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Bill Hebert ’88 Elected California State Bar President for 2010–11

Bill Hebert '88
Bill Hebert '88

By Andrew Cohen

Bill Hebert ’89, a partner at Calvo and Clark’s San Francisco office, has been elected the 2010–2011 president of The State Bar of California. In September, he will be sworn in as the 86th president of the 228,000-member organization at the State Bar’s annual meeting in Monterey.

Hebert becomes the third Berkeley Law graduate over the past four years to assume the role of State Bar president. He follows Holly Fujie ’78, a partner at Buchalter Nemer’s Los Angeles office, who was president in 2008–09, and Jeff Bleich ’89, United States Ambassador to Australia, who presided over the State Bar in 2007–08.

For the first time in nine years, all five third-year members of the Bar’s Board of Governors ran for the top position. Hebert, who was a Vice-President and chair of the Discipline Oversight Committee, prevailed after four rounds of voting.

In his legal practice, Hebert represents clients in business litigation, including class action defense, and business torts such as antitrust, trade secret litigation, and interference with economic advantage, patent and trademark infringement, false advertising, and California’s Unfair Competition Law. He is also a panel mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society and the Public Interest Law Project.

The co-author of this year’s comprehensive treatise California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, published by the California State Bar Section on Antitrust and Unfair Competition, Hebert contributed chapters on expert witnesses, injunctions, treble damages, and void contracts.