Specialties:
  • Arbitrators
  • Construction/ Construction Defect
  • Contracts
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Land Use / Boundary Disputes
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Landslide, Water, Mold and Fire Damage
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Special Master
  • Tree Law/ Neighbor Disputes
  • Trusts/ Estates/ Probate
Education
  • J.D., University of San Francisco Law School, 1968
  • M.A. (Humanities), Dominican University of California, 2004
  • B.A., University of San Francisco, 1965

Gary T. Ragghianti, Esq.

Engaging, perspicacious, irreverently funny, and compassionate, Gary Ragghianti quickly discovered he was a natural for mediation after he joined Resolution Remedies as a founding panelist more than 25 years ago.  With family roots in North Beach and Marin County, Mr. Ragghianti brings intellectual sharpness, legal expertise, and prodigious people skills to the mediation table.

“I am a very good listener,” he says.  “I am extremely loyal to the receipt of information I gather from all sides of a dispute.” 

However, Gary’s super-power may be that he begins every assignment with diligent preparation.  “Possessing all the necessary and relevant facts involved in a dispute always serves to gain the trust of the parties, as well as their attention, and we may commence to resolve the dispute without having the opposing parties feeling that resolution is being thrust upon them.”

Ragghianti adds, “The real art in every mediation is to provide people an opportunity to make sound, voluntary decisions about their dispute that are grounded in a real appreciate of the risk, terms, expense, angst, and uncertainty that punctuates all litigation or disputes”

“In addition to applying the law to the operative facts of a matter before me, I strive always to ensure that the parties utilize good judgment.  In the end, I want and expect the parties to choose a solution after careful review of the matter with me.” 

Gary attributes his excellent settlement rate to an abundance of patience.  “While thoroughness and persistence may become tedious or tiring, there is no other way to sufficiently preserve full disclosure, fairness for all, and eventual mature resolution.  Effective resolution is very satisfying,” he notes. 

It is also essential to recognize the value of well-timed humor.  Gary observes that, “We are all flawed, imperfect human beings struggling to make things right.  Laughter is the powerful glue that binds us together and keeps us on the track toward resolution and closure.” 

Background

Deputy District Attorney, Marin County, 1969-71
Conn Breiner Birkie & Ragghianti, 1971-77
Conn Birkie Ragghianti & Lusse, 1977-87
Conn Ragghianti Lusse & Thomas, 1987-96
Ragghianti Freitas Montobbio Wallace LLP 1996-2000
Ragghianti Freitas Macias Wallace LLP 2001-04
Ragghianti Freitas LLP, 2004 – present

  • Extensive jury trial and court experience, representing plaintiffs and defendants
  • Practice emphasis on municipal law, environmental and land use zoning matters, representing public agency and developer clients
  • Business and real estate related litigation
  • Employment law, representing public and private clients, plaintiffs and defendants
  • At one time, represented four of the eleven cities in Marin County (Belvedere, Tiburon, Corte Madera, and San Rafael)
  • Drafted the tree ordinance for the Town of Tiburon

Memberships & Special Honors

President, Marin County Bar Association, 1982
Instructor, Criminal Law, College of Marin (3 years)
Founder and Chairman of the Board of former Metro Commerce Bank, 2002
Judicial AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review and Judge’s Ratings
Consistently named to the Best Lawyers in America and to Northern California Super Lawyers

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