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Polly Jessica Estes

Appeals Attorney at San Rafael, CA

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    I clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for over 11 years, and at Texas state courts. I have also handled both civil and criminal appeals in private practice. I have experience with all levels of state and federal practice, and in just about every subject matter you can imagine.

    30 years, 500 cases

  2. Litigation
    I have first and second chaired a number of cases at trial, and in each case I achieved a very favorable outcome for my client.

    30 years, 50 cases

Licensed for 30 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 04/20/2023
State TX
Status Inactive
Acquired 1993
Updated 04/20/2023

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Estes Law Group
1005 Northgate Dr # 504
San Rafael, CA, 94903-2500


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Estes Law Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chief Law Clerk to the Hon. Carlos T. Bea and Motions Attorney
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Ll
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Briefing Attorney
  • Texas State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Court of Appeals
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Extern
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • 1992 - 1992
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  • University of Texas School of Law
  • N/A
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • San Mateo County Trans. Dist. v. Tanforan Park Shopping Ctr., L.L.C., (San Mateo County Superior Court 2001, case no. 407836)
  • complete victory
  • Cordis Corp. v. Advanced Cardiovascular Sys., Inc., 2000 WL 376416 (D. Del. 2000)
  • Complete victory for our client
  • 50-OFF Stores, Inc. v. Banques Paribas (Suisse) SA, 180 F.3d 247 (5th Cir. 1999)
  • We recovered far more for our client than it lost due to the Defendants actions.
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  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1989


  • Insurance Litigation Reporter
  • A Legal Theory of the Use of Experts in Insurance Claim Adjustment, Vol. 23 No. 5 Ins. Litig. Rep. 140 (2001)
  • 2001
  • St. Mary's Law Journal
  • Preservation of Error: Filing a Lawsuit Through Presentation of Evidence, 30 St. Mary’s L.J. 993 (1999)
  • 1999
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Homeowner’s Insurance: Coverage and Liability, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Ins. Law Course (1997)
  • 1997
  • University of Texas Insurance Law Institute
  • Handling Extra-Contractual Claims (Defense Perspective), U.T. Ins. Law Inst. (1996)
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Writing a Reply Brief
  • 2014

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Appeals Attorney | Mar 18
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"I endorse this lawyer because she has a great deal of experience in the California Court of Appeals. She is also a thorough, hardworking and caring individual. We attended a seminar together where we learned more about managing information and keeping it confidential."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Polly Jessica Estes
Appeals Attorney
San Rafael, CA
Licensed for 30 years