Rob Epstein is the founder of Epstein Law Firm. Rob specializes in estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation; general civil litigation; mediation; and local government law. He is the elected City Attorney of San Rafael (elected in 2007, reelected in 2011), and also serves as Town Attorney of San Anselmo (since 2006) and City Attorney of Belvedere (since 2006). Rob has handled numerous cases involving a wide variety of issues, including employment, insurance bad faith, personal injury, medical negligence, and more. Rob has conducted jury trials in six California counties, including Marin. [Click here for more information regarding Epstein Law Firm’s civil litigation practice]. Rob has achieved particular success in local bench trials involving Marin County neighbor litigation (usually real estate disputes) and will and trust contests.
Rob’s mediation practice also involves a wide variety of practice areas. He regularly assists the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as a member of the Court’s mediation panel.
In his local government practice, Rob attends city council meetings, provides advice to elected and appointed city officials, and supervises the defense of lawsuits filed against the cities.
Rob currently serves as a member of the Legal Advocacy Committee of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities, and previously served as a member of the Fair Political Practices Committee. Rob also serves as a Board Member of the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority (CJPRMA). More than 20 Northern California cities and public entities are members of CJPRMA, which provides primary and excess liability and property insurance coverage to its members. Rob is a member of the Claims and Coverage Committee of the CJPRMA Board.
Rob previously has assisted the Marin County Court as a judge pro tem in small claims court and as a settlement panelist. Rob is a past president of the board of Legal Aid of Marin, past president of the Richard Sangster American Inn of Court (Marin/Sonoma/Napa), and past vice president of the board of the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.
Rob graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric (1985), and attended UC Hastings College of Law (1991), where he served as a federal judicial extern for the Hon. Fern M. Smith (Ret.). Following law school, Rob joined Farella Braun & Martel LLP in San Francisco and later was a partner in Ragghianti Freitas LLP in San Rafael. In 2012, Rob founded Epstein Law Firm.
A Marin County native, Rob resides in San Rafael with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.