Attorneys Host Berkeley Law Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society Event

Professor Abbye Atkinson

On April 12, 2017, Gibbs Law Group attorneys hosted a reception for Berkeley Law’s Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society. The event brought together Boalt Hall faculty, young alumni, and current students to discuss some of the key accomplishments and major efforts underway for consumer law at the school. In particular, the event introduced and celebrated the hiring of Professor Abbye Atkinson, the first tenure-track professor specializing in consumer law in the history of the law school. Her hiring is a significant step in the evolution of consumer law at Berkeley. Professor Ted Mermin, who teaches consumer protection law at Berkeley, and Dean Melissa Murray delivered remarks to the group.

Many of our firm’s attorneys are graduates of BerkeleyLaw, and the firm is proud to support the efforts to expand consumer law education for students at the school.

Emerging Issues in Consumer Protection Litigation

Three of our firm’s Boalt alumni with Professor Ted Mermin

Our attorneys are active in professional organizations focused on consumer protection, and are frequently called upon to discuss case law, strategy, and emerging issues in the law. They have lectured on consumer class actions at conferences of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education, the San Francisco Bar Association, HarrisMartin Publishing, Law Seminars International, and the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Our attorneys regularly contribute their insights and commentary to the Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of class actions.

Reputation for Excellence in Consumer Protection Class Actions

The firm and many of our attorneys have been recognized for their exceptional efforts on behalf of consumers. Girard Gibbs was distinguished as a Tier 1 law firm for plaintiffs’ mass tort and class-action litigation in the 2013-2016 “Best Law Firms” list, an annual survey published in the U.S. News & World Report’s Money Issue.

Eric Gibbs was selected by Law360 as a 2016 “Consumer Protection MVP,” the sole plaintiff’s attorney in the country to receive that honor. He was also honored as a “Top Plaintiff Attorney in California” by Daily Journal in 2016. David Stein was recently honored among the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” for his advocacy on behalf of plaintiffs and consumers in class action litigation. Fourteen of the firm’s attorneys have been selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2016. Mr. Girard and Mr. Gibbs have both earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.