Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in San Francisco, where her practice focuses on attorney liability and commercial litigation. She handles claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as motions to disqualify and for sanctions. She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues. She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience handling attorney-client fee disputes. Ms. Baldwin is a past chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She is a co-chair of the Legal Malpractice subcommittee for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Services Litigation. Ms. Baldwin served as the President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2017. Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches professional responsibility. Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and has served as a consulting editor for the Attorney Fee Agreement Forms Manual, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, California. Prior to law school, Ms. Baldwin was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.
GARRICK A. BYERS
Garrick A. Byers is a criminal defense attorney certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal law specialist. He is the author of multiple chapters of CEB’s “California Criminal Law, Procedure and Practice” (2016), including chapter 41 titled “Trial Counsel’s Duties After Judgment; Cleansing and Sealing of Criminal Records.” Garrick is called the “Statute Decoder” because of his great facility at understanding and explaining California statutes. He speaks and writes statewide on a wide variety of criminal law subjects. He also writes an annual “New Laws” treatise, and coordinates the California Public Defenders Association’s (CPDA’s) statewide annual seminar, “New Statutes.” Before going into private practice, Garrick was a public defender for 33 years in Contra Costa and Fresno Counties. Currently he is on CPDA’s Legislative Committee, and he is a former CPDA President.