William H. Staples

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State Co-Chair - 4/02-6/09,Class of 2009 - 2006-2009,Program & CLE - 2003, 2007,Multi-Jurisdictional - 2002, 2003,Mandatory CLE Compliance Committee - 2005-2008,Internet and Technology Co-Chair - 2008,National Membership Chair - 5/2010-2016 ,National Membership Co-Chair - 2009,Internet and Technology - 2009, 2010, 2011,2010 Meeting Committee Chair - 2010,Diversity Committee - 2010 - 2012,Women and Minorities Committee - 2009,Contract Review - 2011,Annual Meeting Marketing Committee Chair - 2012- ; Site Selection Committee - 2016-2017, 2017-2018 ; Independence of Judiciary Committee - 2016, 2017-2018;

Practice Areas

  • General Litigation
  • Governmental Liability
  • Industry Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Trial Tactics

Practice and Personal Background

Known for his courtroom command and credibility, William H. Staples is a veteran defense litigation generalist. He heads the firm’s litigation group and resolves complex disputes for businesses, employers, manufacturers and their insurance carriers. The key to his numerous defense verdicts and cost-effective settlements is communication. According to Bill, "Clients appreciate that I keep them in the loop about their case - the feedback they provide allows me to achieve their goals."; Defense Verdicts and Strategic Settlements For the past three decades, his practice emphasis has included product liability, construction defects and disputes, employment and commercial litigation, premises liability, toxic torts and catastrophic injuries. A Martindale-Hubbell A-V Peer Review rated attorney, he is admitted to practice in California. Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocacy, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Executive Council 2006-09, National Membership Chairperson 2009-16) and Defense Research Institute. He holds degrees from the University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., (1975) and the University of California, Berkeley, B.A., (1971).

Meetings Attended

1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

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