Gordon & Rees was founded in San Francisco in 1974 by Stuart Gordon and Donald Rees, both of whom maintain practices and are active in the life of the firm. Gordon & Rees was founded on the two key principles of dedication to clients and dedication to employees. Stu and Don created a firm with a unique culture, proven by the fact that many of the firm's lawyers and employees have not worked anywhere else. For example, Dion Cominos, the current Firmwide Managing Partner, was hired as a Summer Associate in 1986 and has spent his entire career at the firm.
There are many distinct advantages for clients who are served by a law firm of lawyers who have decades of well-proven collaborative relationships among all offices and all practices. Gordon & Rees is proud of the high level of consistency, reliability, stability, resourcefulness, and responsiveness that we provide to clients as a direct result of our firm culture and the long-term loyalty of our lawyers and staff.
Gordon & Rees is committed to delivering the best possible results and the best possible client service, based on a parallel commitment to provide the highest level of respect and appreciation to its lawyers and staff. Stu and Don have carefully and conservatively built a financially stable firm with a heart and soul that will be providing clients with exceptional, effective and fair cost legal services for decades to come.
In 38 years, Gordon & Rees has grown from a small insurance defense firm to a national litigation and business transactions firm with 525 lawyers in 28 offices throughout the United States, including lawyers qualified in Canada, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. Our growth is driven by our reputation for success and an unfailing commitment to excellence. Our objective is to develop long-term client relationships and to exceed expectations through creative problem solving, unwavering responsiveness, and business-oriented legal strategies. Most importantly, we deliver consistent results as cost effectively as possible.
Gordon & Rees's continuing expansion has advanced the firm from #176 in 2005 to #141 in 2012 in The American Lawyer "AmLaw 200" list. Similarly, Gordon & Rees has advanced to #111 in the National Law Journal's 2012 ranking of the 350 largest U.S.-based law firms. 2012 is the tenth consecutive year Gordon & Rees has advanced in the survey since 2003 when the firm first appeared in the survey. In 2003, the survey noted "Leaping highest was San Francisco's Gordon & Rees; its 210 lawyers landed the firm at No. 186." The firm's rapid growth was highlighted again in the 2005 survey when Gordon & Rees was the fifth fastest growing firm among the "Top 10 Growth Leaders."
Gordon & Rees holds a proud and prominent position among the group of law firms known as the "Second Hundred" in the AmLaw 200 rankings. The firm continues to grow with the opening of seven new offices in 2012 in Carlsbad, California, St. Louis, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Tysons Corner, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Rapid City, South Dakota. Additionally, the firm opened its Philadelphia office in February 2013, reflecting the firm's continued path of national growth aided by increasing business from corporate America's shift to middle-size national firms. Responding to the needs of our clients, Gordon & Rees continues to add and deepen its national practices and pursue additional office opening opportunities when it best serves our clients' needs.