A. Byrne Conley

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Pleasant Hill, CA






A. Byrne Conley has extensive civil litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels in public agency and insurance defense, including police, civil rights, dangerous condition, employment practices and pollution claims as well as insurance coverage litigation.

  • Byrne serves as General Counsel for numerous California Self-Insurance Pools covering Cities, Schools, Sanitary Districts and Recreation and Park Districts. His general counsel work includes monitoring claims, ensuring Government Code and Brown Act compliance, drafting coverage documents, contracts, policy and procedure documents as well as handling coverage disputes.
  • Byrne has conducted numerous lectures and seminars on public entity tort liability case law and insurance JPA issues for the Public Agency Risk Managers Association and the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities. He also does project work for a number of other self-insurance pools, and several municipal pool members including Counties and Cities.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • General Counsel
  • Public Agency Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1993


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1983
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Thurston Society
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1979
    • Honors: cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating (“from Very High to Preeminent”) with Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2018
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