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Robert M. Bodzin



  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • State University of New York at Albany (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Robert M. Bodzin

Practice Expertise

  • Successfully tries, mediates, and arbitrates complex litigation cases on behalf of businesses and individuals and he has done so in both California and New York for 25 years

Trial, Litigation & Counseling

  • Defends large corporations, small businesses and individual professionals in complex catastrophic personal injury/wrongful death/emotional distress cases
  • Manages a variety of commercial transactions,class actions and contract disputes, including those arising out Consumer and Employment Class Actions, California Unfair Business Practices Claims under Business and Professions Code Section 17200 and 17500, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and those which assert breaches of fiduciary duties by directors, officers, business partners and LLC members
  • Defends wrongful death, serious personal injury and business cases arising out of trucking, transportation, logistics, Proposition 65 disputes, farm, agricultural and equestrian claims
  • Draft and negotiate buy-sell agreements, contracts and corporate governance documents
  • Draws on his extensive experience as a trial attorney and provides strategic advice and consulting to large corporations, small businesses and individual clients on prospective litigation avoidance.  Mr. Bodzin also functions as local counsel in California state and federal court litigation and provides guidance and expertise to attorneys and clients nationwide
  • Coordinates multidisciplinary responses to catastrophic events as a member of Burnham Brown's 24-Hour Client Response Team

Professional Activities

  • Adviser and past Chair to the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, Past Committee Chair and a frequent speaker on panels for best practices in litigation and trial and is the co-chair of these events
  • DRI Retail & Hospitality Vice Chair and Steering Committee Member
  • Editor and Author of Multiple Immediate DRI Publications and Recent Publications Chair for the DRI Retail & Hospitality Committee and the Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Regular speaker at retail-law seminars, which include those sponsored by the California Retailers Association and DRI
  • Member of the Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA)
  • Named in the 2012-2018 list of Northern California's "Super Lawyers" in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation and Products Liability Defense
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