Title: Lawyer, Partner
Company: Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro
Location: Kentfield, California, United States
John A. Sutro, Lawyer and Partner at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of law.
Inspired by his family members and a good friend’s father who practiced law, Mr. Sutro knew he wanted to enter the field of law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Stanford University in 1957, a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University in 1960 and has been certified to practice law in California specifically the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Sutro’s grandfather, Alfred, was a founding partner of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Mr. Sutro continued the family legacy by working as an associate from 1961 from 1968 and then as a partner from 1969 and 1990.
Mr. Sutro worked in private practice from 1990 to 1993 and had been appointed to the Marin County Municipal Court Bench as a judge from 1993 to 2010. He has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of numerous committees of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a member of the Marin County Bar Association. He has also been affiliated with the Pacific-Union Club and the Lagunitas Country Club, serving on the board of directors from 1987 to 1989. Dedicated to his community, Mr. Sutro has served as a trustee of the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA, from 1976 to 1984 and again from 1998 to 2009. He has been on the board of directors since 1984 and due to his tremendous service, has received the Colborn Distinguished Service Award from Webb Schools in 2018.
Never one to limit himself, Mr. Sutro has been a trustee of the 1st Cash Funds of America, a judge on the pro-tem panel of the San Francisco Superior Court, an arbitrator with the Marin County Superior Court and a member of the Settlement Conference Panel, all from 1990 until his retirement. He has also served on the board of directors for the Bay Area United Service Organizations of San Francisco from 1969 to 1980, holding the role of president from 1973 to 1977. Further affiliations include, but are not limited to, trustee St. Mark’s School in San Rafael, CA, from 1980 to 1985 and membership within the bishop’s committee of the Episcopal Diocese of California, San Francisco, from 1981 to 1984.
Mr. Sutro has enjoyed his career and recalls representing Neil Sheehan, a New York Times reporter, to be a career highlight. Mr. Sutro obtained the Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg and released them to the public, ultimately winning the case. After his retirement from the bench as a judge, he became involved in a state bar committee on which he served for eight years, stopping his involvement in November 2018. Presently, Mr. Sutro enjoys traveling, reading books, listening to music and spending time with his eight grandchildren. He is especially pleased that his son has followed in his footsteps, serving as a successful lawyer and managing partner with Duane Morris in San Francisco.
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