Stuart M. Gordon


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  • Biography

    Stuart M. Gordon founded Gordon & Rees in 1974 with Donald W. Rees. Mr. Gordon has handled numerous matters involving pharmaceutical and medical device cases, business, real estate, general litigation and legal malpractice defense. As one of the principal trial attorneys and negotiators in the firm, he has tried more than 50 jury and non-jury cases to verdict and has mediated and settled several thousand cases. He is undefeated in his legal malpractice defense trials and arbitrations. He acted as the managing partner of the firm for 23 years and then as financial partner, guiding it from a small firm of three attorneys to a civil litigation and business transactions firm of over 900 lawyers in 68 offices throughout the U.S. He prevailed in three major trials in the last four years and has settled numerous matters and cases for high profile clients.


    • California
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern District of California
    • United States Supreme Court 


    • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • State Bar of California
    • American Bar Association
    • Northern California Association of Defense Counsel
    • International Association of Defense Counsel

    Community Involvement

    Mr. Gordon has received numerous recognitions for his service to the community. He received the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame Service Award and the Chancellor's Citation for Leadership and Contributions to the University of California, Berkeley. He also received the Cal Baseball 'Excellence in Leadership Award,' which is awarded each year in Mr. Gordon's name. Additionally, he received the 'Citation Award' from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association of the University of California, the highest honor bestowed upon Boalt alumni. Mr. Gordon was selected 'for his dedication to public service, his contributions to the legal profession, and his support of Berkeley Law.' He received the Cal Bear Backer of the Year Award for his support of Cal Athletics.  He is credited with saving the Cal Baseball Program in 2011, a most noteworthy achievement at UC Berkeley.

    Mr. Gordon is actively involved in numerous organizations at the University of California at Berkeley. His donations have helped make possible the Stuart M. Gordon Moot Courtroom at the Boalt Hall School of Law and the Cal baseball field and outdoor multipurpose complex. He is one of the founders of the Bear Backers, an organization which raises more than $30 million each year to support athletic programs at the University.  He has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Association.

    In addition to giving back to his alma mater, Mr. Gordon has also given back throughout the San Francisco Bay Area community, serving as past President and Director of The Guardsmen as well as being elected into the Hall Of Fame of the Guardsmen (an organization which raises money to send disadvantaged children to summer camp and to private schools in the Bay Area), Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, and a board member of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Auxiliary of San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs.

    He was recently awarded the United Way Tocqueville Legacy Award for his outstanding contributions to the Bay Area United Way.  In 2018 he was awarded the Emerald Warrior Award from the Guardsmen as the outstanding fundraiser in Guardsmen history going back to 1997.


  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Examples of Mr. Gordon’s extensive experience include the following:  

    • Mr. Gordon has a prominent reputation for serving as National and Regional Counsel for major companies, both as trial counsel and settlement counsel in numerous litigation matters. During the last 20 years, he served as National Counsel in the Diet Drug Litigation and as lead defense counsel and negotiator on the West Coast for Wyeth in the fen/phen litigation. In this capacity, Mr. Gordon negotiated settlements of several thousand cases for Wyeth and assisted in guiding and managing the litigation throughout the country. Mr. Gordon also served a significant role in the L-Tryptophan litigation on behalf of Nature-Made, the Norplant litigation, Reglan litigation and IVV complex litigation (Flu Shot) in the MDL on behalf of Wyeth, the Bextra/Celebrex litigation on behalf of Pfizer and the Youth Soccer class-action as well as many others.

    • Mr. Gordon also has substantial experience in attorney malpractice actions successfully representing defendants over the last 25 years. He has also represented numerous high net worth clients with a wide range of legal matters including agreements, real estate transactions and litigation and advice on several important financial and legal issues. Lastly, he has been involved with many different types of other litigation including business matters, real estate, personal liability issues and financial issues with substantial success.  



  • Education


    J.D., University of California Berkeley, Boalt School of Law

    • President of the Student Body
    • Recipient of Corpus Juris Secundum Award

    A.D., University of California Berkeley


    Recipient of the Hall of Fame Service Award for outstanding long-term contribution to the ideals of the Cal Athletics Department

    Recipient of the Chancellor's Citation for Leadership and Contributions to the University of California, Berkeley

    Cal Baseball "Excellence in Leadership Award," which is awarded each year in Mr. Gordon's name

    Citation Award, Boalt Hall Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley

    "CLAY" Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year), recognition for "achievements [that] have made a profound impact on the law.”

    Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,

    San Francisco Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers in America© 2015, distinction in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions-Defendants

    Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2010-2020)

    Who's Who Legal Product Liability Defense, "…the firm’s founder and a dean of the Bar especially with respect to his pharmaceutical and medical device work…" (California and International editions, 2007-2012)

    Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Class Action/Mass Torts; Personal Injury Defense: Products; and Civil Litigation Defense (2004-2018)

    Expert Guide to U.S. Product Liability Lawyers, The Legal Media Group

    Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco (2011)

    Legacy Tocqueville Award, United Way of the Bay Area (2014)

    Emerald Warrior Award as leading fundraiser in Guardsmen history (2018)