Yaron & Associates

Yaron & Associates

Yaron & Associates is a firm committed to providing the best possible work product, obtaining the best possible result, for the best possible value to our clients. Nothing less is acceptable.

Firm Overview

In today's business and legal climate, the ability to take quick, decisive action is more important than ever. Clients chose Yaron & Associates because they know they can rely on our attorneys to get their problem resolved in the most sensible way, with the most advantageous result for them.

Yaron & Associates is a law firm of ten exceptionally knowledgeable counselors and creative trial advocates who place solving our client's problem at the forefront of everything we do. Our attorneys take a proactive approach to problem solving, and our constant vigilance for better, alternative solutions often places us in a leadership role in disputes that involve many conflicting parties and viewpoints.

While we maintain an unparalleled understanding of the legal precedents that may apply to our clients' cases, we don't let ourselves be distracted by convention. At Yaron & Associates, we know that the old way of doing things inevitably leads to the old way of doing things; but new problems often cannot be solved with the same old solutions. We look to appellate decisions and precedents as the beginning of the problem solving process, not the end.

Our AV-Rated and Best's Recommended attorneys provide advice and counsel on both litigation and transactional matters in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance litigation, toxic torts, construction defects, product liability, industrial accidents, trucking accidents, personal injury and aviation litigation. Our experienced trial attorneys are sought out by insurance companies, corporations, policyholders and others who appreciate our superior service, and rational pricing.

At Yaron & Associates, we stand behind our advice. We believe that when it comes to our clients, there is no room for error and no room for miscalculation, verbal puffery or anything other than the exact right answer.
Main Office
Main Office
1300 Clay Street, Suite 800
Oakland  CA  94612
Phone
  • 415-658-2929
Websites
Personal Injury
Yaron & Associates has an impressive reputation for representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions claiming an injury was caused by negligence, carelessness or wrongful conduct.
The firm represents clients in all serious injury cases, including those involving:

-Head Injuries
-Paraplegia
-Quadriplegia
-Brain Injuries
-Spinal Cord Injuries
-Amputation Injuries
-Automobile Accidents
-Truck Accidents
-Motorcycle Accidents
-Boating Accidents
-Airplane Accidents
-Train Crossing Accidents
-Swimming Accidents
-Bicycle Accidents
-Pedestrian Accidents
-Transit Liability
-Highway Design
-Construction Injuries
-Premises Liability
-Product Liability
-Toxic Exposure
-Defective Products
-Failure To Warn
-Machinery Malfunctions

The firm has the knowledge, skill and experience to investigate these often complex cases, negotiate with the parties involved and go to trial when necessary to protect our clients and resolve the matter appropriately.

Yaron & Associates personal injury representation, when nothing less than the best is acceptable.

Lorenia Ramirez

George D. Yaron is a native San Franciscan who graduated from San Francisco State University in 1977 and was immediately commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. George went on to law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in 1980, graduating in the top quartile of his class. Following law school, he fulfilled a four-year commitment to the United States Marine Corps, principally as a Judge Advocate with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in Southern California based at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. While there, he was promoted to Chief Trial Counsel, supervising three other prosecuting attorneys, and trying 27 general courts-martial (felony cases) and over 100 special courts-martial (misdemeanor cases) to verdict. He was decorated with the Navy Achievement Medal for his successful service and left active duty from the Marine Corps as a Captain in 1984 to pursue a civilian litigation career, first with the Redding-based insurance defense firm of Moss & Enochian, and later with the San Francisco-based firms of Fisher & Hurst and Kenney, Burd, Knutsen & Markowitz. In 1994, George co-founded the insurance defense law firm of Davidovitz & Yaron, before forming Yaron & Associates, his current practice, in January of 1999.

He is admitted to practice before all the federal and state courts in the states of California and Nevada, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Francisco and Clark County Bar Associations, and the Defense Research Institute.

George and his wife Shelly live in Alamo, California with their two children, Eric and Allison. His hobbies and pastimes include golf, skiing, gardening, cooking and wine collecting (sometimes tasting too).

James I. Silverstein

James I. Silverstein grew up in Los Angeles and moved north to attend the Universityof California at Berkeley, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelors of Sciencedegree in Geology. Jim attended Loyola Law School and graduated in 1989 in the top third of his class.

Jim initially practiced environmental law in Southern California and since 1993 he has focused his practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jim was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Celebrezze & Wesleyuntil he joined Yaron & Associates in August of 2000. He became a partner at Yaron & Associates in July of 2002.

He is admitted to practice before all the Federal and State Courts in the State of California and is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association.

Jim lives in Marin County, with his wife Marie, and two daughters. His hobbies include running, skiing and rooting for the California Golden Bears.

David Gray Douglas

David Gray Douglas is a native Northern Californian who graduated from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1989. David attended the Tulane School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he tutored Constitutional Law to "at-risk"law students, was an Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, in which he was published on three occasions, and won membership award writing competitions on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and the Tulane International and Comparative Law Journal. David graduated with honors in 1993 and was admitted to the California bar in December, 1993.

Followinglaw school, David returned home to Marin Countyto practice law. David began his career with the San Rafael firm of Johns & Helmueller, where he obtained extensive coverage and coverage litigation experienceover the next sixyears. David also became active in the governance of the State Bar, becoming the Director of District 4 (Marin and San Francisco Counties), for the California Young Lawyers' Association during the mid-1990s.

After a short period at the San Francisco-based firm of Celebrezze & Wesley, David joined Yaron & Associates in August of 2000, where he specializes in insurance coverage. He is admitted to practice before all the federal and state courts in California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the San Francisco and Marin County Bar Associations, as well as the defense Research Institute (DRI). David became a partner at Yaron & Associates in July 2002.

David, his wife Neslee, and their daughters, Danee and Kacey, live in Corte Madera, California. David's hobbies and interests include chess, baseball, geography, and BBC television programs.

D. David Steele

David was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 14, 1967, and graduated in 1990 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an emphasis on International Relations. In 1993, he obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco.

While attending college and law school, Mr. Steele served in the United States Navy Reserves as a non-commissioned officer, attached to the U.S.S. Midway out of Pt. Mugu in Oxnard, California and later at N.A.S. Alameda from 1985 through 1993, before obtaining an Honorable Discharge.

Before joining Yaron & Associates in November of 1998, David was a litigation associate at Mitchell, Burrow, Gingerich and Loquaci, a San Jose firm specializing in insurance defense and business litigation.

David is admitted to all United States Districts Courts in California, and maintains a civil defense practice which emphasizes civil trial litigation involving insurance defense claims, personal injury, construction defect claims, and toxic tort defense.

David is a member of the State Bar of California, Santa Clara Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association and the Federalist Society. David, his wife, Christina, and their children, Michael and Clara, live in Berkeley. His hobbies include sports, politics and reading novels.
Education
  • Golden Gate University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Henry M. Su

Henry M. Su received his B.A. in Philosophy from the Universityof California, Davis in 1992 and in 1994 graduated from a two-year Juris Doctorate program from Southwestern University School of Law. He began his legal career representing defendants in civil lawsuits and after several years with an insurance defense firm litigating business disputes, Henry's practice focused on insurance coverage disputes, related litigation, and appeals.

Henry is admitted to practice before all the state and federal courts in California.

Henry was born in Taipei, Taiwan and lives near Mission Bay in San Francisco with his wife Caila.
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Keith E. Patterson

Keith E. Patterson is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and received his B.A. in Communications from the Universityof Southern California in 1998, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class. Keith obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 2001. During his time at Hastings, Keith was a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer.

Keith is admitted to practice law before all California State courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association and the Charles Houston Bar Association. Keith is also a Volunteer Attorney with the San Francisco Bar Association Family Law Division.

Prior to joining Yaron & Associates in July2003, Keith worked at Sterns & Walker, an aviation law firm in Oakland, providing assistance with the researching and drafting of law and motion and
appellatebriefs. At Yaron & Associates, Keith practices in the areas of toxic tort, insurance defense, insurance coverage, and personal injury litigation.

Keith lives in the Adams Point neighborhood of Oakland, California. He enjoys running, hiking, writing screenplays and rooting for the USC Trojans.
Education
  • University of California
    Juris Doctorate

Brentley P. Yim

Brentley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2006, he graduated from the University of California, at Riverside, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Law & Society. Brentley earned his Juris Doctorate in May of 2009 from the University of California, at Davis, School of Law. During law school, he completed legal externships at BayArea Legal Aid and at the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, and also served as an Articles Editor and Articles Selection Co-Chair for the Business Law Journal, and as an Executive Board Member for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Prior to joining Yaron & Associates in June 2011, Brentley worked with a general practice attorney in San Jose, and volunteered as a Legal Research Attorney in the San Francisco Superior Court, Law & Motion Department, with the Honorable Peter J. Busch. At Yaron & Associates, Brentley currently practices in the areas of insurance coverage and personal injury litigation. Brentley also assisted in the defense of a Wage and Hour Claim.

Brentley enjoys playing the acoustic guitar, reading, and traveling.
Education
  • University of California, at Davis
    Juris Doctorate

Jenna E. Settino

Jenna E. Settino was raised in New Hampshire. She attended the University of New Hampshire graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Conservation. Jenna studied law at Vermont Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in May, 2002. During law school, Jenna completed legal externships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She served as Managing Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, in which she was also published.

Prior to joining Yaron & Associates in April 2013, Jenna volunteered as a Legal Research Attorney in the San Mateo County Superior Court, Law & Motion Department. Currently, Jenna practices insurance coverage litigation and is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts and California State Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California.

Jenna, her husband, and their son live in Pacifica. She enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, traveling and hanging out at the beach.
Education
  • Vermont Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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