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Arnold Hafford

Arnold "Arnie" Hafford

Senior Associate Attorney


Arnold “Arnie” Hafford was born in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Hafford is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. Since 1983 he has practiced in the State Courts of California, the State and Federal Courts of Nevada, and before Administrative Agencies in both States.

Mr. Hafford served as an Intern at the Nevada Supreme Court, and then served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Trial Judge John W. Barrett of the Second Judicial District Court for Washoe County, Nevada. After his Clerkship Mr. Hafford entered the practice of civil litigation in Reno with the branch office of a National Law Firm, where he became a partner. Mr. Hafford prosecuted and defended cases in many areas of law, including workers’ compensation, personal injury, probate, natural resources, business, contract, and construction. Mr. Hafford opened his own Law Office in Reno where his practice for almost seven years focused on plaintiff’s personal injury and applicant’s workers’ compensation in Nevada and California.

In late 2002 Mr. Hafford and his family moved to the Bay Area. Since that time, he has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively in California, representing insurance companies, self-insured employers, third party administrators and other entities. This representation has also included general liability defense and the prosecution of claims for subrogation.

For over 13 years Mr. Hafford was employed as house counsel for Zenith Insurance Company. During that time, he served as a Senior Litigation Attorney and an Assistant Vice President, where he developed, managed, and supervised the Company’s Trial Initiative Program. Mr. Hafford also chaired the Company’s Coverage Committee.

Mr. Hafford specializes in complex, high exposure, and fraud cases. He has also developed an expertise in the AMA Guides and permanent disability rating and enjoys the challenge of medical/legal issues and doctor cross-examinations.

Mr. Hafford treasures his free time with his wife, Linda. They love to visit their six grown children, and ten grandchildren as often as they can, especially any opportunity to watch them play softball, baseball, basketball, & soccer.

Education & Credentials

  • Senior Associate Attorney — Northern California Office
  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law — Juris Doctor
  • University of Nevada-Reno — Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Admitted to the California and Nevada Bars