Robert F. Tyler, Esq.
Mr. Tyler is a partner in Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1969 from Occidental College, a Master’s Degree in History from UCLA in 1971 and a Juris Doctorate in 1974 from UCLA. From 1974 until early 1981, Mr. Tyler was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento, first specializing in appellate and trial criminal law and then in civil, appellate and trial litigation practice in the Health, Education and Welfare section. Between 1981 and 1985, he was an associate and then a shareholder with Rust, Armenis & Schwartz, a Sacramento firm specializing in personal injury and general civil litigation. In 1985, he returned to the California Attorney General’s Office where he first served as a Deputy Attorney General with the tort and condemnation section and then, from 1986 to mid-1990, as Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Business and Taxation section, primarily representing the Departments of Banking and Commerce, as well as the Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization and the Employment Development Department.
In 1990, he left the Attorney General’s Office to form a partnership, Lanius & Tyler, specializing in medical malpractice and general civil litigation. Mr. Tyler was a partner in Lanius & Tyler until May of 1999, when he left that partnership to become Of Counsel to Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP. Mr. Tyler has practiced in a variety of state and federal arenas, including criminal law, welfare class actions, attorneys’ fees disputes, general civil litigation, general personal injury litigation (both plaintiff and defendant), medical malpractice (defendant), as well as regulatory licensing and/or enforcement actions in both the health, social services, education, insurance and banking fields.
- University of California, Los Angeles – J.D. (1974)
- University of California, Los Angeles – M.A. (1971)
- Occidental College – A.B. (1969)
ACTIVITIES & HONORS
1974 – present
- Council Member, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Roseville, CA, 1990-1994
- Council Member, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, El Dorado Hills, CA 1983-1987
- Director, El Dorado Hills County Water District, 1980-1984
- President, El Dorado Hills Residents Association, 1980-1984
- Member, California State Bar Commission on Corrections, 1975-1977
- American Board of Trial Attorneys
May 1999 – present
- Partner, Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP: General civil litigation with emphasis in medical malpractice. Representative clients include: U.C. Regents/PRMC – U.C. Davis Medical Group and Medical Center; Kaiser Hospitals/Permanente Medical Group; Optima (California Hospital Association Insurance Services); NorthBay Medical.
June 1990 – April 1999
- Partner, Lanius & Tyler: general practice of law with emphasis in civil litigation (medical malpractice, newspaper law, real property and construction disputes) and administrative matters (State Personnel Board, Medical Board of California). Clients included: U.C. Regents/PRMC (Professional Risk Management); Kaiser Hospitals/Permanent Medical Groups; NorthBay Medical Center; Rideout Hospital; Oroville Hospital; Biggs Gridley Hospital; The Placer Herald; The California Trucking Association; Hart Construction Co.; Sierra View Corporation, Inc.; The Marin County Court Reporter; The Mammoth Times; The Daily Journal Corporation; Sunrise Vista Partnership.
May 1986 – May 1990
- Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Business and Taxation Section of the Civil Division, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, California.
- Duties: Supervision of a six deputy section along with a full case load of my own. Clients included taxing agencies (State Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department) and business oriented regulatory agencies (Departments of Real Estate, Insurance, Banking, Savings and Loan, and Commerce). Work was varied, with appearances before state and federal courts, various appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and various administrative agencies.
January 1985 – April 1986
- Deputy Attorney General, Tort and Condemnation Section of the Civil Division, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, California
- Duties: General trial practice in defense of tort claims made against state agencies.
May 1982 – December 1984
- Attorney/Shareholder, Rust, Armenis & Schwartz, Sacramento, California.
- Duties: General trial and civil practice, with emphasis on insurance defense including medical malpractice. Other duties included general civil practice with emphasis on small business matters.
September 1977 – April 1982
- Deputy Attorney General, Health, Education and Welfare Section, Civil Division, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, California.
- Duties: Conduct of general civil litigation for departments within the California HEW Agency. Mixture of trial (primarily law and motion) and appellate work, including appearances before the California Supreme Court.
September 1974 – August 1977
- Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Law Division, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, California.
- Duties: Appellate practice with increasing load of felony and misdemeanor criminal trials.