Mark G. Bonino

Mark G. Bonino

Redwood City, California
650-486-2869 (Direct Dial)

Mark Bonino has over 35 years of experience handling Appellate, Post-trial, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith cases.

Mr. Bonino is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of California, all of the United States District Courts for California (Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern) and in the Districts of Arizona and Hawaii.  He is also admitted to practice before the United Stated Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Third Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Bonino has handled over 500 appeals to completion and argued a number of important cases including:  Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689 [Doctrine of peculiar risk held inapplicable to employees of subcontractors]; Levinson v. Owens (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 1534 [Rider thrown from horse, summary judgment in favor of horse owner affirmed on the basis of the assumption of the risk]; Paiva v. Nichols (2008) 168 Cal.App.4th 1007 [Denial of anti-SLAPP motion reversed—judgment entered for defendant]; Frank and Freedus v Allstate (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 461 [Employment practices exclusion held to preclude defense in post-termination defamation claim]; Loth v. Truck-A-Way (1998) 60 Cal.App.4th 757 [Expert testimony of hedonic damages held inadmissible in personal injury action]; Smith v. State Farm (1992) 5 Cal.App.4th 1104 [stipulated judgment held unenforceable against insurer]; Melton v. Boustred (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 521 [Invitation to a party posted on Myspace does not impose a duty on the host to protect against physical injuries caused by partygoers].

In addition to the appeals, Mr. Bonino is often retained to prepare and argue post-trial motions after the verdicts have been rendered and has tried several bad faith cases to verdict in four different Northern California counties and in the U.S. District Court.  He has resolved numerous cases in favor of the defendants by dispositive demurrer, judgment on the pleadings and motion for summary judgment. 

Mr. Bonino is a current member of the California Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the California courts, and serves on both the Judicial Council’s Technology Committee and the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee.

He is past-president of the Association of Defense Counsel (2009), past officer and Vice-president of the California Defense Counsel (2010-2012) and past California State Representative for the DRI (2010-2013). 

A native of Southern California, Mr. Bonino attended the University of California at Davis, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Economics.  He attended law school at Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1976.  On graduation he served for one year as the law clerk to the presiding judge of the Superior Court in and for the County of San Mateo.

Before attending law school Mr. Bonino worked on the staff of then-Governor Ronald Reagan.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Post-trial Motions
  • Insurance Services
  • Bad Faith Cases

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California - 1976
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of California at Davis, Davis, California - 1973

Published Works

  • Our Government in Action: The Legislature Amends the Summary Judgment Procedures, ADC Defense Comment, v.17, No.3, p.6, 2002
  • Two Steps Forward - The California Supreme Court Raises the Bar for Legal Malpractice Actions, ADC Defense Comment, v. 18, No. 3, p. 8, 2003
  • Punitive Damages: On the Road to Reform (IADC Defense Counsel Journal (2003) v.70, No.4, p.432.), 2003
  • Our Government In Action - Revisited: Proposition 64 and 17200 Reform, ADC Defense Comment v, 20, No. 1 p. 10, 2005
  • California Supreme Court Expands the Privette Doctrine to Narrow Landowner Liability for Worker Injuries, ADC Defense Comment v.21, No. 2, p.10, 2006


  • Just Compensation and No More-Hanif and Howell, Association of Defense Counsel­ San Francisco, 2013
  • Just Compensation and No More-Hanif and Howell, Association of Defense Counsel­ San Francisco, 2012
  • Just Compensation and No More—Hanif and Howell, Association of Defense Counsel – San Francisco, 2010
  • Tricks & Traps in 998 and Summary Judgment Procedure, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California - 2005 Annual Meeting - San Francisco, California, 2005
  • The Impact Of California Workers' Compensation Reform on Workers' Compensation Claims, Insurance and Torts, Excess and Surplus Lines Claims Association Convention - Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2005
  • New Developments In Coverage - 2004 and 2005, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel - Los Angeles, California, 2005
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Winning on Appeal Effective Oral Argument, Court of Appeal, San Jose, California, 2004
  • The New World of Claim Handling and Insurance Relations, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters 2004 Annual Meeting - Los Angeles, California, 2004
  • Punitive Damages One Year After Campbell, Association of California Insurance Companies Annual Meeting - Las Vegas, Nevada, 2004
  • New Developments In Coverage 2003 and 2004, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel - Angeles, California, 2004
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California Transportation Seminar Sacramento, California, 2004
  • Silicon Valley Biz Ink Forum Hot Insurance Issues: Workers Comp Crisis San Jose, California, 2003
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association 2002 Changes In Summary Judgment Law San Jose, California, 2003
  • Pacific Claims Executives Convention The New Summary Judgment and Construction Defect Legislation Monterey, California, 2002
  • First and Third Party Insurance Claims After The World Trade Center Attack Monterey, Excess and Surplus Lines Claims Association Convention - California, 2002
  • Speaker, Annual Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley Annual California Law Update The Year In Review Boston, New York, Hartford, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and Sacramento, 1979 - 2006