Who We Are

Paul M. Gordon

Paul M. Gordon

Paul Gordon graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1974 from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Regents Scholar. Paul is a 1977 graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was the winner of the McBaine Moot Court competition. Paul served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. William H. Orrick, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, and was a Judicial Extern to the Hon. Charles B. Renfrew, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.

Paul is an experienced trial attorney, with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has tried cases in federal district court, U.S. bankruptcy court, and state court, and before numerous administrative tribunals. Paul has tried both civil and criminal cases in a broad range of areas of the law, including antitrust, unfair business practices, securities fraud, commodities fraud, breach of contract, business torts, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, fraudulent transfer, termination of distributorships and civil rights. Paul has taught for the Hastings College of Trial Advocacy, and has been a guest lecturer in trial practice at Boalt Hall. Paul obtained an award of punitive damages for his clients in all three of his trials in which that issue went to the jury.

Paul has extensive experience representing telecommunications clients in federal court litigation under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In addition to his California practice, Paul has argued cases under the Act in federal courts in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.

Paul has served as a Special Master in cases assigned to the Hon. William H. Orrick and to the Hon. Claudia Wilken, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. Paul's special master work included cases involving alleged patent infringement, trademark infringement, reverse domain name hijacking, the Americans With Disabilities Act, a suit by a former Assistant District Attorney against the City and County of San Francisco claiming that he was wrongfully terminated for an alleged sexual harassment incident that the plaintiff claimed was consensual, and five consolidated lawsuits that arose when the Federal Aviation Administration effectively grounded ten commercial aircraft, in which the plaintiffs claimed damages of more than $500 million. Paul was previously a litigation partner at Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg LLP and Gordon & Goddard LLP.

Paul also has special expertise in property tax litigation. Published appellate cases in this field that Paul has successfully argued on appeal include: Sky River LLC v. Kern County, 214 Cal. App. 4th 720 (2013); CAT Partnership v. County of Santa Cruz, 63 Cal. App. 4th 1071 (1998); Shubat v. Sutter County Assessment Appeals Bd., 13 Cal. App. 4th 794 (1993); County of Orange v. Orange County Assessment Appeals Bd., 13 Cal. App. 4th 524 (1993); and County of Stanislaus v. County of Stanislaus Assessment Appeals Bd., 213 Cal. App. 3d 1445 (1989).

 

Jonathan Polland

Jonathan Polland

Jonathan Polland is a 1987 graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and winner of the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts, Labor Law, Commercial Transactions, Roman Law and Corporations.

Jon specializes in business and real estate litigation. Over the past 25 years, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract, partnership, business tort, professional negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, civil rights and securities cases. Jon has tried many cases in state and federal court, and in bankruptcy court. In addition to representing publicly traded corporations, privately held companies, and individuals, Jon has also represented public entities. Jon also has significant mediation and arbitration experience.

Jon holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating very high legal ability and very high ethical standards. Jon serves as a volunteer Pro Tem Judge for the San Francisco County Superior Court. Jon also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Jon was previously a litigation partner with Landels, Ripley & Diamond, LLP and Barg, Coffin, Lewis & Trapp, LLP.