Andre Mura will serve as a faculty instructor at the upcoming American Association for Justice Educational Seminar: “Effective Legal Writing Workshop,” which will take place on June 15-16, 2017 at our office in Oakland. The program, which is being offered for west coast audiences after a popular writing program in Washington DC earlier in the year, will feature several prominent attorneys and journalists providing practical, hands-on training and instruction on approaches to strengthen legal and brief writing. The program is appropriate for attorneys of all levels and practice areas, and will include small group workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, including:

  • Understanding and sympathizing with your audience
  • The importance of style and presentation
  • Creating a narrative
  • Framing for the hostile judge
  • Curating the content
  • Crafting a paragraph

Access the registration form for the Legal Writing Workshop.

About American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. Its mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

Andre Mura’s Expertise in Legal Advocacy

Andre Mura’s ability to conceive and employ novel legal theories on behalf of consumers and employees at both the trial and appellate levels has resulted in significant victories on behalf of his clients. His advocacy spans a variety of practice areas, including consumers’ and workers’ rights, products liability, drug and medical devices, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law.

Prior to joining Gibbs Law Group LLP, Mr. Mura was senior litigation counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation PC, where he represented plaintiffs in high-stakes appeals and complex litigation in state supreme courts and federal appellate courts. Mr. Mura also authored briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, at both the petition and merits stages, and argued dispositive motions in trial courts nationwide.

Girard Gibbs attorneys Michael Schrag and Linda Lam penned a powerful article about their recent VA medical malpractice trial and the potential impact that H.R. 1215, a proposed bill pending in the House of Representatives, may have on restricting similar cases going forward.

The article, published by Impact Fund, details the trial of Steve Cooper, an army veteran who sued the Veterans Administration for denying him access to medical care and failing to properly diagnose him with prostate cancer when it was still curable. Although Mr. Cooper’s case was successful, H.R. 1215, if passed, would impose meaningful restrictions on medical malpractice cases and prevent victims like Steve from achieving justice in future cases.

About Impact Fund

Impact Fund uses impact litigation to support social justice for marginalized communities and provides legal support for lawyers through grants, co-counsel and training events. It provides strategic litigation and support for litigation to achieve economic and social justice.

About Michael Schrag and Linda Lam

Michael Schrag represents individual and small business plaintiffs in a broad range of complex class actions against large corporations in litigation concerning banking, credit cards, telecommunications, and real estate. He has also litigates product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, and contingent breach of contract cases.

Linda Lam focuses her practice on representing individuals and small businesses who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. She has prosecuted fraud, employment, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and medical malpractice claims brought under federal and state laws. Ms. Lam is also involved in the investigation and development of new cases, including disputes involving major real estate developments throughout the country.

Professor Abbye Atkinson

On April 12, 2017, Gibbs Law Group attorneys hosted a reception for Berkeley Law’s Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society. The event brought together Boalt Hall faculty, young alumni, and current students to discuss some of the key accomplishments and major efforts underway for consumer law at the school. In particular, the event introduced and celebrated the hiring of Professor Abbye Atkinson, the first tenure-track professor specializing in consumer law in the history of the law school. Her hiring is a significant step in the evolution of consumer law at Berkeley. Professor Ted Mermin, who teaches consumer protection law at Berkeley, and Dean Melissa Murray delivered remarks to the group.

Many of our firm’s attorneys are graduates of BerkeleyLaw, and the firm is proud to support the efforts to expand consumer law education for students at the school.

Emerging Issues in Consumer Protection Litigation

Three of our firm’s Boalt alumni with Professor Ted Mermin

Our attorneys are active in professional organizations focused on consumer protection, and are frequently called upon to discuss case law, strategy, and emerging issues in the law. They have lectured on consumer class actions at conferences of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education, the San Francisco Bar Association, HarrisMartin Publishing, Law Seminars International, and the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Our attorneys regularly contribute their insights and commentary to the Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of class actions.

Reputation for Excellence in Consumer Protection Class Actions

The firm and many of our attorneys have been recognized for their exceptional efforts on behalf of consumers. Girard Gibbs was distinguished as a Tier 1 law firm for plaintiffs’ mass tort and class-action litigation in the 2013-2016 “Best Law Firms” list, an annual survey published in the U.S. News & World Report’s Money Issue.

Eric Gibbs was selected by Law360 as a 2016 “Consumer Protection MVP,” the sole plaintiff’s attorney in the country to receive that honor. He was also honored as a “Top Plaintiff Attorney in California” by Daily Journal in 2016. David Stein was recently honored among the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” for his advocacy on behalf of plaintiffs and consumers in class action litigation. Fourteen of the firm’s attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2016. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs have both earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

David Stein was named today to the Daily Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” list for 2017. The Daily Journal selects top young attorneys from throughout California for the honor based on nominations of lawyers across all practice areas, as well as from public agencies, corporations and non-profits.

In the Daily Journal feature, David described what motivated him to focus his legal career on representing consumers class actions. “I wanted the opportunity to help people that wouldn’t necessarily have access to the courts, while litigating at a high level.” The article also described David’s advocacy on behalf of taxpayers in Guam, who he successfully represented in challenging their government’s tax refund system, which had withheld refunds from taxpayers for years.

Established in 1893, the Daily Journal is known as one of the foremost legal publications in the U.S. The publication is widely respected by California attorneys in all practice areas for its extensive coverage and profiles of judges, appellate decisions, and other notable legal information.

About David Stein

David Stein represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud class actions, and co-authors Consumer Law Watch, a blog about emerging issues in class action law. He serves as court-appointed co-lead counsel in litigation involving excessive vibration in Honda CR-Vs, and was appointed as co-lead counsel in a class action brought on behalf of Hyundai Sonata owners whose vehicles suffered catastrophic engine failures, which recently settled for significant benefits to class members. In addition to his recognition by the Daily Journal, he has been honored by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for four consecutive years since 2013.

Reputation for Excellence in Consumer Protection and Class Actions

In addition to David’s recognition in the “Top 40 Under 40,” many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized for their exceptional work. Eric Gibbs was recently honored as a “Consumer Protection MVP” by Law360, and as a “Top Plaintiff Lawyer in California for 2016” by the Daily Journal. Girard Gibbs was distinguished as a Tier 1 law firm for plaintiffs’ mass tort and class-action litigation in the 2013-2016 “Best Law Firms” list, an annual survey published in the U.S. News & World Report’s Money Issue.

Fourteen of the firm’s attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2016. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs have both earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

Andre Mura has been selected by the American Association for Justice to its 2017 Leadership Academy. The highly-selective program (awarded to no more than 16 plaintiff attorneys nationwide) is an initiative of the AAJ Diversity Committee, and is intended to provide those selected with the skills and techniques needed to position them as effective leaders in professional settings, in AAJ, and in their communities.

About American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. Its mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

Andre Mura’s Leadership on Behalf of Consumers

Andre focuses his practice on consumers’ and workers’ rights, products liability, drug and medical devices, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. During his tenure as senior litigation counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, he authored briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court and represented plaintiffs in appeals before the Ninth Circuit and state Supreme Courts. Together with Gibbs Law Group partner David Stein, Andre co-authors Consumer Law Watch, a blog monitoring, exploring, and analyzing the importance of consumer trends in class action nationwide. He currently represents plaintiffs in active litigation against Vizio and Lenovo.

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