Frank M. Pitre

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
 | 840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-697-6000
Fax: 650-697-0577
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Consumer Law (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As a partner of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, Frank M. Pitre has been handling high-profile personal injury/wrongful death cases and commercial torts in California since 1981. He is especially dedicated to serving on several plaintiff steering committees and plaintiff liaison counsels in order to secure settlements and strengthen safety regulations following commercial incidents.

    Some of Mr. Pitre’s most notable litigation successes to date include a wrongful death conviction on behalf of the widow and the three children of a U.S. naval officer who was killed in a bike collision with a van. Likewise, Mr. Pitre was the co-lead counsel in a class action suit that ended with a large pharmaceutical company paying almost $900 million to settle regarding injuries resulting from its painkillers. He has also filed pending class action suits against an automobile company over safety-related defects and against an airline following a crash. These successes have led to his perfect 10.0 Avvo score of "Superb" and to the AV Preeminent* distinction given to Mr. Pitre by his peers.

    Following his graduation from the University of San Francisco School of Law, Mr. Pitre became admitted to practice in the state of California as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of several notable scholarly articles articulating proper civil litigation and California tort practices. This includes his authorship of the “California Personal Injury Proof.” Mr. Pitre has served as part of the San Francisco Trial Advocacy Program and the Hastings College of Advocacy faculties, and he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a former president of the Consumer Attorneys of California.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Consumer Law
    • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Consumer Protection

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 17 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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    About Frank Pitre

    Admitted: 1981, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.cpmlegal.com/attorneys-Frank-Pitre.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • California's Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers, Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, 2015
    • Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, 2014
    • Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2000, 2004, 2011
    • Northern California (Top100) Super Lawyer, since 2005
    • Plaintiff’s Hot List, National Law Journal, 2009
    • Northern California's Top 10 Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
    • Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, 2013
    • Best Lawyers in America, Since 2006
    • Edward I. Pollock Award, 2010
    • Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Bay Area, Best Lawyers, 2015
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
    • Top 500 Litigators in America, Lawdragon Magazine
    • Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Litigation Counsel of America, Member
    • San Mateo County Barristers, Board of Directors, 1984-1986
    • California
    • San Mateo County Bar, Board of Directors, 1990-1992
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers, Member
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • San Mateo County Bar, Member
    • State Bar of California
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, President, 2016
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, President, 2005-2006
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1996-2001
    • San Mateo County Barristers, Member
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, Advocate
    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, Vice President, 2002, 2004
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1996-2000

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, California Personal Injury Proof, California Continuing Education of the Bar, since 1998
    • Assault Weapons: The Case Against The TEC-9, Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Seminar, 1996
    • Abuse of Process, California Tort Damages, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988
    • Tort Trends, The Docket, San Mateo County Bar Association, 1989-1994
    • Jury Instructions: A Practical Approach to their Use, Civil Litigation Reporter, Co-Author, March, 1984
    • Arguing Punitive Damages, Civil Litigation Reporter, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991
    • Effective Opening Statements, California Litigation, Journal of The Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991
    • Winning Through a More Effective Direct Examination, California Litigation, Journal of the Litigation Section, California State Bar, 1991
    • Hastings College of Advocacy, Faculty
    • University of San Francisco Trial Advocacy Program, Faculty
    • Masters In Trial programs, ABOTA Foundation, Co-Chair and Presenter

    Educational Background:

    • University of San Francisco, B.S., Honors: cum laude, Major: Business Administration
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    Office Location for Frank M. Pitre

    840 Malcolm Road
    Suite 200
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    Phone: 650-697-6000

    Fax: 650-697-0577

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    Last Updated: 10/12/2020

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