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Russell M. Mortyn

Senior Counsel

(415) 875-4394
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego, 2002

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1992

B.S., Economics and Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1986

Russell M. Mortyn is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees and is a member of the Tort & Product Liability practice group. Mr. Mortyn has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in professional and general liability actions, with an emphasis on the defense of health care providers, attorneys, law firms and other businesses. He has more recently focused on catastrophic injury cases, including traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) cases, as well as handling fraud and consumer warranty cases in both state and federal court.

He has successfully taken more than 30 litigated matters to decision on behalf of his clients in addition to obtaining numerous dismissals and favorable rulings on summary judgment motions and “anti-SLAPP” motions. These have included multiple cases Mr. Mortyn has won on “causation.” He has handled many cases with extra-contractual damages exposure, and he has prevailed in multiple civil cases even when simultaneous criminal and licensing actions have been pending against his clients.

Mr. Mortyn is a native San Franciscan. He returned to his home in the Bay Area after raising his family in San Diego, where he was a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and San Diego Defense Lawyers (SDDL). He has volunteered as a speaker at several high schools, and he has served as a judge for SDDL’s National Mock Trial Competition.


U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California


San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
San Diego Defense Lawyers (SDDL)
Served as a judge for SDDL's National Mock Trial Competition.
Volunteered as a speaker at several high schools.