John Carey JOHN E. CAREY, JR.

John E. Carey, Jr. is a member of the Georgetown University undergraduate class of 1968, was drafted upon graduation from college and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Security Agency through 1972. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the bar that same year. He was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and currently resides with his wife and the youngest of his three children in Moraga, California.

His litigation practice has included matters involving anti-trust, tender offer, real estate broker E&O, officers & directors liability, entertainment law, venture capital abuse, commercial landlord/tenant, lender liability, complex construction litigation, civil rights, inverse condemnation, employment discrimination, business torts, and personal injury with over 30 jury trials. In addition to his normal practice Mr. Carey conducts non-binding arbitrations for the Superior Courts in the local jurisdictions.




Paul Fife is a seasoned trial lawyer, who has served as trial counsel in over 20 professional liability, business litigation, construction, and personal injury trials or arbitrations.

Born in Illinois, he grew up in the Bay Area, attended the University of California, Davis (1980), and graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1984. He was admitted to the California Bar later that year and joined our firm in 1985.

Paul has developed substantial experience in business litigation, accountant’s liability and other professional liability defense, construction litigation, personal injury, product liability defense, transportation defense, government tort liability, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He is also an accomplished appellate practitioner, and his appellate portfolio includes his defense judgment in a major bad faith action, Alex Robertson & Co. v. Imperial Casualty & Indemnity Co. (1992) 8 Cal. App. 4th 338, 10 Cal. Rptr. 2d 165.

Paul has also participated in loss prevention programs for the scaffold and rental industries, conducted training seminars on accountant’s liability, insurance coverage, insurance agent liability, and Litigation Management and Budgeting for insurance claims personnel. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, ABA TIPS-Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability Committee, Defense Research Institute, and Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.

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