Michael Thorman has established himself as one of the top litigators in the Bay Area and in Northern California. He is also a distinguished alumnus of Stanford Law School, Class of 1974. He recently participated as an expert trial lawyer for the Stanford Trial Advocacy Workshop by critiquing students giving mock closing arguments. The central philosophy of the Trial Advocacy Workshop is that skills are best acquired in an experiential manner by seeing and doing. Consistently considered one of the top law schools in the country, Mr. Thorman has helped train a select group of students at Stanford Law School on the skills of trial advocacy for over a decade.
Bonjour, Thorman & Burns values giving back to our community by being actively involved in numerous organizations, including the Alameda County Bar Association. Megan Burns was recently sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Bar Association. The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a voluntary bar association, established in 1877, with a membership of 1,500 lawyers, judges, law students, and legal associates. As a professional resource for lawyers, the Bar provides educational programs, practice-building opportunities, networking and social events, as well as leadership development opportunities for its members. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.
“An East Bay marijuana grower was charged Tuesday with murder and other crimes for allegedly hiring two hitmen from Tennessee to kill her business partner. Tikisha Upshaw, 37, is suspected of hiring Johnny Wright Jr. and Chariott Burks of Memphis, Tenn. to kill 38-year-old Adan Katami, according to court documents. Wessley Brown is also facing murder charges. Sheriff’s say Brown was instrumental in organizing and getting the hit team out to California.”
“Attorneys argued in the case of Dempsey, 41, not the Grey’s Anatomy actor, who is accused of shooting several times at Spencer Reboredo, 27, on July 14, 2016, killing him, according to the prosecution. But defense attorney Megan Burns argued that it was another person entirely who shot and killed Reboredo, all over drugs. She said there is evidence that shows that he was lured to the gas station that early morning, orchestrated by several people. “It was not an accident that Spencer ended up at the gas station at 4:14 a.m. … And it wasn’t Patrick Dempsey,” Burns said.
“A San Leandro man accused of fatally stabbing his father, a well-known Menlo Park pastor, pleaded not guilty to murder in court Tuesday. Isaiah Bostic, 21, appeared in the Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Tuesday in white-and-green jail clothes in a holding cell. He looked at Judge Arturo Castro and was silent as his attorney, Megan Burns, said her client would be entering a plea of not guilty.”