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Ropers Majeski

A Professional Corporation

1001 Marshall Street, Suite 500, Redwood City, California 94063

Established: 1950

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA
  • Estate Planning
  • Governmental Entity Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Torts
  • Asset Protection
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Elder Abuse/Rights
  • Fee Disputes
  • Insurance Services
  • IT and Business Process Outsourcing
  • Litigation Management
  • Non-Profit
  • Special Education Law
  • Taxation
  • Wealth Management
  • Maritime & Multimodal Transportation

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About Us

Founded in 1950, Ropers Majeski offers litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals. Ropers’ practice areas include corporate transactions; business litigation; construction; real estate; employment and labor law; entertainment; environmental; ERISA; professional liability; intellectual property; appellate work; insurance coverage and bad faith; catastrophic injury; product liability; and asset protection; estate planning and taxation. Ropers Majeski maintains offices throughout California, as well as in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Paris and Seattle, with an affiliate office in Hong Kong.

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 Jose, California
  • 50 West San Fernando Street, Suite 1300
  • 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
  • Miami, Florida
  • 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2750
  • Miami, Florida 33131
    • Telephone: 305-428-0300
    • Fax: 305-428-0208
  • Walnut Creek, California
  • 1904 Olympic Boulevard, Suite 8
  • Walnut Creek, California 94596
    • Telephone: 925-464-7086
    • Fax: 925-407-2742

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Partners


Jennifer E. Acheson

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Litigation
Admitted
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Additional Biographical Details:

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Association of Dispute Resolution of Northern California
Education:
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., 1980
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1985

Born: 1955


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:
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 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


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


Spiros E. Fousekis

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Employment
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
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

Nicole S. Healy

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • White Collar Crime
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
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A./B.S., 1985
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of the Law, J.D., 1991

Francois G. Laugier

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • International Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property
Admitted
  • France, 1985
  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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


Enrique Marinez

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Intellectual Property
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 Bar Association
Education:
  • Occidental College, A.B., 1987
  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 1992
Language:
  • Spanish

Born: 1965


David M. McLaughlin

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1988
Additional Biographical Details:

Redwood City Chamber of Commerce

Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • 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


Frank J. Pagliaro, Jr.

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
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


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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 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


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


Blake J. Russum

Redwood City, CA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Fraud
  • Life and Health
  • Regulatory Law
  • ERISA
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

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:
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 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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Associates


  • Edwin B. Barnes
  • Jaclyn D. Conover
  • Daniel E. Gaitan
  • Mario A. Iskander
  • Laura L. Reidenbach
  • Kristabel Sandoval
  • Michelle G. Treviño

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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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