The Care & Feeding of Clients: A Primer on Client Relations
Your most important assets are your clients. Without them, you will not practice law. Clients need constant care. Your relationship with them will make your practice fulfilling or a nightmare.
James "Jim" DeMartini
Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Mr. DeMartini has practiced law in the County of Sonoma since 1977. After thirteen years of commuting to Santa Rosa as a partner in the law firm of Stark, DeMartini & Curry, he moved his practice full time to his Cloverdale office in 1990. Mr. DeMartini’s practice focuses on Real Estate, Personal Injury, Business Law, Employment Law, and Estate Planning. In addition to maintaining a full-time trial practice over the last four decades, Mr. DeMartini serves as a Market Rate and No Fee mediator for the Sonoma County Superior Court. He acts as a Superior Court arbitrator, discovery facilitator, a demur facilitator, and has volunteered his time as a settlement conference panelist for nearly 30 years. Mr. DeMartini has been a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association Executive Board from 2013 - 2017, having served as Immediate Past President (2017), President (2016), Vice-President (2015), Treasurer (2014), and Secretary (2013). Over the last three decades Jim has supervised the incorporation of many of Cloverdale’s non-profit organizations, including the Cloverdale Boys and Girls Club, Cloverdale Historical Society, Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, Cloverdale Rotary Foundation, American Legion Gun Club, and the Cloverdale Wine and Visitors Center.
Thomas "Tom" Kenney
Law Office of Thomas R. Kenney
Mr. Kenney has been practicing law in Sonoma County since 1968, first as a Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney, then with Sonoma County’s third oldest law firm, Murphy Brownscombe Gleason and Keegan. Mr. Kenney has operated a general solo practice with an emphasis on personal injury litigation since 1990. He is active in the community, promoting attorney pro bono work, maintaining the integrity and viability of the civil right to trial by jury, and mentoring younger lawyers regarding civility and integrity in the practice of law. He is a recipient of the Sonoma County Bar Association’s Career of Distinction Award (2008) and the Sonoma County Superior Court’s Amicus Curiae Award (2004). He is a past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association and the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Kenney is also a founding member and past President of the Richard Sangster Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has served as a Special Master, appointed by the California State Bar Association regarding criminal search warrants of privileged information, since 1985. He is an Associate in the S.F. Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Kenney received his B.A. degree in History from the University of San Francisco in 1963 and his J.D. from Hasting College of Law in 1967.