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2131 The Alameda, Suite C-2
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408)293-5050
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Biography

    Office:

      2131 The Alameda, Suite C-2
      San Jose, California 95113
      Telephone: 408-293-5050
      Facsimile: 408-293-5056

    Personal Information:

      Bilingual in Spanish and English (Some Italian, Portuguese and French). Extensive travel in Canada, USA, Mexico, and Europe

    Education:

      1972-1975 University of California School of Law, Davis, California; J.D. Degree
      1967 New York Institute of Finance Investment Securities Courses
      1964-1966 American Institute of Banking Courses
      1957-1962 San Jose State College, B.S. Degree, Business and Industrial Management

    Law School Activities:

      Elected: President, Ralph Bunche Society of International Law; Treasurer, Law Students Association; Member - Phi Delta Phi law fraternity; Student Mock Trial Court Board; University recommended for inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (1974-1975)

      Founder: University of California Davis Law Students Opera Association; Law Student Foreign Language Court Interpreter Program

      Author: Law Review Article, "Attorneys Guide To The Use Of Court Interpreters With An English And Spanish Glossary of Criminal Law Terms" 8 UCD Law Review 471 (1975)

    Law Related Experience:

      Summer 1973: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, San Francisco. Legal Intern; assisted SEC attorneys in research and preparation of major case; participated in various phases of trial; investigated stock dealings for possible violations of Reg. A of Securities Act of 1933

      Summer 1974: Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Sacramento. Legal Intern; analyzed California Court System and author of statements of problems and needs for publication in 1975 California Comprehensive Plan. Evenings - did legal research for private attorney on several matters involving banks and negotiable instruments

      April-September 1975: Special Consultant; Arthur Young & Co.; assisted in the development and presentation of a statewide study and published report for the California Judicial Council to assess the language needs of the California population as they relate to the use of the justice system

      Fall 1975: Graduate legal research assistant on narcotics cases for the Sacramento District Attorney's Office

      Fall 1976: Prepared, authored and published interpreter training materials and established statewide certification standards and procedures for the State Department of Benefit Payments; drafted Senate Bill 420 authored by Senator Alex Garcia which became law regarding the usage of interpreters in Judicial and Administration Hearings (California Evidence Code 750 et seq.)

      January - July 1977: Hearing Officer for the State Department of Benefits Payments

      August 1977 - February 1978: Solo General Law Practice, San Jose, California

      March - November 1978: Associate in 17-member law firm of Morgan, Beauzay, Hammer, Ezgar, Bledsoe & Rucka, San Jose, California

      December 1978 - February 1981: Partner in 6-member law firm of Morgan, Zazueta, Morgan, Towery, Morgan & Spector, San Jose, California

      March 1981 - November 1993: Associate, in 29-member Boccardo Law Firm, San Jose, California in plaintiffs' personal injury litigation practice

      December 1993 to present: Solo plaintiffs' personal injury litigation practice, San Jose, California

    Professional Licenses and Memberships:

      Admitted to Practice - All State of California Courts 5-26-76
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California 10-13-78
      U.S. Supreme Court 5-18-81
      Type of Law Practice: Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law

      Member: California State Bar, Consumer Attorneys of California (State and Santa Clara County); LaRaza National Lawyers Association (State and County) and Santa Clara County Bar Association

    Professional Activities:

      Member - American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law (1979-1984)

      Member - State Bar of California Public Affairs Committee (1979-1980)

      Member - Santa Clara County Bar Association Board of Trustees (1980-1981)

      Member - various committees and Santa Clara County Bar Association Delegate to State Bar of California Conference of Delegates (1979 and 1980)

      State President - LaRaza National Lawyers Association (California), two terms (1978-1980)

      National Vice-President - LaRaza National Lawyers Association (California), two terms (1976-1978)

      Member - Santa Clara County Court Improvement Advisory Committee per State Assembly Committee on Judiciary (1980)

      Commissioner - State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, two terms (1980 and 1981)

      Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Appointee, County Justice System Advisory Board (1986-1987)

      Member - Resolutions Committee, State Bar of California Conference of Delegates (1986-1988)

      Judge Pro-Tempore Santa Clara County Superior Court (Since 1985 and current)

    Past Civic Activities:

      Member - Yolo County Democratic Club (1976-1977). Santa Clara County Democratic Century Club (1978 to present) - President two terms (1987 and 1989)

      Delegate - (1979 and 1980) California Democratic Conventions

      Chairman - Community Advisory Council of San Jose Unified School District re Alleviation of Ethnic and Racial Isolation of Students (1979)

      Legal Counsel - California Golden 500 (Hispanic statewide political group) (1980)

      Director - California Security Bank, San Jose, California (1980)

      Governor - Appointed Public Member - State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (1978)

      Director - Economic and Social Opportunities, Inc., San Jose, California (1979)

      Director - World Affairs Council of San Jose (1967)

      Member (past and current) - San Jose State College Alumni Association; UC Davis Law School Alumni Association

      Member - San Jose Community Concerts Association (1972)

      Member - San Marcos Foundation in San Jose (non-profit organization for the construction of low and moderate income housing) (1971)

      Member - United Way of Santa Clara County Legislative Liaison Committee (1980-1981)

      Director - San Jose Development Corporation, San Jose, California (1980)

      Director - International Hospitality Center, San Francisco, California (1981)

      Director - San Francisco LaRaza Centro Legal (legal services agency) (1981)

      Director - San Jose Museum of Art (1981-1987)

      Member - City Council Appointee - San Jose International Airport Commission (1986-1989)

      Co-chairman - Mayor's Mexico City Earthquake Relief Committee (1985)

      Director - San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau (1987-1990)

      Chairman - Leadership Training Program Santa Clara County for Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (1986 - 1989).

      Member - U.S. Selective Service System San Jose Civilian Review Board (1984-1991)

      Mayor's Appointee - City Political Redistricting Review Panel (1992)

      Treasurer - Susan Hammer for Mayor Committee (1990-1993)

      Member - Bellarmine College Preparatory Dads Club, San Jose, California (1991-1994)

      Member - California Business Bank Advisory Council (1991-1994)

      Member - KNTV Channel 11 Hispanic Advisory Board (1984)

      Member - KNTV Channel 11 Community Advisory Board (1995 to 1997)

    Present Civic Activities:

      Incorporator, Founder and Board Chairman - Mexican Heritage Corporation of San Jose (1988 to present) - Presenting numerous cultural activities, including annual San Jose International Mariachi Festival and Conference

      Member - Downtown Rotary Club of San Jose (1983 to present)

      Member - American G.I. Forum, San Jose Chapter (1985 to present) Former Announcer for annual downtown San Jose parades for Cinco de Mayo and 16th of September

      Legal Advisor - Mexican Consulate General of San Jose (1978 to present)

      Director - Bulldog Foundation San Jose High School Academy(1981 to present)

      Member - Advisory Council, San Jose Conservation Corps (5/95)

      Member - American Leadership Forum (ALF), Class VII, Silicon Valley Chapter (1995 to 1996) and ALF Senior Fellows Council (1996 to present)

      Director/Secretary - San Jose Unified (school district) Educational Foundation (1994 to 1998)

      Member - Friends of People Acting in Community Together (PACT) (1996 to present)

      Member - City of San Jose 1777 Founders Week Committee (1993 - 1998)

      Member - S.J.S.U. College of Business Capital Campaign Executive Team (1996 - 1999)

      Director - San Jose State University President's Council Board of Directors (1996 - 1998)

      Member - San Jose Mercury News/Nuevo Mundo Hispanic Advisory Committee (1996 to present)

      Member - Community Foundation of Santa Clara County Advisory Committee for Minority Audience Arts and Cultural Development Project (1997 - 1998)

      Member - San Jose National Bank Advisory Committee (1996 to present)

      Member - Comerica Bank Community Advisory Committee (1996 - 1999)

      Frequent guest speaker and master of ceremonies for local schools and organizations.

     

  
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