Daniel P. Barer

Daniel P. Barer

Born Walla Walla , Washington , 1965.

Admitted to bar, 1990, California. Admitted to the United States Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California. Mr. Barer has trial experience.

Daniel P. Barer is a partner in Pollak, Vida & Barer.  He has been an attorney at the firm since 1992.  Ever since his 1990 admission to the California Bar, Mr. Barer has advised and defended public entities, public officials, public employees, and private defendants in the trial and appellate courts.  He has handled matters ranging from alleged dangerous conditions of public property to complex constitutional matters.  He also advises other attorneys on matters of public entity law and procedure.  He has been certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Specialization of the State Bar of California since 2000.  He has briefed and argued appeals before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the lower appellate courts of California.

Mr. Barer's approach to advocacy is to combine legal scholarship with common sense, clear communication, and solid evidentiary support.

Mr. Barer often writes and speaks about public entity law and other aspects of California and federal law.  His writings have been cited in court opinions.


University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1987); University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990).


Mr. Barer has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1990.  He has been certified as a Specialist in Appellate Law by the California Board of Specialization of the State Bar of California since 2000.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all of the federal district courts of California .  He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Section; and Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers.

Published Appellate and Other Decisions:

Mr. Barer's primary practice is appellate law in the defense of public entities, public employees, public officials, and private defendants.  He also handles appeals concerning insurance coverage and other aspects of insurance law. Published decisions in cases he has handled include :


Mr. Barer is co-author with Girard Fisher of California Government Tort Liability Practice (C.E.B. 2015).

His published articles include:

"Leading the Dance:  Drafting the Appellees' Brief," Certworthy , Volume 13, Issue 2, October 20, 2011

"Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers:  Summary of Facts,"  Los Angeles County Bar Association, Vol. II, No. 14, November 2010 

Mr. Barer was a Practitioner Contributor to the Ninth Edition of Black's Law Dictionary (West 2009)

"Consequences of Wireless Case Are Not So Dire" (letter to the editor), Los Angeles Daily Journal , November 17, 2009

"The Collateral Conundrum: Olsen v. Reid Frames the Hanif/Nishihama Controversy - and  Suggests How It Will Turn Out," California Litigation , Vol. 21, No. 3 (2008)

"Say it With Feeling: Aim for the Heart, or Go for the Gut,"Certworthy , Winter 2006

"California Courts Differ on Liability for Negligent Handling of Emergency Calls," Los Angeles Daily Journal , September 11, 2002

"Contractual Indemnification Claims Against Public Entities: When Are They Time-Barred?"Public Law Journal , Vol. 21, No. 5 (Winter 1998)

"Handle With Care: Preserving the Public Entity's Right to Challenge a Late Claim," Claims People , Vol. 8, No. 2 (1998)


Since 2005, Mr. Barer has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" in appellate law by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.