Girard Gibbs LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been included in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list. Girard Gibbs LLP has been recognized nationally as a Tier-1 law firm for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for Plaintiffs. Additionally, the firm has received Tier-1 rankings for Mass Tort Litigation, Class Action for Plaintiffs, and Securities Litigation within the San Francisco metropolitan area.
The 2016 edition of the “Best Law Firms” list marks the fourth consecutive year the firm has achieved national and metropolitan Tier-1 rankings in these practice areas.
The recognition of Girard Gibbs LLP in the “Best Law Firms” list complements the inclusion of Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Action for Plaintiffs. The firm’s named partners have been recognized individually by Best Lawyers consecutively since 2012.
20 Years of Excellence in Complex Litigation
Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs have been representing plaintiffs nationwide in complex litigation concerning securities, personal injury, consumer protection, employment, and antitrust since 1995. Under the management of Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs, the firm has recovered more than a billion dollars on behalf of its clients in cases against some of the largest corporations represented by the most prominent defense attorneys in the U.S.
Mr. Girard’s and Mr. Gibbs’s leadership has been recognized by clients, co-counsel, and the courts.
Mr. Girard recently served as lead counsel In re Peregrine Financial Group Customer LitigationCase No. 1:12-cv-5546 (N.D. Ill.), arising out of the failure of a commodities futures merchant. He is also court-appointed lead counsel in Corona v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Case No. 2:14-cv-9600 (C.D. Cal.), and In re Herbal Supplements Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 1:15-cv-05070 (N.D. Ill.), concerning dietary supplements which were allegedly mislabeled.
Earlier this year, Mr. Girard was appointed by the court to serve as interim co-lead counsel In re Lenovo Adware Litigation, Case No. 5:15-md-02624 (N.D. Cal.), concerning pre-installed VisualDiscovery spyware on personal computers that may violate federal privacy rights. Girard Gibbs is frequently recognized for its expertise in technology and privacy class action lawsuits and its demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with the large number of parties and attorneys involved in the consolidated litigation.
Serving as court-appointed lead counsel In re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, 5:13-cv-5226 (N.D. Cal.), Mr. Gibbs recently secured a landmark ruling from the court that makes it easier for plaintiffs to seek relief following a breach. Currently, Mr. Gibbs serves on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee In re Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, Case No. 5:15-md-02617, litigating claims on behalf of 80 million Anthem subscribers whose personal information was breached in a hack in early 2015. Mr. Gibbs was one of four attorneys chosen to represent Anthem plaintiffs. Earlier this year, Mr. Gibbs was appointed by the court to serve as lead counsel In re Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation, Case No. 5:15-cv-1685 (N.D. Cal.), concerning premature engine failure in the Sonata.
Both Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs are frequently invited to speak at law schools and litigation conferences nationwide.
Mr. Girard will appear as a panelist on January 28, 2016 at the American Bar Association and Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies Program on Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments in San Francisco. On February 25, 2016, Mr. Girard will serve a panelist at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System Civil Litigation Summit in Denver, Colorado.
On December 2, 2015, Mr. Gibbs will share “Lessons from Recent Automotive Industry Class Actions” at a Law Seminars International panel in New Orleans, Louisiana on Automobile Class Actions with Global Ramifications. Mr. Gibbs will return to New Orleans on March 10-11, 2015 to speak about “Ethical Considerations in Settling Class Actions” at Class Action Litigation in America – A National Symposium, presented by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. At the symposium, Mr. Gibbs will join other seasoned class action litigators, judges, and legal scholars to discuss class action management, recent class settlements, emerging trends and challenges in class litigation, arbitration, and more.
Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills. Both partners have been additionally recognized among the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Northern California.
About the “Best Law Firms” Rankings
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on evaluations from clients that address a firm’s expertise and responsiveness, its understanding of a business and its needs, and the cost-effectiveness of its services. The rankings also consider the evaluations of a firm by other lawyers, who appraise the firm’s expertise and integrity, and consider whether they would refer a client to a firm and deem the firm a worthy competitor.