Attorney Biographical

Rolando Pasquali also San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, Daly City, Hayward, Millbrae, Richmond, Santa Clara, Redwood City, South San Francisco Teaching Cross Examination



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Burlingame, CA 94010






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Insurance Claims: Auto accidents; insurance claims; bad faith denial of claims; personal injury; wrongful death.

Employment Law: Discrimination; harassment; TItle VII; wage & hour claims.

Probate Litigation: Elder abuse

Business Litigation Breach of contract

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35 Years of Experience, including:

Former Civil Service Commission Chairman

Former Insurance Company Lawyer

Former Deputy District Attorney

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Rolando Pasquali has been practicing law for over 35 years. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and the University of Southern California.

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Experience on Every Side of a Case

          Rolando Pasquali began his career by working for America's biggest corporations and insurance companies. The firm he trained at listed among its clients: Southern Pacific Railroad; Budget Rent-A-Car; Georgia Pacific Lumber; State Farm; CSAA; Aetna; Safeco; and Nationwide Insurance companies. Rolando was hired away from insurance/corporate defense by the Bay Area's most prestigious firm representing severely and catastrophically injured plaintiffs. He began working against automobile manufacturers, big corporations and the insurance industry. He studied neurology, orthopedics, and how to litigate psychological injuries at the renowned medi-legal institute taught at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School. Ultimately, Rolando was put in charge of all law firm dental malpractice litigation.

Learning from the Best

          The combination of thousands of hours of experience in court and insurance training is as rare as it is effective. Pasquali Law offers both.

          Rolando Pasquali learned "the ropes" of civil litigation by apprenticing under two hall-of-fame caliber attorneys. First, he learned the defense of civil cases from Clyde MacGowan. In 1984, when Rolando Pasquali was the senior associate attorney under his tutelage, Mr. MacGowan was honored by the Alameda County Bar Association as "The Superstar" Civil Defense Lawyer. Next, Rolando learned plaintiff's litigation from the legendary Manuel Furtado. Before his death, Mr. Furtado was widely considered to be one of northern California's best plaintiff's personal injury trial lawyers of all time. After working under the guidance of two accomplished attorneys, Rolando Pasquali spent 10 years working in court as a criminal prosecutor.

In Court

          Most lawyers, including those who "specialize" in civil litigation, have very few actual courtroom hours to their credit. Many have tried only a handful of cases in court and their jury trials to verdict can be counted on one hand! From 1989-1999 Rolando Pasquali was a Deputy District Attorney for the City of San Francisco. In his first calendar year at the D.A.'s office, Rolando tried 10 defendants; a total of 19 criminal "counts" were presented to juries in crimes ranging from simple battery to domestic violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, automobile theft, and starting a fire. In a jurisdiction famous for being no friend of the cops, the results speak for themselves. All defendants were convicted, not a single "not guilty" verdict was returned on any charge; 18 of 19 criminal "counts" resulted in "guilty" verdicts. One trial broke what would have been a perfect sweep; that trial was a "hand off" from another prosecutor who'd said to the trial judge "we can't win this case." Of the two charges against that defendant, Rolando won the first “count” and the jury was divided on the second count.

          Rolando Pasquali's winning trials have included: murder; 3 Strikes; home invasion; multiple defendants; and D.U.I. high speed vehicular manslaughter. Mr. Pasquali's civil jury trials have ranged from auto accidents to fraud claims, industrial equipment injuries, and breach of contract.

Training Other Lawyers, A Labor Commissioner, A Champion Public Speaker, and Legal Affairs Author
          Rolando has appeared as a guest panelist on National Public Radio's show Your Legal Rights for its broadcast “You’ve Been Injured. What’s Next?” (To listen to the 2018 broadcast, follow this link: KALW Radio)

          Rolando Pasquali has lectured the San Mateo Barristers (young lawyers) on both opening statements at trial and on effectively conducting "Voir Dire," the process of jury selection. Between 2008-2010, Rolando was honored to lecture members of the San Mateo County Bar Association during their continuing legal education program's "Funky Credit Day."

          During 6 years as a City of Burlingame Civil Service Commissioner, Rolando's duties ranged from employee discharge contested appeal (with attorney's representing the parties) to hiring panels, and medical and injury based early retirement of disabled civil service employees. Between 2003-2005 Rolando served as both Civil Service Commission Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

          A fluent Spanish-speaker, Rolando was a legal affairs columnist for San Francisco's El Latino Newspaper from 1999-2001. Legal affairs articles by Mr. Pasquali have also appeared in the Daily Journal legal newspaper and he authored "The Pasquali Report" a law column for the San Mateo County Bar Journal keeping local attorneys abreast of developments in the law. Rolando has been interviewed on KTVU television, KSTS Telemundo, Bay T.V., and KCBS Radio.

          In 2017, Mr. Pasquali was a panelist at the 3rd International Conference on Jury Trials attended by local judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers at the Facultad de Derecho, University of Buenos Aires. Rolando also ran workshops for prosecutors on both digital evidence and expert witness cross examination.

          In 2016, the Argentine prosecutor’s office Ministerio Público de La Acusación, Provincia de Santa Fe invited Rolando to their country where he lectured local prosecutors and their staffs on the workup and litigation of criminal cases. Over a period of 4 days, Mr. Pasquali gave presentations in Spanish to public prosecutors at the Faculty of Science, Jurisprudence and Social Studies, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe and the Catholic University of Argentina, Rosario.

          From 2014-2017 Rolando Pasquali served as a member of California Bar Association Committee on the Administration of Justice, having been appointed by the California Bar Association's Board of Governors. Since 2009, Mr. Pasquali has been been repeatedly appointed to several committees by Presidents of the San Mateo County Bar Association.

Spare Time and Volunteering

          Rolando Pasquali is an accomplished public speaker. He has been honored to serve as both an Auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies at fundraising events including: cancer foundation; church fundraising; and Kenyan orphan relief. Between 2012-2015, Rolando volunteered as an attorney-coach with the Mills High School "Mock Trial Team" helping student "attorneys" and witnesses hone skills in both courtroom technique and trial advocacy.

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