Tyson Arbuthnot
Gayle M. Athanacio
Merri A. Baldwin
Ann M. Blessing
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
Sharon L. Larkin
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
D. Kevin Shipp
Aaron P. Silberman
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff


Merri A. Baldwin
Shareholder
Download vCard

Areas of Practice

Ms. Baldwin is chair of the firm’s Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Group and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She focuses on litigating business disputes and attorney liability matters, including trials, arbitration and mediation, and appeals. She is a certified specialist in Legal Malpractice Law, California Bond of Legal Specialization.

Professional Qualifications

Ms. Baldwin represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters, including claims of breach of contract, fraud, and partnership disputes. Ms. Baldwin has tried cases to jury verdict and has significant arbitration experience. A significant part of her practice involves handling attorney liability and conduct issues, particularly claims of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, attorney sanctions and motions to disqualify. She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues. She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has significant experience handling attorney-client fee disputes. Ms. Baldwin has testified as an expert in the areas of legal ethics and attorney standard of care.

Ms. Baldwin is a member of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility for 2014 and Conduct. She is Secretary of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Northern California every year since 2006. Ms. Baldwin is a committee co-chair for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Liability Litigation. She is a former vice-chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program, and received an Award of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco for her role on the marriage fairness task force.

Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. She is co-editor of a book, "The Law of Lawyers' Liability," published in 2012 by First Chair Press and the American Bar Association.

Education

J.D., University of California at Berkeley,
School of Law (Boalt Hall)
,
1989

B.A., Smith College, 1984
Magna Cum Laude with honors

Bar Admissions
California - 1989




Practices
Attorney Liability and Conduct
Complex Commercial Litigation



Recent Publications and Presentations

"IP Lawyer Ethical Issues," Intellectual Property Law Institute 2014, 2-day PLI program, Oct. 16-17, 2014

"Blogging, Tweeting and the New Frontier of Attorney Advertising: How to Stay Within the Ethical Bounds," State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Sept. 12, 2014

"Contracting Around Ethics," ABA 40th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, May 30, 2014

Risky Business: Identifying, Preventing and Managing Conflicts of Interest, ABA Woman Advocate E-Newsletter, Spring 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3

Moderator, "Disruptive Ethics? Innovative Models of Providing Legal Services," California Statewide Ethics Symposium, April 12, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention: Managing Disqualification Risks through Advance Conflict Waivers, IP Litigator, March/April 2014, (PDF)

Ethics for Bankruptcy Lawyers, Alameda County Bar Association, January 23, 2014

Lawyers Representing Startups: Managing Ethical Obligations and Risks, California Bar Journal,
Dec., 2013

Managing Digital Risk in the Digital Age: Protecting Your Business From Cyber-Disaster, Association for Corporate Growth, October 17, 2013

Ethical Issues in Representing Start-Ups, State Bar of California Annual Meeting, October 12, 2013

Privacy and Security Ethics and Risk Management, Fourteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, July 16, 2013

Cloud Computing 2013: Cut Through the Fluff & Tackle the Critical Stuff, PLI Information Technology Law Institute, June 10, 2013

Evolving Issues of Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege, American Bar Association's 39th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, San Francisco, CA, May 30, 2013

Legal Ethics in the Era of iPads, Cloud Computing and Facebook, PLI Information Technology Law Institute, May 16, 2013

"Discoverability of Witness Interviews: To What Extent Do the Work Product Doctrine and/or the Attorney-Client Privilege Apply," California Bar Journal, State Bar of California, February 2013

California Supreme Court Expands Work Product Protection for Witness Statements in Coito v. Superior Court, RJO Newsletter (PDF) July 2012 (co-authored)

The Law of Lawyer's Liability American Bar Association and First Chair Press, 2012 (co-editor)

More

Contact
Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
Download vCard

mbaldwin@rjo.com