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Sigrid Irias - Irias Law

Working closely with clients to help achieve their goals in a cost-effective and efficient way.

 

Email:     sigrid.irias@iriaslaw.com

Direct:   415.805.8460

 

 

 

  AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated.

You can learn more about the ratings here.

Representative Trials

  • Three-week bad faith trial in San Francisco. Prevailed on behalf of defendant insurer in a case involving alleged bad faith invocation of a fire policy’s appraisal procedure.
  • Two week medical malpractice jury trial in San Mateo County. Prevailed on behalf of defendant orthopedic surgeon in a case involving alleged negligence during orthopedic surgery and follow-up treatment.
  • Three week court trial in San Francisco. Prevailed on behalf of directors of a nonprofit who had been accused of conversion, conspiracy, and Corporations Code violations.
  •  One week jury trial in San Mateo (concluded via motion for nonsuit), defending a product manufacturer against claims that product defects resulted in burns.
  • One week court trial in San Francisco County. Prevailed on behalf of a charitable hospital in a will contest.

Creative Resolutions

Extricated a small business tenant from protracted a multi-party commercial lease dispute via summary judgment, after taking the deposition of one key witness.

After deposing the two star witnesses for the plaintiff department store chain, obtained a voluntary dismissal and return of goods that had been repossessed, in exchange for a waiver of malicious prosecution claims arising out of a lawsuit in which the department store chain had sought over $300,000 for alleged breach of a revolving credit card agreement.

Settled a defamation claim brought on behalf of two plaintiffs over the age of 75, against an out-of-state insurance company, for six-figure damages and a written apology.

Obtained summary judgment on statute of limitations grounds in favor of an insurance company on a claim for over $7 million by establishing that the plaintiff had not acted reasonably in the face of publicly known facts concerning the fire loss at issue, and thus could not invoke the delayed discovery rule.

Before undertaking discovery, obtained dismissal of federal and state court claims against a health care facility in a case involving serious brain damage in a 43-year old marine worker, by using medical records to convince the plaintiff’s attorney that the health care facility was not at fault.

Obtained administrative closure of removal proceedings against minors, allowing them to remain with their parents and U.S. born siblings.

Resolved an eviction action against a Mission District family in an eviction case after the landlord’s representative did not appear for deposition, allowing this family to stay in its home.

Arbitrations

Represented a Fortune 500 medical products company who was sued for $77 million for the alleged breach of a licensing and distribution agreement. Obtained a successful award after a seven-week arbitration.

Handled numerous personal injury arbitrations in cases involving product defect, premises liability, and auto liability claims.

Panel arbitrator for San Francisco’s homeless shelter grievance program, providing pro bono alternative dispute resolution services, presiding over several evidentiary hearings annually.

Community Activities

  • Appointed as settlement panelist for the San Francisco Superior Court in over forty cases from 2002 through 2012. Mediator’s certification course completed in 2003 through the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court, Master and Executive Committee member.
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association. President, 2012. General Counsel, 2011, 2014, 2015.
  • Mario G. Obledo National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, board of directors.
  • Minority Bar Coalition, Co-Chair, 2014-present.  One of three co-chairs of this coalition of over twenty Bay Area minority bar associations.

Presentations and Teaching

Defending a Deposition, April 2015.  MCLE presentation for California Education of the Bar.

Meet and Confer for the New Millennium: Conduct Expected in Discovery Disputes, December 2014.  MCLE presentation for California Education of the Bar.

Employment Law Basics, November 2014.  Presentation for small business owners and entrepreneurs at Mission Asset Fund, offered in conjunction with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Commercial Insurance Litigation,  June 2013, U.C. Berkeley School of Law’s International Executive and Legal Education Program. Insurance law primer presented to a delegation of judges visiting from Thailand.

Updates on the Sergio C. Garcia Case, September 2012 and 2013.  Organized and moderated a two-part series of MCLE panel presentations with panelists including Sergio C. Garcia, James Wagstaffe, Claudia Vetesi, Rachel Grunberg, and Francisco Ugarte.  Sponsored by La Raza Centro Legal and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.

Keynote address, USF School of Law La Raza Law Students Graduation Reception, 2012.

Adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, 2010 to present.

Adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College of Moraga, 2003-2006.

Anthony School of Real Estate, Principals and Practice, Fall 2000.

Publications

Jump-Start Your Continuing Education in the New Year“, The Recorder, January 13, 2016.

Your Skills: How to Make Referral Requests a Win Win“, The Recorder, October 14, 2015.

Your Skills: Your Guide to Getting Ready for a Law and Motion Hearing”, The Recorder, June 11, 2015.

“Tips for Writing an Effective Demand Letter,” The Recorder, May 13, 2015.

Your Skills:  Surviving Written Discovery,” The Recorder, March 11, 2015.

It’s Time to End Billable Hours Quotas,” The Recorder, January 28, 2015.

New Whistleblower Rules May Sap Employer Defenses,” The Recorder, December 24, 2014.

Reduced Rate Legal Services as an Alternative to Pro Bono,” The Recorder, November 25, 2014.

What a Relief: Using the State Civil Procedure Code,” The Recorder, October 31, 2014.

Making Quick Work of a Case,” The Recorder, August 29, 2014.

Five Tips To Instill Client Confidence,”  The Recorder, July 2, 2014.

Developing An Ethical Sixth Sense,”  The Recorder, June 12, 2014.

Traits of an Ethical Supervising Attorney,”  The Recorder, May 15, 2014.

Your Skills:  How To Take A Depo Without Detouring Into A Discovery Dispute,”  The Recorder, April 4, 2014.

In Practice:  Facebook Users Should Beware of Murky Online Speech Laws,”  The Recorder, February 26, 2014.

Refining our Efforts to Institutionalize Ethical Behavior,” Daily Journal, January 2011.

Settling Early,” Daily Journal, August 2007.

Child Abuse Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers, Chapter 5 of the Healthcare Liability Deskbook, West 1997.

Survey on California Environmental Coverage Law and Practice, 1996 CLE Conference, March 30-31, 1996, Washington, D.C. (T. Zuckerman and S. Owczarek).

Admissions

California, SBN 129319

U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)

U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)

Education

J.D. 1986, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Note & Comment Editor,  Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

A.B, 1983, University of California, Berkeley, with high honors.

Awards

Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, 2013.

U.C. Hastings La Raza Students Alumni Award, 2015.

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated.   You can learn more about the ratings here.