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 ABOTA and the receipt of awards from both peer and industry organizations.

In California, the Northern California Trial Practice Group is led by partner Michael Laurenson.  The Northern California Trial Practice Group is an interdisciplinary team that consists of our most seasoned trial attorneys based in our San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento offices.  The group focuses on cases ranging from matters of the highest importance to simple bench trials; bet-the-company class actions to single plaintiff arbitrations.  The group is equipped to handle matters across all substantive practice areas. 

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
Bold indicated Northern California Trial Team Member

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







G&R Fast Facts

  • 8 Attorneys

  • 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)