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PROGRAMS & AWARDS

Don E. Bailey Civility & Professionalism Award

The Don E. Bailey Civility & Professionalism Award was established in 2000 to honor the memory of the late San Francisco ABOTA Chapter President Don E. Bailey, a plaintiff’s attorney who became ill while in office.

The San Francisco Chapter’s decision to honor a member who models civility and humanity in his/her work was triggered by Don’s premature death. The award is given to honor a distinguished San Francisco ABOTA member who continually exemplifies Civility, Professionalism, and Integrity in the practice of the law while always vigorously, courageously and expertly advocating his/her clients’ causes.

Don successfully blended tenacity with politeness; success with humility; took his clients causes seriously – but himself not so. He was a great model to younger lawyers of how to be a zealous advocate without losing one’s sense of perspective.

He was effective but not pushy; a superior trial lawyer but never condescending. He had a long term view of life, the world and our work as trial lawyers that is to be emulated.

Past Recipients

Richard C. Bennett

2023

Thomas Brandi

2020

Eugene Brown, Jr.

2016

Daniel J. Kelly

2013

Ronald H. Rouda

2010

David Lynch

2007

Robert Barbagelata

2003

Christopher J. Beeman

2022

Dennis Moriarty

2019

Charles Warner

2015

Edward J. Nevin

2013

Ralph A. Lombardi

2010

Nelson Barry

2006

Joseph Rogers

2002

Richard H. Schoenberger

2022

James Brosnahan

2018

John A. McGuinn

2014

George Shelby

2012

John F. DeMeo

2009

William McDowell

2005

Norman Saucedo

2001

Michael P. Bradley

2021

Craig Needham

2017

William B. Smith

2014

Michael J. Ney

2011

Vincent B. McLorg

2008

Nathan Cohn

2004

Richard Dodge

2000

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