J. Dominic Campodonico

Partner

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  • Biography

    Dominic Campodonico is a partner in the San Francisco office. He has more than 20 years of experience serving as national litigation coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and local counsel in mass tort, product liability litigation.  He has represented manufacturers and distributors of a variety of pharmaceutical/medical device and laboratory products as well as personal care/consumer products in litigations as well as risk assessments.  He has been involved in many California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings and has served as Defense Liaison Counsel.  Mr. Campodonico’s experience also extends to other industries including automobile parts, household appliances, cosmetics and hair care products, and industrial machinery.  He has significant experience handling wrongful death and other catastrophic injury litigation, and has developed an extensive network of prominent experts in many sciences and technologies.  Mr. Campodonico also assists his clients with high-stakes matters that frequently occur simultaneously with product liability litigation, such as risk management and compliance, FDA/regulatory issues, government investigations, suits under the federal and California False Claims Act, insurance, and crisis communications.

    Mr. Campodonico has comprehensive experience in alternative dispute resolution of state and national cases, and has participated as regional and national settlement counsel in mass tort cases.  He has extensive experience working with experts in dozens of fields and has defended and taken multiple expert depositions over the course of his career.  In that regard, Mr. Campodonico has developed specific expertise in areas related to medical causation and damages, product design and manufacturing, chemical science and safety, regulatory affairs, and sales and marketing.

    Prior to his work at Gordon & Rees, Mr. Campodonico was a research attorney for three superior court judges in Los Angeles. In 2002, he completed the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado.

    In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Campodonico has served as the hiring partner for Gordon & Rees’s Summer Associate Program for the San Francisco office and was a member of the Summer Associate Hiring Committee for eight years. He has also been active in the firm’s Diversity, Community Service, and Pro Bono Committees.

    Admissions

    California State and U.S. District Courts
    U.S. Supreme Court

    Memberships

    • International Association of Defense Counsel, Engagement and Retention Committee (member 2015-present, chair 2018-present); Drug, Device and Biotechnology Vice Chair of Programs and Projects (2016-2018), Vice Chair of Annual Meeting Programming (2015), Vice Chair of Diversity (2012 – 2014). 
    • Defense Research Institute, Drug & Medical Device Committee
    • Defense Research Institute, Marketing Chair, Diversity Committee (2010 - 2012)
    • Defense Research Institute, Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo Steering Committee (2009 - 2012)
    • National LGBT Bar Association

    Community Involvement

    In his efforts to give back to the community, Mr. Campodonico has represented numerous clients in pro bono matters, has been an active member of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Program, and served for five years as a pro bono arbitrator for the Homeless Shelter Arbitration Program of the San Francisco Department of Human Services.  He is also a member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom where he has participated on its Judiciary, Dinner, and Amicus Committees, as well as serving, twice, as a co-chair of the annual fundraising/awards event.

    Mr. Campodonico’s involvement in a broad range of charities includes raising in excess of $70,000 at various events that raise money for research, support and advocacy groups related to breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, senior services, and youth sports. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Under One Roof, the only non-profit retail store of its kind in the U.S., raising hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for San Francisco Bay Area men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of a local business development district in San Francisco from 2005-2012 (serving as President from 2009-2011).  He served on the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (2012 – 2014) and was a member of the Board of Regents of Junipero Serra High School (2011 – 2017), where he coached the Mock Trial Team for eight years.  In recognition of his extensive community service efforts, he received the Santa Clara University Social Justice Service Award.

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  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications

    Presentations

    • The Aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, International Association of Defense Counsel panel presentation (2019)
    • Expert Opinions that Rely on Inadmissible Hearing – the Implications of People v. Sanchez, International Association of Defense Counsel (Regional Meeting, 2018)
    • View from the Bench:  Efficient Management of Mass Tort Litigation, DRI Drug & Medical Device Seminar, moderator of panel discussion (2015)
    • Diversity in the 21st Century:  Are We Speaking the Same Language?, DRI Diversity for Success Seminar (2011)
    • Understanding and Using the Science Behind Your Case: A Primer on Epidemiology for Litigators, American Bar Association Conference on Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation and Policy (2008)
    • The Doctor Knows Best … or Does He? Have Direct to Consumer Ads Fragmented Our Favorite Adage and Legal Doctrine?, DRI Drug & Medical Device Seminar, Young Lawyer Blockbuster (2007)
     
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1996 (recipient of a Public Interest Law Certificate, 1996)

    B.A., University of Arizona, 1993

    Clerkship

    Research Attorney, three judges, Los Angeles Superior Court

    Honors

    Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2016-2020)

    Santa Clara University Social Justice Service Award