Jonathan E. Gertler, Founding Partner
Jonathan Gertler is one of the leading trial lawyers in California. He is recognized among both the personal injury and class action trial bars. In 2006 Jon earned the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and was a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of California. Jon was a finalist for SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award again in 2008 and in 2015.
Jon has successfully handled catastrophic injury and death cases for his clients since 1984. Six months after becoming a lawyer, in his first jury trial, Jon won a verdict of more than $1 million for a cement mason disabled in a construction accident. Jon has won multi-million-dollar jury verdicts in injury cases involving aviation, railroad, and trucking accident trials in more recent years, and has many seven-figure and some eight-figure settlements. In 33 years of practice, he has handled widely varied injury and death cases, including police misconduct, medical product and medical negligence, all kinds of construction-related accidents and many other types of cases.
Jon also has had major trial victories in class and representative actions. In a recent class action trial, Jon led a team of lawyers in a class action law suit against the Fidelity financial empire, obtaining an injunction halting unlawful title insurance practices. Jon also earlier tried a representative consumer case with partner Mark Chavez against American Honda Finance Corporation, and obtained a judgment worth nearly $12 million in consumer refunds, credits and fees for certain consumers with financed automobiles.
Jon is currently representing clients in cases involving negligent deaths and/or catastrophic injuries arising out of trucking and auto accidents, medical negligence, toxic exposure and government fraud. He is also lead or co-lead trial counsel in several wage/hour, insurance and consumer class actions.
Jon has served his local community and the communities of lawyers representing the injured and vulnerable. His primary organizational focus is currently on Legal Aid of Marin, the largest provider of free legal services to poor and elderly residents of Marin County. He was a member of the Board of Directors for 15 years, the last three as President. Jon also has served the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association for over 15 years as a member the Board of Directors, as an officer, and in 2011 as President. Jon also was President of Consumer Attorneys of Marin/Marin Trial Lawyers for three terms, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of California for three years. He was a Board Member and Vice President of Consumer Federation of California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the most prestigious and selective trial lawyer organizations in the United States, and is an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Jon is a Northern California Super Lawyer, and regularly lectures on class action and trial practice subjects.
Jon has a long history of commitment to providing legal help to the poor. 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.
Jon is currently lead or co-counsel in wage-and-hour and consumer class actions against both small and large corporations.