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Robert E. White, Of Counsel

 

Practice Areas: Probate and general civil litigation, creditors rights (collection), bankruptcy litigation (creditors side), real estate litigation, corporate and partnership litigation, secured transactions, insurance coverage disputes, arbitrations, trial and appellate work in federal and state courts.

 

Honors/Listings: Northern California SuperLawyers®: 2012-2019, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5) (all peer reviewed)

 

Law School: J.D., Berkeley Law (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)); Order of the Coif (national legal honor society); Head Research Editor, California Law Review; American Jurisprudence Awards, Real Property & Corporations; Fellow, Earl Warren Legal Institute.

 

Clerkships:
1977-1978 -- Law Clerk to the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel, United States District Court, Northern District of California

 

Memberships:
State Bar of California; Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of Nevada (inactive); United States Supreme Court, and all federal courts situated in the State of California, United States Claims Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

 

Quasi-Judicial Experience:
Arbitrator, San Francisco Superior Court; Early Neutral Evaluator, United States District Court, Northern District of California (retired)

 

Selected Published Cases:
(1) Appellate counsel in David v. Hermann, 129 Cal. App. 4th 672 (2005) (rev. den.), an officially published decision of the California Court of Appeal holding that a lawyer-drafted trust can be invalidated based on circumstantial evidence of fraud and undue influence exerted by a family member; (2) Appellate counsel in the "Colortran Trilogy," (In re Colortran, Inc., 9th Cir.BAP (Cal.) 1997, 218 B.R. 507; In re CFLC, Inc., 9th Cir.BAP (Cal.) 1997, 209 B.R. 508, affirmed 166 F.3d 1012; In re Colortran, Inc., 9th Cir.BAP (Cal.)1997, 218 B.R. 507) involving the interface between possessory liens and bankruptcy law; (3) A.M. Castle & Co. v. Franchise Tax Board, 36 Cal. App. 4th 1794 (1995), involving the application of California franchise tax to a multi-state corporation with California business units

 

Other Selected Cases:
Co-counsel with Skootsky & Der representing bank trustee in successfully defending against beneficiary claims of breach of fiduciary duty following multi-week trial in Probate Court; co-counsel with Skootsky & Der in successfully recovering monies from former living trust attorney.

 

Publications:
Remote Sensing Evidence & Environmental Law, 64 Calif. Law. Rev. 1300 (1976) (with Prof. Howard A. Latin and Gary W. Tannehill) (supported by a grant from NASA to the Earl Warren Legal Institute)

 

Personal: Enjoys reading history, political science, religion, and his grandchildren.

 

Contact:
e: rwhite@skootskyder.com

   

 

 
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Prevention and Resolution of Disputes Concerning Trusts and Estates, as well as Their Fiduciaries and Beneficiaries.

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