Oakland, California, attorney R. Lewis Van Blois has been practicing law for more than 45 years and has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist for more than 25 years. In that time, he has tried more than 150 jury trials in California. He is a member of the firm Van Blois & Associates. Mr. Van Blois has been recognized by the Consumer Attorneys of California (formerly called the California Trial Lawyers Association) as an experienced trial attorney in the fields of products liability, professional negligence, general personal injury, public entity liability and insurance bad faith law. He has received the honor of being the Alameda County Trial Lawyer of the Year. Actively involved in improving the administration of justice in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Mr. Van Blois was instrumental in establishing the Early Disposition Program (EDP) and the SETL Programs that have led to settlements of cases to help reduce court congestion. He has frequently lectured on trial practice and personal injury law and medicine.