Mr. Buddell is a trial attorney with extensive experience in many areas of civil defense including: Products Liability, Premises Liability, Complex Personal Injury, Toxic Torts (Asbestos), Transportation/Trucking, Wrongful Death, Auto/Truck Casualty Claims, Environmental, Employment and Insurance Coverage. He has successfully defended his clients in hundreds of arbitrations and dozens of trials throughout twenty-seven of California’s fifty-eight county Superior Courts, in the Northern and Eastern Districts of United States District Court and in Illinois and Arizona. He has also successfully defended appeals filed in the First and Third Districts of the California Court of Appeal and in the California Supreme Court. He comes to Pond North after working as a Partner/Trial Attorney at another prominent Bay Area defense firm for nearly ten years and, prior to that, as Trial Counsel for a major national insurance company for eight years.
Mr. Buddell’s successes include many defense verdicts in complex, high profile and “problem” cases, including those he obtained in City of Modesto v. TDCC —an 8½ month groundwater contamination trial in which the jury awarded $18.3 Million in damages against the other defendants; and Erickson v. Central Valley Towing – a personal injury/chronic pain case in which plaintiff sought over $21 Million in damages.
Mr. Buddell is an active member in many legal/professional organizations including: Defense Research Institute (DRI); Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA); Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the American Bar Association (ABA). He is also a former Chair of the Transportation Section of the Primerus Society of Law Firms and is frequently asked to speak at national seminars in the areas of Civil Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Transportation Law and Asbestos Litigation/Defense. In 2013, Mr. Buddell was honored by being selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer® and by being recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys of the San Francisco Bay Area.” Mr. Buddell is also an Associate (second tier) Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)—a prestigious, invitation-only organization of plaintiff and defense lawyers in which prospective members are strictly screened for high personal character, an honorable reputation and for having tried a significant number of jury trials to verdict.”
Mr. Buddell received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He then attended Golden Gate University School of Law where he was a selected member of the Mock Trial Team during both his second and third years. During that time, he also worked as a Certified Clerk for the San Francisco City Attorney and received his Juris Doctorate in 1993. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1993 and is also licensed to practice in the Northern District of the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has been admitted via pro hac vice in Illinois and Arizona.
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