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Michael J. Pietrykowski


(510) 463-8685
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1111 Broadway
Suite 1700
Oakland, CA 94607

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612


J.D.,University of Notre Dame , 1983

M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1980

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1979


Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2017-2020)

“Best Lawyers” in the San Francisco Bay Area in Environmental and Toxic Tort Law, The Bay Area Magazine

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Environmental Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts (2009-2018, Law & Politics)

Mike Pietrykowski's practice focuses on toxic tort and environmental matters and he is Chair of Gordon & Rees's Environmental and Toxic Tort practice group. He serves as both National and Regional Counsel for defendants, regularly appearing in courts throughout the United States. 

Mr. Pietrykowski is a very active participant in national industry focus groups and, as such, participates in leadership discussions involving defense strategies for the toxic tort litigation. He has handled a wide variety of toxic tort cases including those involving chemicals, asbestos, mold, talc and other exposures. He has spoken at numerous regional and national seminars on topics such as the use of experts in such cases.

He has experience with all major environmental statutes including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund), and California’s Proposition 65. He has handled all phases of site remediation and has litigated such claims including trials.  

In addition to his toxic tort and environmental practice, he also represents defendants in landlord/tenant personal injury, products liability and professional liability cases. He is involved with several California organizations involving property owners and managers. 

Prior to joining Gordon & Rees in 1985, Mr. Pietrykowski worked for several years as a sports attorney representing professional athletes. In that capacity, he acquired extensive contract negotiation experience.




  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Midwest Environmental Claims Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association