- Product & General Liability
- Commercial Litigation
- Retail & Hospitality
- Environmental/Toxic Tort
- Consumer Protection Litigation
Patricia Lee-Gulley is a partner in the Orange County office and has been with Gordon & Rees since 1998. Her active litigation practice focuses primarily on products liability, complex/mass tort litigation, premises liability, business/commercial litigation and employment related matters for the firm’s Southern California offices. Ms. Lee-Gulley’s litigation practice is supplemented with her industry experience and background in both manufacturing and business, including operations, processes, safety and human resources. Ms. Lee-Gulley has also served as national counsel for a major corporation and has served as local counsel for various out-of-state corporations.
Ms. Lee-Gulley is the Diversity Liaison in the Orange County office of Gordon & Rees and serves as co-leader of the firm’s Tort and Product Liability Practice Group. She is on the boards and committees of numerous organizations where she advocates for diversity and inclusion in the legal community; and chairs and participates in community service outreach projects. She is the founder of the OCWLA Diversity Bar Stipend Award that provides a stipend to minority law school graduates who are studying for the California bar examination.
Ms. Lee-Gulley is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell; a Top Attorney for litigation by the OC Register Metro Magazine; and Superb rated by Avvo.com.
Examples of Ms. Lee-Gulley's extensive experience includes the following:
Tort and Product Liability
Experience in defending product liability and premises liability matters involving industrial equipment, commercial products, furniture, sports/recreational products and automotive components, catastrophic injuries, sports/recreational injuries, workplace injuries and/or other personal injuries.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Experience in handling business disputes, breach of contract, collections (writ of possession) and employment related matters.
Experience in in defending soil contamination matters involving property damage and/or personal injury. Chaired a Defense Discovery Committee in mass environmental tort litigation of three consolidated matters involving over 4,000 plaintiffs and 100 industrial defendants.
Obtained a summary judgment in a wrongful death motorcycle helmet product liability case. Tragically, a San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy was killed when a vehicle pulled out in front of the officer's motorcycle as the officer was responding to an emergency call. The officer was ejected from his motorcycle in the collision, and came to rest a considerable distance from the point of impact. During the accident event, the officer's helmet separated from his head and the officer sustained fatal head wounds. Arguing the affirmative defense of post-sale product modification, Ms. Lee-Gulley established that an after-market buckle added to the helmet retention system by the motorcycle officer was the cause of the helmet coming off the officer's head, and that the fatal head wounds were sustained after the point in time when the officer's head was unprotected by the helmet.
Obtained a summary judgment in a product liability case for a furniture manufacturer whose product was sold between 13 and 23 years ago. Plaintiff was a student attending an art class at a community college in San Bernardino County when the chair that she was seated in broke. Plaintiff claimed permanent injuries/disability to her lower back. Ms. Lee-Gulley established both that the chair had been modified over years of use and that the Plaintiff was unable to prove either a design or manufacture defect.
Obtained a summary judgment in a multi-party litigation a sequence of two separate floods that occurred in a short time period, causing personal injury and property damage. The parties, represented by a prior counsel, filed a lawsuit for claims of personal injuries and property damage that were compensated in a settlement agreement. Ms. Lee-Gulley established that the damages alleged by the parties, who were represented by a new and second counsel, in their new ( second) lawsuit were barred by the parties’ general release from the first lawsuit and that there was no exclusion to permit the parties to retain the right to pursue additional litigation against agents of the principal named in the first lawsuit.
Obtained a summary judgment in a Labor Code Section 4558 (Power Press Exception) case in Los Angeles for a manufacturer whose employee was operating a press brake that had both dual palm buttons and a light curtain installed as safety guards when he sustained injury . Ms. Lee-Gulley established that there was no evidence that the employer knowingly removed a guard from the power press that the employee was operating at the time of the injury or that the employer knowingly failed to install a guard that was mandated by the manufacturer.
Publications & Presentations
February 2015: Panel speaker for The Status of Diversity in the Southern California Legal Community, MCLE program hosted by Student Organizations at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange, CA
January 2014: Panel speaker for Danger Zone: How Staying on the Right Side of the Ethical Line Can Make You a More Effective Lawyer, MCLE program presented by Orange County Asian American Bar Association, Orange, CA.
January 2014: Panel speaker at California Minority Counsel Program Networking Reception, Irvine, CA.
November 2013: Panel speaker on Asian Pacific American Women & the Law, National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
October 2013: Participant for Law Career Development, Fourth Annual Speed Mentoring with the OC Bench & Bar, hosted by Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange, CA.
March 2013: Delivered the keynote address at the First Inaugural Banquet of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Western State College of Law
January 2013: Panel speaker on Best Ways to Get Business & Manage Your Career, networking reception presented by the California Minority Counsel Program
October 2012: Third Annual Speed Mentoring with The Bench and Bar organized by the National Association of Women Judges and Orange County Women Lawyers Association at Chapman University School of Law
March 2012: Moderated a panel speaking on Chasing the Elusive Work-Life Balance, a CLE program organized by the Orange County Asian American Bar Association
March 2012: Lunch with Experience program presented by the 9th Circuit Spring Meeting - ABA Law Student Division
February 2012: Panel speaker on Dialogue on Legal Diversity at a networking reception organized by the California Minority Counsel Program
September 2011: Second Annual Speed Mentoring with The Bench and Bar organized by the National Association of Women Judges and Orange County Women Lawyers Association at Chapman University School of Law
U.S. District Courts, California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
California Minority Counsel Program (Director, past Secretary and Executive Committee member)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
National Association of Women Lawyers
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association (Community Outreach Committee member; past Director, member)
Orange County Women Lawyers Association (Past President)
Orange County Asian American Bar Association (Past President)
Western State College of Law Dean’s Counselors, Alumni Advisor
William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court
J.D., Western State University
M.B.A., East Carolina University
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Southern California
AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
OC Register Metro Magazine’s Top Attorney in Orange County
Superb rated by AVVO.com
Everyday Heroes from Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Outstanding Community Service Award from APALSA of Western State College of Law
Hall of Fame in recognition of an exemplary career and outstanding community and professional service from Western State College of Law