National Trial Practice Group

A Superlative Team

Gordon & Rees maintains a top-flight and highly active national trial practice spearheaded by experienced, standout practitioners across the country who have collectively tried more than 1,000 cases to verdict.  These trials have involved matters of the highest importance, including bet-the-company class action and commercial litigation lawsuits, product liability claims, intellectual property cases, and a vast variety of other complex, multi-jurisdictional engagements throughout the country.  

With offices nationwide, Gordon & Rees has the resources to provide clients with experienced and creative representation in all aspects of litigation.  Our trial lawyers have prevailed in numerous well-publicized matters over the years, and have been recognized for their achievements with admission into prestigious organizations such as American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA),  the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), and the receipt of awards from both peer and industry organizations.

National awards and recognition for trial strategy and verdicts include:

  • Winning Litigator’s Report, The National Law Journal
  • Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys in California, The Daily Journal
  • Top Defense Verdicts, The Daily Journal
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California, The Daily Journal     

Recent successes include:

  • Major trial wins in national talc ovarian cancer litigation.
  • Obtained a class action defense verdict on behalf of a multinational clothing corporation in a case facing more than $1 billion of exposure and a $288 million demand. The plaintiffs alleged that the firm's client violated the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act by asking customers to provide their ZIP codes when making a purchase in their California stores.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a federal jury trial alleging wrongful termination of nine multi-state distribution contracts in which the plaintiff was claiming $76 million in lost profits as well as punitive damages.
  • Obtained a favorable outcome on behalf of a strawberry commission merchant in a 10 week toxic tort trial.  The plaintiff was born with multiple physical and mental birth defects allegedly resulting from his mother’s exposure to pesticides while working in strawberry fields during her pregnancy.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a large auto dealership in a month-long trial.  This wrongful termination case involved allegations of whistleblower retaliation and race discrimination.
  • Obtained multiple defense verdicts on behalf of firm client, the world's foremost wheel-service manufacturer, in mesothelioma cases.

Gordon & Rees Trial Attorneys Nationwide:

*indicates ABOTA Member

Ron Alberts Craig Mariam
Fletcher Alford Merton Marks*
Leslie Benitez Jim McMullen*
Timothy Branson James Messenger
Bob Bragalone Jason Meyer
Philip Robert Brinson Brian Middlebrook
Michael Bruno Brian Mooney
Mollie Burks Douglas Motzenbecker
Christopher Cato David O'Daniel
Thomas Chairs Edmund Olszewski
Jack Cohn John Palmeri*
Mercedes Colwin Ken Perri
Keith Cramer William Peters
Charles Custer Michael Pietrykowski
Calvin Davis Thomas Quinn
Donald Derrico Michael Ramirez
Asim Desai William Rathbone
Laura DeSantos Robert Rich
John Dwyer Stephen Ronk*
John Ebken Ilan Rosenberg
Nancy Erfle Hayes Ryan
Ken Ferguson Alexander Saksen
Marcie Isom Fitzsimmons Manuel Saldana
Barry Flynn* Joseph Salvo
Eulalio Garcia James Scadden*
Mark Golen II Robert Schumacher
Stuart Gordon Miles Scully
Jay Gregory Steven Selbe
Spencer Hugret Chad Shultz
David Jones Peter Siachos
Andrew Kimball Leon Silver*
Michael Klatt Jeff Swedo
Michael Laurenson* Richard Sybert
Brian Ledger Donald Verfurth
Elizabeth Lorell Robin Vinson
James Lowery Kevin Whelan
Michael Lucey*