Frederic L. Hirschfield completed his undergraduate work at Colgate University, obtaining a B.A. Degree in 1957. He thereafter served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1965, he entered Golden Gate Law School at night, completing his studies in 3½ years, and was admitted to the California State Bar in January, 1969. Mr. Hirschfield began practicing in the insurance defense field in San Francisco and thereafter practiced plaintiff's personal injury with a San Francisco labor law firm. 

In 1973, he associated with a general practice firm in Petaluma, California, where he specialized in personal injury trial practice. Mr. Hirschfield was an instructor at Empire Law School for two years and has continued to chair seminars in personal injury. From 1984 to 1998 he practiced in Petaluma in the firm of Hirschfield & Nadler, prior to Judge Gary Nadler being appointed to the Somona County Bench in 2002. 

Presently he is of Counsel to the firm of Baddeley Oliker & Sartori, in Petaluma, California. Mr. Hirschfield has tried to verdict personal injury cases in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa counties and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Hirschfield has served as Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator, Discovery Referee and settlement panelist for the Sonoma County Superior Court.  He has mediated over 1,200 cases in the last ten years with high resolution rate. Areas of Expertise: Personal injury, Product liability, Third Party Construction Accidents, Professional Malpractice, Habitability and Landlord/Tenant matters. 

"When the parties and mediator are able to set aside the traditional techniques specifically designed to persuade a jury, mediation is the most effective way to minimize the risk, costs and the emotional demand normally associated with trial." - Frederic L. Hirschfield