David Prince Freitas ’62 was a fifth-generation Californian. His great-grandmother was born, as census records report, “on the plains en route to California” in 1849. His family moved to Marin County in 1880 when his grandfather, Manuel T. Freitas, started the Bank of San Rafael (later Wells Fargo). The family also owned five ranches in Marin County covering Terra Linda (Home Ranch), San Marin, and portions of Lucas Valley and Black Point. David was very proud to be a fourth-generation Marinite and that six generations of his family have lived in Marin County. Born Oct. 21, 1940, in San Francisco, he lived his entire life in Marin County. He attended Bellarmine College Prep, the University of San Francisco, and SCU. He graduated first in his class at San Francisco Law School, where he received his J.D. degree. David was a civil and business trial lawyer for 40 years. He was a partner in two prominent San Rafael law firms: Freitas, McCarthy, McMahon and Keating and later Ragghianti/Freitas, LLP. David tried over 100 jury trials to verdict, mostly in Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma, and Humboldt Counties. Among his many honors for his professional work, David was elected a diplomate emeritus to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), was president of the San Francisco chapter of ABOTA, a member of the National Board of Directors of ABOTA, and chairman of Cal-ABOTA. He was elected emeritus fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (limited to 1 percent of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada), emeritus fellow of the International Society of Barristers (limited to 500 members worldwide) and emeritus fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 members worldwide). He served as president of the Association of Defense Counsel of California and Nevada and was on the Association’s board of directors for over a decade. He was a founding member and later president of the Edward McFetridge American Inn of Court in San Francisco and a founding member of the Richard Sangster Inn of Court in Sonoma County. In the mid-1980s David and his friend, Dan Kelley, started the first Northern California company to hire retired judges to serve as arbitrators and mediators resolving civil disputes in the private sector. They were among the first to actively market “private” judging and the concept of mediation to resolve civil disputes. Their innovative and successful company, Judicial Resources, was merged into JAMS in the early 1990s. Away from his law practice, David loved the outdoors. In his youth he spent many winters at Lake Tahoe skiing at Squaw Valley with and against Olympian Jimmy Heuga. He continued skiing with his family and friends in such favorite places as Alta, Sun Valley, and the Canadian Bugaboos and Cariboos. David loved hunting on his family’s ranches in Marin, at his Duck Club in the San Joaquin Delta, and on trips to Nevada and Montana. After his retirement in 2005, David returned to his early love of quarter horses and spent many happy days with his wife, friends, daughters, and granddaughters riding the trails in Marin and Sonoma Counties. David was a member of the Sonoma County Trail Blazers, the Reno Sierra Riders, and the Novato Horseman and Tamalpais Trail Riders. He reveled in hosting “long, lingering lunches” with his longtime friends and horse buddies. The “Cowboy Lunches,” formal all-afternoon lunches, which David (and helpers) prepared and elaborately served in his home garden and at his Deer Camp, became seasonal events. David was active in many civic endeavors. He served on the boards of St. Vincent’s School, Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), Marin Humane Society, Marin County Historical Society, Marin History Museum, and the San Francisco Law School. David also served for many years as president of the philanthropic Freitas Foundation established by his uncle, Louie Freitas, in 1962. David was particularly proud that his three daughters have become active in the management of the Freitas Foundation as well as being successful in their individual business and professional pursuits. David died on Oct. 26, 2017, in Italy while vacationing with his family. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Patty Garbarino, and his daughters Diane (Scott) Phillips, Nancy (Bryan) Lambert, and Megan (Adam) Neale. He also leaves his sister, Carol Freitas of Anderson, California, and his grandchildren Jessica and Miles Phillips and Lily and Fielding Neale. David’s parents, Walter and Marno Freitas, predeceased him along with his siblings Paula, Ted and Cathy Freitas.

08 Nov 2018