Mr. Malone is a senior litigation partner who specializes in the trial of large, complex fiduciary duty cases. He represents fiduciaries of all types, from officers and directors to trustees, administrators, executors, general partners and attorneys. The types of cases he handles range from securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions in the corporate context to will contests, executor, administrator and trustee removal actions, and cy pres actions in the trusts and estates context. He has successfully tried, to defense judgment, cases with an aggregate of more than $1.2 billion at risk, including a large securities class action and a trade secret case in federal court. Mr. Malone has a special interest in charitable trust cases, having tried some of the biggest charitable trust cases in history, and prides himself on his record of protecting donor intent. Mr. Malone also serves as trustee of charitable and private trusts, as director of a charitable foundation and as a Judge Pro Tem in San Francisco Superior Court. He has also served as chairman of the board of a privately-held corporation with one billion in annual revenues. Mr. Malone has been selected every year since 2009 as a Northern California ”Super Lawyer“ by Law & Politics Magazine, and again listed in The Best Lawyers in America. The Best Lawyers in America has honored Mr. Malone as the Lawyer of the Year-San Francisco-Trusts & Estates for 2013.


Before entering private practice in 1977, Mr. Malone served with the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. for six years where he prosecuted labor racketeering cases, conducted an investigation of the CIA for domestic mail-opening, served as a senior trial attorney at the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Watergate Special Prosecutor Charles F. C. Ruff, and as a policy and planning advisor to Attorneys General Edward Levi and Griffin Bell.


Mr. Malone received his B.A. degree in Political Science from San Jose State University in 1968, a J.D. magna cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1971, and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1975.


Ronald Hayes Malone
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