Patrick Gunn is Partner-in-Charge of Cooley's San Francisco office. He joined Cooley in 2000 and his practice focuses on complex business litigation.
Mr. Gunn has been named by Benchmark Litigation as a top litigator in California and since 2008 has been listed as a California Super Lawyer, a designation reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in California, as determined by peers.
Mr. Gunn is active in the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Since 2004, Mr. Gunn has also served on the Institutional Review Board of The RAND Corporation, an international think tank devoted to improving public policy and decision making through research and analysis.
Mr. Gunn received his JD in 1994 from Boston University School of Law. In 1990, he earned a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was an honors program scholar.
Representative matters handled by Mr. Gunn include the following:
- Won a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client Ernest Rady, a prominent San Diego business leader, defeating plaintiffs' claims for $272 million over a purported contract to buy out their shares in American Assets, Inc.
- Successfully defended real estate syndicator James S. Koenig in series of state law securities fraud actions. Obtained orders coordinating 24 separate lawsuits into one combined action and negotiated a comprehensive settlement (funded entirely by insurance) resulting in a dismissal with prejudice of all claims against client.
- Won an arbitration award for client NVIDIA Corporation that defeated a real estate developer's claim for $20 million allegedly owed in connection with the development of a $1.5 billion campus in Silicon Valley.
- Successfully defended client Fairfield Residential, one of nation's largest owners and developers of multifamily property, in a derivative suit brought by a founder. Negotiated a "walk away" settlement in which clients paid nothing and obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims against them.
- Defeated a $10 million slander of title claim against client eBay arising out of its efforts to develop a new pedestrian campus in San Jose.
- Obtained dismissal of a multimillion dollar defamation claim against Citadel Broadcasting, the largest radio broadcaster in the United States.
- Defeated efforts by a commercial landlord to obtain a $22.5 million writ of attachment against client VaxGen in connection with its lease of biotech manufacturing facility.
- Boston University School of Law
- University of Colorado at Boulder
BA International Affairs, 1990, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- American Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- The Bar Association of San Francisco