“The flexibility and collegiality”
“Excellent quality of work and hardworking colleagues”
“Difficulties arising from being a smaller, satellite office such as having to request checks from the San Francisco office”
“The pay and compensation structure”
“No 401(k) match”
In a few short decades, Gordon & Rees has grown from a small insurance defense firm to a national firm of more than 500 attorneys with 32 different practice areas. This all-fronts covered approach has earned Gordon Rees a client base that has grown fast enough to fuel a speed of light expansion of 26 offices across the country.
Cradle to Grave
In 1974, San Francisco attorneys Stuart Gordon and Donald Rees—both still active partners at the firm—founded a litigation boutique specializing in insurance defense. Over the last three decades, Gordon & Rees has expanded into a full-service firm with a national presence. Gordon Rees is also now the 13th largest firm in its home state of California.
For Gordon & Rees, the frontier has always been to the east. From its San Francisco headquarters, the firm has branched out, leaving a trail of flags all the way to New York. In 2012 alone, Gordon & Rees opened offices in St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Carlsbad, CA, Tyson’s Corner, VA, Rapid City, SD and Washington, DC. In 2013 it opened offices in Philadelphia and Raleigh. Although the firm has not crossed the international divide yet, some of its attorneys are licensed to practice north of the border in Canada, and across the pond in England, Wales and Hong Kong.
Gordon & Rees is proud of the fact that many of its lawyers who set foot in the firm as young’uns stay through their working life. The firm’s current managing partner Dion Cominos, for example, started as a summer associate in the 1980s and never left.
In addition to healthy practices in labor, insurance, business transactions and commercial litigation, Gordon & Rees also has a winning intellectual property team. In recent years, the firm’s IP attorneys handled a dispute between California locales Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz to see which got the right to call itself “Surf City USA.” Also recently, the team successfully defended Fitness IQ—makers of the latest fitness trend and SNL/South Park comedic target the “Shake Weight”—against claims that the device didn’t work.
275 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 986-5900
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: Dion M. Caminos
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 500
Florham Park, NJ
Las Vegas, NV
Long Island, NY
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Rapid City, SD
San Diego, CA
St. Louis, MO
Tysons Corner, VA
Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights
D&O and Securities Litigation
Drug & Medical Device
Green Technology & Climate Change
Life, Health & Disability
Professional Liability Defense
Sports, Media & Entertainment
Tax, Wealth Management & Probate
Tort & Product Liability
Trust, Fiduciary & Probate Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense