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Anthony N. DeMaria

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Biography

Mr. DeMaria has handled the litigation of insurance defense, public entity and school defense, employment defense, university defense, personal injury defense, products liability, civil rights defense, slip and fall, premises liability, automobile accidents, property damage, chemical damages, wrongful death, brain injury, dog bite cases, uninsured and underinsured motorist cases, automobile medical payment provision disputes, first and third party insurance coverage disputes, arson cases, public entity cases, and crop damage cases, as well as contract disputes, indemnity cases, construction defect cases, environmental damage cases, mold allegations, subrogation cases, special investigation unit cases, and third party fraud cases, since arriving at McCormick Barstow in 1995.

Mr. DeMaria has successfully defended cases in California's state and federal courts in jurisdictions and venues throughout the state. Mr. DeMaria has won many jury and bench trials in several California courts, and has also conducted binding arbitrations in venues throughout California. Several of Mr. DeMaria's jury verdicts have been reported in jury verdict publications and internet sites.

He has taken and defended literally hundreds of depositions of every type of witness, from plaintiffs and defendants to expert doctors, economists, accident reconstructionists, construction and safety engineers, bio mechanical engineers and contractors, to name just a few. Mr. DeMaria has conducted literally hundreds of arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. DeMaria has represented clients in Colorado's state and federal courts. In the Colorado case of Todd v. Ross, Mr. DeMaria successfully defended his client to an eventual court-ordered dismissal.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • School Defense and Representation
  • Public Entity Defense
  • Employment/Wrongful Termination Defense

Professional Associations

  • California State Bar, Member
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Bullard Cal Ripken, Board of Directors
  • Colorado State Bar, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Northern California Fraud Investigator's Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
  • California State Bar, Judicial Nominee Evaluation Committee

Current Employment Position

  • Founder
  • Managing Partner

Published Works

  • Coverage Trigger Update for First and Third Party Insurance Cases: Who Gets Shot for the Loss? (An Analysis of Prudential-CMI v. Superior Court and Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Admiral Ins. Co.), American Bar Association Committee on Property Insurance Law, Continuing Legal Education Midyear Meeting, Tab 4 (1996), 1996
  • “Public Entity Protection to Public Records Request”, February , 2009
  • “California Appellate Court Limits Potential Plaintiffs for “Bystander”, February, 2006
  • “Countdown to Trial: A Crash Course in Trial Preparation”, (Co-Author), published for the Institute for Paralegal Education, 2009
  • “Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in California”, (Co-Author) , published for the Institute for Paralegal Education, 2002
  • “Essential Litigation Skills for California Paralegals”, (Co-Author), Paralegal Education, 2002
  • “No Reward for the Good Guy: Analyzing the Danger of Your Efforts to Correct Liability Ris PARMA Conference, Indian Wells, California, February 25, 2016
  • “Taking A Claim Through the Litigation Process Start to Finish,” Annual PARMA Conference California, February 10, 2015
  • “California Public Records Act & Hot Button Topics,” SIRMA In-Service, Valencia, California, January 27, 2015
  • “Focus Groups: How to Use Them and How to Gauge Jury Views of Your Case,” Annual PA Conference, San Jose, California, February 11, 2014
  • “Public and Jury Perceptions and Impressions of Public Entity Defenses,” Annual PARMA Rancho Mirage, California, February 4, 2013
  • “Duty Bound: Public Entity Legal Duties,” PARMA, Fresno, California, October 10, 2012
  • “Call of Duty Modern Warfare: DeJning Legal Duties for Public Entities,” Annual PARMA Conference, Monterey, California, February 14, 2012
  • “Paralegal’s Guide to Propounding and Responding to Written Discovery,” IPE Teleconference 2011
  • “California Public Records Requests – What’s Protected?” CASBO Annual Conference, Ana California, April 6, 2011
  • “Public Records Requests and Available Protections,” Riverside Schools Insurance Author Valley, California, February 25, 2011
  • “AED’s and Other Medical Hot Buttons,” 2011 Annual PARMA Conference, Anaheim, California, February 6, 2011
  • “Are Witness Statements Discoverable?” Clovis, California, October 1, 2010
  • “COITO: Are Witness Statements Discoverable?” Fourth Annual CalPRIMA/PARMA Joint C Clovis, California, September 30, 2010
  • “Off Campus Activities – Risks Presented, Managing Students and Staff,” Annual PARMA Sacramento, California, February 17, 2010
  • “California Public Records Requests – What’s Protected?” Annual PARMA Conference, Sac California, February 17, 2010
  • “California Public Records Requests — What’s Protected?” 2010 Annual PARMA Conference Sacramento, California, February 16, 2010
  • “Civil Litigation, Investigation and Discovery: Protecting Your Investigative Materials,” 200 PARMA Conference, February 3, 2009
  • “Public Entity Protection to Public Records Request,” February 2009
  • “Practical Considerations for Dealing with Subsequent Remedial Measures”, Central Valley PARMA, February 25, 2016
  • “Public Entity Use of the Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike Complaints Brought Against the Entity and its Employees; Explain Anti-SLAPP and How to Effectively Use Those Motions to Dispose of Cases at the Outset”, Annual PARMA Conference, Anaheim, California, February 14, 2017
  • “The Litigation Process for Public Entities: From Discovery to Done”, PARMA Annual Conference, Monterey, California, February 14, 2018
  • “The Steps of Defending a Litigated Case: From Service to Discovery and Up to Trial”, Mercury Conference, Brea, California, April 2, 2019
  • “Defending a Public Entity Case at Trial – Analyzing Trial Issues and Explaining the Trial Process Step by Step”, Annual PARMA Conference, Anaheim, California, February 12, 2019

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1995
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: President, St. Thomas Moore Society, 1994-1995
    • Honors: Honor Court Counsel, 1994-1995
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts* and Legal Writing*
    • Honors: Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • University of California, Davis, California
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1991
    • Honors: Varsity letterman in swimming (1987-1991)
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: History

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1995

Past Positions

  • McCormick Barstow, Senior Partner, 1995 to 2020
  • MacKenroth Ryan Jacobson Fong, Law Clerk, 1995

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Board of the Fresno Chapter of the American Heart Association
  • Chairman of the "Lawyers Have Heart" charity walk/run in Fresno

Honors

  • American Jurisprudence Awards, Torts and Legal Writing
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Martindale-Hubbell, the AV rating for preeminent lawyers
  • Northern California Super Lawyer

Classes & Seminars

  • “Are Witness Statements Discoverable?” , Clovis, California, 2010
  • “Off Campus Activities - Risks Presented, Managing Students and Staff,” , Annual PARMA Conference, Sacramento, California, 2010
  • “California Public Records Requests - What’s Protected?”, Annual PARMA Conference, Sacramento, California, 2010
  • “Civil Litigation, Investigation and Discovery: Protecting Your Investigative Materials,” , 2009 Annual PARMA Conference, 2009
  • Preparing the Claims for Litigation: What is Evidence, What is Privileged and Other Strategies to Maximize the Chance for Success” , 2008 National PRIMA Conference, Anaheim, California, 2008
  • “Public Records Requests and Available Protections”, Central Chapter of PARMA, Bass Lake, California, 2008