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Paul 'Buddy' L. Warner

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Direct: 415.984.9653
Main: 415.398.8080
Fax: 800.808.5071

Two Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111

Linda Williams
415.398.8080 Ext: 9695

Buddy Warner's practice emphasizes commercial litigation and trials, including cases involving complex financial transactions, mortgage originations and insurance, defense of securities fraud and consumer fraud class actions, intellectual property disputes, dissolution of closely held corporations and partnerships, and construction and other real property matters.

He is a senior member of JMBM’s Litigation Group, which is recognized by U.S. News & World Report / Best Law Firms® with a Metropolitan First-Tier Ranking (San Francisco) for Commercial Litigation.

Representative Experience:

  • Recovered and collected $3 million in attorneys' fees from unsuccessful plaintiffs in arbitration concerning a mortgage origination company
  • Resolved by settlement dispute between Mortgage Originator and mortgage insurance company involving $200 million in loans
  • Resolved by settlement dispute between Mortgage Originator and purchaser of mortgages involving $120 million in loans
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in securities fraud class action and obtained order of sanctions against plaintiffs' counsel for filing frivolous action (sanctions reversed on appeal) Successfully defended $70 million claim for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with IPO
  • Successfully tried one of only two consumer fraud class actions in California under the Unfair Competition Law
  • Successfully tried leading Ninth Circuit case on software copyright protection, affirmed on appeal
  • Successfully disposed of five consumer fraud class actions against multilevel marketing companies
  • Participated in successful recovery of $3 million in wrongfully collected taxes from U.S. Government and dismissal of $20 million in claims


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1972
magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, Riverside Phi Beta Kappa, 1969

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of California
State Courts
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Florida
Western District of Tennessee


Mediator, Bar Association of San Francisco, Early Settlement Program



Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of the Top Attorneys in Business Litigation, by Super Lawyers, 2004-13
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Charles M. Merrill, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1972-73
  • Special project editor, Harvard Law Review, 1970-72
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, 2013, 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law, Martindale-Hubbell (2013)