2017 MLK Luncheon Speaker – Arturo Gonzales Bio

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morrison & Foerster, LLP



Arturo González is Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group and past cochair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department. He is a Fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and an associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates who specializes in highstakes, bet-the-company litigation and trials. Judges have praised his trial skills, with one writing that his “trial advocacy skills were superior” and another describing his trial skills as “phenomenal.” Mr. González has successfully defended three trials where the plaintiffs in each case sought more than $1 billion in damages, including a trade secrets case on behalf of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. In another, he represented a national bank in a class action trial. The bank prevailed on all claims but one and the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the bank on that claim. His third billion-dollar victory was representing a former member of the Oakland- Alameda County Coliseum board of directors sued for fraud by the Oakland Raiders. The jury returned a defense verdict for the director. Mr. González has also won four verdicts in excess of $10 million. In 2010, he won a $13.8 million verdict in a trade secrets case. He also won a $39.3 million verdict in April 2009 in a trial involving medical robotics, where the jury found that the defendant willfully misappropriated trade secrets and breached two contracts. In 2012, he obtained a $63 million verdict in a wrongful death trial, and in 2004, he obtained a $12.5 million verdict in a civil rights trial. Mr. González was honored in The National Law Journal’s 2009 “Winning” Special Report, which recognizes 10 of the country’s top trial lawyers. From 2010 – 2016, he was selected as one of the country’s top 30 trial lawyers by Legal 500 US, and Chambers USA has recommended Mr. González as a commercial litigator from 2010 – 2016. From 2006 – 2012, he was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 leading lawyers, and he has been recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America from 2008 – 2017. In 2008, Mr. González was listed among the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal. In 2003, The American Lawyer named him one of the nation’s top 45 lawyers under the age of 45, and in 1995, he was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40. Mr. González served as the 2010 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.