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Roderick P. Bushnell

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April M. Strauss
Diana L. Maier


Former Partner

Alan M. Caplan

Alan Caplan is no longer associated with the firm. When Alan Caplan was a member of the firm he practiced for many years as a criminal defense attorney, and later focused on plaintiff's consumer class actions, plaintiff's employment rights and discrimination cases, plaintiff's personal injury cases, and plaintiff's cases generally. He was co-lead counsel in landmark cases such as Mangini v. R.J. Reynolds (eliminated the Joe Camel advertising campaign), Kasky v. Nike (false advertising of working conditions). He tried a wide range of cases including unfair business practices, Proposition 65 (requiring health warnings to consumers), personal injury and homicide.

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1969

  • Member, Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC)

University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S., cum laude, 1966

District of Columbia, 1969
California, 1971
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1971
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1971
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1990
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1991
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1991
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1993


  • Mediator, San Francisco Bar Association Early Disposition Program,
  • Guest Lecturer, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Litigation Seminar, Topic: Jury Selection 1994
  • Appointed Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Municipal Court, 1986-1992
  • VISTA Volunteer Lawyer, U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, Cleveland, Ohio, 1969-1970


  • Klanwatch Project, Southern Poverty Law Center, 1986-Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Litigation Section (former member)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly, California Trial Lawyers Association) 1990-2011
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Litigation Section (former member)
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, 1975-1996; Treasurer, 1986; Member, Board of Directors 1986-1995
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, 1987-1994; Advisory Board, 1990-1994


  • Designated a "Northern California Super Lawyer," by Law & Politics, and San Francisco Magazine, 2015-2016
  • Co-Recipient: "Trial Lawyer of the Year Award" by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2003
  • "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for Appellate Advocacy" by California Lawyer Magazine, 2002
  • Who's Who in California, 1988
  • Marin County Board of Supervisors resolution "Commending Bushnell, Caplan and Fielding, LLP and particularly Alan Caplan, for their outstanding contribution to the battle against tobacco use and addiction among minors and to preservation of the health of Marin county minors." 1988



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