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Robert Borton

Title: John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer
Tel: 510-684-9651
Email Address: bob.borton@yahoo.com

Mr. Borton has practiced in the Bay Area since his graduation from University of Michigan, Law School. He currently practices as Special Counsel to the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, after serving on the organization's board for 25 years. Between 1972 and 1988, he was an associate and then a partner at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Between 1988 and 1991 he practiced in Oakland with the firm of McShane & Felson, rejoining Heller, Ehrman from 1992 until the firm went out of business in 2008. There, he pursued a general commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on banking, trust, litigation, and real estate issues. He has extensive trial experience and broad experience in class action cases involving consumer, anti-trust, and other issues. He has litigated and tried a wide variety of pro bono (civil rights, immigration, and other) cases. From !992 to 2007, he led the Heller Ehrman's Pro Bono Litigation Practice. He also managed the training of the firm's litigation lawyers. He has received the State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, the Robert Sproul Pro Bono Award (from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Award, the Legal Aid Society's Roll Call for Social Justice Award and the San Francisco Bar Association Award of Merit. Along with Chris Martiniak, he has taught the pre-trial litigation practice course at Boalt Hall since 1982.


J.D., University of Michigan
B.A., University of Kansas

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