Bay Area Mediation Services

Richard Carlson

Richard H. Carlson

State Bar Number 39547

(510) 835-8400

Hank has specialized throughout in civil litigation handling, as primary attorney, commercial disputes, insurance and bad faith, employment disputes, professional negligence, product liability, general personal injury and death and maritime injury as well as related insurance litigation. He has over 60 jury trials to verdict in Superior and U.S. District Court, various court trials and lead counsel on numerous appeals in both State and Federal jurisdictions.

Billing Rate

$350 per hour for time spent in preparation for and conduct of the mediation. No extra charges for administration, travel in the Bay Area, or cancellation. There is no minimum charge.

Curriculum Vitae


U.C. Berkeley, 1963.
Hastings College of Law, 1966.
Admitted to California Bar, January, 1967.


1995 to present
Anthony & Carlson LLP, Oakland, specializing in civil litigation of injury and death cases as well as bad faith, professional negligence, products liability, civil fraud, primarily representing plaintiffs in state and federal trial and appellate courts

Richard H. Carlson Professional Corporation, San Francisco, specializing in civil litigation as above.

Hoberg, Finger, et al. as associate and partner specializing in civil litigation as above.

Law Clerk; U.S. District Court, The Hon. Judge Jesse W. Curtis, research and consultation, primarily concerning trial issues and the motion calendar.

Admitted to the State Bar of California; the Ninth Circuit; the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit Court.


State Bar of California, 1967 SBN 39547.
Ninth Circuit, approximately 1997;
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, approximately 1980;
Court of Federal Claims, approximately 1995;
Federal Circuit Court, approximately 1996.


American Board of Trial Advocates, admitted 1977 (Advocate); Secretary 1998-1999, Treasurer, 1999-2000; President, 2002-2003; Inns of Court, Lowell Jensen Inn, Alameda County (master) 1999-2000; Martindale Hubbell, a.v. rating; ATLA; COAC; various local bar associations

Member ATLA and COAC.

Pro tem judge presiding over approximately 6 civil jury trials to verdict, San Francisco (inaugurated pro tem program).

Settlement panels and individual appointment Alameda County and San Francisco Superior Courts; Settle Commissioner Alameda County Superior Court past several years.

Designated arbitrator in numerous forums including Kaiser arbitrations, uninsured and underinsured motorist and general civil disputes.

State Bar of California, Committee on Administration of Justice 1972-1978; 2002, ongoing.

Primarily responsible for briefs and argument in various appellate matters before the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit; lead counsel on numerous appeals and writs including Morris v. County of Marin, 18 Cal. 3d 901, created a new basis for individual recovery through quasi-personal injury action; Sorensen v. Allred, 112 Cal. App. 3d 717, resolved the post-Li relationship between negligence and willful and wanton misconduct; County of Sacramento v. Superior Court, 9 Cal. App. 3d 215 redefined application of a particular public entity immunity to civil damage; Blecker v Wolbart, 167 Cal. App. 3d 1195 which adjusted rights of successive tortfeasors; Major v. Regents -Cal. App. 4th -marital status discrimination, then issue of first impression in California courts (not published); Ariadne v United States, Federal Circuit, dealing with FIRREA based savings and loan losses totaling over $38 million; Dibble v. Lewco -CA 4th-dealing with ability of permissively joined party entitled to single judgment to request trial de novo from judicial arbitration without disturbing the co-parties' rights.

State Bar of California Continuing Education of the Bar; Panelist and Instructor in various programs, including:

Product Liability, Pleading Practice & Proof, Fall, 1980, 9 hours total.
The Civil Jury, Spring, 1980, 9 hours total;
Insurance Coverage Litigation, Fall, 1979, 9 hours total;
Comparative Negligence Practice, Spring, 1978, 18 hours total;
Settlement of Civil Suits, Spring, 1976, Simulation Settlement practice, videotaped.
Proposition 51, C.T.L.A., 1993.
Masters in Trial, ABOTA, 2000 (cross-examination expert).
Masters in Trial, ABOTA, 2002, Program Chair.

Consultant or contributor C.E.B. Publications: Civil Procedure Before Trial, Spring, 1976; California Procedure Before Trial, 1981; Second Consultation, 1993.

Certified by COAC as trial lawyer, general personal injury, product liability, professional negligence and insurance bad faith.