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Robert A. Rich


(510) 463-8686
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1111 Broadway
Suite 1700
Oakland, CA 94607

San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., University of Maryland, 1980

B.A., University of Maryland, 1977


Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,


Robert Rich is a partner in grsm’s San Francisco and Oakland offices and is a member of the firm’s Environmental/Toxic Tort and Aviation practice groups. 

Toxic Tort

Robert’s practice focuses on toxic tort litigation. He has handled a wide variety of toxic tort cases involving product liability and chemical exposure litigation to silica, glycol ethers, acetone, isopropyl alcohol, n-butly acetate, petroleum distillate and xylene.  


Robert has tried more than 30 mesothelioma cases to verdict in California and throughout the Country, and achieved defense verdicts in almost every case he has tried. Robert was honored by Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation – the target defendant in the asbestos litigation – when he was given the "Star" award for the attorney with the best trial record in the country. 


Robert has extensive aviation experience, and has handled a variety of air crash litigation cases.  He is a commercial qualified pilot holding multiengine and instrument pilot ratings, and owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 aircraft hangered near San Francisco International Airport. 

Robert has spoken at numerous regional and national seminars on toxic tort litigation, and annually helps teach a course on Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School.   Robert resides in Los Altos, California with his wife, who is a physician, and his two children who are in junior high and high school.


  • California
  • Florida


  • American and California State Bar Associations
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
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