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  1. Litigation: 70%
    34 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    14 years, 30 cases



Hourly ($325-350/hour), contingent (33-40%)

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  • Robert William Hodges

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    Robert Hodges Medical Malpractice Attorney
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2033 N Main St Ste 750
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Law ReviewOrder of the Coif1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Jay Chafetz1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationPresident Elect2011 - 2012
ACCTLABoard of Directors2011 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationSecretary2010 - 2011
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationTreasurer2009 - 2010
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2005 - 2009
Contra Costa County Bar Association Litigation SectionLitigation Section President2005 - 2007
Walnut Creek Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2001 - 2004
Publication nameTitleDate
The Verdict“The Kaiser Arbitration System”2012
The VerdictHandling an Expert at Trial”2011
Contra Costa Lawyer"Last-Minute Holographic Wills in the Age of Revocable Living Trusts”2011
CAOC Forum“Medical Malpractice Corner: When Expert Witness Testimony is Not Required”2010
Contra Costa Lawyer“How to Get the Best Results on Your Discovery Motion in Department 60”2008
CAOC Forum"Eight Ways to Attack an Advance Waiver of Liability”2006
Contra Costa Lawyer“The Boundaries of MICRA”2006
CAOC Forum“Why Plaintiffs Prefer Pleading Elder Abuse to Medical Malpractice”2006
Contra Costa LawyerDiscovering Information Deemed Private under the California Constitution”,1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of California - San DiegoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigation SectionCurrent Strategies in Trust and Will Contest Litigation,”2012
Litigation SectionLitigation Update 2012", CCCBA Litigation Section, February 20122012
Thursday Advisor Roundtable"What You Need to Know about Trust & Will Contests”2011
Litigation Section“Discovery Motions: When to Bring Them and How to Win”2011
50th Annual Convention“Soft Tissue Injuries, Scars, Fractures”2011
Litigation Section“The Basics of Presenting a Personal Injury Claim”2010
Litigation Section“Tips and Tricks for Defending Depositions”2009
Litigation SectionTips and Tricks for Handling Depositions ”2007