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CA Academy of Distinguished Nuetrals


William L. Nagle has practiced law for over thirty six years. He has served as a full time Special Master and Mediator since 1995, successfully settling over 2,000 cases including high profile matters involving:

  • complex environmental cases
  • construction defect and mold cases involving courthouses, schools, subdivisions, condominiums, commercial high rises, and apartment buildings
  • public works and public entities
  • business and partnership disputes
  • aviation
  • real estate and land use

Before becoming a Special Master, Mr. Nagle was a partner with Nagle, Vale, McDowall & Cotter in San Mateo and later with Nagle, Krug & Winters in Burlingame. During this time Mr. Nagle:

  • Authored the rules for complex litigation (including the use of Special Masters) for San Mateo County in the early 1980's.
  • Helped create the first complex litigation unit in California for a major insurance company in 1983.
  • Served as President of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 1993.
  • Has been instrumental in establishing ADR programs at both the county and state levels, including State Bar Roundtables and the San Mateo County Courts Multi-Option ADR Project.
  • Served as a member of the San Mateo County Court Long-Term Strategic Planning Committee and numerous Bench Bar committees.

As an attorney, Mr. Nagle spent more than two decades practicing insurance defense trial law specializing in:

  • personal injury
  • construction
  • environmental
  • complex litigation
  • insurance coverage
  • professional liability
  • real estate
  • public entity law

In addition, Mr. Nagle has received numerous awards and accolades for his innovative approaches and successful, cost-effective management and settlement of complex cases.



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