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Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
1001 Marshall Street, Suite 500
Redwood City, California 94063Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 650-364-8200
Fax: 650-780-1701
www.rmkb.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1950

Practice Areas
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA
  • Estate Planning
  • Governmental Entity Defense
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Torts
  • Asset Protection
  • Banking/Consumer Credit
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Cost Control
  • Elder Rights
  • Fee Disputes
  • Insurance Services
  • IT and Business Process Outsourcing
  • Litigation Management
  • Non-Profit
  • Proposition 65
  • Special Education Law
  • Taxation
  • Wealth Management
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About Us
Founded more than 60 years ago as Silicon Valley began transforming into the world's technology hub, RMKB is headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices in Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Hong Kong (affiliated). We conduct a broad, far-reaching practice offering expert litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals. The firm's practice areas are structured to serve our clients’ vibrant industries and specialized areas of interest.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in business litigation and appellate law; class actions; construction defect litigation; corporate law and counsel; directors and officers liability; employment counseling and litigation; entertainment law; environmental, Prop 65 and toxic tort liability; estate planning and wealth management; fidelity and surety bonds; insurance coverage, bad faith, ERISA; intellectual property; litigation management, cost control and fee disputes; maritime; mergers and acquisitions; personal and catastrophic injury litigation; product and premises liability; professional negligence; real estate; startup and emerging-growth companies formation and representation; and taxation.

We pride ourselves on client relationships, pragmatic results and exceptional value. Offering premier litigation skills and a complete spectrum of business-oriented services, we solve problems, structure deals, and deliver results with complete client focus.
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Additional Locations
Los Angeles, California
445 South Figueroa Street, Suite 3000
Los Angeles, California 90071
Telephone: 213-312-2000
Fax: 213-312-2001
San Francisco, California
150 Spear Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, California 94105
Telephone: 415-543-4800
Fax: 415-972-6301
San Jose, California
50 West San Fernando Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, California 95113
Telephone: 408-287-6262
Fax: 408-918-4501
New York, New York
750 Third Avenue, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10017
Telephone: 212-668-5927
Fax: 212-668-5929
Boston, Massachusetts
Ten Post Office Square, 8th Floor South
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Telephone: 617-850-9087
Fax: 617-850-9088
Seattle, Washington
800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, Washington 98104
Telephone: 206-676-3400
Fax: 206-470-1150
Las Vegas, Nevada
3753 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 200
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
Telephone: 702-954-8300
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIG Insurance CompanyCalifornia Casualty & Fire Insurance Company
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesFarmers Insurance Group
The Hartford Insurance GroupMarkel Corporation
State Farm Insurance CompaniesThe Travelers Companies, Inc.
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
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Personnel Information
Partners
Frank J. Pagliaro, Jr.
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1967
  • California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of the Armed Forces
Memberships:
  • Inter-American, American, New York State and San Mateo County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1963
  • Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 1965
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1967
Language:
  • French
Born:1940
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Pamela E. Cogan
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • ERISA
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A. (cum laude), 1977
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1982
Law Review:
Pacific Law Journal
Honors:
Order of the Coif
Born:1956
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Todd A. Roberts
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Directors and Officers
Admitted
  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Education:
  • University of Oregon, B.S., 1983
  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1961
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Susan H. Handelman
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • California, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
Publications:
  • Author: "When Will the Artful Pleading Doctrine Support Removal of a State Claim to Federal Court?," 18 Golden Gate Law Review 177
Education:
  • Washington State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1985
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1989
Born:1946
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Francois G. Laugier
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • International Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Admitted
  • France, 1985
  • California, 1989
Memberships:
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce (Past President)
  • French Ministry of Economy and Finance
Education:
  • Université de Montpellier, France, Master of Private Law, 1984
  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M., 1988
Language:
  • French
Born:1963
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Enrique Marinez
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, 1998
Memberships:
  • Hispanic National and San Mateo County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Occidental College, A.B., 1987
  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 1992
Language:
  • Spanish
Born:1965
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John M. Bentley
Redwood City, CA
Admitted
  • California, 1955
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American and San Mateo County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Insurance Counsel
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of San Francisco, B.A., 1952
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, LL.B., 1955
Born:1929
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David M. McLaughlin
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1988
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo and Santa Clara County Bar Associations
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1983
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1961
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Dean A. Pappas
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara County and San Mateo County Bar Associations
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Education:
  • California State University, Chico, B.A., 1975
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1984
Born:1954
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Jennifer E. Acheson
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Litigation
Admitted
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., 1980
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1985
Born:1955
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Lael D. Andara
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Corporate Law
Admitted
  • California, 2001
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Memberships:
  • San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Bar Associations
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
Education:
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1998
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2001
Born:1972
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Nicole S. Healy
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
Admitted
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A./B.S., 1985
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of the Law, J.D., 1991
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Matthew D. Zumstein
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
Additional Biographical Details:
United Way
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • San Mateo County Association of Realtors
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1993
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1998
Born:1970
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John G. Dooling
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
Admitted
  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Additional Biographical Details:
Licensed California Real Estate Broker; Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco
  • The Olympic Club of San Francisco
Education:
  • University of San Francisco, B.S., 1984
  • San Francisco Law School, J.D., 1991
Born:1962
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Michon M. Spinelli
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Litigation
  • Governmental Entity Defense
Admitted
  • California, 2002
  • Nevada
Memberships:
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • The McFetridge Inn of Court
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Education:
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2000
Born:1976
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Jordan R. Beckerman
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • Transactions
  • Entertainment Law
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Admitted
  • New York, 2009
  • California, 2012
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., 2005
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2008
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Blake J. Russum
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Fraud
  • Life and Health
  • Regulatory Law
Admitted
  • California, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2003
  • University of California Davis School of Law, King Hall, J.D., 2008
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Associates
Colette R. ThomasonLaura L. Reidenbach
Marie E. SobieskiJennifer K. Letulle
Johnathan M. Hutar
Of Counsel
Michael J. Brady
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • California, 1967
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • International Association of Insurance Counsel (President, 1992)
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Publications:
  • Author: "Stop Blaming Everyone Else," (Silicon Valley biz ink, April 11, 2003)
  • "The Arbitration That Cannot be Stopped," (Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Journal; Vol. 11, No. 6, June 2003)
  • "A New Predictability in Punitive Damages?," (For the Defense, Vol. 45, No. 6, June 2003)
  • "The Amazing New World of Punitive Damages," (Federation Flyer, November 2003)
  • "Do State OSHA Regulations Apply to Homeowners?," (Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter, 2004)
  • "State of the Law After Campbell v. State Farm: How Goes It In California and the Nation Concerning Punitive Damages?," (ADC Defense Comment, Vol. 20., No. 1, Spring 2005)
Education:
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1964
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1967
Born:1941
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Steven G. Wood
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1984
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of the Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1952
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Spiros E. Fousekis
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Employment
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
Memberships:
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Hellenic Law Society
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2004
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2008
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Kathleen Duggan
Redwood City, CA
Practice Areas
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
Education:
  • California State University, San Jose, B.S., 1973
  • California State University, San Jose, P.H.N., 1973
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Born:1951
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