G. Edward Rudloff, Jr.
Mr. Rudloff formerly practiced at Rudloff Wood & Barrows LLP and was a founding partner of that firm before it merged to form Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC. He was also a partner at Gordon & Rees, where he chaired the Property Insurance Group, and he was a partner at Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson & Tatum, where he was the chairman of the Insurance Law Practice Group.
Mr. Rudloff has a wealth of trial experience in both civil and criminal actions all over the State of California and in the federal courts. He has also appeared on a number of occasions before the Commission on Judicial Performance in the representation of members of the California judiciary. He also has significant experience in arguing matters in the various California appellate courts.
Mr. Rudloff served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco from 1973 to 1979. His prosecutions included all varieties of misdemeanor and felony offenses, the most notorious being one of San Francisco’s largest mass murder cases, the Golden Dragon Restaurant massacre.
Perhaps, Mr. Rudloff’s most impressive civil trial success is his work as lead counsel on behalf of the market of property insurers in the case tried in the California Superior Court (Orange County) entitled County of Los Angeles v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company, et al. The trial was in two phases, each won by the defense, resulting in a judgment including the recovery of costs of $8 million for the insurers. The plaintiff’s claim for damages was in the $500 million to $1 billion dollar range.
Mr. Rudloff earned his J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1972. During law school, he was the Book Review Editor of the Santa Clara Lawyer (now Santa Clara Law Review). He was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta and editor-in-chief of the law school newspaper, The Santa Clara Advocate.
Mr. Rudloff is authorized to practice law in California and in the U. S. District Courts for Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits.
Mr. Rudloff is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has been a vice-chair of the ABA Property Insurance Law Committee. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he was the chair of the Property Insurance Committee, a member of the Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal, and chairperson of the California Membership Delegation. He is a member of the Loss Executives Association. He is also a member of the Santa Clara University, School of Law, Board of Visitors.
Mr. Rudloff actively participates in community groups. He is a past President of The Olympic Club of San Francisco, a former member of the Board of Directors of The Olympic Club, and a former member of the Board of Directors of The Olympic Club Foundation. He is a founding Trustee of the Cutino Award, considered the “Heisman Trophy” of intercollegiate water polo. He is also a member of The Olympic Club masters swim team where he participates in both pool and open water races. He is an age group national champion and All-American. He was a member of the Brigham Young University Varsity Club and is a life member of the Marin Humane Society.
David A. Buxbaum v. Aetna Life and Casualty, et al., (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 434; Wailua Associates v. The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company (D. HI 1998) 27 F.Supp.2d 1211; B A Properties, Inc. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company (D. VI 2003) 273 F.Supp.2d 673; Stamm Theaters, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Company (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 531. James Dobbas, et al. v. Fred Vitas, et al. (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 809.
Since 1985, Mr. Rudloff has maintained an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell indicating the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by his peers in the legal community. Since its inception, Mr. Rudloff has earned the Northern California “Super Lawyer” designation, as awarded by Law & Politics, based on nomination, evaluation of professional achievements, and selection by a panel of attorneys in the applicable practice area. Only 5% of the total attorneys in each state receive the Super Lawyers designation. He is also one of a select number of the “Bay Area’s Best Insurance Lawyers,” and voted by his peers as one of an elite group of “Top Attorneys in Northern California” for his “impressive record of professional achievement and unquestioned ethical standards.”