Martin F. Triano

Phone : (510) 548-8081


Martin F. Triano, is a passionate, animated mediator with a practice that focuses on International Law, Real Estate, Probate, and complex Family Law matters. He has earned his reputation as one of San Francisco’s best-known legal experts – when he acted as the lead attorney in Popov v. Hayashi – the renowned ‘Barry Bonds Baseball Case’ which is now taught in most first-year law classes across the country. Martin founded the Law Offices of Martin F. Triano, which became Triano & Byrne, in 1988. He dissolved his litigation practice in September 2021 and is now focusing full-time on third-party mediation at the Mediation Offices of Martin F. Triano. He has both a local and international reputation for taking care of, and working  tirelessly on behalf of the people and businesses he works with to find creative solutions to the issues they face.

For the past 20 years, Martin has served as Judge Pro Tem of San Francisco County Superior Court. He previously served as a Commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court. As an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), he frequently acts as a mediator with the firm belief that, ‘if you go to trial, somebody is making a mistake.’

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981


  • New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, California, J.D. – 1980
  • Binghamton University, B.A. – 1976

Representative Cases

  • Kaisha v. Dodson, 423 B.R. 888, 2010, N.D. Cal.
  • Gruendl v. Oewel Partnership, Inc., 55 Cal. App. 4th 654, 1997, Trial Counsel
  • Popov v. Hayashi (2002) — Cal.Rptr.2d. –, 2002 WL 31833731

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyers, San Francisco Legal Leaders, 2015 – Present
  • Highest Peer Review Ratings, AV Preeminent of Martindale-Hubbell, 2016 – Present
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 92nd Edition, 2008 – Present
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 90th Edition, 2006 – Present
  • San Francisco County Superior Court “Settlement Officer of the Year”, 2023 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair of the Real Property Law Education Committee and the Real Property Law ADR Practice Area Group 2023 to present
  • Commissioner Judicial Nomination Evaluation Commission, State Bar of California, 2018 to 2021
  • California Lawyers Association Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California, 2013 to 2018, Member; 2021 to Present, Advisor
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section, President, 1999
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section, Member, Executive Committee, 1988 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Alameda County Superior Court, Commissioner, 1998 to 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Department, Law and Motion and Readiness Calendars, 2022 to present
  • Judge Pro Tem, ADR Department, San Francisco County Superior Court, 2012 to Present
  • Settlement Master, Family Law Department, San Francisco County Superior Court, 1996 to Present
  • Binghamton University National Alumni Association, President, 1998 to 2001
  • Binghamton University National Alumni Association, Director, 1990 to 1998