Robert Charles Ward

Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Mr. Ward is a litigation partner with substantial arbitration and trial experience who relies on that experience to deliver practical advice and cost-effective lawyering. His litigation practice is largely oriented toward the real estate and investment management industries. Mr. Ward's real estate work includes landlord-tenant disputes, disputes over purchase and sale contracts, partnership dissolutions, broker disputes, construction disputes, secured transactions, and breach of fiduciary duty and corporate governance claims. In the investment management area, Mr. Ward handles partnership disputes, investor claims, employment claims, and other problems arising for hedge fund and mutual fund companies. Mr. Ward also handles several types of disputes faced by growing businesses, such as conflicts among partners or shareholders, trade secret disputes, wrongful termination claims and disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions. Another facet of Mr. Ward's practice is a focus on "business divorces" -- helping clients unwind themselves from companies or investments.

Mr. Ward uses his litigation experience and expertise to resolve disputes, if possible, without the expense of litigation or by handling litigation to achieve client goals efficiently. He also recognizes that litigation requires flexibility because every case has its own unique facts and client motivations. When disputes cannot be resolved quickly and efficiently, Mr. Ward enjoys taking cases to trial or arbitration and aggressively seeking good results for his clients. Mr. Ward's clients include real estate investment and management companies, developers, investment management companies, financial institutions and manufacturers and distributors.

Professional Activities

Mr. Ward's professional affiliations include the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Community Activities

Mr. Ward serves on the board and is the Umpire In Chief of San Ramon Valley Little League.

Education

A 1992 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Ward was Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly. He also authored "The Spirits Will Leave: Preventing the Desecration and Destruction of Native American Sacred Sites on Federal Land," 19 Ecology Law Quarterly 795 (1993), which won the 1992 Ellis J. Harmon Environmental Writing prize. Mr. Ward also received his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in history and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Ward served in the United States Army as a field artillery officer.

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Areas of Law

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Trade Secrets
  • Contracts & Business Torts
  • Fiduciary Duty/Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
  • Intellectual Property

 

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Experience & Credentials

Position

Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1992, California

Law School Attended

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
Class of 1992
J.D.

University Attended

University of California, Berkeley
B.A.
History

Birth Information

Born in 1963
Sagamihara, Japan, September 24, 1963

Contact Information

Phone

(415) 421-6500 x296

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Robert Charles Ward
Partner
One Maritime Plaza, Eighteenth Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

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