René I. Gamboa


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  • Biography

    René Gamboa is a Partner in the San Francisco office of GRSM and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, and Business Transactions practice groups. René has worked with clients ranging from startups to multi-national companies across a variety of industries. Having served as General Counsel and Business Development Director at two software Internet companies, and having worked in real estate as a broker, René understands the business objectives of his clients, and brings that experience to his transactional practice.

    René acts as outside general counsel to companies, helping them grow and manage risk, has successfully advised C-level executives, and has worked collaboratively across various teams within a company, including sales, engineering, products, and marketing to achieve a company’s goals. René has counseled clients on all stages of a company’s development, from initial entity formation issues, intellectual property and licensing issues, corporate governance issues, through sale or merger events and exit strategies. He has also counseled clients in negotiations with venture capitalists. René’s practice focuses on providing his clients with business services and counseling, as well as counseling clients on real estate transactional matters. 

    Apart from his transactional practice, René also represents clients in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and litigation related to real estate and other matters. René is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

    René has advised clients on business, corporate and real estate transactional matters. He has had a varied career that has included, among other things, advising a multi-national client on energy projects involving high-voltage transmission stations. He has also taken the lead in developing and implementing a strategy to help a multi-national car company establish its first car-sharing business in the United States. René has also assisted a multi-national company establish a Silicon Valley office. As General Counsel and Business Development Director for two start up high tech Internet companies, René advised the senior management team on a host of legal and business issues, was responsible for implementing the companies’ legal strategy, and worked collaboratively across various platforms within the companies to implement the companies’ business vision. 

    René has also litigated and tried complex commercial, securities, real estate, and other matters in state and federal court as well as before FINRA (formerly NASD), which gives him an added perspective in his transactional practice that allows him to anticipate issues that may lead to potential litigation, and find solutions to avoid litigation down the line for his clients. By having both transactional and litigation/trial experience, René brings added value to his clients. Additionally, René has served as bond counsel, providing advice on bonds collateralized through real estate, and he has represented financial service and securities professionals in regulatory forums such as FINRA, and he has counseled and represented real estate professionals as well.


    • California
    • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
    • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California


    • Accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional
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    • René has provided in-house training and lectures on real estate related topics to groups such as the San Francisco Apartment Association. He has also provided training to insurance carriers and insurance industry groups, and he has prepared articles for presentation at American Bar Association events.
  • Education


    J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

    • American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Theory
    • Member, Real Estate Law Association

    B.A., University of San Francisco

    • Member, Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society)
    • President, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)
    • Staff writer, The Foghorn (nationally recognized college newspaper)
    • Member, Philhistorian Debating Society
    • Member, Pre-law society
    • Co-Captain, USF Fencing Team


    Super Lawyers® distinction in the field of Insurance Coverage

  • Languages
    • Spanish