National Trial Practice Group

A Superlative Team

Gordon & Rees maintains a top-flight and highly active 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 and nearly 800 attorneys, 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 ABOTA 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, 2016
  • Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys in California, The Daily Journal, 2016
  • Top Defense Verdicts, The Daily Journal, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California, The Daily Journal, 2012     

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





G&R Fast Facts

    A number of our Trial Partners are:

    Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

    Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers

    Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)