Richard Sax passed the California Bar and began his practice in 1978, after graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 1977. Previously, he spent a year abroad studying in Florence, Italy, before graduating from Gonzaga University in 1975 with a degree in Political Science.
Richard was raised to value integrity, public service, and helping others. While growing up in in Washington State and British Columbia, Richard worked with his father, the town mayor, in the family title business. Richard’s mother was a nurse, hospital administrator, and state legislator. Both of his parents were saddened when they saw people lose their homes because they lacked legal representation. They urged him to practice law to equalize the playing field and help people deal with the intricacies of our legal system.
When Richard established his law practice, he began taking on “big city” attorneys and large law firms that aim to exhaust their adversaries, both financially and emotionally.
That’s why Richard became a lawyer—to equalize the playing field by fighting for people’s rights, and to work tirelessly to bring them justice.
In 36 years of trial practice, Richard has successfully undertaken a wide variety of legal cases. He practices civil litigation, real estate law, divorce and family law, personal injury/wrongful death, business law, foreclosure defense, and criminal defense. Richard is licensed to provide full representation in state, federal, appellate, and supreme courts.
Richard has successfully brought or defended more than 18 appeals and writs of mandate, including two CEQA writs of mandate, during the course of his career. Three published appellate decisions have arisen from appeals that Richard has brought or defended:
- James Rufini v. CitiMortgage, Inc. (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 299 (foreclosure defense)
- Guardianship of D.W. (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 242 (guardianship with ICWA issues)
- Manor Investment Co. v. F.W. Woolworth Co. (1984) 159 Cal. App. 3d 586 (conspiracy)
Richard also has an extensive history of hard-fought jury trials, both civil and criminal, in state and federal courts. He has advocated for his clients in thousands of arbitrations, court trials, mediations, and courtroom hearings.
A sample of Richard’s jury trials include:
- Gadow v. Analy Mortgage Center, et al. (real estate fraud)
- Robertson v. Choy (interference with contract)
- Waltenspiel v. Oakland Police Department (excessive force)
- People v. French (theft)
- Robertson v. Sears, et al. (product liability)
- Monigan v. Walmart, et al. (product liability)
- People v. Tovar aka Recinos (vehicular manslaughter)
- People v. Campana (domestic violence)
- Rodriguez v. Caltrans (Caltrans driver negligence)
Richard’s Kaiser Arbitrations for medical malpractice include:
- McQuaid v. Kaiser
- Van Boldrick v. Kaiser
- Sonke v. Kaiser
Richard has been appointed to serve as an Arbitrator and Settlement Conference Panelist by the Sonoma County Superior Court and helps veterans with a wide range of legal difficulties in Vetconnect.
We proudly serve communities in the Bay Area and Northern California, including San Francisco County (San Francisco) • Alameda County (Oakland) • Sonoma County (Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma) • Mendocino County (Ukiah, Mendocino, Willits, the North Coast) • Napa County (Napa) • Marin County (San Rafael, Marin) • Lake County (Lakeport, Clearlake) • Humboldt County (Eureka) • Santa Clara County • Solano County • Contra Costa County
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Sonoma County Bar Association
- Better Business Bureau
- Parker Stanbury
- Business Network International
- Pacific Musical Society, 1996-2001 – Officer & Director
- San Pablo Pacific, Inc., 1997-2001 – Officer, Director & General Counsel
- Hogue Equipment Company, 1985-1995 – General Counsel
- California, 1978
- Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1977
- Gonzaga University, 1975
Pro Bono Activities
- Sonoma County Superior Court, Arbitrator and Settlement Conference Panelist