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Gordon D. McAuley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in San Rafael, CA

Williams & Gumbiner LLP
1010 B Street, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-755-1880
Fax: 925-933-5837
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2014, 2019 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime (40%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%), Business Litigation (10%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Gordon has more than 37 years experience as a trial lawyer, in house counsel, and mediator in more than 125 cases. He has fifteen published federal court decisions, primarily in interstate commerce and transportation cases, and argued 3 cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A former equity partner at Hanson Bridgett, and associate general counsel at The Pasha Group, Gordon currently is Of Counsel to Williams & Gumbiner LLP in San Rafael, California where he continues his litigation, business, and mediation practices.  He is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is consistently selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the Transportation/Maritime category, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for transportation law.  Gordon is the former Chair of the Marin County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, a former President of The Transportation Lawyers Association (an international bar association),  a mediator on the Northern District of California's federal court mediation panel, and a member of The Mediation Society. He has a nationwide mediation practice, as well as his litigation and business law practice in Northern California.

About Gordon D. McAuley

First Admitted: 1981, California

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Representative Clients

  • FedEx Custom Critical; Nor-Cal Moving; Unigroup; Zion Trucking; Joyce Van Lines; Abbot Labs; Landstar Express; XPO Logistics; Vanguard.


  • President of the Transportation Lawyers Association 2009-2010; Chairperson of the Transportation Lawyers Association Freight Claims Committee 2002-2006; Distinguished Service Award, Transporation Lawyers Association, 2003. Webinar panelist, "The Evolving Role of the Freight Intermediatary" Transportation Lawyers Association, 2010. , Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Chairperson of the 65-member Marin County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section., Chairman- Marin County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2013


  • Authored "Air Scoop"- An international Aviation Law newsletter published 1999-2006. 

Educational Background

  • J.D. University of San Francisco Law School, 1981
  • A.A. Economics, Chaffey College , 1975
  • B.A.. University of California at Berkeley (Philosophy), 1977

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Earned private pilot's license., 1982
  • Commercial Mediator Certificate following 40-hour training. , 1996

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Mediator panelist, Northern District of California, 2000
  • Chair, Marin County Bar Association ADR Section, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Serve as Modest Means mediator for Marin County Superior Court, 2016
  • Coach -Terra Linda High School Mock Trial Team 2006-2013 Member Marin County YMCA Board of Managers, 2013
  • Youth Court Facilitator, Marin County YMCA.
  • Serve as Civil Court Settlement Panelist, Marin County Superior Court, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Mark Twain's Advice for Getting Better Mediation Results" The Transportation Lawyer, 2017, Author, 2017
  • "The Secret to Winning your Lawsuits. (Don't Tell Anyone)" The Transportation Lawyer 2016  
  • "Mediation: A Mature Technology" The Transportation Lawyer 2010  

Industry Groups

  • Conference Of Freight Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Gordon D. McAuley

1010 B Street
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94901

Last Updated: 4/5/2021

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