Robert L. Chalfant
Public Entity Defense
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Forest Fire Litigation
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court of Central District of California
U.S. District Court of Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court of Northern District of California
U.S. District Court of Southern District of California
Organizations and Affiliations
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
State Bar of California
American Bar Association
Sacramento County Bar Association
Voted One of Northern California's Rising Stars in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009
Mr. Chalfant’s litigation practice has focused on the defense of public entities and employees in civil rights, employment, personal injury, and legal malpractice cases. He has tried numerous civil rights, employment, and personal injury cases in both State and Federal court. He has also argued appeals before California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Mr. Chalfant earned his J.D. with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999, and is a member of the Traynor Honor Society.
Mr. Chalfant is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Placer County Bar Association, and the Nevada County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all California State courts, as well as U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves as a judge pro tem in Sacramento, Placer, and Nevada County Superior courts and as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.
Mr. Chalfant is a guest lecturer at Stanford University School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program since 2009, where he has taught “Evidence”, “Depositions” and “Voir Dire”. He was the featured speaker at the Malpractice Seminar for Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2013, as well as a featured speaker at the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference (Valuing Timber Loss from a Defense Perspective) in 2013. He also provides Advanced Officer Training to Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents on search, seizure and use of force issues.
In 2012, Mr. Chalfant was awarded the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the Northern California Lawyer Referral Services.
In 2016, Mr. Chalfant was the recipient of the Joe Ramsey Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service by the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.