Skip Walker has had over 60 jury trials and tried over 100 cases in various
forums. He has also briefed or argued approximately 75 cases in courts
of appeal throughout the country. Among his landmark appellate cases are
Bonanno v. Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (2003) 30 Cal 4th 139, which established that the location of a bus stop
can constitute a dangerous condition of public property; and
Holmes v. Syntex (1984) 156 Cal App 3d 372, which at the time was the leading case in California
on forum non conveniens.
Together with his partners Pete Koenig and Beau Burbidge, Skip is San Francisco’s
Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2018 based on their work in
Willis v. City of Fresno, a police abuse of power case that went on for nine years. In 2003, he
was a finalist for California Trial Lawyer of the Year for his work in
Bonanno, a case that went to trial three times, the court of appeal three times
and the Supreme Court, resulting in a $3.89 million verdict as well as
new law. In 2010, he was a finalist for San Francisco Trial Lawyer of
the Year and in 2017 he was a finalist for Marin County Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Skip is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, regarded
by many as the most prestigious of all trial lawyer organizations and
restricted to just 500 lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of
the International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding
trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity
in advocacy. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
As with the Academy and the Society, Fellowship in the College is extended
by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered
the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by
the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and
He holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates
(ABOTA), and has lectured for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
(now AAJ), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the San Francisco
Trial Lawyers Association, Marin County Bar Association, Continuing Education
of the Bar, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, and other
professional organizations. He has served as a moot court or mock trial
judge for Hastings, the University of San Francisco, and Stanford, and
as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court. He is consistently
named a "Super Lawyer," an honor reserved for only 5% of the
lawyers in Northern California. He serves on the Board of Directors of
Hastings College of the Law, Consumer Attorneys Legislative Committee,
and on the Board of Directors of Lawyer Friends of Wine.
He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts as well as California and in
numerous Federal courts throughout the country, and has held the highest
legal rating (AV) for 33 years. His biography can be found in most Who’s
Originally from Massachusetts, he still has a summer home on Cape Cod.
He is a graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, the University
of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Hastings College of
the Law. He played football and baseball in college, played rugby for
25 years in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., participates in various
distance bicycling events, has rafted most of the white water rivers in
the West, travels extensively, and is a bad golfer.
Skip's sixth novel, Crime of Privilege, was published by Ballantine
in 2013. It was named by Guardian U.S. as the best mystery of the summer
and it earned Skip a nomination for the Harper Lee Prize, which goes to
the novel that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their
power to effect change. His five previous novels include the award-winning
A Dime to Dance By, as well as The Immediate Prospect of Being Hanged,
and Rules of the Knife Fight. His works have been published not only in
this country, but also in Japan, France, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia,
New Zealand and Canada.