Robert S. Cathcart

Our dear friend and mentor, Robert Cathcart, passed away on November 1, 2007. He was a veteran of over 75 trials, including over 50 jury trials. He had substantial experience in numerous areas of practice and in virtually all phases of litigation, including commercial matters (contract, securities and antitrust), the defense of personal injury claims, medical and legal malpractice suits, the defense of insurance bad faith claims, public entity/inverse condemnation, and actions involving tax matters. Mr. Cathcart had also appeared before various state and federal agencies, including the United States Department of Energy on petroleum pricing and energy matters, and before the Internal Revenue Service. He regularly counseled clients on a wide variety of matters, including commercial and insurance coverage matters.

A native of Palo Alto , Mr. Cathcart received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Stanford University and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1934. Mr. Cathcart joined Leighton Bledsoe, Rogers Smith and Paul Dana only a few months after they founded the Bledsoe Firm in 1947, becoming a partner in 1952.

Mr. Cathcart was a member of the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Defense Research Institute, and the Association of Defense Counsel.

He will be missed by all who knew him.