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Donald Wild
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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WILD, CAREY & FIFE is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated civil litigation firm founded by Donald R. Wild in 1980 to handle cases in State and Federal Courts throughout California. 

We offer our clients aggressive and efficient representation from experienced attorneys who can evaluate and settle cases creatively, but who can also try them effectively when necessary.  

Whether we ultimately settle or try our cases, we provide our clients in each case with a prompt evaluation of their liability and damages exposure, along with a detailed strategy and budget for resolving the case.

Our experience allows us to efficiently handle major and complex litigation at a very competitive cost. The size of our firm allows us to personally interact with our clients, and ensures that our clients know the lawyers who are handling their cases.

Like most civil litigation firms, we settle the great majority of our cases. We are nonetheless a firm of trial lawyers, and we are eager and competent to try cases which cannot be settled on a reasonable basis.

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Don Wild has served as lead counsel in over fifty major civil jury trials and in at least ten additional court trials.
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in the Bay Area. He graduated with honors with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, where he also played NCAA Division One football as a scholarship athlete. He obtained his law degree, also with honors, from Loyola (Los Angeles) Law School in 1969. Prior to forming his own law firm in 1980 he was the managing partner of a national law firm in both its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Don has a wealth of civil litigation experience, with particular emphasis on high risk sports and recreational activity cases, commercial disputes, bad faith and other insurance coverage disputes, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, product defects, professional liability, and vehicle accidents. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and also takes and has successfully handled numerous Marvin v. Marvin palimony cases.

Don has obtained favorable verdicts (defined as complete wins or outcomes better than the client's final pretrial offer or demand) in more than 90% of the cases he has tried. He is a long time member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Don has also conducted case law update and loss prevention seminars for clients, and has testified as an expert witness on attorney standard of care and insurance bad faith issues.

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John E. Carey, Jr. is a member of the Georgetown University undergraduate class of 1968, was drafted upon graduation from college and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Security Agency through 1972. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the bar that same year. He was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and currently resides with his wife and the youngest of his three children in Moraga, California.

His litigation practice has included matters involving anti-trust, tender offer, real estate broker E&O, officers & directors liability, entertainment law, venture capital abuse, commercial landlord/tenant, lender liability, complex construction litigation, civil rights, inverse condemnation, employment discrimination, business torts, and personal injury with over 30 jury trials. In addition to his normal practice Mr. Carey conducts non-binding arbitrations for the Superior Courts in the local jurisdictions.

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Paul Fife is a seasoned trial lawyer, who has served as trial counsel in over a dozen professional liability, business litigation, construction, and personal injury trials or arbitrations.

Born in Illinois, he grew up in the Bay Area, attended the University of California, Davis (1980), and graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1984. He was admitted to the California Bar later that year and joined our firm in 1985.
Paul has developed substantial experience in business litigation, accountant’s liability and other professional liability defense, construction litigation, personal injury, product liability defense, transportation defense, government tort liability, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He is also an accomplished appellate practitioner, and his appellate portfolio includes his defense judgment in a major bad faith action, Alex Robertson & Co. v. Imperial Casualty & Indemnity Co. (1992) 8 Cal. App. 4th 338, 10 Cal. Rptr. 2d 165.

Paul has also participated in loss prevention programs for the scaffold and rental industries, conducted training seminars on accountant’s liability, insurance coverage, insurance agent liability, and Litigation Management and Budgeting for insurance claims personnel. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, ABA TIPS-Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability Committee, Defense Research Institute, and Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.

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Breach of Contract
Interference with Contract/Prospective Advantage
Purchase & Sale of Business Opportunity
Trade Libel
Trade Secret
Venture Capital E&O

Complex Commercial Construction Disputes
Construction Defect
Construction and Design Contracts
Delay and Liquidated Damages Claims
Design Negligence
Earth Movement, Subsidence, and Landslide
False Claims Act
Mechanic’s Liens

Title VII
Wrongful Discharge
Trade Secret/Confidentiality

Bad Faith Litigation
Coverage Evaluation and Counsel
Coverage Litigation
Independent (“Cumis”) Counsel
Surety Litigation

Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Construction Accidents
Premises Liability
Product Liability
High Risk Sports and Recreation Related Injuries
Security Guard, Assault & Battery, False Arrest and Imprisonment

Architects and Engineers
Insurance Agents and Brokers
Real Estate Agents and Brokers
Officers & Directors

Land Use & Zoning
Commercial Landlord Tenant
Common Interest Developments
Mortgage, Finance & Lender Liability
Deeds, Easements and Other Title Issues
Purchase and Sale
Vineyards & Wineries
Foreign Investment

Truck Accident
Cargo Claims

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