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GOMEZ TRIAL ATTORNEYS Officially Arrive in Orange County


Focused on Fighting for Justice Wherever They Are Needed, Gomez Trial Attorneys Opens New Office in Orange County and Continues to Evolve into Emerging Practice Areas

With hundreds of millions collected in verdicts and settlements for injured plaintiffs across the state and nation, high-profile media cases galore, and an indisputable track record demonstrating proven success in fighting (and winning) massive financial awards from some of the nation’s largest insurance companies, corporations, medical device manufacturers, government entities and more, Gomez Trial Attorneys is certainly not your average personal injury firm.
Indeed, there is no mistaking that Gomez Trial Attorneys is different by design. Trying more cases to verdict than virtually any other law firm in the state, Gomez Trial Attorneys is quite simply, a firm comprised of real trial lawyers. Yet founder and lead trial attorney John Gomez is noticeably humble when describing the reasons that he, and his team of more than 20 attorneys, are successful. “We take huge risks. We try cases. We hire good human beings and we treat our team members well,” Gomez says.
The firm has certainly gambled on cases time and again, emerging victorious for plaintiffs over and over. To date, the firm has nearly 100 awards of $1 Million or more. Those are in addition to jaw dropping jury verdicts including $106 Million for a wrongful death claim (Devillers v. County of San Diego), and groundbreaking cases such as Kransky v. DePuy, which was the first case tried nationally in the largest mass tort litigation in the country against DePuy hip replacements and resulted in an $8.3 million verdict.
While the firm remains at the forefront of emerging litigation in the rapidly evolving practice areas such as Environmental Litigation, Children’s Rights, and even Mental Health Issues (including litigation against the makers of some antidepressants, and wrongful death claims against two drug and alcohol treatment facilities), Gomez Trial Attorneys keeps a firm footing in practice areas it has excelled in for years. From auto accidents resulting in brain injuries, to automotive defects, to defective products and vehicular accidents of all kinds, every case Gomez Trial Attorneys takes has one thing in common. “We hold wrongdoers responsible for their conduct through the civil justice system, and we make the world a safer place through litigation,” Gomez says. As the result, the Gomez name has become synonymous with success for countless injured and innocent victims, and has become a name insurance companies aren’t eager to face as a defendant.
But Gomez Trial Attorneys isn’t just known for successful representation, and keeping others safe. A beacon of service to both the legal community, and the local communities the firm serves, Gomez leads his team by example when it comes to making our communities a better place. “I believe that trial lawyers have an obligation to make their communities a better place—both through litigation and community service,” he says. To say that Gomez ‘walks the walk’ as opposed to ‘talking the talk’ is quite frankly, an egregious understatement.
A past winner of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Community Service award, Gomez and his colleagues donate time, money and resources to a staggering number of charities and causes. Some of the many events, fundraisers, donations, and more that the firm has actively spearheaded, led, participated in, and/or volunteered resources to include organizations and events benefitting kids-at-risk, foster children, Latino causes, preventing drunk and distracted driving, local hospitals and supporting services and organizations, along with the March of Dimes.
As far as service to the legal community goes, Gomez shines again as an example of giving back. A former Board Member of both the San Diego County Bar Association, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, he served as the 2012 President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and proudly enjoys the opportunity to serve the community through his membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Summit Council, an elite trial lawyers association limited to less than 30 lawyers nationwide, who are all recognized by their peers as top civil justice advocates.

Meeting of the Like-Minded
With results that speak for themselves, it’s no surprise that Gomez Trial Attorneys are in demand throughout the state. Though Gomez says the firm has had a presence in Orange County for some time, he was reluctant to open and staff an office until he found the right person to lead trials and run the day-to-day operations. Fortunately, he found that in John Michael Montevideo, an Orange County native with an incredible track record of his own, who is leading the Orange County-based office of Gomez Trial Attorney into new practice areas, based on his own unique skill set and experience.
A chance meeting through Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College would set the stage for the official launch of Gomez Trial Attorneys in Orange County. Both graduates of the extensive trial lawyer training, Montevideo and Gomez each recognized similar goals and values mirrored within the other and in late 2015, Montevideo joined forces with Gomez to guide the new office.
12“I became a trial attorney to help people. I found early on that if I was willing to dig deep enough to find out the truth about wrongs being committed and then have the ability and courage to carry that truth to the people who can do something about it—the jury—then I can make a positive impact in this world,” says Montevideo.
The desire to help others is more or less a part of Montevideo’s DNA. He comes from a strong family-line of trial attorneys in the local area, and he’s felt a duty to serve others his whole life. In fact, after earning his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, Montevideo dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Houston, TX. He also served full-time with Vita Living, Inc., a non-profit working with those with mental and physical developmental disabilities. With lawyering in his DNA, an inherently compassionate nature, and a love of service to others, it was through service work that Montevideo reaffirmed his hunch that work as a trial lawyer was his proverbial ‘calling.’
After graduating near the top of his class from Howard University School of Law, in Washington, D.C., Montevideo went on to work for the largest business and litigation firm in South Carolina, followed by experience at two prominent Los Angeles and Orange County plaintiffs trial firms, along with a stint in public service via the government sector through working with the Department of Justice in their Environmental and Natural Resources Division; Environmental Enforcement Section.
13Suffice it to say, Montevideo has earned an extraordinary reputation for both his trial skills, and his commitment to the Orange County legal community and his hometown community. He is a past Finalist for the prestigious state-wide CAOC Street Fighter of the Year Award in 2013 for a successful trial verdict in Orange County in which he obtained 9 times the amount of the last offer before trial. He was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (reserved for only the top 2.5% of lawyers). In addition, Montevideo is an active member in the local Orange County and state-wide California legal community as a Board of Director for Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) and a Board of Governor of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He is immersed in community and service work, as a natural byproduct of who he is, and his desire to help others extends far beyond his professional lifeand comprises a huge part of his family life. “My wife Christine is the Volunteerism Manager with Second Harvest Food Bank right here in Orange County,” he says proudly.
Thus, after meeting Gomez through Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College, Montevideo says that Gomez’s encouragement and support of him has always been sincere and unrivaled, thus making the decision to join Gomez Trial Attorneys an easy one. The synergy between the two trial attorneys was reinforced by Montevideo’s admiration of the firm’s fearlessness. “The attorneys of GTA will try any case that needs to be tried. Period. I wanted to be with the best and have the resources and access to cases that will impact the entire state and nation. The creativity, energy and sincerity of this firm to protect the rights of its clients is infectious and inspiring,” says Montevideo.
Gomez is equally excited about Montevideo helming their new office in Orange County, as according to him, Montevideo shares similar values, most notably a desire to help others in the courtroom and the community. “I became an attorney largely by default. I lacked sufficient athletic, musical or dramatic talents to make it on the big stage,” Gomez jokes.
But there is a bit of truth in his self-deprecating jest, as Gomez is candid when saying, “I grew up under circumstances that put me very much at risk for social failure.” Attending three separate San Diego public high schools and Grossmont Junior College before going on to graduate from Yale Law School, Gomez’s first legal job included clerking for a federal judge, before joining the international law firm of Latham & Watkins, and serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, until he decided to go into private practice representing people.
“I learned as a federal prosecutor that I was a naturally gifted trial lawyer,” he says simply. “I also realized ideologically that I did not want to work any longer for the government or big business. That made being a trial lawyer for people a natural choice.” He launched his own practice in 2005, by himself, and has since risen to become one of California’s most recognized, awarded and accomplished trial attorneys, amassing awards such as national Lawyer of the Year (Lawyers USA), 2 awards for San Diego Trial Lawyer of the Year, 9 Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards (Consumer Attorney of San Diego) and is included amongst the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s list of Top 100 California Attorneys. To boot, he was voted by peers as the top attorney in San Diego for 2015 and 2016 overall in polling conducted by Super Lawyers rating service. Best Lawyers in America named him the San Diego 2011 and 2012 Plaintiffs Products Liability Attorney of the Year and the 2015 Class Action and Mass Tort Attorney of the Year. Avvo rates him a 10.0 out of 10.0 and he has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Today, Gomez Trial Attorneys has three offices, more than 20 attorneys, and more than 50 employees.


Fearless & Forward Thinking
“GTA has the guts, ability and resources to try difficult cases and win,” says Montevideo. The firm’s case results speak to this truth, and often wind up revealing new practice areas wherein the firm’s skills and resources are needed to help people obtain justice.
By way of example, Gomez Trial Attorneys is actively litigating emerging environmental claims, as evidenced by lawsuits filed by various California and Washington cities against Monsanto, which have received international media attention. Furthermore, father-of-three Gomez says that he’s also excited about the firm’s new “Children’s Rights” practice which focuses on protecting children from sexual abuse, bullying and neglect.
In addition, Montevideo explains that the firm currently has two cases against a drug and alcohol rehab facility that negligently treated and cared for their clients/patients in a manner that ended up causing the deaths of two men seeking help at their lowest and most vulnerable moment. “We represent the two families in two separate actions against the same drug and alcohol [treatment] companies for the wrongful death of our clients’ husband and father. The wrongful conduct we’ve found in these cases is unbelievable, and we are doing everything we can to bring justice to our clients,” he says. Incidentally, the ABC news program 20/20 will soon air a program focused on those cases and other deaths.
Suffice it to say, Gomez Trial Attorneys have never spared any expense when it comes to helping those who have been injured at the hands of others. With a full mock courtroom housed in their 20,000 square foot office in San Diego where the firm runs focus groups and mock trials, an in-house trial consultant, and an in-house graphics department, the team of trial attorneys truly goes to all lengths to ensure victory and justice for their clients.
This deep-seated drive to help others at virtually any cost also extends to fellow attorneys. Aside from having paid many millions of dollars in referral fees over the years, Gomez says that a full half of the firm’s caseload directly involves working with other attorneys or law firms. “We have a long and proven track record of co-venturing and co-counseling cases with referring lawyer and obtaining record-setting trial results. The lawyers we work with universally tell us they enjoy the experiences and their clients enjoy the value we add to their case even when we drop in as ‘last minute’ trial counsel,” says Gomez.

Staying True to Their Beliefs
Though Gomez is excited about having an official, fulltime presence in Orange County, he has no specific plans to open additional offices, until the time is right, as it was in Orange County. “I don’t know if we’re going to open more offices. We’re not growing just for the sake of growing. We are growing into practice areas and communities where we are excited and challenged, and needed. We do a lot of work in Orange County, and in the Inland Empire. The need or demand for our services will dictate if we open additional offices. Right now, this is just the next natural move,” Gomez says.
But rest assured, the firm certainly won’t stray from its core vision, principles and values, including its commitment to giving back to the local communities where they work each day. “I started my own firm because I wanted to make a community difference my way,” says Gomez. It’s no surprise therefore, that the firm is already aligning itself with local Orange County non-profit organizations and associations. “We will be working with the Public Law Center, One OC, and the Second Harvest Food Bank to start,” says Montevideo.
Continuing he says, “It’s an exciting time. We are honored to be able to bring a full team of real trial lawyers with a fulltime presence to Orange County. Together, we will try cases and win, and do our best to serve the Orange County community in any way we can.”

John Michael Montevideo Gomez Trial Attorneys
714-881-0319 Office
714-881-0320 Direct
Center Tower
650 Town Center Drive
Suite 870
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley is a Staff Writer for Attorney Journal

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