Civil appeals
                       in California and the federal courts

Richard Wiebe has focused much of his career on appellate litigation in federal and state courts. 


Early in his career, Rick spent a total of nine years as a judicial staff attorney at the federal United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and at the California Supreme Court.  During that time, he worked on hundreds of appeals addressing a wide variety of issues. 


In his work with judges of the appellate courts, Rick saw what arguments persuade judges—and what ones don’t.  Rick’s appellate work is also informed by his extensive experience litigating in trial courts. 


Rick has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to Silicon Valley start-ups, individuals, nonprofits, and government agencies.


Rick’s experience encompasses many different subject areas, including antitrust, intellectual property, contracts and other business disputes, environmental, privacy, electronic surveillance, First Amendment, civil liberties, securities fraud, class actions, employment, voting rights, and civil procedure.  Much of his experience lies at the crossroads of technology and the law. 


Rick serves as a court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


Rick has devoted thousands of hours to public interest litigation.  He is widely recognized for his pro bono public interest litigation efforts, and has been honored several times as a pro bono lawyer of the year. 


Rick is also counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading public-policy organization seeking to protect civil liberties and the rights of consumers and innovators in the digital world.


Rick is a graduate of Yale University and of the Berkeley Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. 



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