Robert J. Frassetto

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Admitted to the California Bar in 1982, Robert Frassetto regularly defends major professional sports organizations, national commercial retailers, colleges, universities and other educational institutions, consumer and industrial product manufacturers, private residential and commercial property owners, and large and small business organizations. Mr. Frassetto’s practice integrates remarkably diverse litigation experience throughout Northern and Central California, where he has defended claims involving personal injury, intentional tort, premises liability, strict product liability, closed head injury, sports, leisure, recreational and entertainment liability, catastrophic loss, wrongful death, fire, design professional liability, construction defect and delay, ADA, Unfair Business Practices (B&P Section 17200), environmental and multiple chemical exposure claims (including Proposition 65), and Medicare issues in third party litigation.

Mr. Frassetto’s Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating is “AV Preeminent.”

Since 1996, Mr. Frassetto has served both as a private and court-appointed mediator, assisting litigants and courts to resolve an array of tort and contract disputes. In addition to providing private mediation services, he has served as a Panel Mediator, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District; Settlement Mentor and Panel Mediator, Contra Costa County Superior Court; Day-of-Trial Settlement Mentor/Mediator, Alameda County Superior Court; and Panel Arbitrator, Alameda County Bar Association Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Committee.

Mr. Frassetto served on the Boards of Directors of the Alameda County Bar Association (2010-2014) and Friends of UCLA Rowing (2004-present). He has also served as a Director (2002-2007) and two-term Education Committee Chair (2004, 2005) of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (“ADCNC”). He is a past two-term Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is a member of the Bar Associations of Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, and San Francisco Counties, the State Bar of California, the ADCNC, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Mr. Frassetto regularly makes continuing education presentations to professional groups, trade associations, and claims organizations and he has written and lectured on a variety of subjects, including effective cross-examination techniques, legal ethics, neck and back injury claims, closed head injuries, how to take a pre-litigation statement effectively, indoor air quality, the language of negotiation, mediation, and California’s adoption of CACI jury instructions.

Mr. Frassetto is one of six founding members of the 2006 grass-roots Medicare Reform Task Force which formed the Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) in 2008 to advocate the improvement of the Medicare Secondary Payer program for beneficiaries and affected companies.

A California native, Mr. Frassetto attended law school at Santa Clara University (J.D., 1982), where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts and served both as Comments Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate; and at Magdalen College, Oxford University (1980). He completed his undergraduate education at UCLA (B.A., 1979, English Lit.), where he also earned three NCAA Varsity letters, served as Team Captain (Rowing) for three years, and was awarded Most Valuable Oarsman his Senior year.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Intentional Tort
  • Premises Liability
  • Strict Product Liability
  • Closed Head Injury
  • Sports, Leisure, Recreational and Entertainment Liability
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Wrongful Death
  • Design Professional Liability
  • Construction Defect and Delay
  • ADA
  • Unfair Business Practices (B&P Section 17200)
  • Environmental and Multiple Chemical Exposure Claims (including Proposition 65)
  • Medicare issues in third party litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1999

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • J.D. – 1982
  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Torts
  • Honors: The Advocate, Editor-in-Chief
  • Law Review: Santa Clara Law Review, Comments Editor
  • Magdalen College, Oxford University – 1980
  • Major: Jurisprudence, Computers in Law
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • B.A. – 1979
  • Honors: UCLA Men’s Rowing Team
  • Honors: Freshman Team Captain
  • Honors: Varsity Team Captain (two years)
  • Honors: Most Valuable Oarsman (1978)
  • Major: English Literature

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating is “AV Preeminent”
  • Thomson Reuters Northern California “Super Lawyer” – Defense Litigation and Mediation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Associations of Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, and San Francisco Counties, Member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, President, 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Vice-president, 2013
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Director, 2010 – 2012
  • California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Panel Mediator, 2003 – 2012
  • Alameda County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Two-term Chair, 2009 – 2010
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court, Settlement Mentor – Panel Mediator, 1996 – 2012
  • Alameda County Bar Association Attorney – Client Fee Dispute Committee, Panel Arbitrator and former Vice-Chair, 1990 – 2013
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Member, Director, 2002 – 2007
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Education Committee Chair, 2004 – 2005
  • Friends of UCLA Rowing (FOUR), Director, 2004 – Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Medicare Reform Task Force – Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC), Founding Member