I received my BA from Stanford University in 1968 with honors in political science and a minor in economics.My undergraduate honors thesis was on the political organization of American agriculture. In the fall of 1968 I entered into Stanford Law School. During my second year, I organized the first environmental law society in the United States. After forming the Stanford ELS, I devised a plan to organize environmental law societies at every major law school in the United States. Within one year of forming the Stanford ELS there were 135 environmental law societies throughout the United States including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, Penn, Virginia, Georgetown, Duke, Michigan, Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Texas, USC, Berkeley, and UCLA. I also became the founder and editor of the National Environmental Law Society Newsletter.
In 1970, I was invited by John D. Rockefeller III to join the President’s Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. As a member of the Commission, I wrote a Dissent that warned of the dangers of ignoring the consequences of unbridled population growth.
After graduating from law school I moved my family to a small ranch in the Central Valley of California and began my career as a trial lawyer representing personal injury plaintiffs, criminal defendants, divorce clients, water districts, and agribusiness. All the while I , along with my wife and two sons, raised cattle and grew crops on our ranch.
In 1982 I left a law firm general practice to form Rummonds & Mair and concentrate on personal injury and professional negligence cases. By this time I had tried dozens of jury trials and established myself as one of the preeminent trial lawyers in California. In 1983 I, as an avid surfer and sailor, moved my family and practice from the Central Valley to Santa Cruz County where I had been in practice for the past 25 years.
I represented clients to verdict in jury trials in Sacramento, Nevada, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, King City, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles counties. I was also the author of numerous articles on civil trial practice and legal ethics, a columnist, and was a contributing editor to West’s two volume set on Civil Trials and Evidence. I was also the author of Diary of a Breast Cancer Husband, Times Publishing Company, July 2002. I am board certified in Professional Negligence (ABPLA) and Civil Trial Practice (NBTA).
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Diplomat||American Board of Professional Liability||N/A|
|Professional Negligence / Legal Malpractice||California State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization||N/A|
|Certified Civil Trial Specialist||National Board of Trial Advocacy||N/A|
|Certified Pretrial Specialist||National Board of Legal Speciality Certification||N/A|
|Trial Lawyer||Rummonds / Barron / Thornton LLP (formerly Rummonds & Mair, Rummonds, Clause & Mair, Williams Waltz & Mair)||1983 - Present|
|Partner||Germino, Layne, Brodie, Runte, McGuire & Rummonds||1976 - 1982|
|Associate / Partner||Germino Law Office||1973 - 1975|
|Research Associate||The Population Council||1970 - 1972|
|Public Relations Officer||Stanford Linear Accelerator Center||1966 - 1968|
|Final Top Secret Security Clearance||United States Navy||1960 - 1963|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Santa Cruz County Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||N/A|
|Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association||Founder / Board Member||N/A|
|U.S. District Court Eastern District of California||Member||N/A|
|U.S. District Court Northern District of California||Member||N/A|
|U.S. District Court District of Arizona||Member||N/A|
|National Business Institute||Managing Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice||2007|
|ABA Young Lawyers Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2||Common Sense Reminders to Avoid Malpractice||2004|
|Times Publishing||West's California Legal Trials, Civil Trials and Evidence."||2002|
|National Law Journal||Lawyers on Trial||1986|
|Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum Magazine||An Introduction to Insurance Crisis||1986|
|National Law Journal||Fighting Crime||1982|
|Proposal for the Organization of American Agriculture, Pacific Press||The Rural Underground||1977|
|Pocket Books||Environment and the Law||1971|
|Stanford Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1971|
|Stanford University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1968|
|Continuing Legal Education||Managing Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice||2008|