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Brendan J Begley

Appeals Attorney at Sacramento, CA

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
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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. Any testimonial or endorsement on this website or profile does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.


Client's Choice 2015
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Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin
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400 Capitol Mall 11th Fl
Sacramento, CA, 95814


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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2015
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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.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Brendan completely turned my case around.
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.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
Brendan helped us to resolve the matter quickly and in our favor.
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.
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Posted by Mardell | March 14, 2015
Brendan Saved Us A Lot of Money
Brendan saved our judgment without running up a big bill. A Federal Trial Court ruled "in our favor" and our opponents filed a harassing appeal. Other lawyers might have found lots of work to do in the early stages of the appeal to run up their fees. But, Brendan sensed that our opponents likely would run out of steam. He advised us against having him do unnecessary work, and he was right! The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal when our opponents blew their deadlines and Brendan saved us a favorable judgment and a lot of money." We would "highly" recommend Brendan Begley!
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Posted by Scott | March 13, 2015
Brendan's Work Resulted in a Quick, Economic, and Favorable Outcome
It looked like challenging a flawed property division in my family-law case was not worth the money it would take for me to pursue an appeal, so other lawyers seemed uninterested in helping me. Brendan recommended an approach that no other lawyer thought of -- and it worked! He negotiated capably with my ex-wife and her attorney, got them to focus on the important issues and to realize the financial risks they faced, and helped me to obtain the result I wanted through a settlement within a couple months. He did it in a very economic fashion without marching all the way through the long and potentially costly appellate process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Brendan and he will be my first call should I need legal representation in the future.
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Work Experience

  • 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
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  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with honors
  • 1998
  • California St Univ Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
  • Former President
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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


  • The Rutter Group California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation
  • Senior Contributing Editor
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal
  • Anti-SLAPP Motions
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Appeals Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brendan is an amazing appellate lawyer. I have absolute confidence in his abilities. He is a true professional."
Appeals Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My brother and I worked on a complex federal Appeal with the 9th circuit court of appeals with Brendan in which he gave us directions and support. He had tremendous amount of knowledge in this area of the law, easy to work with a very responsive to all of our questions and inquiries. I highly recommend Brendan for any future appellate or civil litigation work."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brendan is a smart and talented appellate lawyer. I have referred appellate matters to him in the past and will continue to do so in the future. His approach to appeals is focused first and foremost on getting the client the best result in light of their unique circumstances. In many cases, this means working hard to put a difficult case into mediation in order to obtain a good settlement for the client. In other cases, it may mean pursuing the matter to a decision by the court. In any event, I trust that Brendan will always provide skillful, thoughtful, and effective appellate representation for the litigants that I refer to him. I recommend him highly."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Begley worked with our office on a Ninth Circuit appeal matter against a Fortune 500 company. The abundance of wisdom that Mr. Begley shared with us was matched by his high level of professionalism and dedication in ensuring that no stone was left unturned when it came to submitting a very well-made brief. I would highly recommend Mr. Begley for any future cases, as his many great attributes exemplify what a great attorney should be."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brendan was great. He provided my client with insightful, effective and valuable service. In the future, when I have an appellate issue, Brendan will be my first call."
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Sacramento Appeals Lawyer Brendan J Begley
Brendan J Begley
Appeals Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available