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Senior Counsel


Robert Gundert

Robert Gundert is a Senior Counsel at Howard, Rome, Martin & Ridley LLP.  He has more than 35 years of successful civil litigation and trial experience.  He has handled a wide variety of lawsuits during that time period for plaintiffs and defendants, with the majority of his experience representing the latter.  Representative cases have included claims of personal injury, property damage (particularly fire losses) and wrongful death, as well as real property and estate litigation.  Bob has also handled cases involving issues of insurance coverage and bad faith, invasion of privacy and defamation, and the right to life-sustaining medical care.

In addition to his trial work he has handled a number of civil appeals, including two cases that have been published (Graham v. Beers (1994) 30 Cal.App.4th 1656 and Stewart v. City of Pismo Beach (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 1600).

Bob has written and spoken on various legal topics, including public entity liability and immunity and the selection and proper utilization of consultants and expert witnesses. He was admitted to practice in California in 1982 and is a member of the San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Luis Obispo County Bar Associations. He has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

After over twelve years with the Campbell, Warburton firm and more than 15 years with Borton Petrini, LLP (San Luis Obispo and San Francisco offices), he joined Howard, Rome, Martin & Ridley in 2018. Bob continues practicing in the area of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on public entity defense.

Bob is the proud father of five wonderful adult “kids” who live all over the northern hemisphere but remain in close contact thanks to the airlines and technology, including social media. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends in a variety of social settings. He is a native Californian and is devoted to his alma mater, U.C. Berkeley, where he majored in Rhetoric. He “bleeds Blue and Gold” and is known to sound out a hearty “Go Bears!” from time to time.


Background Information

University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1979)
Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1982)

State Bar of California
American Bar Association
San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and San Luis Obispo County Bar Associations

Punitive Damages Reaffirmed, California Defense Magazine
Assumption of Risk: A Common Sense Defense With a Bad Name, California Defense Magazine
Various articles for San Luis Obispo County Bar Bulletin

Presentations and Seminars
Public Entity Defense Seminar
Insurance Claims and Coverage Seminar
Central Coast Claims Association—Expert Witness Presentations

Reported Cases
Graham v. Beers (1994) 30 Cal.App.4th 1656
Stewart v. City of Pismo Beach (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 1600.