Who We Are

Overview

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.

National Expansion

In 40 years, Gordon & Rees has grown from a small insurance defense firm to a national litigation and business transactions firm with 575 lawyers in 32 offices throughout the United States, including lawyers qualified in Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Mexico. 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 #131 in 2014 in The American Lawyer Am Law 200 list. Similarly, Gordon & Rees has advanced to #89 in the National Law Journal's 2014 ranking of the 350 largest U.S.-based law firms. 2014 is the twelfth 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 and its Raleigh, North Carolina office in August 2013, Charleston, South Carolina office in December 2013, Oakland, California office in April 2014, and Tampa, Florida office in September 2014, 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.

Our Founders

Photo of Stuart Gordon and Donald Rees, G&R's founding partners.

Stuart Gordon and Don Rees celebrate the firm's 35th Anniversary in 2009.

G&R Fast Facts
  • Full-service firm focusing on complex litigation and sophisticated business transactions
  • 575 lawyers admitted in 40 U.S. jurisdictions, as well as Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Mexico
  • 32 U.S. offices in 20 states
  • 38 national practices
  • #89 in NLJ 350
  • #131 in AmLaw 200
  • 12th largest law firm in California
  • Go-To Law Firm® for Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Intellectual Property
  • Top 15% of NLJ 350 firms with highest percentage of minority partners
  • DRI Law Firm Diversity Award
  • Best Places to Work Awards
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