Dominic Campodonico is a partner in the San Francisco office. He has more than 19 years of experience serving as national litigation coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and local counsel in mass tort litigation involving manufacturers and distributors of a variety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, such as Redux, Pondimin, Reglan, Bextra/Celebrex, diabetes drugs, proton pump inhibitors, PPA-containing medications, antibiotics, hormone therapy, vaccines, corticosteroids, orthopedic products, and latex gloves. He has extensive experience representing sales and marketing personnel in depositions and in lawsuits.
Mr. Campodonico also assists pharmaceutical and medical device clients with high-stakes matters that frequently occur simultaneously with product liability litigation, such as risk management and compliance, FDA/regulatory issues, government investigations, suits under the federal and California False Claims Act, insurance, and crisis communications. His experience in the health care field also includes professional liability related matters involving individual health care providers, institutional health care entities, as well as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
Mr. Campodonico’s product liability experience extends to a wide range of additional industries, including hair care and skin care products, automobile parts, household appliances, and industrial machinery. He has significant experience handling wrongful death and other catastrophic injury litigation, and has developed an extensive network of prominent experts in many sciences and technologies.
Mr. Campodonico has comprehensive experience in alternative dispute resolution of state and national cases, and has participated as regional and national settlement counsel in mass tort cases. He has also handled a wide range of matters on behalf of personal, business, and public property owners and managers, including premises liability cases involving slip and falls and security issues, as well as complex ADA litigation involving wheelchair accessibility and vision impairment.
Prior to his work at Gordon & Rees, Mr. Campodonico was a research attorney for three superior court judges in Los Angeles. In 2002, he completed the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Campodonico has served as the hiring partner for Gordon & Rees’s Summer Associate Program for the San Francisco office and was a member of the Summer Associate Hiring Committee for eight years. He has also been active in the firm’s Community Service Committee and is the Chair of the Diversity Committee and the Pro Bono Committee in the San Francisco office.
California State and U.S. District Courts
United States Supreme Court
International Association of Defense Counsel, Drug, Device and Biotechnology Vice Chair of Diversity (2012 – 2014), Vice Chair of Annual Meeting Programming (2015), Vice Chair of Programs and Projects (2016)
Defense Research Institute, Drug & Medical Device Committee
Defense Research Institute, Marketing Chair, Diversity Committee (2010 - 2012)
Defense Research Institute, Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo Steering Committee (2009 - 2012)
National LGBT Bar Association
In his efforts to give back to the community, Mr. Campodonico has represented numerous clients in pro bono matters, is an active member of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Program, and served for five years as a pro bono arbitrator for the Homeless Shelter Arbitration Program of the San Francisco Department of Human Services. He is also a member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom where he has participated on its Judiciary, Dinner, and Amicus Committees, as well as serving, twice, as a co-chair of the annual fundraising/awards event.
Mr. Campodonico’s involvement in a broad range of charities includes raising in excess of $70,000 at various events that raise money for research, support and advocacy groups related to breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, senior services, and youth sports. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Under One Roof, the only non-profit retail store of its kind in the U.S., raising hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for San Francisco Bay Area men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors, including serving as its President from 2009-2011, of a local business development district in San Francisco. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (2012 – present) and is a member of the Board of Regents of Junipero Serra High School (2011 – present), where he coaches the Mock Trial Team. In recognition of his extensive community service efforts, he received the Santa Clara University Social Justice Service Award.