property litigation, consisting of patent, copyright and trade secret litigation, which is currently Mr. Robinson's practice emphasis. Success enjoyed in these various areas of practice has earned him membership in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates, both invitation-only organizations, limited to the top trial lawyers in the profession. In the early 1990s, Mr. Robinson was named one of the 25 best insurance defense lawyers in America by the American Lawyer. For the past 20 straight years, he has been selected by his peers as one of California's "Super Lawyers."

Mr. Robinson served as President of the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel and later as President of the Defense Research Institute, a national organization of some 20,000 civil litigation specialists. A keen interest in tort reform motivated Mr. Robinson to found California Defense Counsel, a state-wide legislative effort to address shortcomings in the civil justice system.

Mr. Robinson received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia University, where he played varsity baseball and basketball. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1963. He was admitted to practice in California in 1964. He has been invited to serve as a clinical instructor in the Stanford Law School civil litigation program.

Named one of the top 25 defense lawyers in U.S. by National Law Journal. Selected, "Best Lawyers in America." Designated, "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation. Recipient, "Lifetime Achievement Award," Defense Research Institute. Clinical Instructor, Trial Advocacy, Stanford Law School. Visiting Instructor, Insurance Law and Bad Faith, University of Santa Clara School of Law. Past President: Defense Research Institute, 1990; California Defense Counsel, 1985-1990; Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California, 1976.

Areas of Law:
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Products Liability
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Commercial Litigation
-Professional Liability
-Patents
-Patent Litigation
-Copyrights
-Copyright Litigation
-Trade Secrets

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1964, California

Law School Attended:
Stanford Law School
Class of 1963
J.D.

University Attended:
Columbia University
Class of 1960
A.B.

Associations & Memberships:
American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow); American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate); Defense Research Institute; California Defense Counsel; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California; International Association of Defense Counsel; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Producers Liability Advisory Committee (Sustaining Member).

Bar Fellowship:
American College of Trial Lawyers.
Education
  • Stanford Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1963

Gabriel G. Gregg

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Intellectual Property
-Corporate Law
-Insurance Law
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1996, California

Law School Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 1996
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Class of 1991
B.A.
Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

Bonnie M. Ross

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Born in Georgia and raised in the Midwest, Bonnie Margaret Ross is a litigation partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Robinson & Wood and has provided legal advice and trial services to businesses and individuals involved in litigation since 1998.

Ms. Ross attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate, obtained a B.A. in 1988, and graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley in 1995. Soon after, she became a criminal defense attorney and practiced throughout Northern California. After joining Robinson & Wood, Inc., Ms. Ross shifted her focus from criminal to civil litigation where she has been helped resolve cases involving complex law and motion issues, including motions for preliminary injunctions, summary judgment motions and anti-SLAPP motions.

Areas of Law:
-Insurance Coverage Defense
-Personal Injury
-Professional Liability
-Civil Litigation
-Employment Claims


Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1995, California

Law School Attended:
University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
Class of 1995
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley
Class of 1988
B.A.
Education
  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

Hugh F. Lennon

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Hugh F. Lennon is a litigation partner in the Personal Injury practice group and chair of the Appellate practice group at Robinson & Wood, Inc., and has represented a wide variety of both plaintiffs and defendants since 1976, including insurance companies, attorneys, hospitals, public entities, and real estate brokers and acted as court-appointed special counsel.

Mr. Lennon has handled hundreds of lawsuits at all stages of litigation, from pretrial through appeal, and has tried dozens of jury trials to verdict including such cases that involve casualty liability, insurance coverage/bad faith, professional liability (attorney and real estate agent/broker), hospital liability and public entity liability, hospital liability/medical malpractice cases, landlord eviction liability claims, premises liability and automobile liability cases.

Member, Panel of Superior Court and Federal Court Arbitrators. Settlement Judge Pro Tempore, Superior Court.

Areas of Law:
-Appellate Practice
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Professional Liability
-Automobile Liability
-Hospital Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Premises Liability

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1975, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School Attended:
University of San Francisco
Class of 1975
J.D.

University Attended:
University of San Francisco
Class of 1970
B.A.
Education
  • University of San Francisco
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

Jesse F. Ruiz

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, on May 21, 1952, Mr. Ruiz received his undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley (A.B., 1974) and his legal education at Stanford Law School (J.D., 1977).
Mr. Ruiz is a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates with more than twenty years of experience as a trial lawyer.

In December of 1999, Mr. Ruiz was elected President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. He is also a member of the Association of Defense Trial Lawyers, Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel and the American, California and Santa Clara County Bar Associations.

He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice techniques for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, and serves as a clinical instructor in trial advocacy at Stanford Law School.

Mr. Ruiz' published decisions include: Nicholson v. Fazeli (2003) 113 CA4th 1091; Hinshaw, Winkler, Draa, Marsh & Still v. Superior Court (1996) 51 CA4th 233; McCubbrey v. Veninga (9th Cir., 1994) 39 F.3d 1054; Drew v. Drake (1980) 110 CA3d 555, and; Jamison v. Lindsay (1980) 108 CA3d 223.

Areas of Law:
-Products Liability
-Professional Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-Intellectual Property

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Managing Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1977, California
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Stanford University
Class of 1977
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California at Berkeley
Class of 1974
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (President, 2000); Association of Defense Trial Lawyers; International Association of Insurance Defense Counsel; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates.

Representative Cases:
Vogel v. Felice (2005) 127 CA4th 1006; Nicholson v. Fuzelli (2003) 113 CA4th 109; Hinshaw, Winkler, Draa, Marsh & Still vs. Superior Court (1996) 51 CA4th 233; McCubbrey v. Veniga (9th Cir., 1994) 39 F.3d 1054; Drew v. Drake (1980) 110 CA3d 555; Jamison v. Lindsay (1980) 108 CA3d 223.
Education
  • Stanford University
    Juris Doctorate , 1977

Jonathan L. Lee

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Jonathan Lee has been a shareholder in Robinson & Wood for 25 years. He has tried a total of 55 jury trials to completion throughout California. Mr. Lee has dedicated himself to personal injury cases for almost his entire career. In more recent years, he has focused on representing parties in matters involving serious injury, catastrophic brain and spine injury and events involving wrongful death. Some cases have included aggravated liability related to alcohol or drug use. Some suits have involved punitive damages. Deputy District Attorney, Tulare County, 1979-1981.

Areas of Law:
-Personal Injury
-Transportation
-Premises Liability

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1979, California

Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University
Class of 1979
J.D.

University Attended:
Pepperdine University
Class of 1976
B.S.
Education
  • Pepperdine University
    Juris Doctorate , 1979

Jon B. Zimmerman

Attorney in San Jose, CA

As a managing senior partner and trial attorney at Robinson & Wood, Inc., Jon B. Zimmerman has practiced in the firm since 1983. Distinguished by his commitment to excellence during this time, he has specialized in handling numerous litigation and commercial disputes from the State and Federal trial courts to the California Court of Appeal and the Californian Supreme Court. Mr. Zimmerman lectures and practices in the fields of construction litigation, commercial litigation, employment, real estate and personal injury disputes and has been named a California Super Lawyer on numerous occasions. In commercial real estate and construction litigation his primary practice centers on representation of major developers, Commercial property owners, general contractors, as well as self-insured businesses and other commercial entities. Given this experience, he is also an active case mediator.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Products Liability
-Construction Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1983, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School Attended:
University of Santa Clara
Class of 1983
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley
Class of 1980
B.A.
Education
  • University of Santa Clara
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Andrew W. Olsson

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Areas of Law:
-Business Formation
-Business Succession Planning
-Probate
-Estate Planning
-Wills

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1972, California and U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Class of 1971
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Class of 1968
B.A.
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1971

Arthur J. Casey

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Author:
California Civil Discovery Practice, Third Edition, Continuing Education of the Bar-California; Lecturer: San Jose State University, College of Business, Dept. of Organization and Management.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Products Liability Defense
-Insurance Bad Faith

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1986, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School Attended:
University of Santa Clara
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
University of San Diego
Class of 1981
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
U.S. Law Network, Inc.; Defense Research Institute; Northern California Association of Defense Counsel.
Education
  • University of Santa Clara
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Joseph C. Balestrieri

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Comments Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, 1983-1984.

Areas of Law:
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Products Liability
-Transportation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1984, California

Law School Attended:
University of Santa Clara
Class of 1984
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Gonzaga, Florence, Italy

University of Santa Clara
Class of 1981
B.A.
Education
  • University of Santa Clara
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Ann A. Nguyen

Attorney in San Jose, CA

As a partner in the Corporate/Business, Employment and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups, Ann Nguyen has extensive experience representing individuals, businesses, national and international corporations in transactional matters as well as litigation. Ann's clients comprise of health care professionals, real estate developers, contractors, investors, brokers and agents, entrepreneurs, IT consulting companies, medical device and computer hardware manufacturers, as well as the food and spirits industry.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1995, California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
Class of 1995
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Davis
Class of 1992
B.A. with high honors
Education
  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

Donald P. Gagliardi

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Robinson & Wood shareholder Donald P. Gagliardi has litigated the gamut of intellectual property matters over the past 20 years, including trade secret misappropriation, copyright and patent infringement suits as well as a wide range of complex business disputes, including class actions, breach of complex commercial contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, securities fraud, unfair business practices, contractor licensing and franchise law in federal and state courts throughout California and beyond.

Areas of Law:
-Business Litigation
-Intellectual Property Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1988, California

Law School Attended:
Stanford University
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
Washington University
Class of 1985
A.B.
with honors
Education
  • Stanford University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Colin G. McCarthy

Attorney in San Jose, CA

Colin G. McCarthy is a partner in the business litigation, products liability, and insurance practice groups, where he represents emerging and established businesses and individuals in commercial, products and insurance disputes. Due in part to his extensive litigation and trial experience, Mr. McCarthy has been named to the California Rising Stars list of attorneys in California for 2011 and again in 2012. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Northern California earn this distinction.

Areas of Law:
-Complex Commercial Litigation
-Intellectual Property Litigation
-Business Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1997, California

Law School Attended:
Santa Clara University School of Law
Class of 1997
J.D.

University Attended:
Boston College
Class of 1994
B.A.
Education
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1997
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