As the only law firm with offices and attorneys in all 50 states, we deliver maximum value to our clients by combining the resources of a full-service national firm with the local knowledge of a regional firm. Featuring more than 1,000 lawyers nationwide, we provide comprehensive litigation and business transactions services to public and private companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.
Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. An Am Law 100 firm, Gordon & Rees is currently ranked among the 25 largest law firms in the U.S., top 25 law firms for women attorneys, and the top 45 firms for diversity among the AmLaw 200.
The cornerstone of our practice is the acknowledgment that legal representation is a service, that our clients have choices, and that our clients' interests are best served by building sustainable, long-term relationships. Our practice areas are diverse and the underlying common thread is that we focus on early evaluation of matters with an eye to the best possible, most cost-effective result.
The Banking & Finance Group at Gordon & Rees provides clients with experienced and comprehensive representation in all aspects of the banking and finance industry. Our national platform, consisting of offices in virtually every significant financial market in the country, coupled with our depth of professional experience, allows Gordon & Rees to provide wide-ranging services nationwide to the following client sectors:
- National Banks
- Bank Holding Companies
- State Banks
- Community Banks
- Credit Unions
- Federally Chartered Savings & Loan Associations
- Finance & Leasing Companies
- Mortgage Lenders and Brokers
- Registered Broker-Dealers
- Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms
Employment & Labor
The Employment Law Group provides employment counseling and litigation services to world-renowned universities, medical centers and nearly every type of business, from Fortune 500 corporations to startups and nonprofits. Our attorneys complement litigation expertise with preventive training, offering guidance in programs and techniques designed to avoid the consequence and cost of further involvement with conflict and dispute management.
Counseling and Training
We also counsel clients on compliance with laws in the areas of hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, compensation, harassment, substance abuse, wage and hour, affirmative action, and independent contractor arrangements. We assist with periodic reviews of policies and practices to assure compliance with changing laws. We also provide training on a wide range of subjects, including maintaining a workplace free of harassment and discrimination, and effective hiring and discipline.
The Employment Law Group's trial lawyers represent management in employment disputes in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels, and before federal and state administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the NLRB, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Industrial Relations.
Federal Sector EEO
The Employment Law Group provides EEO services to federal agencies administering a complaint process. Our lawyers ensure that agency complaint procedures protect the rights of any party who utilizes the process through its legal sufficiency reviews and provision of complete and impartial individual and class action investigations, management inquiries, EEO counseling, mediation, conciliations, final agency decisions, and settlement agreement and EEOC order enforcements. We also train agency management and line employees on rights and obligations under all laws, statutes, regulations and Executive Orders that impact the public sector workforce and environment.
ADA Compliance and Defense
The Employment Law Group has special expertise in handling cases alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act which seek statutory damages for alleged violations of the ADA. Our lawyers' ADA experience also includes website accessibility claims brought by persons with visual disabilities and website content claims brought by persons with mobility disabilities. In addition, we have defended service animal cases as well as comfort animal claims brought pursuant to the federal Fair Housing Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. We have also defended personal injury actions involving all of the aforementioned disability access laws. Our experience includes representation of both landlords and tenants in disability access cases involving all types of businesses, including many retail and hospitality clients, nationwide.
Immigration Services & Compliance Support
The Employment Law Group assists clients and management in compliance with federal immigration laws and regulations, and helps to fulfill employment goals and needs by obtaining work-related visas. We also provide effective, result-oriented litigation services in appeals and deportation hearings at the administrative and federal court levels.
The Group focuses on early and realistic assessment of case risks so that resources are allocated wisely and money spent only where it can do the most good. Our well-publicized winning track record in high exposure cases against the best lawyers affords the Group’s litigators the credibility necessary to achieve advantageous and discounted settlements.
Pre-Trial Practice Philosophy
- Effective representation at trial is often the product of an effective pre-trial practice.
- Strategically planned and well-crafted motions can resolve the case before trial.
- Motions can pare down the issues to be tried and allow for the strategic removal (or inclusion) of portions of the case which may assist a jury in rendering a verdict in the client’s favor.
Wage-and-Hour Class Actions
Devoted exclusively to representing management, the Employment Law Group has successfully defended many wage-and-hour class, collective and representative actions in numerous industries, including successfully defeating class certification in wage-and-hour class actions on numerous occasions. Our wage-and-hour class action expertise includes all phases of class litigation, from class certification and subsequent litigation through settlement and claims proceedings.
The ability to protect intellectual property (“IP”) rights is often the key to maintaining competitive advantage in a changing marketplace. In today's information-based economy, a company's most valuable asset often is its intellectual property, whether patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, or the highly skilled minds that walk out the door each evening. The IP Group sees intellectual property as a "seamless web" in which the overriding goal must be the continuing and sustainable commercial success of the client in the marketplace and, if necessary, in the courthouse.
One of the most important criterion that determines the effectiveness of outside legal services is the ability of outside counsel to understand the client’s business. Gordon & Rees’s IP services are highly effective because many of our lawyers have served in in-house counsel positions before becoming private practitioners. We understand the unique nature of each client's IP requirements, and address those IP considerations on both a national and global scale.
Comprehensive IP Services
The IP Group assists clients in identifying, securing, asserting and defending all aspects of IP rights at home and abroad. We can also conduct IP audits and provide advice and counseling for strategies to maximize IP assets. In addition to the traditional IP components of patents, trademark and trade dress, and copyright, Gordon & Rees’s Intellectual Property Group is expert in trade secrets, internet-related issues, rights of privacy, and issues of unfair competition and antitrust as well as regulatory compliance. We are also highly experienced at negotiating and drafting development agreements, licenses, distribution, joint venture, strategic alliance, and vendor services agreements. We also have extensive experience crafting and implementing cost-efficient enforcement programs to protect IP rights including seizures, injunctions, anti-counterfeiting and gray market enforcement.
We regularly undertake prosecution and administrative proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office, Copyright Office, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as foreign bodies through correspondent counsel. More than half of our IP lawyers are admitted to practice before the USPTO, and our members include a former USPTO Examiner, adjunct professors and instructors of law, and a certified arbitrator and mediator with the International Trademark Association Panel of Neutrals and American Arbitration Association.
Many litigators, especially those from large firms, seldom or never go to trial. Gordon & Rees is unusual in having a cadre of highly experienced IP lawyers who do. We are at home in the courtroom. We strive to resolve our client’s legal issues early on in a cost-effective manner, but where necessary we are not afraid to take a case to a jury, and have done so frequently and with great success. Our IP attorneys are distinguished in having a well-proven track record of jury trial experience with a deep bench of first-chair litigators, success in appellate practice, and mediation and arbitration experience in both state and federal courts, before the American Arbitration Association and international forums.
We are familiar with the interplay of trade agreements such as NAFTA, TRIPS (Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights), and other international protocols on the enforcement of IP rights abroad and in the United States, (including service under the various Hague Conventions, and the enforcement of judgments under bilateral treaties), as well as efforts to harmonize IP rights worldwide, through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and more specialized multilateral treaties. The IP Group members have IP prosecution experience and professional affiliations in numerous foreign jurisdictions, including the Pacific Rim, Canada, Latin America, and Europe, as well as various foreign language capabilities. To view our global reach map, please click here.
Lawyers in our Intellectual Property group are active members in numerous local, regional and national organizations that have a direct impact on the development and implementation of intellectual property laws and regulations around the world. Gordon & Rees lawyers have served as the Chair, co-Chair, and in various Board positions in the following organizations: AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), INTA (International Trademark Association), LES (Licensing Executives Society), Software Development Forum, Software and Internet Council, Intellectual Property Law Sections of the American Bar Association and many state bar associations, Defense Research Institute, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, American Chemical Society, and SofTECH, a high tech industry association.
In addition to J.D.'s, lawyers in our Intellectual Property group have advanced science degrees and technical training, including Aerospace Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell-Molecular Biology and Genetics, Computer Engineering, Economics, Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Organic Chemistry, and Physics. A number of our IP lawyers have taught commercial and IP law as adjunct professors at various schools, including California Western School of Law in San Diego, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, the University of San Diego, UCSD Extension, and Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law School in Florida.
The Gordon & Rees Real Estate Practice Group is broad and diversified. We represent developers, manufacturers, retailers, technology companies, investors and office users in real estate transactions, ranging from commercial, retail and industrial leasing to purchase and sale transactions. We also have a substantial real estate litigation and dispute resolution practice. We maintain over a dozen national client accounts for real estate investors, users, and developers.
The group is divided into two sub-specialties: litigation and transactions. The litigation attorneys handle real estate litigation matters of every type and scope, including CEQA litigation, the prosecution and defense of unlawful detainer, and breach of lease actions, breach of guaranty actions, easement disputes, boundary disputes, rent control disputes, wrongful eviction actions, condemnation actions, brokerage commissions, mechanic's liens, purchase and sale agreement disputes, land use disputes and the defense of actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Group's transactional expertise is equally varied and includes the negotiation of commercial, retail and industrial leases, purchase and sale agreements, parking agreements, construction documents, development agreements and counsel to retail, commercial and industrial landlords on tax and entity formation matters.
Gordon & Rees also has a broad and diverse commercial real estate, creditor's rights and bankruptcy practice. Gordon & Rees attorneys have represented bankruptcy trustees in all areas of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases, creditors committees, secured and unsecured creditors and landlords in bankruptcy matters. The firm also has handled appeals of bankruptcy court orders and decisions to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. With respect to creditor and debtor rights practices, the firm assists creditors in collection matters, including obtaining the appointment of receivers and foreclosures, and assist debtors in negotiating workouts and in litigation.
Media, Technology and Telecoms
Our Technology Litigation group includes litigators focused on the unique challenge presented by the fast-paced and ever-changing landscape presented by disputes over the design, performance and implementation of cutting-edge technology. These modern disputes hinge on the performance of computer hardware and/or software, online transactions, traditional proprietary rights (including domain names and trademarks) and emerging rights in data. As a result, we invest in understanding our client’s businesses and technologies behind their products, services and inventions – enabling us to craft a creative strategy to successfully and efficiently resolve disputes.
The firm does not believe that every claim or dispute should be litigated. First and foremost, the firm's attorneys bring their talents to the table as problem solvers. Prompt and accurate evaluation of legal questions and coverage disputes is a hallmark of our practice. This provides clients with the basis necessary to determine whether disputes should be settled, litigated or perhaps mediated or arbitrated. When litigation is necessary, our approach will be to treat such a case with aggressive and comprehensive attention. It is our philosophy that once a decision is made to litigate, the case should be prosecuted or defended as expeditiously as possible and by the most economical means available.
Because we represent both plaintiffs and defendants, we see both sides, and can craft diverse strategies for our clients. Our technology-based clients — including leaders in the Internet, computer hardware and software, digital media and entertainment, semiconductor, biotechnology industries — routinely call upon us to handle sophisticated, cutting-edge disputes involving patent and copyright infringement, antitrust, fraud, regulatory, and contract issues. That experience includes:
- representing an international company in an $80 million dispute over the design, manufacturing and performance of wireless gateways;
- litigating source of a breach to a third-party cloud storage provider and liability for the resulting breach notification costs;
- litigating liability of an international manufacturer of ATMs in a multi-million dispute over the design and manufacturing of defective key pads;
- representing a web-design provider in a dispute over the alleged failure to properly design and implement a website; and
- representing software companies in disputes over the performance and implementation of ERP systems.
Clients trust us because our focused approach leverages the close relationships that our technology lawyers share with our intellectual property, antitrust, and cyber security and privacy groups, enabling us to craft a sophisticated strategy that simplifies complex technology.
White Collar Criminal Defense
The federal and state governments are dedicating attention to the investigation and prosecution of corporations and their officers, directors and employees. Led by experienced trial lawyers and former federal and state prosecutors, Gordon & Rees' White Collar Defense Group has the civil, criminal, and regulatory expertise required to achieve successful outcomes both at trial, and, often more importantly, before charges are filed and investigations become public.
The background of the Group's attorneys includes counseling and representing clients in all aspects of criminal law practice, including defending individuals charged with state and federal crimes as well as defending corporate clients in connection with internal audits and investigations, corporate compliance programs, regulatory and administrative enforcement actions, and grand jury investigations. Our White Collar Defense attorneys also handle preliminary hearings and trials at both the state and federal court levels as well as cases before self regulatory agencies such as the SEC, FINRA/NASD, FCC and CFP.
Our White Collar Defense attorneys often collaborate with attorneys from the firm's Insurance, Financial Services and Employment Groups in connection with D&O insurance, indemnity, and employment issues. They focus on achieving the most cost efficient and effective resolution of the matter for the client whether that be prior to the filing of an action or taking the matter through a full-scale criminal proceeding.'
Most recently, attorneys in our White Collar Criminal Defense group have been actively involved in representing clients in connection with a number of confidential but high profile grand jury investigations and also have handled multiple criminal defense matters stemming from workplace fatalities.