Neutral Profile



  • Based in Northern California, available in All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


Bob has been a family law litigator for 35 years, including 25 years as a certified specialist. He has served in the role of representing the petitioner, respondent, mediator, Judge Pro Tem, arbitrator, and referee in almost every type of family law dispute. Many times, these matters involved real estate, business, trust and estate, and tax issues.

Over the last 15 years, approximately one-fifth of his practice has been serving as a private judge for settlements and trials in Sacramento, Placer, Dorado, Yolo, and other Northern California counties. As a result, he has gained a reputation as a knowledgeable, effective, and fair adversary and neutral.

One attorney commented, “Bob has a reputation for being honest, smart, compassionate, and practical. He doesn’t have a false ego and genuinely wants to help people resolve their disputes. Regardless of the complexities of a matter, nothing seems to daunt him, he has a big picture style that keeps everyone focused on resolution.”

Practice Areas

  • Specialist in Family Law and experienced in complex corporate, business, real estate and tax issues

Experience Summary

Bob has been involved in all types of family law cases over the last 40 years. The following experience is from his background as a litigator and neutral.

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Hobbies & Interests

Bob is a member and past president of Valley Hi Country Club. Member of Laguna Creek Racquet Club. He plays a lot of golf, tennis, and enjoys hiking. He is trying to get back into flyfishing.

Experience Summary


• Numerous mediations of complex property division cases involving multi-million dollar Pereira/Van Camp issues, the value of businesses, and in some cases which party should continue running the business.

• Mediation of control and community value of large farming operations.

• Mediation of support cases with issues of income available for support and large fluctuating incomes.

• Private trial and mediation of both the validity and interpretation of pre-marital agreements.

• 14-day trial over the interpretation of a Marital Settlement Agreement that had divided several businesses.

Legal Career

  • Full Time Neutral, Judicate West (Present)
  • Partner, Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc., litigating family law matters while also serving as a Mediator and Private Judge since 2006 in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo Counties (1997-2021)
  • Certified Family Law Specialist (1985- Present)
  • Judge Pro Tem Sacramento Superior Court (1992 – Present)
  • Judge Pro Tem Sacramento Small Claims Court (1985-1990)
  • Mediator, Mediation panel for the 3rd District Court of Appeals, 2021

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1977)
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1974)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Chairperson, Family law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association (1991); Executive Board (1989–1992), (2001–2006)
  • Member, California State Bar Family Law Section (1983-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Chairman, Sacramento County Child Support and Spousal Support Guidelines (1985)
  • Legislative Chair, California State Bar Family Law Executive Committee Member (1991–1993)
  • Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines (1990-1991)
  • Judicial Council, Coordinator Sacramento Colloquia on Goodwill in Dissolution of Marriage Cases (1990)
  • Board Member of Traffic Adjudication Board (1983-1984)
  • 5 day mediation training with the National Conflict Resolution Center 2021

Achievements & Awards

  • Named, “Best Lawyers in America” (1991-Present)
  • Lecture: Enhancing Calendar Management and Settlement Strategies-Cow Counties Judicial Seminar (June 2017)
  • Co-author, Continuing Education of the Bar supplement for Marital Dissolution Practice (February 1988, March 1989, June 1990)
  • Lectured on numerous family law topics including: Appeals in Family Law, Handling Custody Disputes, Child Support, Dividing Aspects of Marital Dissolutions, Value & Assets of Marital Dissolutions, Family Law Legislation, Tax Aspects of a Divorce, and more.
  • Super Lawyer of Northern CA, every year since 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell listed is AV Preeminent rating in both peer review and judicial editions

Legal Experience

  • Specialist in Family Law and experienced in complex corporate, business, real estate and tax issues

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