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Shawn M. Ridley

Shawn Ridley is a Partner at Howard Rome Martin & Ridley LLP. He obtained his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1989. Licensed as a California attorney in December 1989, he immediately embarked on his legal career with Eisenberg & Specter, a small insurance defense firm in San Mateo. In July 1991, Mr. Ridley joined another Peninsula-based insurance defense firm, Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard, eventually becoming the first new partner to be named to that 25 year-old firm in more than a decade. In May 1998, he left Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard to co-found
Howard Rome Martin & Ridley. Mr. Ridley is an AV-rated civil litigator who has represented clients in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations and trials. He has acted as a court-appointed arbitrator for San Mateo County for more than 10 years. Mr. Ridley has tried scores of cases to various stages of completion, with several verdicts to his credit. Mr. Ridley has been a featured speaker and presenter for ACI on asbestos-related issues and has lectured on the subject of Workers’ Compensation subrogation for several California insurance companies. He authored the article Workers Comp Subrogation, which appeared in the August, 2013 edition of California Lawyer. Mr. Ridley has been a featured speaker and active contributing consultant to a Fortune 100 company with respect to the implementation and coordination of a national litigation strategy for defending asbestos claims, including participation in multiple mock trials and various litigation matters pending in jurisdictions throughout the country. Mr. Ridley also has experience defending public entities in various matters, including excessive force, dangerous condition, subsidence and civil rights cases. Mr. Ridley has been a professional guitarist for the last 30 years. He also enjoys snow skiing, hiking, traveling and looks forward to watching his son pitch for the Sonoma State Seawolves this year.


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Background Information

University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1986)
Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1989)

San Mateo County, 1997 to present

San Mateo County and American Bar Associations
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Defense Research Institute

“Workers Comp Subrogation”, California Lawyer, August 2013

AV® Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell