Herman Papa is a highly experienced trial attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants for over 40 years in
state and federal court.
Since 2006, he has dedicated his career to serving as a Neutral in all types of serious personal injury cases and
landlord-tenant litigation, real estate contract litigation, employment law cases, commercial contract litigation,
professional liability and government entity litigation.
Leading members for both plaintiff and defense trial bars have been profuse in their expressions of confidence and
satisfaction of Mr. Papa's genuine insight, patience and skill in grasping the key issues of their cases, understanding
the position of their clients and showing outstanding skill at motivating parties to collaborate for successful settlement
of their disputes.
One leading trial lawyer said "Mr. Papa was able to assist the parties in resolving our case using his persuasive
demeanor, his ability to get to the heart of the matter, and his tremendous knowledge and experience of the reality
of the courtroom."
Law Offices of Herman D. Papa, a plaintiff trial practice representing clients for personal injury damages (1982-2009)
Associate, Boccardo, Blum, Niland, Teerlink & Bell, plaintiff trial practice in products liability, aviation, Jones Act, FELA, LHWA cases, construction defect cases, medical and dental malpractice cases (1967-1982)
Deputy City Attorney, City & County of San Francisco, defense practice focused in civil litigation involving public property, Municipal Railway, school property, police and firefighter conduct, public school supervision, Juvenile Court proceedings.
Education & Professional Affiliations
BA University of San Francisco (1958)
J.D. Lincoln University Law School (1963
Approved Neutral Arbitrator, Kaiser Permanente (2014 -present)
Certified Arbitrator Bar Association of San Francisco (2014-present)
Rosenberg school of Dispute Resolution, Intensive Mediation Training (2006)
Bar Association of San Francisco Mediation Services Panel (2006-present)
Mediation Services Panel San Francisco Bay Area Superior Courts
American Board of Trial Advocates
CA State Bar
Consumer Advocates of CA
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Hobbies & Interests
Golf, cycling, educational and non-profit advisory work.
All types of personal injury cases including private and governmental parties
Professional, medical dental and legal malpractice
Motor vehicle accidents including highway design defect
Construction defect cases resulting in personal injury
MVA bodily injuries, special and general damages, comparative negligence.
Death case involving auto/pedestrian with limited insurance coverage. Settlement terms negotiated with future payment schedule from personal assets of defendant and security documentation.
Case involved emotionally charged atmosphere as Plaintiff/Attorney was faced with defense evidence that would jeopardize his license if turned over to the State Bar. Plaintiff's attorney had client control difficulty. The mediation atmosphere was highly charged and demanded carefully controlled communications by the Mediator.
Traumatic amputation of thumb and finger dominant hand design defect and breach of warranty allegations.
Case of complex medical causation issues. Plaintiff was a 42-year-old with chronic pre-existing degenerative spine and right hip seeking to recover damages in present lawsuit for aggravation of pre-existing condition resulting in surgery to replace right hip and future surgery to stabilize fractured L-3 vertebra.