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Robert E. Borton

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Special Counsel
Berkeley, CA, USA

Robert E. Borton


J.D., University of Michigan, Magna Cum Laude, 1972
B.A. English, University of Kansas, 1964


Admitted to Practice in California, U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit,
Various District Courts in California and U.S. Claims Court


Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Special Counsel, 2009 - Present

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, San Francisco office

  • Partner, Litigation - 1982-1989; 1992 to 2009
  • Special Counsel - 1976-1981
  • Associate - 1972-1975
  • Shareholder/Partner concentrating on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on class actions, consumer, civil rights, real estate and banking issues
  • Managed Heller, Ehrman's Pro Bono practice 1994-2008
  • In charge of the firm's litigation training and trial advocacy skills training program
  • Chair, Firm-Wide and San Francisco Pro Bono Committees

Adjunct Professor, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), University of California

  • 1982-Present

McShane & Felson, Oakland, California

  • Partner - 1989 to 1992
  • Commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on real estate issues, including construction defect litigation, broker commission and standard of care cases, easement disputes, lease and license litigation. Other significant cases include consumer class action defense, wrongful death, breach of trust

United States Navy (Lieutenant, Supply Corps, USN) 1964-1969


  • Member, American Bar Association (Litigation Section), State Bar of California (Litigation Section), Bar Association of San Francisco, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), 1982-present (Pretrial Litigation Practice)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1976 (Commercial Law)
  • Member, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1982-present; Co-Chairman, 1986-88, Member Executive Committee, 1984-88
  • Board Member, San Francisco Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, 1985-2010, Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 1989-2006
  • Board Member, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 1988-98
  • Board Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1992-96; Chair, Equal Access Committee; Co-Chair, Committee on Minority Employment
  • Recipient of State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, 1987; Robert Sproul Pro Bono Award (San Francisco Lawyers' Committee Award for Legal Services), 1990; San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit, 1992; Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center Roll Call for Justice Award, 2002; Public Interest Clearinghouse, Opening Doors to Justice Award, 2004; Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Award (Immigrant Legal Resource Center), 2006; American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 2007.
  • Faculty Member, Hastings Advocacy Program, various years

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