Robert B. Bale
Robert B. Bale is a partner with Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP. He joined the firm in 2002, and his focus has been on representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters.
Bob Bale brings a wealth of life experience to the practice of personal injury law. For over a decade before he started practicing law, Bob served as the vice president of marketing for a large, privately held corporation. In that capacity, he gained valuable knowledge about the ways that private and public businesses work. That background has been especially helpful in his prosecution of personal injury actions against corporate wrongdoers.
Over the course of the past three years ,Bob and firm namesake Roger Dreyer have obtained back-to-back verdicts in three cases that have garnered national media attention. In Strange v. Entercom, a Sacramento jury returned a verdict in excess of $17 million for the wrongful death of Jennifer Strange, the young mother of three children who died after participating in a radio contest to see who could drink the most water during a popular morning show. This was the largest personal injury verdict for a wrongful death in the history of that county. In Bell v. MasterCraft, a Butte County jury awarded over $32 million to two young women struck by the propeller of an X-45 wakeboard boat, the highest amount ever in that county. In Mauro v. Ford Motor Company, another Sacramento jury awarded over $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages for the wrongful death of one passenger and personal injuries to two others, another record verdict.
At the CCTLA Annual Awards Event on December 8th, 2022, held this year at the Sutter Club, DBBWC partner Robert Bale received the Award for 2021 Advocate of the Year. This award is made, "in recognition of the recipient's outstanding advocacy in the last twelve months on behalf of consumers, and for his intrepid work in support of the ideals and goals of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association." The event was heavily attended by Judges from Sacramento County Superior Court, including the current Presiding Judge Hon. Michael G. Bowman. Robert received the reward in recognition of his work on the Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire case, in which 36 young people lost their lives. Robert spearheaded the team of four attorneys who successfully litigated that case against the City of Oakland, PG&E, and the NG family, owners of the Ghost Ship Property.
Bob currently serves as one of two vice presidents on the board of directors for the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association. He is also on the board of governors of Consumer Attorneys of California. Both organizations are dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the rights of injured persons to trial by jury. Bob is also an emeritus member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court. He has been nationally recognized for his contributions to that organization on numerous occasions.
Areas Of Practice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Wrongful Death
- Construction Accidents
- Product Liability
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- California, 2000
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
- Juris Doctor - 1998
- Honors: cum laude
- Honors: Selected by McGeorge Faculty for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
- Honors: Awarded Best Oral Advocate for Trial Advocacy
- Honors: Managing Editor Law Review
- Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
- Bachelor of Science - 1979
- Major: Psychology
- Strange v. Entercom
- Bell v. Mastercraft
- Mauro v. Ford Motor
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President on the Board of Directors
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, Present
- Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court, Emeritus Member, Present
- Association of Trial Lawyers