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Brendan J Begley

About me

I am an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and I spearhead my firm’s Appeals and Writs group. I am also a member of my firm’s labor and employment, litigation, and trust, probate and elder-abuse litigation groups.

I have handled appeals and writs in civil-rights, commercial-litigation, employment, ERISA, family-law, personal-injury, probate and trust cases. I have briefed and orally argued writs and appeals before all manner of appellate courts, from the California Court of Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. I have also successfully settled multiple cases in appellate mediation.

In the course of those engagements, I have developed experience in all aspects of writs and appeals, from filing the notice of appeal and designating the record, to preparing briefs and making or opposing petitions for further review. As judicial clerk for both state and federal appellate courts, I have reviewed and analyzed literally hundreds of appellate and amicus briefs. As a practitioner, I have handled over fifty different cases as lead appellate counsel.

In litigation, I have worked on class actions and managed entire cases, including conducting witness interviews, preparing and responding to written discovery, arguing related motions, taking and defending scores of depositions, prevailing on numerous anti-SLAPP and dispositive motions, mediating many cases, and second-chairing jury trials to successful verdicts.

Before joining Weintraub Tobin in 2010, I worked for a large nation-wide firm that focused on labor and employment litigation. While there, I worked on appeals and wage-and-hour and meal-and-rest-period class actions and collective actions, as well as single-plaintiff and multiple-plaintiff cases alleging wrongful-termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, infliction of emotional distress, and denial of leave entitlements and/or disability accommodations.

I have delivered numerous public presentations to lawyers, executives, managers, and supervisors on the topics of appellate law and best employment practices. I am admitted to the State Bar of California, and I practice before all courts in the State of California. I am also admitted to practice U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to law school, I worked as a newspaper reporter for The Sacramento Daily Recorder and as a correspondent to other Daily Journal publications. While in Law School, I worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii.

I graduated from the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law, with honors. Before transferring there, I attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. My academic ranking at McGeorge Pacific resulted in my admission to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society.

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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 50%
    17 years
  2. Employment: 30%
    17 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    17 years


Payment types:

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  • Elizabeth N. Niemi

    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.


    Elizabeth Niemi Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Erica Lynn Rosasco

    Brendan is an amazing appellate lawyer. I have absolute confidence in his abilities. He is a true professional.


    Erica Rosasco Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin

Law Corporation
400 Capitol Mall 11th Fl
Sacramento, CA, 95814


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appellate Law SpecialistAppellate Law Specialist certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2008
Dean's List AwardNational Dean's List1998
Roger J. Traynor Honor SocietyUniversity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateJackson Lewis2006 - 2010
Senior AssociatePorter Scott, A Professional Corporation2004 - 2006
Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Consuelo CallahanU.S. Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit2003 - 2004
AssociatePorter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant, A Professional Corporation2000 - 2003
AssociateSchachter Kristoff Orenstein & Berkowitz1999 - 2000
Judicial Clerk to the Hon. John M. GerrardSupreme Court Of Nebraska1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionFormer President2009 - 2012
Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of CourtMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, 540 U.S. 945 (2003)The U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for a writ of certiorari that I prepared and thereafter overturned the Ninth Circuit's judgment.
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.
United Services Automobile Assn. v. Pegos, 107 Cal. App. 4th 392 (2003)The Court of Appeal issued a published opinion reversing the summary judgment, and the California Supreme Court denied my opponent's petition for review.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Rutter Group California Practice Guide: Employment LitigationSenior Contributing Editor2013
Sacramento LawyerLawyer Lore2013
Sacramento LawyerAppellate Law Section Hosts 8th Annual Wine and Cheese Reception2013
The Labor and Employment Law BlogThe Value and Risks of Severance and Release Agreements2013
The Labor and Employment Law BlogWhich Way To Go On The Interactive Process?2013
The Labor and Employment Law BlogSee’s Candy Decision a Halloween Treat for Rounding Punch Times2012
The Labor and Employment Law BlogNew Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for Employees2012
Sacramento LawyerAppellate Law Section's U.S. Supreme Court Year-in-Review2011
Sacramento LawyerChief Justice Overwhelmed by Outpouring of Support2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, with honors1998
California State University, SacramentoGovernment and JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through AppealAnti-SLAPP Motions2011