Adrian G. Driscoll represents clients in a broad spectrum of areas, including business and commercial litigation, appellate services, personal injury, professional liability, attorney fee litigation, trust litigation, actions arising under the Public Safety Officer and Firefighter Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, constitutional and civil rights claims, employment, administrative law hearings, issues involving strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs), construction and surety law. He has also handled the defense of foreign corporations doing business in the United States, and admiralty and maritime cases. He is Peer-Review Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Driscoll’s appellate work includes published opinions in Regents of the University of California v. Superior Court (1996) 41 Cal.App.4th 1040 which applied the primary assumption of risk doctrine to the sport of rock climbing; the attorney-fee and cost dispute in Vons Companies v. Lyle Parks, Jr., Inc. (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 823; the clarification of the statute of limitations under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act in Parra v. City and County of San Francisco (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 977; and the charitable trustee succession problem in McCarthy v. Poulsen (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 1212.
Prior to joining Ropers, Mr. Driscoll practiced for eight years with a respected construction, surety and fidelity firm (McCarthy, Flowers & Roberts) where he handled all types of bond claims, including private and public work claims and Miller Act claims. Mr. Driscoll also served as an acting in house bond counsel for Industrial Indemnity Company, and as a staff attorney for the American International Group where he handled the defense of general casualty litigation.
Mr. Driscoll graduated from the University of California (Davis) in 1977, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors, and was awarded a Departmental Citation in Agricultural Economics and Business Management. In 1980, he received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of San Francisco School of Law where he was selected for membership in the McAuliffe Honor Society. He has returned to the University of San Francisco as an Adjunct Professor of Law, where he teaches Discovery. He has received a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of California (Berkeley Extension) and serves as a San Francisco Superior Court Settlement Conference Officer and a Panelist on the Sonoma County Superior Court’s "No Fee" Mediation Program.
Mr. Driscoll has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1980, and is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit and all California federal District Courts. In addition, he is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Court of Federal Claims, Tax Court, Court of Appeal for Veterans' Claims, and Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces. He is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Litigation Section of the State Bar. Mr. Driscoll serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army Reserve, and has completed the Ethics Counselor, Fiscal Law, Domestic Operations Law, and Rule of Law Courses at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center, University of Virginia (Charlottesville). His publications include Preparing and Opposing Petitions for Mandate or Prohibition, Chapter 8, Appeals and Writs in Criminal Cases 3d (The Regents of University of California, 2007) and Civilian Workplace Protection for Members of the Uniformed Services, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Aspen Publishers, 2006).
Mr. Driscoll’s support to the legal profession and the community includes his service on the Board of Governors of the University of San Francisco Law Society and the legal Committe of San Francisco's Olympic Club. He has also served as a Probation Monitor for the California State Bar Court, and as a member of the State Bar Committees on the Administration of Justice and the History of Law in California. Mr. Driscoll is a past President of the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco and the San Francisco Marine Claim Agents Association.