Barri Kaplan Bonapart

What makes us different? At Bonapart & Associates, we believe that what most clients want and deserve is assistance in developing a cost-efficient and socially responsible strategy for resolving their problems. Any lawyer can advise you regarding your legal rights. Any lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf. Bonapart & Associates specializes in educating and empowering clients to devise practical approaches for handling difficult disputes. Our background and training in mediation allow us to take a collaborative approach toward problem-solving based on each side's needs and interests, often saving clients significant time, money and heartache.

Our firm holds a highly regarded reputation as tough and effective litigators giving both adversaries and their clients incentive to work together to resolve mutual problems. In the minority of instances where the collaborative approach is rejected or fails, we have a successful track record of prevailing on behalf of clients through arbitration, trials, and dispositive motions. 'Practical Solutions For An Impractical World' is more than just a slogan; at Bonapart & Associates, it is our guiding philosophy.

Barri Kaplan Bonapart is the owner of Bonapart & Associates, a law and mediation firm specializing in complex commercial litigation, and tree and neighbor law. Her clientele includes local businesses, tree care companies, professionals, and property owners.

Her litigation experience includes fraud, business tort, property damage, breach of contract and multi-state products liability claims. She has secured multiple dismissals and summary judgments in the defense of her clients and obtained favorable outcomes prosecuting claims on their behalf.

Ms. Bonapart is best known as one of the nation's most knowledgeable practitioners in the area of tree and neighbor law. She advises homeowners, arborists, attorneys and public entities regarding personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage caused by trees, trespass, nuisance, boundary disputes, and encroachments. She represents parties in disputes about views, tree removal, threats to life and property from trees, boundaries, fences, insurance coverage, and the interpretation of local tree ordinances.

In addition to serving her clients as an advocate, Ms. Bonapart is a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee. Her passion is assisting parties resolve their disputes in creative and collaborative ways. She received her initial training as a mediator in the 1990's both through Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and The Center For Mediation In Law. Ms. Bonapart also volunteers her time as a pro tem settlement conference panelist, fee dispute arbitrator, discovery referee, and discovery facilitator to various bay area courts. For more information on this, visit

Ms. Bonapart earned her law degree from Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from University of California, Berkeley,in 1982. During her undergraduate studies, she studied in Spanish at the Universidad de Madrid, Spain.

Contact Barri Kaplan Bonapart

Bonapart & Associates
2330 Marinship Way
Suite 302
Sausalito, California  94965
Phone: 415-332-3313
Fax: 415-332-4603


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