EVERETT L. BOBBITT
FOUNDING PARTNER – DECEASED
BOBBITT PINCKARD & FIELDS
Prior to joining the legal profession, Everett served in the United States Marine Corps, including two years combat experience in Vietnam. After leaving the Marine Corps, Everett served 13 years as an El Cajon Police Officer reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Everett attended and completed law school while he was employed full-time as a law enforcement officer.
In 1984, Everett graduated with honors from Western State University College of Law (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law) and immediately began representing police officers as a staff attorney for the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). Everett practiced for more than 20 years providing a full range of legal services to law enforcement officers and their families. Everett not only worked in the law enforcement arena, he also married within it. Everett met his wife Maudie while both were detectives assigned to investigate child abuse and sex crimes. Maudie subsequently went on to become the first female Assistant Sheriff in the history of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. She then retired and became the Chief of Police at the University of California San Diego campus.
During the active years of Everett’s practice, he represented hundreds of law enforcement officers in Criminal, Civil and administrative proceedings. Under his tutelage, the law firm enjoyed repeated success when defending officers in civil and administrative cases. On several occasions, Superior Court judges have declared clients factually innocent of all criminal charges including one case tried as a capital murder.
Everett litigated numerous civil matters including some that resulted in multi-million dollar judgments. Cases include a more than four million dollar judgment for a murdered California police chief's family. He was particularly successful in litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act. Millions of dollars have been awarded in judgments by the United States Court of Federal Claims to federal law enforcement officers involved in overtime claims. Most recently, the United States Government conceded and paid additional millions of dollars in back pay claims involving litigation for hundreds of other federal law enforcement officers.
Everett’s legal work spanned more than two decades and was instrumental in protecting privacy and due process rights for hundreds of individual law enforcement officers and preserving those same rights for future generations of officers. In addition to the passionate representation of individual officers, Everett was a major force in labor contract negotiations. He also was a highly popular and sought after speaker, presenter and instructor on topics relating to officers’ rights.
Everett officially retired in December 2006, and passed away from pancreatic cancer the following October. In honor of his career and dedication to protecting law enforcement officers, he will live on in the name of the law firm now managed and operated by Rick and Brad.