Debra Bogaards

Debra Bogaards

Debra F. Bogaards has a new solo practice, Bogaards Law, in the Union Square district of San Francisco. She is both a mediator and a plaintiff’s attorney. In 2019, she stopped doing insurance defense work for State Farm and Mercury as well as private clients after 37 years. Her mediation practice is well suited for her, given her strong background in both insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury, employment, elder abuse and tenants’ rights cases. An accomplished trial attorney, she has successfully completed 37 jury trials and one bench trial, and she’s been a Northern California Super-Lawyer for the past 14 consecutive years. She also is Vice President of the U.C. Hastings Board of Trustees. In her free time, Debra enjoys cycling in West Marin.

Articles written by this author:

Ten ways to settle your case quickly and reasonably

A defense attorney suggests that your client may benefit if you cooperate with defense counsel

Debra Bogaards

2010 October


Stilettos, trials and baby bottles

What’s the difference between being a female trial attorney and mom versus being a male trial attorney and dad?

Debra Bogaards

2014 February


Dressing your client for success at deposition and trial

Dressing your client for success at deposition and trial

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”

Debra Bogaards

2017 January


Stilettos in mediation

Stilettos in mediation

New mediator and former defense counsel on “the art of successful mediation”

Debra Bogaards

2019 April


What I learned at Harvard

The mediation program offers mediators the eye-opening opportunity to role play as plaintiffs and defendants

Debra Bogaards

2019 August