Robert Mark Channel ("Bob") is a partner in WFBM's San Francisco office and is in his 25th year with the firm.  He has much experience with asbestos litigation in California. Bob has been involved in the supervision and oversight of the asbestos practice of WFBM since its inception, during which time the firm has handled tens of thousands of asbestos cases.

He has been representing defendants in alleged asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death cases for approximately 27 years.  He has defended clients in depositions on hundreds of occasions.  He has been trying alleged asbestos cases to verdict for over 20 years and has an overall very positive win/loss ratio.

Bob now lives in Pacifica, just south of San Francisco, with his girlfriend of 8 years Lisa.  In addition to his work and spending time with Lisa, he also enjoys their four dogs, reading, music, news, sports, keeping in touch with his extended family, and the occasional video game.

Representative Trials and ADR

Brown v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Product Liability involving mesothelioma, Defense verdict (11-1)

Duffy v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Product Liability, Non-suit awarded at the close of plaintiff's case in chief

Kinsman v. Unocal
; Asbestos/Premises Liability involving mesothelioma, plaintiff's verdict reversed at both the Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court levels

Hudnall v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Contractor Liability involving asbestosis, Defense verdict

McCrary v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Premises Liability, Arbitrated defense verdict on both "substantial factor" and negligence issues following the first phase of a reverse-bifurcated jury trial

McFadden v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Premises Liability, Arbitrated defense verdict on both "substantial factor" and negligence issues following the first phase of a reverse-bifurcated jury trial

Mott v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Product Liability involving asbestosis, Defense verdict

Shawhan v. Various Defendants
; Asbestos/Contractor Liability involving mesothelioma, Defense verdict
Contact Information
Email: rchannel@wfbm.com
T: 415.781.7072
F: 415.391.6258
Education
University of California, Irvine
(B.A. 1977)

University of California, Davis
School of Law
(J.D. 1983)
Memberships
State Bar of California
Admissions
California (1983)
Areas of Practice
Asbestos Litigation