M. Zeff has been practicing law in San Francisco, Marin and other California Counties since graduating from Hastings
College of the Law in 1974.
Mr. Zeff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971, with an AB degree in history, with emphasis
on Chinese history. He then attended Hastings, and while there served as the teaching assistant for Guy Kornblum and
Joseph Rodgers in their pioneering Trial Evidence Seminar. While at Hastings, Mr. Zeff also served as a Graduate Student
Assistant at the State Bar of California, on both disciplinary and legislative matters, and then at the California State Attorney
General’s Office on large antitrust cases.
Upon graduation from Hastings, Mr. Zeff served as Court Administrator and Assistant Special
Master in the Antibiotics Antitrust Litigation for the Hon. Miles Lord in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota. Mr.
Zeff was thereafter employed in a private antitrust practice and as in house counsel at Safeway Stores, Inc., in the fields
of antitrust and trade regulation. Mr. Zeff started his current law practice in 1985, continuing to work in the fields
of complex civil litigation including litigation involving unfair competition, commercial disputes and collections, and litigation
of intellectual property, real property and personal injury matters.
Mr. Zeff served for 8 years as the Chair of the Bar Association
of San Francisco (BASF) Committee on Arbitration of Fee Disputes and he has held other positions on Committees of the State
Bar of California, BASF and the Marin County Bar. He was given the BASF Award of Merit in 1986. Mr. Zeff has been
appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court and BASF to arbitrate high profile attorney-fee disputes and has testified
as an expert witness in this field. He has been A/V rated by Martindale for more than 25 years and
a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for more than five years.
Mr. Zeff lives with his family in Marin County. He
enjoys running, biking, gardening, sailing, abalone diving and other outdoor activities, support of environmental protection
and preservation. He is a founding Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. He and his wife participate
in and contribute to MALT, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which preserves open space, wildlife habitat and the agricultural
industry in Marin County.