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Civil Litigation

Gurnee, Mason & Forestiere has a reputation throughout the legal community as one of the premiere civil litigation firms in Northern California, providing aggressive, cutting edge, legal representation for its clients. We have successfully represented businesses, individuals, public entities and non-profit companies, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in a variety of civil litigation. Dedicated to client satisfaction, our attorneys employ superior trial skills and powerful negotiation techniques to consistently achieve positive results for our clients. Gurnee, Mason & Forestiere provides clients with the personal attention typical of a small firm, while utilizing the technology and extensive resources found in the largest of firms. We handle cases in state and federal courts throughout California and beyond.

  • Business Litigation.
    We have considerable expertise in defending and prosecuting litigation arising from all types of business transactions and disputes. Our experience includes handling complex, multi-party litigation concerning unfair trade or business practice (Business & Professions Code §§17200 et seq.), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Civil Code §1750 et seq.), business torts, interference with contracts and prospective advantage, non-disclosure non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secrets,franchises, partnerships, contested entity dissolution, injunctive relief, prejudgment provisional remedies, real property ownership and lease disputes, business and asset sale agreements, and limited trademarks and patents. We have defended clients in both certified and uncertified representative and class actions involving over 50,000 claimants filed in the both the state and federal courts.
  • Employment Practices.Representing both employers and employees, we are expert in handling claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and disparate treatment. We handle all types of wage and hour litigation including meal and rest breaks, overtime, non-exempt job misclassification, whether on an individual employee or class action basis.
  • Personal Injury and Property Damage Claims.We have tried many cases, including mass tort cases with thousands of claimants, involving claims of catastrophic physical injury, emotional distress, defamation and property damage arising from automobile accidents, fires, floods, crop losses, pollution, professional malfeasance, employment practices, funeral and cemetery services, construction and product design and manufacture.
  • Professional Malpractice.
    We have considerable experience and success in defending professionals sued by their clients in the legal, accounting, veterinary, medical, engineering, construction design, architectural, real estate and funerary fields. The emphasis of our practice in these areas is on the defense of professionals, we have also successfully represented plaintiffs in appropriate professional negligence cases.
  • Product Liability.
    We have a wealth of experience in in defending and prosecuting cases brought against product designers, manufacturers and sellers. Past cases have included claimed defects in automobiles, construction materials, electronic components and appliances, chemical and agricultural products, medical devices, water heaters, piping systems and consumer goods.
  • Administrative Law.
    We have represented clients on a variety of matters before licensing boards and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs, the State Bar of California, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Contractors State License Board, the Department of Real Estate, Cal OSHA, the California State Personnel Board, the California Labor Commissioner, and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
  • Health Care.
    From licensing and HIPAA compliance to general business matters and malpractice litigation, our firm has helped physicians, medical groups, and hospitals resolve issues unique to their practices.
  • Mediation and Arbitration.
    Trial is often a remedy of last resort when all else fails. We recognize that the cost of litigation makes it imperative to pursue other, more efficient and less expensive alternatives as a means to resolve disputes. Such alternatives include employing a neutral third-party who, through the process of mediation or arbitration, can provide parties with objective, impartial assistance in reaching a satisfactory settlement. We frequently represent clients in such proceedings, but, we are also often retained as neutral mediators and arbitrators by other attorneys and their clients.
  • Appellate Work.
    In the event of an adverse result at the trial court level, we have the expertise to successfully pursue remedies for clients through the appellate court system.