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Donald W. Rees


(415) 875-3002
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Stanford University School of Law

B.S., Indiana University


Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,

Super Lawyers® distinction in the field of Insurance (2006 - 2009)

Donald W. Rees, one of the founding partners of Gordon & Rees, is a member of the firm’s Insurance, Professional Liability, and International Law practice groups. Since graduating from Stanford Law School, he has had a varied civil litigation practice, and for several years Mr. Rees has concentrated on representing the interests of financial institutions, including insurers, reinsurers, their representatives and the insurance industry.

Gordon & Rees represents many of the leading insurers and reinsurers doing business in the United States. These companies have retained Mr. Rees, and other attorneys at Gordon & Rees, to represent them in a variety of matters, including the defense of bad faith claims, rescission actions, sales practices, coverage litigation, the monitoring of litigation, policy drafting, reinsurance disputes, and the preparation of coverage opinions.

In addition, Mr. Rees has represented insurance brokers and agents in connection with errors and omissions claims, broker-dealers and life insurers in arbitrations and in various litigated matters.

Mr. Rees maintains his principal office in San Francisco.

Mr. Rees has lectured and written extensively and has participated in many programs sponsored by various groups, including the Practicing Law Institute, ABA, the Defense Research Institute, FDCC, and IACP.




  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Life, Health and Disability Section, former member of the Board of Directors, former member of the Executive Committee, and former Chair of the Coverage Section
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, former member of the Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
  • Member of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member of the Senior Lawyers Division
  • Member of the Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Claim Professionals