O. Brandt Caudill Jr.

O. Brandt Caudill Jr.


Mr. Caudill is the managing partner of the psychology department of Callahan, Thompson, Sherman & Caudill,LLP. Mr. Caudill is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. in Psychology with high honors, Honors College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1976), and is an active member of the California bar and an inactive member of the District of Columbia bar. Mr. Caudill has represented mental health professionals in civil suits and licensing board cases since 1982.

Mr. Caudill is a recognized expert in the area of defense of mental health professionals, both in the civil and administrative contexts. He represented mental health professionals in the precedent setting cases of Krikorian v. Barry, Gootee v. Lightner, and Trear v. Sills.

Mr. Caudill has helped professional groups formulate ethical standards. In 1999 Mr. Caudill received the Silver PSI award from the California Psychological Association, Division of Professional Practice for outstanding contribution to the profession of psychology.

Mr. Caudill has spoken at various workshops for mental health professionals and been a guest lecturer at classes on psychology, ethics and law issues at Rosemead Graduate School of Biola University, Chapman University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University and California School of Professional Psychology.

Mr. Caudill has written over 20 articles of interest to mental health professionals, including articles on note taking, dual relationships, repressed memory, contractual agreements, administrative licensing board actions, sexual misconduct, vicarious liability, informed consent, social media and hypnosis, a book.

Mr. Caudill is co-author with Kenneth Pope, Ph.D. entitled “Law & Mental Health Professionals: California” which was published by the American Psychological Association; and chapters in the book “Therapists at Risk” edited by Lawrence Hedges, Ph.D. published in early 1997: a chapter co-authored with Kenneth Pope, Ph.D. in “Handbook of Couple and Family Forensics” edited by Florence W. Kaslow, published in 2000; a chapter in “Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy” published by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 2001; a chapter in “Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book, Volume 20” edited by Leon Vandecreek, published by Professional Resource Press in 2002.


Practice Areas
Professional Liability; Psychotherapy malpractice, defense of licensing board actions



J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., Michigan State University

State Bar of California, 1979; District of Columbia (inactive), 1976; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; all California United States District Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

He represented mental health professionals in the precedent setting cases of Krikorian v. Barry, Gootee v. Lightner, and Trear v. Sills.

“Law & Mental Health Professionals: California,” American Psychological Association, 1995 with Kenneth Pope; and author of numerous articles for The California Psychologist, American Psychological Association, The Orange County Psychologist, , California Psychological Association, Advance Plan.

co-author “Therapists at Risk: Perils of the Intimacy of the Therapeutic Relationship,” Jason Aronson Publishers, 1997; Book chapters : “The Impact of Recovered Memories” with Kenneth Pope in Handbook of Couple and Family Forensics, ed. Florence W. Kaslow, John Wiley and Sons, Inc ,2000; “Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality “ (with Alan I. Kaplan) and “Requirements and Implementation of Maintaining Patient Records: The Mental Health Professional’s Best Protection” in Ethical and Legal Issue for Mental Health Professionals , ed. Steven F. Bucky et al The Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, 2005; “Risk Management for Psychotherapists : Avoiding the Pitfalls” in Innovations in Clinical Practice: A Source Book, Volume 20 ed. Leon VandeCreek , Professional Resource Press, 2002; “Avoiding Malpractice in Child Forensic Assessment” in Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents, ed. Steven N. Sparta and Gerald P. Koocher, Oxford University Press, 2006 ;”Practice Management : Integrating Ethics into Business” in Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy, ed. Robert Henley Woody and Jane DiVita Woodley , American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy,2001. Also numerous articles for the California Psychological Association (The California Psychologist); the Orange County Psychological Association (Orange County Psychologist); American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Family Therapy News).

Lecturer or presenter at American Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage Family Therapists , International Conference on Violence , Abuse and Trauma, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Northern California Psychiatric Society, Arizona Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hawaii Psychiatric Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and Guest lecturer at Chapman University; California Chiropractic Association, Orange County District; Alliant University, Pepperdine University and Rosemead School of Psychology.