Stuart G. Gross
Top rated Business Litigation attorney in San Francisco, CaliforniaGross Klein PC
Stuart G. Gross is an experienced litigator at both the trial and appellate court levels. He has represented, as plaintiffs, defendants, and amici curiae, clients ranging from small businesses to individuals to seed investors to non-governmental organizations to startups to large municipalities to Indian tribes to commercial fishermen to local communities to Fortune 100 companies. He has successfully litigated matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, as well as in forums including the highest court of Indonesia and the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”).
Stuart’s tenacious, intelligent, and creative advocacy has achieved exceptional results for his clients, and has earned him high praise from bench and bar. Thompson Reuters has named Stuart a Super Lawyer every year since 2013, and designated him a Rising Star each of the previous three years. Stuart is consistently tapped to take on the most complex and seemingly intractable matters, frequently by current and former clients and those they have referred.
In addition to his litigation practice, Stuart is occasionally called on to provide advice and testimony in the area international economic law, an area in which his publications are frequently cited. In this capacity, Stuart has advised the governments of New Zealand and Australia in trilateral trade negotiations with Malaysia and has been called by Indonesia’s highest court to testify as an expert witness concerning Indonesia’s international investment treaty obligations.
Prior to forming the predecessor to Gross Klein PC, Stuart clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court of the Northern District of California, and was a litigator with Shearman & Sterling, LLP, in New York, and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, in Burlingame, California. At Sherman & Sterling, Stuart defended Fortune 100 and 500 companies in complex commercial litigation and individuals in white collar criminal investigations. At Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Stuart represented businesses, individuals, non-profits, and governmental clients in complex commercial, environmental, natural resource, and business practices litigation.
Practice areasBusiness Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Consumer Law
First Admitted: 2005, California
Professional Webpage: http://www.grosskleinlaw.com/stuartgross/
- Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians v. Crosby — Successful representation of Indian tribe in actions, in the Eastern District of California, against former executives, including the tribe’s former treasurer, arising from an over decade-long scheme to embezzle tens of millions of dollars from the tribe. Representation included close cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice and resulted in criminal sentences of 57 months for two former officials and 41 months for another and the recovery of millions in restitution., 2022
- Iness Solutions v. Cisco Systems — Successful defense of a former executive and his wife, in Santa Clara Superior Court, against claims by his former employer, Cisco Systems, arising out of alleged procurement misconduct. Working closely with the executive’s criminal defense attorneys, we leveraged the civil case to attain a highly favorable result for the executive in a related criminal proceeding in the Northern District of California and settled the civil claims by Cisco against the executive and his wife for very favorable terms., 2021
- Crooked Goat Brewing v. Barlow Star — Successful prosecution, in Sonoma Superior Court, of claims by multiple businesses against their landlord for failure to provide legally required flood protection. The case settled for several million dollars after the firm’s defeat of a motion for summary judgment based on exculpatory provisions in client leases., 2021
- PG&E Manufactured Gas Plant Contamination - Successful prosecution of contamination cases, in the Northern District of California, on behalf of numerous homeowners and commercial fishers against PG&E arising out of historical manufactured gas plant (“MGP”) contamination in the Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods of San Francisco and areas offshore thereof. The cases have resulted in: the recovery for homeowners of tens of millions of dollars in consideration; a multi-year PG&E-funded joint investigation of the subject contamination; two consent decrees that together will result in the cleanup of the subject offshore and onshore contamination and that required PG&E pay $4.2 million to fund environmental programs to mitigate the harm the contamination causes, including a highly successful herring permit retirement program; and an order establishing PG&E’s responsibility for the contamination from a certain MGP, for which it has denied responsibility for more than 100 years. Published decisions include: 501 F. Supp. 3d 774 (N.D. Cal. 2020); 81 F. Supp. 3d 847 (N.D. Cal. 2015)., 2021
- Cramer v. Elements Mountain Company — Successful prosecution, as co-lead counsel on behalf of a class of Tahoe Donner homeowners, of price-fixing claims, in Nevada County Superior Court, related to snow removal services. The case settled for several millions of dollars in consideration for class members., 2019
- Bliquez v. Simpson — Successful prosecution of claims and defense against counterclaims, in Sonoma Superior Court, on behalf of individual arising from a post-relationship agreement addressing real property and other interests. After eight-week jury trial, attained multi-million dollar jury verdict, including punitive damages, an order requiring the defendant to quitclaim his recorded interest in multi-million dollar property, and complete defense verdict on the defendant’s counterclaims., 2023
- Burchell, et al. v. City of San Francisco, et al. — Successful prosecution, in San Francisco Superior Court, on behalf of approximately thirty commercial crabbers and fishers of property damage and business loss claims against the City of San Francisco and two security providers arising out massive fire on San Francisco Pier 45. Attained settlement of $6.2 million after successful motion practice regarding City’s defenses and substantial fact discovery., 2023
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- Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012