Robert S. McLay

Robert S. McLay

Redwood City, California
916-803-7161 (Direct Dial)

Robert McLay provides legal representation in litigation and transactional matters including commercial contract disputes, financial transactions, banking, various types of insurance claims, wills & trusts, and real estate torts throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.


Robert handles matters throughout the State of California and the Pacific Northwest. He has tried cases in the counties of Alameda, Calaveras, King, Madera, Marin, Multnomah, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and San Mateo. He also has extensive experience in judicial and non-judicial arbitration.


In addition to his federal and state trial practice, he has also successfully argued appeals before the First and Third District Courts of Appeal and the Nevada Supreme Court. He has also prepared numerous appellate briefs for cases venued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, California Courts of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court.


As part of his financial and banking practice, he handles mortgage issues and interpleader actions on behalf of stakeholders.  He also offers advice to financial institutions in probate matters, including administration of wills and trusts, beneficiary designations on IRA accounts, small estate administration, and contested estates.


He has litigated real estate disclosure issues, boundary disputes, easements, and ownership & title disagreements.  He has passed the California Department of Real Estate Broker's license and provided legal advice to real estate brokers and real estate agents in disclosure and standard of care issues.


Robert McLay is licensed to practice as an attorney not only in California, but also in the State of Washington and the District of Columbia. He has also been admitted and handled cases pro hac vice in a variety of states. Robert is licensed in all of the federal courts of California, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and is licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the United States Supreme Court.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage and Insurance Bad Faith Issues
  • Business Litigation
  • Financial and Banking Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Business and Real Estate
  • Probate, Wills & Trusts

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

  • Robert was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada