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Robert S. Arns

Robert S. Arns

The Arns Law Firm
San Francisco, CA, USA

Robert S. Arns, the founder of The Arns Law Firm, an 11-lawyer plaintiffs’ firm with offices in San Francisco and Reno, has resolved over a billion dollars of plaintiff cases. Bob has exclusively specialized in prosecuting plaintiff cases including consumer class actions and representing families who have had catastrophic events occur in their lives, including serious injuries and death caused by defective products, construction site incidents and other scenarios.

Bob introduces himself as a “family lawyer,” not because he does dissolution cases, but because he represents families that are going through terrible times because of a serious injury or death to a family member. Bob has loved every day of practicing law and believes that his job is the most gratifying and rewarding job imaginable.

Bob has been SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year and a finalist many times as well as a finalist of Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the Year many times.  He is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, teaching trial practice and was USF Law School alumni of the year in 2009 and professor of the year in 2010. He is a frequent presenter of ABOTA Masters of Trial and a frequent lecturer on consumer issues.  He is recognized as   one of the “Top 100” Super Lawyers in Northern California and Best Lawyers of America and has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Bob is the author of the best selling Rutter Group Practice Guides, The Evidence Wheel and The Trial Wheel which are used by trial lawyers and judges throughout the United States.

Bob owns his Reno and SF office buildings. San Francisco has a built-in mock trial center including the ability to mock try a case to 36 mock jurors and break into three 12 juror deliberation panels which are videotaped.

He has argued numerous cases in front of appellate courts, including the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has resolved over a billion dollars of cases via verdict and settlement.

Bob has graduated from UCSB in 1971 with Highest Honors and graduated from the University of San Francisco School Of Law in 1975 with honors where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review and Moot Court Champion.

Bob and his wife Anne have a son and daughter and four grandchildren and Bob spends as much time as possible with them.  Bob is involved in numerous civic, charitable, athletic and educational programs. Bob is an avid fly fisherman and owns a fishing lodge in Alaska. Bob pursues tennis, golf, cycling and an intense workout regime. Bob is also involved in numerous real estate ventures and is the proprietor of Tournesol Winery in Napa Valley which produces Bordeaux varietal wine.


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