Founding, senior and managing principal; admitted to New York (since 1967-) and California (since 1970-) Bars; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits; California and U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Supreme Court; Harvard University (LL.B., 1966); Brandeis University (A.B., 1963.)
I filed my first case on behalf of an asbestos victim in 1974, and since then have represented thousands of injured workers and their family members in court cases.
My first job out of law school was for the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, where we provided legal services to people who could not otherwise afford them. Then, with two friends, I opened a law office in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, mainly serving Latino clients.
In 1981 I was asked to help try an asbestos case in Long Beach, and I moved down to Los Angeles to represent a number of injured shipyard workers. However, I missed the Bay Area and moved back to join Steven Kazan's practice. I have tried a number of asbestos cases and in 1989 I obtained what was then the highest verdict in California for a single plaintiff in an asbestos case. (My record, however, lasted only a few years, as my partners subsequently broke it.)
I grew up in California's Central Valley in a migrant farm worker family and spent 26 years with César Chavez' United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO. I was an organizer in California, New York, Ohio and Florida, and then, from 1977 through 1992, I was an attorney. For the last six years I was the UFW's Chief Counsel. In 16 years representing Chavez and the UFW, I tried labor cases and handled hundreds of appeals, including more than 20 before the California Supreme Court.
Gordon Greenwood has made a career of representing real people. In 1998, Gordon began working as an Associate at Kazan, McClain. For more than a decade, he has represented hundreds of persons who either worked with or around asbestos containing products, or whose families worked with these toxins. Also, he has prosecuted claims on behalf of victims of construction accidents and victims of medical malpractice. He has represented clients located throughout the United States, and who worked in various industries, including commercial construction, residential construction, auto maintenance and repair, military service, oil refineries and power plants.
For many years as an attorney, I represented the interests of both large corporations and real people. I have decided that I prefer helping real people, and am therefore devoting my career to fighting for the rights of those harmed by corporate greed and indifference.
My practice for the last several years has focused on prosecuting and defending appeals and motions on behalf of the victims of asbestos-caused personal injury. It has been my great fortune to have been involved in some of the most important recent battles raging in our appellate courts concerning asbestos victims' rights. I will continue to do everything within my power to insure that those responsible for the asbestos scourge are held fully accountable.
I became a lawyer in order to help defend many forms of resistance during the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney with a number of public defender offices, I taught juvenile law and supervised a criminal law clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Having been an active union member throughout my work life, I switched my emphasis in the mid-70's to defending the rights of workers. I consulted with and later worked for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, training administrative law judges, attorneys and investigators.
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Created On: 10/10/2011
Mesothelioma is a malignant form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.
Created On: 10/10/2011
Asbestos has been a known link to a number of health problems for decades, one of the most serious being a form of cancer called malignant mesothelioma.
Created On: 10/10/2011
Asbestos has been linked to serious health problems such as asbestosis for decades, even as the asbestos material has been utilized in dozens of industries and occupations over that time.
Created On: 08/29/2011
If you become involved in an asbestos/mesothelioma injury case, you and your attorney(s) will need to go through the process of discovery to gather evidence and investigate the details of your injury to build a strong case.