Alan R. Brayton

Top rated Products Liability attorney in Novato, California

Brayton Purcell, LLP
Alan R. Brayton
Brayton Purcell, LLP

Practice Areas: Products Liability, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in California since: 1977

Education: University of California Berkeley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2024

Brayton Purcell, LLP

222 Rush Landing Road
Novato, CA 94945 Visit website


Alan R. Brayton is a co-founder of Brayton Purcell LLP, located in Novato, California. Providing representation to clients throughout the country, he focuses his practice on complex plaintiff's personal injury and mass tort litigation. The types of cases that Mr. Brayton has handled have involved medical malpractice, mesothelioma and other diseases resulting from asbestos exposure, and defective medical devices. Early in his career, he successfully tried one of the first asbestos cases to be heard in the Superior Court of California — County of San Francisco.

In 1971, Mr. Brayton received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon his graduation. After obtaining a Master of Arts in finance in 1972 from the University of California, Los Angeles, he pursued his legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1976. Admitted to practice in California and Hawaii, Mr. Brayton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and 9th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

The successful outcomes that Mr. Brayton has been instrumental in obtaining on behalf of his clients throughout his career have led to widespread recognition among his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. A former member of the board of governors of Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Brayton remains an active participant in that organization as well as several others, including the Marin Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

*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

Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 80% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1977, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors
  • ABA Asbestos Task Force, Co–Chair
  • San Francisco County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Chrysler Bankruptcy, Co–Chair, Unsecured Creditor's Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Plaintiffs' Involvement Task Force, Chair
  • Marin County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2005
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale–Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2019
  • Champion of Justice - Public Justice Foundation, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lawyer Friends of Wine, Member
  • Lifehouse Agency, Board of Directors, September 20, 2017 - Present
  • Public Justice Foundation, Member & Past President
  • National Judicial College, Board of Trustees
  • Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), Board of Directors
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Section's National Trial Academy, Mentor and Course Director
  • Speaker, Symposium on Asbestos–Related Disease, University of California at San Francisco Medical School
  • Speaker, Involving Asbestos Litigation, Bankruptcy and Trial Advocacy  
Educational Background:
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, M.S., Major in Finance, 1972, 1972
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., Major in Economics, 1971, 1971

Office location for Alan R. Brayton

222 Rush Landing Road
Novato, CA 94945

Phone: 415-898-1555


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2024

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