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I work with our clients, including estate and trusts, business, and business owner clients to resolve their disputes, incudling estate and trust, intellectual property (trade secrets and copyright), employment (including ERISA) and and creditors creditors rights disputes. I have tried, arbitrated and mediated disputes for businesses as plaintiffs and defendants with resolutions of up to $47 million throughout California and in Washington, D.C., Boston and New York and other states as well as Mexico. I team with clients to plan and implement a strategy to efficiently resolve disputes.  

I am on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Litigation Section and am active with our local bar association (currently the Conference of Delegates and Buslness Litigation Section and former president of the San Mateo County Bar Association), AYSO, and the community.  I enjoy time with my family and traveling, as well as sailing, swimming, backpacking, skiing and reading. 


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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 75%
  2. Mediation: 15%
  3. Employee Benefits: 10%



Hourly ($475-525/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Aaron, Riechert, Carpol & Riffle

900 Veterans Blvd., Suite 600
Redwood City, CA, 94063


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Spielberg Volunteer of the YearHillsborough AYSO2014
Pfeiffer AwardConference of California Bar Associations2011
The Eric AwardHillsborough Schools Foundation1999
Volunteer of the YearArthritis Foundation Nothern California Chapter1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Mediator and ENE Neutral on ADR PanelUnited States District Court For The Northern District Of California2009 - Present
Pro-tem Judge and NeutralSan Francisco County Superior Court1992 - Present
Pro-tem Judge and NeutralSan Mateo County Superior Court1991 - Present
AssociateHession & Creedon1985 - 1988
AttorneySouthern Pacific Transportation Company1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar Litigation SectionExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Association, Business Litigation SectionExecutive Committee Member2011 - Present
Hillsborough AYSOBoard Member2007 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Association, Conference of DelgatesMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1981 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/AN/A
Association of Business Trial LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
San Mateo County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2010
San Mateo County Bar AssociationBoard Member2002 - 2011
Hilsborough Schools FoundationPresident1998 - 1999
Hillsborough Schools FoundationBoard Member1996 - 1998
Hastings College of Advocacy, Business Litigation InstituteCo-chair1996 - 2001
Hastings College of Advocacy, Business Litigation InstituteFaculty Member1989 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Belle Haven Realty Co. v. Caz Development Co.jury verdict for $3.2 million including $2 million punitive damages; resolved through settlement for slightly less.
Individuals v. New York Corporationsettlement for approximately $47 million (based on adjustments up or down of approximately $1 million post settlement) after a year of settlement negotiations and mediation in New York, California, and Mexico.
Carter Park Associates v. Sumitomo Constructionarbitration award of $1.75 million plus attorney's fees.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Intellectual Property Litigation Committee newsletter (ABA)Filing a Copyright Complaint When the Application is Pending2015
Carr, McClellan WebsiteWhen is an Electronic Signature Enforceable?2015
Carr, McClellan WebsiteRefuse to Provide Electronically Stored Information in Response to a Subpoena? You Could Face Sanctions2014
Carr, McClellan WebsiteNinth Circuit Makes Bad Copyright Law from Bad Facts2014
PamphletSurviving a Lawsuit: a Client Guide to Litigation1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarHidden IP Problems and Opportunities2015
Business Litigation Section SeminarCopyright Basics and Hot Topics in Copyright2014
Business Litigation Section SeminarSeven Things You Didn't Know about Bankruptcy and Views from the Litigation Trenches2011
SeminarERISA, Workers Comp and Disability Issues in Employment Litigation1998
SeminarERISA Tips for Labor and Employment Lawyers: Spotting the Issues1997
SeminarERISA and Its Traps - What You Don't Know Can Hurt you1996