Ralph Lombardi

phone: 510-433-2600
fax: 510-433-2699
email: ral@llcllp.com

 

Bar Admissions:
California, 1971
U.S. District Court:
» Northern District of California
» Eastern District of California
» Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education:
Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1970

University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, 1967

Mr. Lombardi is a litigation partner in the firm. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the pretrial, trial and appellate handling of a wide range of civil matters with particular emphasis in the fields of product liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, and medical and legal malpractice. He has tried to verdict or judgment or arbitrated to binding results over 100 cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, crashworthiness, design defect, medical and legal negligence, and bad faith claims. He also has been appellate counsel on numerous matters resulting in published opinions by either the California Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court.

With the exception of military service in the United States Air Force during 1971 and 1972, Mr. Lombardi has been continuously engaged in a litigation practice throughout his career. His practice for many years has involved substantial litigation for automobile, industrial equipment, and industrial machinery manufacturers, representation of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., in medical malpractice matters, and the handling of a variety of insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits. In addition, in recent years he has devoted an increasing amount of time to acting as a mediator or arbitrator, particularly in large loss and insurance coverage and bad faith matters.

Published Works:

California Automobile Insurance Law Guide, Annual Supplement, 1988-2004, California Continuing Education of the Bar

California Automobile Insurance Law Guide, Second Edition, 2005, California Continuing Education of the Bar

California Automobile Insurance Law Guide, Second Edition, Annual Supplement, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, California Continuing Education of the Bar

Representative Cases:

Home Indemnity Co. v. King, 34 Cal.3d 803 (California Supreme Court 1983)

Jones v. Kaiser Industries, 43 Cal.3d 552 (California Supreme Court 1987)

John R. v. Oakland Unified School District, 48 Cal.3d 438 (California Supreme Court 1989)

Transamerica Ins. Co. v. TAB Transportation, 12 Cal.4th 389 (California Supreme Court 1995)

Osborne v. Subaru of America, Inc., 198 Cal.App.3d 646 (California Court of Appeal, 3rd District 1988)

Acme Galvanizing Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 221 Cal.App.3d 170 (California Court of Appeal, 1st District, Div. 3 1990)

Bullock v. Maryland Cas. Co., 85 Cal.App.4th 1435 (California Court of Appeal, 1st District, Div. 4 2001)

Farris v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 119 Cal. App. 4th 671 (California Court of Appeal, 5th District 2004)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Instructor, Civil Procedure, Torts and Insurance Coverage, California Continuing Education of the Bar

Instructor, Civil Procedure, Torts and Insurance Coverage, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California

Instructor, Civil Procedure, Torts and Insurance Coverage, Alameda County Bar Association

Faculty Member, International Association of Defense Counsel 26th Annual Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, CO, 1998

Honors and Awards:

Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for listing in An International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, Law Business Research, London, 1997

Selected for listing in An International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2nd ed., Law Business Research, London, 1999

Selected for listing in San Francisco Magazine, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Selected for listing in San Francisco Magazine, Northern California Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Selected for listing in Woodward/White, Inc., “The Best Lawyers in America”, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of California Member

American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989 – Present Fellow

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2013 – Present Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1985 – Present Member

American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 – 2003 President, San Francisco Chapter

American Board of Trial Advocates, 2004 – Present National Board of Directors

International Society of Barristers, 2001 – Present Fellow

International Association of Defense Counsel, 1984 – Present Member

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 1996 – Present Member

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, 1972 – Present Member

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, 1989 – 1991 Director

California Medical-Legal Committee, 2003 – Present Member

Contra Costa County Superior Court, 1991 – Present Judge Pro Tem

Alameda County Superior Court, 1980 – Present Settlement Commissioner

Past Employment Positions:

Hardin, Cook, Loper, Engel & Bergez, Partner