Anthony Petru was born in Bilericay,
Essex, England on April 23, 1954 to Czech emigrees.
His family settled in Southern California in 1960. He
moved to Northern California in 1972 to attend UC Berkeley.
Anthony graduated from Berkeley in 1976 with Honors
in American Studies. He graduated from the University of San
Francisco Law School in 1979.
While in law school, he was honored to extern with the
late California Supreme Court Justice Frank Newman.
Additionally, he interned with the San Francisco District
Attorney's Office, Consumer Fraud Unit and the U.S.
Attorney's Office, White Collar Crime Division. Anthony's
first, and only legal job after graduation has been
with Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson, Inc. Since 1980,
Anthony has represented men and women of virtually every
craft from every railroad in the western United States.
Anthony has procured numerous million
and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In
addition to railroad work, Anthony has represented consumers
in a wide variety of cases including product liability,
medical malpractice, wrongful termination, discrimination,
bad faith insurance practice, and automobile cases.
In those cases, he has also earned million-dollar recoveries.
Anthony has been dedicated to advancing
the ethical and professional practice of representing
consumers, workers, and other individuals. He has been
a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association,
the Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly the California
Trial Lawyers Association), the Alameda-Contra Costa
Trial Lawyers Association (for which he has served on
their Executive Board since 1987 and was president in
1994), the Alameda County Bar Association, the Alameda
Democratic Lawyers Club, and has been found to possess
the requisite skill, integrity and experience in the
special art of advocacy by his peers to have been elected
into the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also
has been a speaker and presenter at a variety of legal
education seminars. Anthony has been elected as a life
member into the National Registry of Who's Who.
Anthony is also a member of ARLA, the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. ARLA is a professional association of attorneys representing injured railroad workers or their families. ARLA represents injured workers in their efforts to be compensated fairly for their injuries and promote rail safety and safe working conditions for all railroad employees. ARLA upholds the right to a jury trial for the injured worker and provides continuing legal education through seminars and other educational programs. ARLA also actively participates in protecting the rights of injured railroad workers and their families by participating in critical cases throughout the Courts of Appeal and United States Supreme Court.
Since 1990, Anthony has been asked
by the Presiding Judges in Alameda and Contra Costa
Counties to sit as a Pro-Tem Judge. He has served as
an Arbitrator, Mediator and Settlement Commissioner
in numerous cases in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Anthony has served as a Board member of the PTA at his
children's school and has coached soccer for over a
decade. He is currently a referee.
Anthony's hobbies include photography,
tennis, camping, reading, and gardening.