Robert Wright has a long history of successfully representing corporate, governmental, and individual clients in a wide range of single party and class action cases involving unfair competition, product liability, antitrust, securities, corporate, banking, fidelity bond, real estate, trust and estate, and employment law. In addition to representing clients in state and federal courts and before an international jury, Robert has argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court.
His reported decisions include: In re Tobacco Cases I, 193 Cal.App.4th 1591, 124 Cal.Rptr.3d 352 (2011); In re Firearm Cases, 126 Cal.App.4th 959, 24 Cal.Rptr.3d 659 (2005); and Bily v. Arthur Young & Co., 3 Cal. 4th 370, 11 Cal.Rptr.2d 51, 834 P.2d 745 (1992).
Known for his prowess in complex, high level litigation, outstanding client service, and vigorous advocacy on behalf of his clients, Robert shares his expertise as a speaker and author locally and nationally. He is often asked to partner with out-of-state firms as local counsel due to his extensive knowledge of discovery, pretrial and trial procedures in California and federal courts.
Robert has earned a variety of accolades throughout his career and received the Spirit of CEB Award from the State Bar of California and the University of California for his career contributions to education on civil litigation. For over 30 years, he has co-authored and updated California Civil Discovery Practice, a leading treatise in the field, and serves as a discovery facilitator for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. He has been recognized among the Best Lawyers of America in business litigation and commercial litigation, has been named one of the Best Lawyers in San Diego by San Diego Magazine, and has been named a Super Lawyer in business litigation several times. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he has taught pretrial litigation and trial advocacy since 1986. Robert is also a Master and member of the Executive Board in the American Inns of Court, Louis Welsh Chapter.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Occidental College and a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of Law. He joined forces with John L’Estrange (and retired San Diego Superior Court Judge William R. Nevitt) to form Wright & L’Estrange, now known as Wright, L’Estrange & Ergastolo, in 1983.