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Todd H. Master

Todd Master grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, but fled the heat of the desert for Saratoga Springs, New York, where he attended Skidmore College. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and a Minor in History. He spent his junior year of college in Sydney, Australia, where he studied Australian Government and History at the University of New South Wales. While in Sydney, Todd interned for the Honorable Robert Baron Rowland Smith, Minister of Sport, Recreation and Racing in the New South Wales Parliament.

After returning to the West Coast, Mr. Master attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While in law school, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Department of Fish and Game, Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response.

Mr. Master graduated from McGeorge in 1996 and was licensed to practice law in California that same year. He moved to the Bay Area and joined Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel in Menlo Park, where he worked with two public entity lawyers who acted as counsel to the municipalities of Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and Los Altos Hills, amongst others. He worked on a variety of legal issues, including the development of local ordinances and law enforcement policies. Wishing to gain experience in litigation, Mr. Master left Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel and joined Roger, Scott & Helmer, where he worked in the firm’s construction defect division for two years.

Desiring the perfect mix of litigation and a return to public entity representation, Mr. Master joined Howard Rome Martin & Ridley LLP in 2001. He has represented local public entities and their employees in litigation and pre-litigation matters in the counties of Monterey, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa. He has worked on a wide variety of cases, including police practices, civil rights, dangerous condition of public property, inverse condemnation and personal injury. He regularly appears in local superior courts and federal court and has argued several appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Master has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He became a partner at Howard Rome Martin & Ridley LLP in 2007.


Background Information

Skidmore College (B.A., 1992)
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1996)

San Mateo County Bar Association
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada