Robert Infelise


Mr. Infelise is a senior trial attorney specializing in high stakes business litigation. He has litigated complex environmental, federal and state taxation and commercial litigation matters. In an era in which few matters actually go to trial, Mr. Infelise has tried over thirty-five matters to judgment. On the environmental side, he was lead counsel for the lender and developer plaintiffs in RTC v. Rossmoor, 34 Cal.App.4th 771 (1995) one of the few environmental cost recovery actions tried to a jury. He was actively involved on behalf of the developer plaintiff in Bixby Ranch Co. v. Spectrol Electronics, the seminal California case involving stigma damages.

In addition to his litigation practice, since 1994 Mr. Infelise has been a member of the faculty at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches The Law of Hazardous Waste, the Environmental Law Writing Seminar, Environmental Law and Policy, and the Workshop on Development and the Environment. He was the Interim Director of the Environmental Law Program in 2003.

Mr. Infelise graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1980. He then joined the Los Angeles office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. In 1998, Mr. Infelise opened the firm’s San Francisco office and serves as managing partner.