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Richard S. Diestel

A partner since 1988, Mr. Diestel earned his J.D. degree at Hastings College of the Law and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He regularly appears in all the courts in the State of California.

Mr. Diestel’s practice includes complex personal injury and business litigation, including products liability, construction law, unfair competition, employment litigation, and environmental torts. He has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdict and has litigated hundreds of cases to successful resolution. A strong proponent of ADR, Mr. Diestel has over 20 years of service as an arbitrator with the California Superior Court. He also has testified as an expert witness on handling third-party litigation.

Mr. Diestel is a charter member of American Inn of Court, a national organization that promotes legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics. Mr. Diestel is A-V rated and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury defense. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and lectures on civil litigation.


The Bledsoe Law Firm is pleased to announce Rich Diestel has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, for 2015
The Bledsoe Law Firm is pleased to announce Rich Diestel has been named a 2014 Super Lawyer in Northern California by Super Lawyers Magazine
The Bledsoe Law Firm is pleased to announce that Richard Diestel and Steven McDonald have been acknowledged as 2013 Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
Bledsoe Obtains Summary Judgment in Favor of Component Part Manufacturer in Fatal Accident


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1975

Court Admissions

  • California
  • California Supreme Court
  • Untied States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • USDC: Central District of California
  • USDC: Eastern District of California
  • USDC: Northern District of California
  • USDC: Southern District of California

Memberships & Associations

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American bar Association, Litigation Section
  • California Real Property law Section
  • The Lawyers Club of San Francisco American Inn of Court

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