Consistently appealing to better judgment and capably negotiating to better results.Effectively handling writs and appeals in civil, employment, family-law, and probate cases.Won many positive settlements, favorable jury verdicts and appellate decisions in employment cases.Achieved client objectives, both through court rulings and creative negotiations, in complex cases.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Appellate Law Specialist||Appellate Law Specialist certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2008|
|Dean's List Award||National Dean's List||1998|
|Roger J. Traynor Honor Society||University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law||1996|
|Senior Associate||Jackson Lewis||2006 - 2010|
|Senior Associate||Porter Scott, A Professional Corporation||2004 - 2006|
|Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Consuelo Callahan||U.S. Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit||2003 - 2004|
|Associate||Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant, A Professional Corporation||2000 - 2003|
|Associate||Schachter Kristoff Orenstein & Berkowitz||1999 - 2000|
|Judicial Clerk to the Hon. John M. Gerrard||Supreme Court Of Nebraska||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section||Former President||2009 - 2012|
|Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court||Member||2004 - 2007|
|Freeman v. Regents of the University of California, U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. Cal. Case No. 2:98-cv-00175-GEB-JFM||The jury returned a complete defense verdict.|
|Ricci v. Ralls, 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4905 (May 21, 2004)||The California Court of Appeal upheld the summary judgment in favor of my clients.|
|In Re Morning Star Packing Co., LP v. United States District Court, 711 F.3d 1142 (9th Cir. 2013)||The Ninth Circuit remanded the matter to the district court to hold the hearing requested by my client.|
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|The Rutter Group California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation||Senior Contributing Editor||2013|
|Sacramento Lawyer||Lawyer Lore||2013|
|Sacramento Lawyer||Appellate Law Section Hosts 8th Annual Wine and Cheese Reception||2013|
|The Labor and Employment Law Blog||The Value and Risks of Severance and Release Agreements||2013|
|The Labor and Employment Law Blog||Which Way To Go On The Interactive Process?||2013|
|The Labor and Employment Law Blog||See’s Candy Decision a Halloween Treat for Rounding Punch Times||2012|
|The Labor and Employment Law Blog||New Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for Employees||2012|
|Sacramento Lawyer||Appellate Law Section's U.S. Supreme Court Year-in-Review||2011|
|Sacramento Lawyer||Chief Justice Overwhelmed by Outpouring of Support||2011|
|UC Davis SOL King Hall||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, with honors||1998|
|California St Univ Sacramento||Government and Journalism||BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude||1992|
|Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal||Anti-SLAPP Motions||2011|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Mr. Begley to handle an appeal in a case involving my parents' estates. He was able to get the initial ruling reversed and helped negotiate the settlement agreement with my sister in a very short time at a reasonable cost. He responded to my questions with answers that weren't just legalese- they actually made sense in English.
Posted by anonymous
I felt awful when my former employer convinced the trial court to throw out my entire wrongful-termination lawsuit because it appeared that I did not have enough evidence. Things got even worse when my former employer asked the judge to order me to pay a huge sum for its fees and costs in getting a defense judgment.
It all seemed totally wrong when my trial lawyer basically said my case was over. She suggested that I should consider giving up my appellate rights in exchange for my former employer decreasing the amount of money that I was going to owe for fees or costs. I hated that idea, so I looked for an appellate lawyer.
When I called Brendan, he took the time to understand my case. He said he thought the judge misread my evidence and that I had good arguments to get my lawsuit back on track. He also explained the risks and expense of going down that road.
I decided to go for it and followed Brendan's recommendation to ask the trial judge to reconsider the judgment before filing an appeal. Brendan said the odds of a trial court reversing its own ruling in any case are very low, but it was worth a shot in my case. I was overjoyed when the trial court rejected the arguments my former employer made and actually reversed the judgment based on the papers Brendan prepared.
Instead of waiting a year or more for the appellate court to put my case back on track, Brendan made it happen within a couple of months. Better yet, the threat of having to pay for my former employer's costs and fees evaporated right away.
I felt that Brendan explained things to me clearly without any exaggeration. I believe his knowledge of appeals and his litigation and negotiation skills completely turned my case around and enabled me to get a great outcome.
Posted by anonymous
My opponent's attorney in a probate case filed a motion to strike my petition, which the trial court denied. However, because it was a special motion to strike, my opponent was able to file an immediate appeal without waiting for a final judgment. This maneuver could have delayed the entire probate case for a year or two until the appeal was decided, but Brendan was a really strong advocate for me and my family and he stepped in and took aggressive steps to prevent the extended delay. At all times Brendan explained my options to me and kept me up to date about important developments. His efforts helped us to resolve the case more quickly, and I was pleased with his work and the results he helped us to achieve.
To be quite frank - litigation is awful. This case in particular was extremely contentious and exhausting. But Brendan was so kind and so smart, I could at least relax in knowing that I had good counsel. He is a brilliant writer and so skilled - I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Elizabeth Niemi, Divorce and separation Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. Brendan Begley is one of three appellate attorneys I refer cases to when I am unable to take them or do not think I am the best fit for the client’s needs. I do so because I have found him to be knowledgeable, thorough, professional, caring and ethical.