Brian H. Gunn


Northern California Office
2175 N. California Blvd., Suite 645, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-3579
T: (925) 708-7000  |  F: (925) 280-0005

Central Valley - Sacramento Office
980 9th Street, Suite 2350, Sacramento, CA 95814-2716
T: (916) 912-4700  |  F: (916) 329-8905



  • Business Litigation and Counseling
  • Construction and Surety
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Professional Liability
  • Retail, Restaurants and Hospitality
  • Trucking & Transportation
  • W&W Trial Team


  • University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., Philosophy, 1994 - Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Intern for the Oregon State Legislature
  • Tutored first-year law students in Contracts


Practice Areas
Brian's practice areas focus on high-exposure professional liability and general casualty defense, including catastrophic injury and construction disputes, employment disputes, lender and servicer liability defense, errors and omissions claims, and business litigation.

Admitted to Practice
California State Bar
All California Federal Courts

Professional Activities
Member of the Contra Costa Bar. Named "Top East Bay Attorney" by the East Bay Business Times, 2006.

Hobbies and Interests
Travelling abroad, volleyball, skiing, competitive distance running.


  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of small start-up company accused of causing in excess of $1 million in damages by stealing trade secrets and a customer list from Plaintiff.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement of a premise-liability claim that arose when Defendant’s deck collapsed and caused Plaintiff to fall and sustain damages allegedly in excess of $1 million.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a pool manufacturer against the claim that its negligent design of one of its pools led to Plaintiff’s catastrophic neck and brain injuries.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the owner and manager of a residential hotel against a class-action habitability lawsuit potentially worth in excess of $1 million.

  • Second-chaired the successful defense of a $7 million toxic exposure claim. Conducted all examination of Plaintiffs’ experts and Defendant’s damages experts in a technical, three and one half week trial.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of loan servicer against $1 million loan origination fraud and elder abuse claim. The Defendant servicer purportedly failed to catch “red flags” in the loan file when it took over the servicing of Plaintiff’s loan from another company.

Reported Appellate Opinions

  • Helm v. Lincoln Air Conditioning Corp., California Court of Appeal, Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.3d, 2010 WL 828348, Cal.App. 1 Dist., March 10, 2010