Donald P. Gagliardi is a senior counsel at the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Don’s practice focuses on litigation in state and federal courts. He has been in practice for over twenty-five years and has a wide range of experience in several practice areas, including commercial disputes, products liability, premise liability and transportation liability. He has handled numerous trials and arbitrations.
Don has won numerous jury verdicts, upheld on appeal, such as: defending a construction defect trial involving a security system installed at Oakland Airport and obtained the award of attorneys’ fees. In addition, Don succeeded in winning a jury verdict on a real estate investment dispute in Sacramento Superior Court. Don also won dismissal, upheld on appeal, of a fraud suit in favor of a franchisor in Los Angeles Superior Court and won dismissal of a copyright infringement suit in Federal District Court in Spokane, Washington. He has arbitrated several business disputes with JAMS and AAA and settled a sizable product defect suit on behalf of a computer chip assembly firm. Don also successfully represented a technology executive in avoiding SEC prosecution for alleged stock option backdating.
Before joining the firm, Don was a shareholder at Robinson & Wood, Inc., and a partner at Bergeson, LLP, as well as counsel to Sellar Hazard & Lucia, and an associate at Steefel Levitt & Weiss. Don has served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge John T. Elfvin and for U.S. Magistrate Edward A. Infante.
Don graduated with a B.A from Washington University and obtained his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Don is active in his community. He’s a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and a former board member of the San Jose Downtown Association and History San Jose. He has received “Good Neighbor” and “Outstanding Achievement in Neighborhood Leadership” awards from the City of San Jose. Don is an avid soccer fan. He was named the San Jose Earthquakes MLSWorks “Community MVP.”
J.D. – Stanford University
B.A. – Washington University
Don is a member of the California State Bar and admitted to practice in the Federal District Court in California.