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About Us

Chavez & Gertler LLP is a public interest law firm that specializes in class action litigation.

The firm has over twenty years of experience litigating consumer protection, wage and hour, workplace discrimination/civil rights, financial services, and FCRA class actions, as well as whistleblower and qui tam cases.  Chavez & Gertler attorneys have successfully tried class actions cases before the California Supreme Court (Olszeweski v. ScrippsHealth, Linder v. Thrifty Oil) and have obtained some of the largest recoveries ever achieved in consumer class actions (e.g. Richardson v. Wells Fargo Auto Finance, Inc. [$232 million]; Smith v. General Motors Acceptance Corp. [$105 million]; In Re Transouth Cases [$76 million]).

Chavez & Gertler also boasts a successful personal injury, catastrophic injury and death practice on behalf of individual clients.  The firm is led by seasoned trial attorneys who have achieved numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for its clients.

Founded in 1994 by Mark Chavez and Jonathan Gertler, the firm has earned a national reputation for excellence, integrity, and success. After more than a decade in San Francisco, the firm is now based in Mill Valley, California.

Mr. Chavez is considered one of the leading consumer class action and public interest lawyers in the nation. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Mr. Chavez has been actively involved in a number of organizations seeking to promote the interests of consumers through public interest litigation. He was a founding member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation in 1978. In 1993, he and seven other consumer attorneys from across the country founded the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Today the organization consists of 1,000 private and public sector attorneys, legal services attorneys, law professors and students whose primary practice or interests involve the protection and representation of consumers. He currently serves as the Chair of Board of the Public Citizen Foundation.

Jon Gertler is one of the leading trial lawyers in California. Mr. Gertler has been named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and has been named a Northern California Superlawyer. He has been most recently recognized for winning judgment in a consume class action trial against Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. He has successfully handled catastrophic injury and death cases for his clients since 1984, and has won numerous multi-million dollar trial victories. He is President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Marin, and previously sat on the boards of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Bay Area Legal Aid, and was Vice President of the Consumer Federation of California.  He is also on the Advisory Board of East Bay Community Law Center.
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