10 Things about Pasquali Law

SAN MATEO LITIGATION BOUTIQUE also San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, Daly City, Hayward, Millbrae, Richmond, Santa Clara, Redwood City, South San Francisco PASQUALI LAW OFFICE



1220 Howard Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010





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email: info19@lawsuite.net

San Mateo Peninsula: (650)579-0100

San Francisco: (415)841-1000



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 LitigationBreach of contract

About This Attorney

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

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

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 to his death in 1999, 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 ultra-prominent trial attorneys, Rolando Pasquali spent the next 10 years in every trial lawyer's School of Hard Knocks, working inside the courts as a criminal prosecutor.

In Court

Most lawyers, including those who do "nothing but" 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. 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" resulting in "guilty" verdicts. One trial broke what would have been a perfect sweep; that trial was a "hand off" from another prosecutor, who had just told the 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.

Rolando Pasquali's winning trials have included: murder; 3 Strikes; home invasion; multiple defendants; and D.U.I. high speed vehicular manslaughter. In 10 years, Rolando never lost a homicide, a life sentence case, or a 3 strikes jury trial. Not once. 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 Pasquali has lectured the San Mateo Barristers (young lawyers group) on both opening statements at trial and in conducting "Voir Dire," the process of jury selection.

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 on the how to's of cross examining expert witnesses in trial.

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. fluent Spanish-speaker, Rolando was a legal affairs columnist for San Francisco's El Latino Newspaper from 1999-2001.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, Rolando was honored to lecture members of the San Mateo County Bar Association during their continuing legal education program's "Funky Credit Day," he stopped lecturing at Funky Credit Day when he became a committee member charged with selecting future speakers.

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 former public speaking champion, Rolando Pasquali has been repeatedly asked to serve as both Auctioneer and as the Master of Ceremonies at both cancer foundation and religious organization fundraising events. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Rolando was a legal affairs columnist for San Francisco's El Latino Newspaper from 1999-2001.

Legal affairs articles by Rolando Pasquali have also appeared in the Daily Journal legal newspaper and in the San Mateo County Bar Journal "The Docket," keeping local attorneys abreast of developments in the law. Rolando has been interviewed on KTVU television, KSTS Telemundo, Bay T.V., KALW, and KCBS Radio.

Spare Time and Volunteering

Over the years, Mr. Pasquali has worked with youth both inside the classroom and on the field. Before practicing law, Rolando coached high school football in the West Catholic Athletic League. More recently, Rolando has 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. Mock Trial involves high school students appearing in real courtrooms, arguing motions, examining "witnesses," presenting evidence, making & responding to objections, and trying a hypotheical criminal case to verdict before attorney members of the bar and even actual judges.

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