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December 1-31, 2016, Gwilliam Ivary will host a Career Clothing Drive. Make a donation

From December 1-31, 2016, Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer, APC, will be hosting a clothing donation drive to benefit Wardrobe for Opportunity ("WFO"), www.wardrobe.org. We are raising money to support WFO, as well! Please include a small financial contribution to support their programs that serve our community.

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Firm Announcement - Winston W. Moody

On August 1, 2016, Winston W. Moody returned to GWILLIAM IVARY CHIOSSO CAVALLI & BREWER, APC as an Associate. His practice PC focuses on all aspects of employment law, personal injury and civil litigation.

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Public Justice announces Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer as finalists for the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

The five finalist cases for Public Justice's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award include landmark cases dealing with workers' rights, the horrifying consequences of product defects, financial institution funding of terrorism, and civil rights.

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Idiot Grins Releases New Album "Big Man"

When you meet Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer’s Randy Strauss the first thing you think of is a passionate, diligent, talented plaintiffs’ attorney who has great respect for the law and his clients. Like many professionals working on analytical and logic-based tasks throughout their days, there is a creative side of life away from the rigors of their professional life. Like his passion for the law, Randy Strauss has a life-long love affair with music that he indulges as a member of his East Bay band Idiot Grins.

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Northern California Super Lawyers 2015 Selects Gwilliam Law Attorneys

We are delighted to announce that Northern California Super Lawyers 2015 has selected three of our six attorneys for the prestigious and exclusive list of top attorneys known as Super Lawyers. Partners Gary Gwilliam, Steven Brewer, and Steven Cavalli were included in the 2015 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers. The Northern California Super Lawyers 2015 list is limited to roughly 5% of all lawyers in the state of California chosen from more than 70 practice areas and all sizes of firms throughout the state.

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Gary Gwilliam Selected National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015

"Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the "Nation’s Top Attorneys"—National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Gary Gwilliam, Founding Principle of Oakland, California law firm Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, & Brewer, has been selected for membership to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the prestigious National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). As Founding Principle of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, and Brewer in 1978, Gary Gwilliam has tried over 180 jury cases, of which more than 150 were personal injury cases. To his credit, Mr. Gwilliam has experience with major cases in every area of consumer law, including catastrophic automobile and construction accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, bad faith insurance, wrongful termination, civil rights and employment discrimination and harassment.

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The National Crime Victim Bar Association

Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate enough to be actively involved in a number of professional organizations designed to bring justice and civil rights to the people of California. My work has included membership and or appointed positions such as President, Vice President, and Board of Governors in organizations including:

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and Public Justice
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Association for Justice

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Wrongful Death Case Settled for $2 Million

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Attorneys Steven R. Cavalli and Omar I. Habbas listed in Daily Journal for work on $2,100,000 settlement

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Attorneys Steven R. Cavalli and Jayme L. Walker listed in Daily Journal for work on $2,000,000 settlement

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Firm Announcement - JAYME L. WALKER and ROBERT J. SCHWARTZ

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Jayme L. Walker has extensive experience in employment law, personal
injury, wrongful death and civil rights law. She has served as co-trial
counsel with J. Gary Gwilliam in a business dispute that resulted in a
verdict of over $11 million.

Robert Robert Schwartz has extensive experience in employment law, personal
injury, and civil litigation and appeals. He played a central role in the
long-running litigation over a 2008 layoff at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory, which resulted in a settlement of more than $37
million.

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Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, & Brewer's Jayme Walker Chosen Super Lawyer's Rising Star

We are excited and proud to announce that associate attorneyJayme L. (Burns) Walker has been chosen by California Super Lawyer's as a Rising Star in 2014. Her selection was featured in San Francisco Magazine's December issue of the Super Lawyer's section "Top Women Attorneys in Northern California." Jayme Walker's practice areas include representing plaintiffs in employment, personal injury, and civil rights cases. She is an integral part of the Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, & Brewer employment team that was recognized by The Recorder as one of the Top 10 Leading Plaintiffs Bay Area Employment Law Groups. The employment team specializes in representing plaintiffs in workplace discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and harassment cases.

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Proud to be named by the Recorder as One of the Top 10 Leading Plaintiffs Bay Area Employment Law Groups for the Second Consecutive Year


Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer Named For The Third Consecutive Year In Verdict Search's top California Verdicts

California verdicts

Gwilliam lvary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer is proud to be named for the third consecutive year in Verdict Search's top . The firm recognizes partner J. Gary Gwilliam and associate Jayme L. Bums on achieving this key breach of contract and fraud verdict.

In Allmed Systems, Inc. versus Healthtronics, Inc. the jury awarded the plaintiff, a small medical business owner, $9,263,345. The jury concluded that Healthtronics, a large medical supply distributor, breached the contract with Allmed Systems and made intentional and negligent misrepresentations to the plaintiff. The jury returned the verdict on November 4, 2011. On February 9, 201 2 the Alameda Superior Court awarded plaintiffs' attorneys fees in the amount of $1 ,745,740.00, costs in an amount to be determined, and interest on the entire judgment bringing the final award in excess of $11 million dollars. On April 9, 2012, Healthtronics' motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and new trial were denied.

Since 1978 the law firm of Gwilliam lvary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer continues to champion the cause of victims' rights. The firm specializes in serious and complex cases in the personal injury and consumer law field including business fraud, employment, civil litigation, professional malpractice, product liability and bad faith insurance. It has a superior track record for verdicts and settlements.

Recorder Newspaper


Proud To Be Named In The 2011 Top Verdict Search Settlements

Steven R. Cavalli

The firm congratulates partner Steven R. Cavalli for achieving two top listed settlements: one in the area of premises liability and the other a motor vehicle accident case.

Premises Liability: $2.9 Million
Kasamoto v. Commonweal: Plaintiff sued Commonweal in Bolinas for creating a dangerous condition. The 76 years old plaintiff fell down dark stairs, rendering her a quadriplegic. The parties reached a $2.9 million settlement.


Motor Vehicle Accident: $1.25 Million
Wilson-Males vs. Schindler Corporation: The plaintiff was rear-ended by a vehicle owned by Schindler Corporation. Defendant Schindler Corporation agreed to a mediated settlement settling the case on behalf of both defendants (Schindler Corp and their driver).

Recorder Newspaper


Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer Named As One Of The Top 10 Leading Plaintiffs Bay Area Employment Law Groups In 2011 By The Recorder Newspaper

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The firm of Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer is proud to be named by the Recorder Newspaper as one of the top 10 Leading Plaintiffs Bay Area Employment Law Groups. The firms employment law team consists of partners J. Gary Gwilliam and Randall E.Strauss, associates Jayme L. Walker and Robert J. Schwartz, and legal assistant Marilyn Gee-Cartwright. The team represents plaintiffs in discrimination, harassment, age discrimination and whistleblower cases. The firm congratulates the employment law team for its results as well as the compassion it demonstrates in the representation of plaintiffs who have suffered wrongful termination.

Since 1978, Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer has championed the cause of victims rights. The firm specializes in complex and serious cases in the personal injury and consumer law field including employment, civil litigation, professional malpractice, product liability, bad faith insurance and business fraud. Composed of four partners; J. Gary Gwilliam, Steven R. Cavalli, Steven J. Brewer and Randall E. Strauss and two associates; Jayme L. Walker and Robert J. Schwartz, the firm has attained a superior track record for verdicts and settlements.

We are pleased to announce a recent $9,263,345 verdict in a business fraud case. The judgment, with attorneys fees and potential pre-judgment interest, could be in excess of ten million dollars. The Alameda County jury found against a multi-national company for breach of contract and intentional and negligent misrepresentation.

Recorder Newspaper


Randall Strauss Partner

Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer
is pleased to announce that
RANDALL EDWARD STRAUSS
Has Become a Partner of the Firm

Effective January 1, 2010 Randall Strauss was elevated to partner. The firm takes pride in announcing that Randall Strauss is the first partner to be added to the practice of Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer in over twenty years.

Randall Strauss has extensive experience in the areas of employment law, personal injury, civil litigation and civil appeals, including serving as co-lead counsel in a recent employment trial resulting in a million dollar verdict.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and Boalt Hall School of Law, he was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1993 as well as the US. District Courts and the Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit in succeeding years.

Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer welcomes Randall Strauss as the firm continues, after 35 years, to specialize in personal injury and consumer law including civil litigation, employment law, professional malpractice law, product liability, bad faith insurance, and business fraud.


Top 2009 Verdict

The firm of Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer is listed as achieving one of Verdict Search's 2009 Top Verdicts in California. Read more>