Robert E Talbot

Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy and Director of the Employment, Mediation, Investor Justice, and Internet/Intellectual Property Law Clinics

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6218


Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Robert E. Talbot has been creating and directing law clinics at USF for 20 years. The Investor Justice Clinic fights for small investors against misconduct by brokers and brokerages. This clinic, which has recovered more than a million dollars for small investors, has been featured on NBC, CBS, and NPR, and in all major newspapers. The Employment Law Clinic, created by Professor Talbot, has represented clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) mediations for more than 14 years and is a one of a kind program. The clinic is currently the only law school clinic in the country that represents federal employees in U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board hearings. It also represents non–English speaking individuals at wage and hour hearings before the San Francisco labor commissioner and partners with EEOC in a “Youth at Work” program in which the clinic students teach workplace rights to San Francisco high school students. In the Internet and Intellectual Property Clinic, students represent those who cannot afford lawyers in numerous IP and internet issues. The clinic, which has been featured on CNET, has represented college students in Recording Industry Association of America cases and clients in copyright cases against the U.S. Copyright Group. Clinic students are certified to represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, participate in the Chilling Effects website, and run a blog on internet legal issues. In Talbot’s Mediation Clinic, students appear as court mediators in San Francisco Small Claims Court, and help conduct mediations as part of the San Francisco District Attorney’s restorative justice Neighborhood Court’s program. Past clinics created by Professor Talbot include the Investigations Clinic, which was featured on the CBS television network and was designated the “coolest” class by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Narcotics Prosecutions Clinic, and a clinic in which the students worked on the economic aspects of divorce.

Talbot has been involved in thousands of family, employment, and other civil mediations both as mediator and representative. He has served as counsel in numerous court and jury trials, as a private attorney and public defender, and represented clients in arbitrations and negotiations. Talbot has taught investigative and courtroom testimony to San Francisco and San Mateo police academies, investigative tips for attorneys to bar associations in the Bay Area, and courtroom procedures and testimony techniques to doctors at UC San Francisco and other hospitals. He has also taught lawyers on the theory and practice of DNA analysis in advanced symposia.

In addition to teaching skills training in clinical settings, Talbot has taught Evidence, Evidence Advocacy, Criminal Law, Trial Practice (featured on CNN for the use of theatrical training), Family Law, Science in Litigation, Fundamentals of Investigations, Psychology and the Lawyer (included a clinical component in which students represented the mentally ill), and other courses. He received the University of San Francisco's Sarlo Prize in 2018, which is given to a faculty member for excellence in teaching based upon the moral values that lie at the foundation of USF's identity.

Talbot often serves as a commentator and legal analyst for media outlets, including CNN, CBS, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

BA, Columbia University
JD, Columbia University
Associate, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley
Instructor, University of Wisconsin School of Law
Trial Attorney, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law
Employment Law
Internet Law
Securities Arbitration
Trial Advocacy
Awards & Distinctions

Sarlo Prize (2018). University of San Francisco. (For excellence in teaching based upon the moral values that lie at the foundation of USF's identity. The awardee exemplifies the ethical principles which inform the University's Vision, Mission and Values).

Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
Cofounder Conflict? Try Mediation Before Litigation”, The Recorder (June 2016)
Presenter, “Use of Mediation in DA's Restorative Justice Neighborhood Court Program,” District Attorney Training for the Neighborhood Court Program, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2011)
Presenter, “Beyond The Bailout, Risk, Responsibility and The Road Ahead,” UC Hastings College of the Law, “UC Hastings College of the Law,” San Francisco, Calif. (April 2009)
Presenter, “Beyond The Bailout, Risk, Responsibility and The Road Ahead,” UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2009)
"Professor Robert Talbot on the OJ Simpson Parole Hearing", ABC7 News, 07/20/2017
Popular Startup Causing Rift Between Consumers and Restaurants, NBC Bay Area, 05/05/2017
"Newlywed couple sues their wedding videographer after footage of drunken groom failing to get the garter off and performing 'sexually suggestive' acts in front of guests goes viral", Daily Mails (UK), 09/07/2016
"Why This Bride is Legit Suing Her Wedding Videographer", Brides, 09/06/2016
"Wedding Video at Center of Federal Lawsuit", NBC Bay Area News, 08/23/2016
"California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn’t Show", CBS San Francisco, 04/24/2015
Broadcast on McDonald Court Papers, KPIX 5 News, 12/22/2014
"How to choose a school for IP and Technology Law", PreLaw Magazine, 02/03/2014
Broadcast on the George Zimmerman case, KCBS Radio, 07/14/2013
"USF School of Law's Investor Justice Clinic", KPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco), 03/15/2013
"ConsumerWatch: What Are Your Rights For Service Call No-Shows?", CBS 5 Eyewitness News, 01/08/2013
"A Man and His Papers Claims Two in Carpool Dispute", NBC Bay Area News, 01/05/2013
"ETFs - Why So Complicated?", Money, 09/01/2012
ConsumerWatch: Taking On Big Companies In Small Claims Court, CBS Los Angeles, CBS New York, 06/08/2012
Robert Talbot in broadcast about unusual ruling, NBC Bay Area News at 11, 05/15/2012
"Cyclist will Face Charges in Connection with Hitting Pedestrian", San Francisco Examiner, 04/25/2012
"Conviction Rates: Meaningful Number or Political Weapon?", The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA), 01/29/2012
"Mirkarimi Will Learn Monday When His Domestic Violence Trial Will Begin", KTVU News at 5, 01/20/2012
"District Attorney to Decide on Mirkarimi Charges This Week", The Bay Citizen, 01/11/2012
"Barry Bonds: Debate Over Beverly Hills House Arrest", L.A. Now (Los Angeles Times blog), 12/19/2011
"Bonds Avoids Prison Time for Giving Evasive Testimony", The New York Times, 12/19/2011
"Barry Bonds' Sentence Engenders Debate", UPI NewsTrack Sports (United Press International), 12/19/2011
"Barry Bonds is Sentenced in Enduring BALCO Saga", USA Today, 12/19/2011
Broadcast with Robert Talbot on Bart station protests, KTVU Channel 2 News, 08/23/2011
Broadcast on new video relating to Bryan Stow case, NBC Bay Area News, 06/27/2011
Interview with CBS radio on California prison population ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, KCBS Radio, 05/23/2011
Broadcast on Giant fan critically beaten at Dodgers Stadium, KTVU Channel 2 News, 05/23/2011
Broadcast with Mad Dog Radio on Barry Bonds case, Mad Dog Radio (Sirius XM Radio station), 04/14/2011
"Barry Bonds is Convicted of Obstruction of Justice", Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, Denver Post, among others, 04/13/2011
"Verdict In: Barry Bonds Found Guilty, But Case Not Closed Yet", USA Today, 04/13/2011
"Extended Deliberations Bad News for Bonds?", Fox Sports News, 04/12/2011
Radio broadcast on the potential conflict within jury in Bonds' case, KCBS Radio, 04/12/2011
Radio broadcast on jury in Barry Bonds' case, KCBS Radio, 04/12/2011
"Barry Bonds Jurors End Third Day of Deliberations Without Verdict", L.A. Now (Los Angeles Times blog), 04/12/2011
"Barry Bonds Jury Has Plenty to Consider", San Francisco Chronicle, 04/09/2011
"Bonds' Jury Asks for Transcript of Ex-Partner’s Secret Tape", Bloomberg Businessweek, 04/08/2011
"No Verdict Reached in Barry Bonds Perjury Trial as Former Trainer Greg Anderson Released from Prison", New York Daily News, 04/08/2011
"Experts: Bonds' Perjury Trial 'Too Close to Call'", California Watch, 04/07/2011
"Barry Bonds' Defense Attorneys Rest Without Calling One Witness", USA Today, 04/07/2011
"Bonds' Lawyers Rest Their Case Without Calling Witnesses", Bloomberg Businessweek, 04/06/2011
Broadcast on Barry Bonds' case, KCBS Radio, 04/06/2011
"Barry Bonds Rest His Case Without Taking a Swing", San Jose Mercury News, 04/06/2011
"Experts Say Prosecutors Have Scored Only One Direct Hit on Barry Bonds", Los Angeles Times, 04/04/2011
"Lost Tape is Found in Trial of Bonds", New York Times, 04/04/2011
"Bonds has Momentum Headed into Critical Trial Week", Associated Press, 04/03/2011
"Prosecutors Tweak Witness List", USA Today, American Chronicle, among others, 03/31/2011
"Pair's Testimony Aids Case vs. Barry Bonds, Expert Says", USA Today, 03/29/2011
"Ex-Mistress: Bonds Blamed Steroids for Injury", Associated Press, National Post (Canada), etc., 03/28/2011
Broadcast on jury of Barry Bonds trial, WCBS Newsradio (National Programming), 03/23/2011
Broadcast on Barry Bonds perjury trial, WCBS Newsradio (National Programming), 03/23/2011
Broadcast on testimony of Steve Hoskins in Barry Bonds trial, WCBS Newsradio (National Programming), 03/23/2011
"At the Witness Stand, Two Parallel Paths Diverge", The New York Times, 03/22/2011
"Barry Bonds Steroid Case Goes to Trial", Los Angeles Times, 03/21/2011
"In U.S. vs. Bonds, a Tawdry Turn", The Bay Citizen, New York Times, 03/20/2011
"Meet John Doe: Picking Up the Music Industry's Baton, a Group of Lawyers Revive the Mass Copyright Suit", Corporate Counsel, 01/01/2011
"Meet John Doe: Picking Up the Music Industry's Club, A Group of Lawyers Revive the Mass Copyright Suit", American Lawyer, 02/01/2011
"John Does Under Fire for File Sharing", Internet Law & Strategy, 02/01/2011
"'Skyscraperman' Dan Goodwin Climbs Into Court", SF Weekly, 12/20/2010
"Mass Antipiracy Suits Look Less Certain", CNET News, 12/14/2010
"Three Guilty of Abusing Shackled Teen to be Sentenced", San Jose Mercury News, 12/04/2010
"Law School Prof Looking to Challenge Lawsuits in Cases of Weak Evidence", Techdirt, 11/11/2010
"Did Jammie Thomas Case Backfire on File Sharers?", CNET News, 11/07/2010
Broadcast on Mehserle verdict and response, KCBS Radio, 11/07/2010
"Giants Win Sparks High-Tech 'Riots' in San Francisco", CNN Tech, 11/02/2010
"Law Professor Defends Alleged Hurt Locker Pirates", Torrent Freak, 11/02/2010
"Accused 'Hurt Locker' Pirates Turn to Law School", CNET News, 11/01/2010
Broadcast on Proposition 19 , Dutch National Radio, 10/01/2010
"'Skyscraperman' Dan Goodwin May Climb Over Trespassing Charges, Too" , SF Weekly, 09/08/2010
"Arizona Enacts Tough Illegal Immigration Law", CBS 5 Eyewitness News, 04/23/2010
"Iranian Comedian Wins Case Against Schwab", ABC 7 News: 7 On Your Side with Michael Finney, 04/19/2010
"Professor Talbot Discusses BART Shooting Case With KCBS Radio", KCBS Radio, 03/30/2010
"Alumni in the News", Columbia College Today, 11/01/2009
"Broadcast on Michael Jackson featuring Bob Talbot", The Drive with Steve Jaxon KSRO 1350, 09/24/2009
Newscast on Richard Allen Davis, KRON 4 News Daybreak, KRON 4 News at 4:30 a.m., KRON 4 News at 11, 05/31/2009
"Frustrated Investors Get Surprising Assistance", NBC Nightly News, 05/30/2009
Newscast on Sandra Cantu case, KRON 4 News Weekend, 04/24/2009
"Bob Talbot on the Cantu Case", NBC11 News: The Bay Area at 11, 03/14/2009
"Bob Talbot on the Cantu Case", KRON 4 Morning News, Early News, News at 11, 03/14/2009
"Did He Lie? Barry Bonds on Trial", The Examiner, 02/26/2009
"Lawyer Says BART Officer Meant to Fire Taser", Oakland Tribune, 01/30/2009
"Lawyer Says BART Officer Meant to Fire Taser", "TNT - Truth … Not Tasers", 01/31/2009
BART Shooting Disrupts Oakland, Laney Tower (Oakland community college online paper), 01/29/2009
"Second Officer in BART Shooting Under Investigation", Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury , 01/25/2009
"BART Shooting Update", KQED's Forum, 01/16/2009
"Bart Shooting Draws Rodney King Case Parallels", San Francisco Chronicle, 01/15/2009
"Law Professor Offers Perspective on BART Station Killing", San Francisco Examiner, 01/15/2009
Radio broadcast on the BART shooting case, KCBS Radio, 01/14/2009
"Schools that Offer Students a Chance to Help Investors File Claims Against Their Brokers Expect an Onslaught of Calls", The Miami Daily Business Review, The Broward Daily Business Review, Palm Beach Daily Business Review, 10/17/2008
"Small investors get help from law school clinics", The National Law Journal, 10/13/2008
"Jailed leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery launches Web site", Oakland Tribune, 08/11/2008
"Special 7 On Your Side report: Download Lawsuits", "ABC 7 News at 11PM KGO (ABC) San Francisco", 04/30/2008
"Broadcast on Hans Reiser case/ murder conviction with no body and no murder weapon", "Ten O'Clock News KTVU (Fox) San Francisco", 04/30/2008
"Both 'Jane Does' testify, immunity deals criticized", The Eureka Reporter, 04/22/2008
"Law students help peers for a song", San Mateo Daily News, 04/17/2008
"Reducing the risk for elder abuse in finance", Daily Journal, 04/16/2008
"USF law students help investors through downturn", The Recorder, WestLaw, 04/14/2008
"The University of San Francisco starts filesharing legal aid clinic", Fastcase Law Blog, 04/03/2008
"Law students joust with record industry", The Daily Record, 04/01/2008
"Law Students Providing Legal Advice for Suspects Charged for Downloading Music Illegally", CBS National Radio (picked up by Ernie and Jay Mid-Day/ Dallas, FortWorth; News on the Hour/ National; WTOP-AM 820/ Washington, D.C.; Business Hour/ Los Angeles; Newsradio 780/ Chicago; Colin and Friends/ Hartford, New Haven; KNX 1070 Newsradio/ Los Angeles), 03/31/2008
"Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Project", KGO Radio, 03/31/2008
"USF Law Students Assist Fellow Students", KTVU Channel 2 News at 6, KTVU (Fox) San Francisco, 03/31/2008
"Legal Aid for Downloaders", CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 10 pm, KBHK (MNT) San Francisco, CBS 5 Eyewitness News at 5am, KPIX (CBS) San Francisco, 03/30/2008
USF Law Clinic for Threatened Students, USF Law Clinic for Threatened Students, 03/30/2008
"A 'peer to peer' legal clinic", Nuts & Boalts, 03/30/2008
"Legal aid for music downloaders", San Jose Mercury News, 03/30/2008
"Comparing the RIAA to 'The Sopranos'", Slashdot, 03/20/2008