Barry S. Willdorf

Location San Francisco
Occupation retired attorney/novelist

Books by Barry S. Willdorf
  • by Barry S. Willdorf
    Wild Child Publishing, 2011.

  • by Barry S Willdorf
    Whiskey Creek Press LLC, 2011.

  • by Barry S. Willdorf
    A Gauche Pr, 2001.
  • About Me

    I was born in New York City and grew up in Massachusetts. I am a graduate of Colby College and Columbia Law School, and also attended The University of Manchester. I was the first person to have surfed on Cape Ann.

    I was the founder and chief counsel for the Southern California Military Law Project providing civilian court martial defense during the Vietnam War. I co-authored a military legal self-help book: Turning the Regs Around. I wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Bring the War Home! drawing from these experiences. Bring the War Home! is available as a free download on Scribd.

    My legal publishing credits include co-authoring How To Pass the LSATs, and part of the Matthew Bender series, California Forms of Jury Instructions. I was also a contributing editor for Matthew Bender’s, Trial Master series and have had a number of legal articles in legal periodicals.

    Before becoming a lawyer, I as an investigator for the New York Legal Aid Society. During a legal career of more than four decades, I have been lead counsel in more than 100 trials from homicides to Ponzi schemes. In 2005, the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel named me “Attorney of the Year”.

    My historical novel, The Flight of the Sorceress won a Global E-Book Award and was a finalist for a 2012 EPIC award.

    My 1970s trilogy includes Burning Questions, a story of teenage suicide, corrupt real estate dealings and class prejudice, published in 2011, A Shot In The Arm, a tale of racial conflict in the midst of a government drugs for guns scheme gone awry, published in April 1, 2012 and The Fourth Conspirator, family values under stress resulting in a series of murders in the pot gardens and vineyards of Mendocino County will be published in September 2012.

    I have also written a guide to the courtroom for non-lawyers called See You In Court! currently available as an e-book on Smashwords and Scribd.

    I am married, have three children and four grandchildren, and live in San Francisco.

    Why do you write?

    My stories are driven by my education, training and experience as a historian and trial attorney. I write because I want to add to the social conversation.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
    Ernest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Jack London, Call of the Wild, White Fang
    Dennis Lahane, A Given Day
    Tea Obrecht, The Tiger's Wife
    Jane Gardam, Old Filth
    Dashell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

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