Edward T. ColbertPartner

My Focus: Business litigation with an emphasis on pretrial investigation, written and electronic discovery and depositions, trial, as well as pre-trial and post-trial motion practice.

Education: J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2009, Judicial Recruitment Co-Chair, Honors Moot Court Board; B.A., The George Washington University, 2002.

Reason I joined Greenfield: The firm’s dedication to training and encouraging its associates to gain exposure to a wide array of clients and disputes truly sets Greenfield apart as a unique and special place to practice law. From the time I began clerking for the firm during law school, it was apparent to me that the firm’s partners work hard to foster an approachable, open workplace atmosphere conducive to creative, team oriented representation.

Representative Cases:

  • Representing a couple against a national insurance company in a matter involving extensive, extremely expensive property damage to their home.  My clients’ claim was initially denied in its entirety.  I was able to turn the denial around 180 degrees and get the insurer to accept coverage in full.  This demanded extensive research, retention of geotechnical experts, and constant contact with my clients, who had been displaced from their home, during a highly stressful period of uncertainty, as well as constant negotiation with their insurer that spared little expense in its effort to deny coverage.
  • Second chair trial counsel in a real property dispute involving a luxury Menlo Park condominium. The client was being sued by a tenant claiming to have an enforceable contract to purchase the property formed using email, implicating the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (Cal. Civ. Code §1633.1 et seq.). Our firm’s motion to bifurcate the case and try the UETA issues up front was granted, and a complete victory achieved for the client on all contract claims in a one-day bench trial.

One way in which I think lawyers can benefit others: By being active, confidential listeners.  When someone seeks out a business litigator, chances are that person has a problem and very likely believes he or she has the right side of the issue.  Through listening to others talk through the issues, in a confidential setting, lawyers can and should help clients to view their predicament in an objective manner, with reference to the practical examples that the lawyer, hopefully, brings to the table.

Why clients like me: I pay close attention to what clients tell me they want to achieve from their cases and work with them, on a near-daily basis, to ensure that they are well informed about the status of their cases.