Who We Are
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 is experienced at coordinating related litigation pending in multiple forums. He was outside counsel for a large telecommunications company in complex multi-district litigation that grew out of the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In that capacity Paul appeared and litigated cases in federal courts in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. Paul has also coordinated multi-jurisdiction disputes for clients in the cable television and airline industries.
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.
Jonathan Polland obtained a B.A from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1981. Jon 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 litigation. Over the past 20 years, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract, partnership, business tort, professional negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and securities cases. Jon has tried many cases in state and federal court, and in bankruptcy court. For example, Jon successfully defended a $52 million claim brought against a real estate development company involving 1,100 acres in Los Gatos California, and recovered over $18 million on the cross-claim relating to the same property after a one month jury trial. 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 has frequently been honored as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine in an annual survey of Northern California lawyers. Jon is a member of the San Francisco Superior Court’s private mediation panel, and has settled many business litigation matters as a mediator on that panel. Jon also teaches continuing education courses on civil litigation and real estate law to practicing attorneys. Jon was previously a litigation partner with Landels Ripley & Diamond, LLP and Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP.