Paul C. Minney
James E. Young
Lisa A. Corr
Jerry W. Simmons
Chastin H. Pierman
Janelle A. Ruley
Sarah J. Kollman

Kimberly Rodriguez
Michelle A. Lopez
Sarah K. Bancroft
Megan M. Moore
Rachael B. Tillman
Kathleen M. Ebert
Drew K. Rymer
Barbara E. Hagberg
Marvin H. Stroud
Daniel W. Robertson*
Matejka M. Handley
S. Edward Slabach
Kristopher L. Carpenter
Roger L. Scott
Kevin M. Troy*
Brinkley E. Wilson
Casey L. Hazelhofer
Patricia Cano
Marysia S. Okreglak
Brian T. Geremia

Of Counsel
William J. Trinkle

Lisa Yount
Melanie McAlpine
Sarah Valdez
Lindsey Rogalla
Janelle Jennings
Claudia Gomez
Josie Onishi
Victoria Belasco
Isabel Garcia
Vanessa Gomez
Katy Byrne
Gabrielle Perez

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William J. Trinkle

William J. Trinkle is a widely experienced trial attorney, having litigated multimillion dollar cases since 1982 in State and Federal courts in California. He has experience in court and jury trials, Federal and State appeals, mediations, and arbitrations.

Prior to joining Young, Minney & Corr, LLP, Mr. Trinkle was associated for three years with a school law firm in Sacramento as the litigation manager representing public school districts and other public entities in state and federal courts in a multitude of areas, including writs of mandate, real property, employment law, grand jury investigations, contract disputes, etc. Mr. Trinkle was actively engaged in transactional representation advising public boards of education on labor law issues, board policy development, Brown Act and Public Records Act matters etc.

Prior to that Mr. Trinkle spent nine years with the Walnut Creek, CA civil litigation law firm of Yudien & Associates. That firm specialized in labor and employment, wrongful termination and discrimination, real estate, landlord/tenant and business litigation matters. Before Yudien & Associates, for 10 years, Mr. Trinkle was with the Oakland, CA firm, Randick & O’Dea and handled general civil litigation matters, including trade association litigation, environmental litigation, commercial unlawful detainer, disability discrimination and real estate litigation in State and Federal courts. Mr. Trinkle served as a court-appointed, judicial arbitrator for the California Superior Court, County of Alameda from 1996 to 2000. Earlier in his legal career, Mr. Trinkle was associated with the Sacramento civil litigation firms, Grossfeld, Dougherty & Grossfeld and Mull & McCarthy, each with broad based business and civil litigation practices. In Fall of 1981, Mr. Trinkle was an intern/American law advisor for the transnational Danish law firm of Konig, Homann, Homann, Korso Jensen & Steen Hansen in Copenhagen. Mr. Trinkle served as a law clerk for Justice Edwin Regan, California Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento during law school.

Adding to the breadth of his personal experience and service, Mr. Trinkle has served as a director and officer of two nonprofit organizations – the North American Vexillological Association and the Bear Flag Museum.  He is the founder of the Bear Flag Museum.

Practice Areas:

Labor & Employment Litigation
Construction Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Tort Litigation
Wrongful Termination Litigation
Disability Litigation
Racial Discrimination Litigation
Commercial & Residential Landlord/Tenant Litigation
Business, Commercial & General Civil Litigation in State & Federal Courts
Contract negotiations and disputes
California Public Records Act issues and litigation
Brown Act matters
Franchise law & litigation
Environmental litigation
Uniform Commercial Code litigation
Civil Grand Jury representation
Governing Board governance issues and policies
Public entity conflicts of interest issues and litigation
Workplace Violence Restraining Orders
Collection litigation & enforcement of judgments
State & Federal court appeals, arbitrations, mediations, jury & court trials, complex litigation & coordinated actions.
Personal injury litigation for plaintiffs & defendants
Partnership, joint venture & corporate litigation


  • Candidate, Certificate in Advanced International Legal Studies, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (Salzburg, Austria & Copenhagen, Denmark), 1981
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1981
  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, 1972


Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to the California State Bar, 1981
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas


Academic / Professional Achievements

Pacific Law Journal (1980-81), McGeorge School of Law
Trial Advocacy Competition Team, McGeorge School of Law
Student Academic Vice President, University of San Francisco


Janelle Ruley
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