Barbara has broad experience as a regulatory, business and litigation attorney. She practiced at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco and as in-house Associate General Counsel for what is now known as Frontier Communications, a NYSE communications company, with responsibility for all legal affairs for six Western states. Barbara also successfully argued several California Appellate cases and testified before the California legislature on regulatory issues. Barbara now works with the partners at Hinman & Carmichael in all aspects of beverage law.
Barbara and her husband developed their first vineyard in Knights Valley, Calistoga and later, a high altitude mountain vineyard in the Red Hills Lake County. They produced award-winning wine under their Fortress Vineyards brand which they have now sold. Barbara handled all legal, regulatory, compliance and marketing matters for the vineyards and wine brand. Prior to becoming an attorney, Barbara taught Comparative Governments and International Politics at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
University of California, Davis: B.A. and M.A. Comparative Governments and International Relations.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law: J.D.
COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVMENT
Memberships: The Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court (San Francisco), Sonoma County Winegrowers , Lake County Winegrowers, Women for WineSense, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel.
Community Involvement: Chairperson, City of Larkspur Design Review Committee; President of St. Patrick’s School Board, President of Homeowners’ Associations.
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