Academic: Bob Litchfield has a Juris Doctorate With Great Distinction from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He graduated second in his law school class of 191 students in 1980. At McGeorge, Bob earned membership in the Prestigious Order of the Coif, for academic excellence in the study of the law. He also became a life member in the Traynor Legal HonorSociety. He was on the Dean's Honor Roll for three years straight. He earned the AmericanJurisprudence Awards (meaning that he was first in his class) in Estate Planning, and in Conflict of Laws. Bob was a Staff Writer for the Law Review, and published his note: "Unprofessional Conduct by Real Estate Brokers: Conflict of Interest and Conflict in the Law," 11 PLJ 821 (1980). At McGeorge, Bob was also a contributing editor for the DIALOGUE, the McGeorge School of Law Newspaper. During his 1979-80 school year, the DIALOGUE was named by the law student division of the American Bar Association as "Best Law School Newspaper in the Nation."
Award-Winning Legal Service:
-In 2016, Bob was listed in the Top Five Percent of America's Most Honored Professionals.
-For the 2015-2016 year, Bob was awarded Auburn Rotary's Harold Weaver Vocational Service Award, for excellent service in his profession.
-From 2013, each year to the present, Bob has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award, for excellence in service to his clients, as rated by his clients. Fewer than four percent of all of the 900,000 lawyers who are listed in Martindale-Hubbell ever receive this award. The award is based upon client ratings of a lawyer's Quality of Service, Overall Value, Responsiveness, and Communication Ability.
-In 2012, Bob received the Service Achievement Award from the Sierra Economic Development Corporation for his voluntary legal service to that organization.
-Since 1994, Bob has been listed in the Marquis Who's Who in American Law.
Thirty-six years of successful law practice experience.
Undergraduate and Other Education:
Bob is a graduate of West Point, earning a Batchelor of Science in Military Engineering in 1971. At West Point, he rose to the Cadet rank of Battalion Adjutant. He was also an Intercollegiate Karate Champion, and was a contributing editor to the Cadet Magazine, THE POINTER. Bob also has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 1976, which is the military equivalent of a civilian M.B.A. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer's School.
1980 - 1983: After law school, Bob was recruited to work at Hershner, Hunter, Miller, Moulton & Andrews, a full-service business law firm in Eugene, Oregon. At that time, the Hershner Law Firm was the largest business law firm in the State of Oregon that was located outside of Portland. Bob chose to start his law career with the Hershner Law Firm because the firm had a special training program for incoming attorneys that included six months of training in each of the firm's specialization departments, which included litigation, bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, real estate law, estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and public law. While at the Hershner Law Firm, Bob worked for Wilson C. Muhlheim, who was one of the top four bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorneys in the State of Oregon. Bob's work included banking law, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, business and real estate law.
1983-1985: Bob had his own, solo law practice in Eugene, Oregon, doing primarily commercial litigation and bankruptcy law. His clients included the Bank of the Northwest, Pacific Continental Bank, and GMAC.
1985-1987: When both of Bob's parents became ill, he moved his law practice back to Sacramento, California to be nearer to his parents. He accepted employment with the small, boutique law firm of Felderstein, Rosenberg & McManus, a firm that did primarily bankruptcy, business counseling, and civil litigation. A week after Bob walked in the door, the firm was retained to do the Chapter 11 Business Reorganization for Nickel Enterprises...a $250,000,000 business that included five different corporate and limited partnership entities, a resort, a major real estate development, and more than 20,000 acres of agricultural property. Bob wrote the first draft of the reorganization plan for Nickel Enterprises. The reorganization of Nickel Enterprises brought so much attention to the small Felderstein firm that it was eventually merged into the oldest and one of the largest law firms in Sacramento: Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan. Of the five attorneys that Bob worked with at the Felderstein Law Firm, four of those attorneys have since become judges. David Rosenberg became a California Superior Court Judge. Michael McManus, Jane McKeag, and Whitney Rimel all became United States Bankruptcy Judges. At the Diepenbrock firm, Bob spent a year working as the second chair litigation attorney for William B. Shubb, a premier trial attorney who was a former U.S. Attorney at that time, and who is now a U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of California. Cases Bob worked on included the defense of a libel lawsuit against Dun & Bradstreet, defense of major banking cases, defense of a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against a major corporation by its former President, RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) cases, a major products liability lawsuit filed against a major forklift manufacturer, a major medical malpractice case, and an accounting malpractice case.
1987 to the present: Bob has been a solo practitioner, practicing primarily, bankruptcy, estate planning, personal injury cases, business, real estate, and the defense of civil and business lawsuits. During these happy years, Bob has been a Candidate for Superior Court Judge twice, and was endorsed in his judicial election campaign by the Dean of McGeorge School of Law, Dean Gordon V. Schaber.
Bob has served as a Judge Pro Temp for the Placer County Peer Court. Bob teaches Business Law, part time, at Sierra College, where he and three other lawyers co-authored a textbook on business law that is currently in use at Sierra College.