Debra F. Bogaards



Judge pro tem

Practice Areas

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Vehicle Accidents
Premises Injuries
Dangerous Conditions
Gas Pipeline Explosions
Medical Negligence
Brain Injuries

Elder Abuse/Nursing Home Neglect
Improper care
Injuries from falling
Undue influence

Employment Law
Wage and hour
Wrongful Termination

Insurance Disputes/Bad Faith

Sexual Molestation of Students
Title IX Advisor
Civil Lawsuits





Debra F.Plaintiff MagazineSuper Lawyer


Founder, Partner

T: 415.979.0480 
F: 415.979.0482

“I like my law practice because I get to know my clients so well, to help them through difficult times and get them the highest compensation for their losses. Many have become good friends.”

Debra connects with people. Whether they’re clients hospitalized after an accident, a jury considering liability, or a family whose elderly parent has been abused in a nursing home, Debra gets to the heart of their concerns. She obtains exceptional results for clients bringing suit -- plaintiffs in injury, accident and wrongful death cases. As a former managing partner of a legal defense firm, she understands defense attorneys’ game plan, and can often achieve generous settlements before trial even begins.

Debra loves her trial work. With 35 years of successful trial experience, she has devoted tens of thousands of hours to the craft of taking expert depositions, picking juries, conducting trials, and telling her clients’ stories in compelling detail. Intensely focused and meticulous in preparing each case for mediation or trial, she prides herself on establishing good working relationships with opposing counsel, experts and judges. Debra credits her extraordinarily successful record to tenacity, determination and an unstoppable desire to win. She is an advocate in the best sense of the word, with the excellent reputation and results to prove it.

Clients like Debra for many reasons: She clearly explains their case and describes what they can expect from the legal process, she quickly responds to phone calls and emails, she advocates aggressively and, quite simply, she cares passionately about them. Debra is so trusted that she often is referred cases by other attorneys and judges, and is asked to serve as personal counsel to people who are going through complex, multi-party litigation. 

 "We were extremely pleased by Debra’s professional abilities and personal attention, and we recommend her without hesitation! If you can imagine a good experience with a lawyer, Debra is it." Delores Hiskes 

Debra is so devoted to the art of settlement, mediation and trial that she teaches her peers how to become better trial lawyers. She also is deeply involved in her legal and home communities. Of the many achievements, awards, offices and memberships noted below, she is most proud of her induction into the Litigation Counsel of America in 2007, a national trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than half of one percent of American lawyers; her long service to Legal Aid of Marin, where she advocates for those without access to legal representation; and her successful representation of one of the families who lost a young daughter in the horrendous San Bruno PG&E pipeline explosion.

The law is not Debra’s only interest. After earning an advanced legal certification in Austria, Debra worked in Europe, and married her attorney husband, Pieter Bogaards, in DeRijp, the Netherlands, a 17th century town near Amsterdam. The family includes two adult daughters, and resides in Marin County, where Debra can be found cycling on the roads to Point Reyes or the Seven Sisters. She is training for her third Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle (a century – 100 miles) and eighth Pacific Coast Century (from Carmel to Big Sur). She is also a theater buff from her time in London, honing her dramatic skills by watching the Bay Area’s many acclaimed productions.

Bar Admissions

All California Courts
U.S. Federal Courts
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. Supreme Court


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Salzburg, Austria
 Certificate in Advanced International Legal Studies, 1983

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  J.D., 1981

University of California, Berkeley
  B.S., 1978
  Major: Accounting and Finance

Honors and Awards

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005 - present
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2007 - present
Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2007
Martindale-Hubbell Rated "AV" (highest rating)

Professional Associations, Offices, Directorships
University of California, Hastings College of the Law Foundation,
   Board of Trustees, 2009 - present
   Chair, Nominating Committee, 2013-present
   2nd Vice President:  2015-present
Legal Aid of Marin, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2015
Marin County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1996 - 1999
Lawyers Friends of Wine, Board of Directors, 1995 - 1997
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1995 - present
Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, 2009 - present
Jewish Community Foundation, Business Leaders Council, Member, 2011 - 2012
Marin Bicycle Coalition Association, Member, 2011 - present
Marin Women Lawyers, Past President
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, alumni advisor of HJLSA  2014-present
Writings (selected)

CA Continuing Education of the Bar, California Liability Insurance Practice: Claims and Litigation and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, update author, 2009 - present

Classes/Seminars Given

Using Deposition Experts at Mediation, Western Trial Lawyers Association
The Basics: Personal Injury - Trial (with Miles Cooper of Rouda Feder) CA Continuing Education of the Bar
Basic Civil Procedure for Medical Experts, Private Client Seminars
Expert Depositions, Continuing Education of the Bar, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Sterling Education
Voir Dire, Continuing Education of the Bar, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Sterling Education
Lecturer, UC Hastings College of the Law College of Trial Advocacy
Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Effective Approaches to Opening Statements and Closing Arguments (with Kevin Morrison of Jones Clifford, LLP), Continuing Education of the Bar