Here's what people are saying about this book:

Justice Joseph R. Grodin (Cal. Supreme Court, Retired)

Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. (UCLA Anderson School of Business)

Dr. Steadman Upham (President, Claremont Graduate University)

Justice Arthur Gilbert (Presiding Justice, Division Six - Second Appellate District - California Court of Appeal)

This work by Rafael Chodos on the Law of Fiduciary Duties has all the qualities of a fine treatise on the law: it is thorough. scholarly, easy to read, and practical, containing summaries of all relevant cases as well as relevant statutory material. For anyone researching California law on the subject, it will be an invaluable tool.

But the book also has qualities which are not usually found in legal treatises. It is inquisitive rather than merely assertive, posing the sorts of questions that would naturally occur to an intelligent reader, and then sorting out the answers, in an area central (as Chodos puts it) to society’s on-going quest for integrity in interpersonal affairs. It is imaginative rather than merely analytical, containing (for example) a number of “legal fairy tales” designed to illustrate problems of fiduciary obligation. (When was the last time you read about “Jack and the Beanstalk” in a legal treatise?) And it does all of this in a style and format that are as aesthetically appealing as they are enlightening. It is, quite clearly, a work of love.

Chodos and I share an ancestral rabbinical background. In a preface to one of his works on talmudic interpretation, my grandfather wrote, “If a person who is capable of writing a book fails to do so, it is as if he were a thief.”  Chodos’ escape from that indictment has enriched us all.


Joseph R. Grodin

Former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court


Chodos has produced a remarkable resource for all fiduciaries and students of governance.   The research is insightful and thorough with insightful inquiry into the fundamental duties of civil responsibility in human affairs.   The Law of Fiduciary Duties is the definitive work in the field.


Prof. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.

Director, Price Institute

Anderson School of Business, UCLA


            The Law of Fiduciary Duties is an incredibly ambitious and important volume that seeks to place fiduciary duties alongside torts and contracts as a third major branch of the law.   What I find equally meaningful is that the exposition not only presents a detailed summary and explanation of the law of fiduciary duties, but does so in a way that emphasizes the deep historical context of the law.  Moreover, the presentations and explanations have significant cultural meaning because they are grounded in the quest for integrity in interpersonal affairs.


Steadman Upham, President

Claremont Graduate University



            This book .. belongs in every lawyer's office.  .. The book is a must for lawyers because fiduciary duties cut across all specialties.  ... The book also is an excellent practice aid to lawyers.  The topics are well organized and arranged in such fashion that the answers to difficult questions may be found quickly.  ... It is tightly written and engaging. 


From "Under Submission:  Judging Books by Covers", column in the Forum section of the Daily Journal, June 4, 2001:

by Arthur Gilbert,

Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal in Ventura