Law School/Year: J.D., Yale, 1993
College/Year: BBA, University of San Diego, 1989
California; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Personal Injury & Property Damage, Product Liability, Business Litigation, Labor, Insurance
Since 2000, I have recovered more than $180 million in verdicts and settlements for my clients, with 30 awards in excess of $1 million. I have obtained three jury verdicts in excess of $1 million each, in which the defendant offered nothing whatsoever to settle prior to trial. I have obtained four jury verdicts in excess of $1 million in the last 15 months. I currently represent the surviving family members of CHP Officer Mark Saylor and his family. Four members of the Saylor family died after their Lexus accelerated out of control. The incident prompted the biggest recalls in Toyota history.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1993, I spent a year clerking for the Hon. Marilyn L. Huff of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. I then spent close to four years as a litigator at Latham and Watkins’ Los Angeles Office. In 1997, I accepted a position as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of California, where I tried human trafficking, narcotics and corruption cases on behalf of the United States. I returned to private practice in 2000 and have since represented exclusively plaintiffs in civil litigation. In September 2005, I founded the Gomez Law Firm, where I represent ordinary people and businesses in high-stakes litigation.
I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and a member of ATLA and Consumer Attorneys of California. I am also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s board of directors.
I am the immediate past chairman of the board of La Cuna, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing permanent, loving homes to Latino foster children.
A native San Diegan, I attended public high schools here before moving on to the University of San Diego. I came home to San Diego for good in 1997 and would never again live anywhere else. My wife Lisa is a director with Sempra Energy. Together, we live in Carmel Valley with our son JD, twins Michael and Analise, and dog Emma. I try to stay active by running, going to the gym, surfing and working on the game of golf.