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Van Longyear focuses his practice in civil litigation including public entity liability defense, general liability defense, environmental law, personal injury, medical malpractice and professional negligence.
He serves as a judge pro tem, arbitrator and in the settlement conference program for Sacramento and El Dorado counties and as an early neutral evaluator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Born in Pasadena, California, he is a graduate of the University of California at Davis (B.S. 1975) and the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (J.D., with distinction, 1978). Mr. Longyear is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Sacramento County and American Bar Associations, the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Defense Research Institute and the Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly California Trial Lawyers Association). He is also a member of the Traynor Honor Society and the Federalist Society.