Daniel C. Girard is the founder and managing partner of Girard Gibbs LLP, where he serves as the firm’s lead litigation counsel.
Mr. Girard is nationally recognized as one of the top plaintiff-side lawyers in the United States with an expertise in class actions and complex business litigation. For more than 25 years, he has successfully represented plaintiffs in cases involving shareholder rights, securities, antitrust, consumer, telecommunications, and civil rights laws.
Recognized by his peers and the judiciary for his professional excellence, Mr. Girard has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2013) for his work in class action and securities litigation. Best Lawyers additionally named him the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs. Mr. Girard has been consistently honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2007-2012), and has also earned the distinction of being included among the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Northern California. He has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, and was featured in the 2012 edition of San Francisco’s Top AV-Preeminent Rated Lawyers.
Mr. Girard was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve two terms on the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, where he evaluated and implemented proposed changes to the procedural rules governing U.S. federal courts. He has repeatedly been recognized by the federal judiciary as an expert on class actions and complex litigation.
Mr. Girard has litigated many of the firm’s most high profile, precedent-setting cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on his clients’ behalf. He has served as counsel to several public and private institutional investors in securities litigation matters both domestically and abroad, and he assists in the prosecution of several international arbitration proceedings on behalf of European clients.
Mr. Girard has appeared on CNBC and FOX News and has published opinion pieces in The National Law Journal and Legal Times. His cases have been chronicled in major financial and news publications including The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and Forbes. He is a frequent speaker on class actions, complex litigation and related topics for legal groups throughout the country, and has served as a guest lecturer at several law schools, including Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), UC Davis Law School, and UC Hastings College of the Law. He served as a Senior Visiting Fellow for Duke University Law School’s 2013 Wintersession program.
Lehman Brothers litigation marches on, Daily Business Review, January 28, 2013
Alumni Profile: Daniel Girard ’84, UC Davis School of Law News, November 3, 2009
Auction-rate bonds leave many investors hanging USA Today, April 30, 2008
Supreme Court rejects Microsoft, Best Buy appeal Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2007
Microsoft, Best-Buy lose appeal in RICO case Forbes, October 15, 2007
San Francisco Settles Lawsuit on Desegregation of Schools The New York Times, February 19, 1999