Sanford Jay Rosen is a founding partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP, where he concentrates his practice on constitutional and civil rights law, employment law, consumer law, complex commercial litigation, and litigation involving attorneys, including malpractice, law firm formation and withdrawal issues, and claims for attorneys’ fees. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, ADR panelist, and testifying expert on attorneys’ fees and related matters.
Mr. Rosen’s trial and appellate experience includes a wide variety of civil work for both plaintiffs and defendants, including class actions, and appellate criminal defense work. He has secured numerous judgments and settlements of over a million dollars.
He has presented oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court in five cases, in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for ten of the Circuits on more than 30 occasions (more than half of which have been in the Ninth Circuit), and before the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of California and appellate courts in other states at least 15 times.
He has briefed literally scores of other matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts, including amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of California.
Mr. Rosen has tried numerous cases to bench and jury in federal district courts in California, Colorado, New York, Ohio and Virginia; in California and Maryland state courts; as well as to arbitrators and special masters in California, Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Mr. Rosen has published numerous articles in law journals, CLE materials, and in the Huffington Post.
He has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list each year since the list first appeared, from 2004 to 2014. He was named to the Best Lawyers list for Appellate Practice for 2013-2015. In 2008, Mr. Rosen received the Diversity Pioneer Award from the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for his contribution to CLEO’s mission of increasing minority representation in legal education and the profession. He has received comparable recognition from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (MALDEF), the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Prisoners Union, and the City and County of San Francisco.
Mr. Rosen was law clerk to then Chief Judge Simon Sobeloff, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1962-1963, after receiving his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1962 and his A.B. from Cornell University in 1959. Mr. Rosen, who has published extensively, previously worked as Legal Director of MALDEF, Assistant Legal Director of the national ACLU, the Associate Director of CLEO and as a law professor.