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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Consumer Law (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
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.

 
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About Frank Pitre

Admitted: 1981, California

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

Honors and Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

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

 

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Last Updated: 11/15/2017

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