Ralph A. Lombardi, Esq.

Mediator • Arbitrator

Before joining ADR Services, Inc., Mr. Lombardi spent 46 years as a trial lawyer handling a wide range of civil matters, with particular emphasis in the fields of product liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, personal and catastrophic injury, and medical and legal malpractice. In addition to evaluating and settling, or otherwise disposing of, hundreds of cases prior to trial, he tried to verdict or judgment, or arbitrated to binding results, over 100 cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, automobile crashworthiness, design defect, medical and legal negligence, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith claims. His trial experience resulted in his election to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as well as to fellowship in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also served as appellate counsel on numerous matters resulting in published opinions by either the California Courts of Appeal or the California Supreme Court.

Mr. Lombardi’s trial practice included substantial litigation for automotive, industrial equipment, and industrial machinery manufacturers, distributors, and retailers; representation of hospitals and healthcare providers in medical malpractice matters; and the handling of a variety of insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims on behalf of both insurers and insureds. Since 1991, Mr. Lombardi has also devoted considerable time to developing his skills in alternative dispute resolution work, acting as a mediator or arbitrator in numerous disputes, particularly in insurance coverage, professional liability, personal injury/wrongful death, and insurance bad faith matters.

Since joining ADR Services, Inc. in 2018, Mr. Lombardi has mediated over 200 matters. He has successfully settled the vast majority of these matters, including multiple catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims.


  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury/Catastrophic Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability


Lombardi Loper & Conant, LLP; Oakland, California
    - Founding Partner, 1999-2018

Hardin Cook Loper Engel & Bergez, LLP; Oakland, California
    - Partner, 1975-1999
    - Associate, 1972-1974

First Lieutenant, United States Air Force, 1971-1972

Hardin Cook Loper & Martin; Oakland, California
    - Associate, 1971


Mediator and Arbitrator, 1991-Present
    - Frequent mediator and arbitrator of Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Personal Injury/Wrongful Death, and Insurance Bad Faith matters.

Judicial Arbitrator, Alameda County Superior Court, 1980-2018

Deputy City Attorney, City of Piedmont, 1974-2010


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1970
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1967


  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1971
  • State Bar of California, 1971


Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989-Present
    - Northern California Committee Member, 1999-2004

Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, 2001-Present

Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2013-Present

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), rank of Advocate, 1985-Present
    - President, San Francisco Chapter, 2002-2003
    - National Board of Directors, 2004-Present

International Association of Defense Counsel, 1975-2016

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2002-2016

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, 1972-2019
    - Director, 1989-1991, 1992-1994


Selected for listing in An International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 1st (1997) and 2nd (1999) editions, Law Business Research, London

Selected for listing in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2021
    - Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2006-2011

Selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2006-2021

Recipient of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Francisco Chapter, Don E. Bailey Civility and Professionalism Award, 2010

AV-Rating by Martindale-Hubbell


Annual supplement to California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Automobile Insurance Law Guide (1st edition) (1988-2004)

California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Automobile Insurance Law Guide (2nd edition) (2005)

 Annual supplement to California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Automobile Insurance Law Guide (2nd edition) (2006-2020)