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About Debra F. Bogaards

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.

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 the trial even begins.

Debra loves her trial work. With almost 40 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 an excellent reputation and results to prove it.


Debra’s Interests

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, which includes two adult daughters and two grandsons, resides in Marin County, where Debra can be found cycling on the roads to Point Reyes or the Seven Sisters.

“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.”

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Debra’s Achievements and Involvements

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 advocated 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. Debra is also committed to her U.C. Hastings College of the Law, as president of the Board of Trustees.


Almost 40 years of professional excellence


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