As a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, Mr. Tugade helps clients with a range of cases involving products liability, general liability, professional liability, premises liability, and toxic torts litigation. He has worked extensively on multiple trials, appeals, and in the management of complex cases in different jurisdictions, both as, and with, national counsel for various clients in state and federal courts. He is a decorated combat action veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and supervised its JAG law center. In 2002, he was honorably discharged after over 10 active-duty years of military service.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Tugade was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith. Mr. Tugade earned his J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. from The College of William & Mary. He has written and lectured on various legal topics and is an adjunct professor of law, teaching legal analysis and writing at Golden Gate University School of Law. He is fully engaged in the community and maintains various leadership positions including Executive Officer, Director, and Chairperson in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (a 700+ membership of civil defense attorneys), actively involved in its Toxic Torts and Diversity Committees, the Defense Research Institute, as well as several bar associations such as the Asian American Bar Association and Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.
He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States District Court (Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.