Ray & Gourde, LLP

Mr. Gourde is a partner with a premier Orange County business and real estate firm that goes by the motto "Making the Law Work for You." The firm is very highly rated and Mr. Gourde provides excellent legal counselling at a cost effective rate.

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Firm Overview

The firm was established in February 2008 by Mr. Gourde, who has 22 years of experience and developed significant expertise as a litigator in business law at two large, well-established firms. Mr. Gourde has handled a large number of complicated cases and legal transactions and has acted as general counsel to several business and professional clients. He has dedicated himself to professionally and efficiently representing his business and personal clients and to providing the highest level of service. He handles legal matters involving businesses, real estate companies, building contractors, homeowners, investors, professionals and individual clients with legal needs.

Example cases

Makoff v. Worth, Case No. 03CC0569. (2003)
Plaintiff claimed significant loss of earnings and breach of contract damages but dismissed her case after Mr. Gourde took her deposition.

Whitener v. Whittaker, Case No. 786752. (2000)
Mr. Gourde obtained a defense award at binding arbitration against a plaintiff claiming deafness and significant injuries. Plaintiff's significant injury claim was undermined by Mr. Gourde's arbitration presentation.

Sedeghat v. Molayem. Case No. BC 211246. (2002)
After lengthy litigation, Mr. Gourde obtained a dismissal from the Court after plaintiff's numerous trial witnesses failed to support his case or retreated on cross-examination. The case was appealed by the plaintiff but the rulings in favor of Mr. Gourde's client were upheld on appeal.

Davis v. Assaf, Case No. KC 037963. (2004)
Mr. Gourde obtained a defense verdict for his client at trial on dental malpractice, battery and Unfair Business Practice Act claims.

Gleason v. Bedwan et al., Case No. 07CC06007. (2008)
In this case, Mr. Gourde represented buyers of a cigar shop in Orange County who were denied the purchase when the seller backed-out at the last minute. The buyers sued for breach of contract, fraud and other claims, and obtained a substantial verdict against the sellers for both their breach of contract damages, lost profits and for punitive damages

Beighle v. Adams , Case No. 06CC09618. (2006)
In this case, Mr. Gourde represented Plaintiff in an action against Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed cosmetic surgery on the mother of musician Kanye West just before her death. Mr. Gourde obtained a judgment of over $300,000.00 against Dr. Adams for mistreatment of his client.

Shoji v. Long Point and associated cases, Case No. YC059238. (2010)
Mr. Gourde represented several wealthy Japanese investors in cases against Long Point, LLC, the developer of the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California. The investors sued when the project completion was delayed and Defendants would not return the deposits. The cases involved complex litigation and intense negotiations through which Mr. Gourde was able to obtain a settlements for his clients worth millions of dollars in credits for the purchase of resort units.

SEC v. Rasch/Novinger, Civil Action No. 1 :09-CV-01190-JEC. (2009)
Mr. Gourde represented an attorney of a firm that provided 144 Opinion letters to stock transfer agents, but was alleged to have relied on inadequate information when issuing the letters. The case received a lot of media attention. Mr. Gourde was able to negotiate a favorable result for his client with the SEC and no loss of her license.

Carpenter v. Greenberg et al., Case No. 30-2010-00348397. (2010)
In this case, Mr. Gourde represented a client who had agreed to transfer shares in her Company and sell a patented cleaning formula to two Defendants. However, Defendants breached the purchase agreement and the client sued the Defendants for breach of contract and fraud, among other claims. Mr. Gourde was able to obtain a substantial judgment against the Defendants for breach of contract and fraud.

Ferro v. Hernandez et al., Case No. CIVRS808455. (2011)
In this case, Mr. Gourde defended a prominent Florida criminal defense attorney and his firm who was retained in California by a criminal Defendant who was subject of the largest seizure a of private weapons cache and collection in US history. After months of intense litigation, which involved numerous motions, Court hearings and Court ordered sanctions against the opposing attorney, Mr. Gourde was able to obtain the complete dismissal his clients.

Wein v. Wedbush Morgan Securities, FINRA No. 10-02023. (2011)
Mr. Gourde represented an elderly account holder for the Defendant in this case. After his client suffered significant losses through improper trades, unauthorized transactions and non-suitable investments, Mr. Gourde arbitrated the claim for his client through FINRA and obtained a substantial award for his client's damages due to Defendant's improper handling of her investment account.

Main Office

Orange County Office
111 Pacifica
Suite 120
Irvine  CA  92618

Phone
  • (949) 825-6525
Fax
  • (949) 825-6544

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I will often provide free consultations, depending on circumstances.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Trust and Estate Matters $1,200 - $2,500
Incorporating Services $1,750 - $2,500

Hourly Rates

$325

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After hours by appointment.

Office Manager

Kari Rader

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

French

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose my specialties because I enjoyed those areas of law and had a lot of clients who asked me to assist them in those areas.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that it is wise to do so and I advise my clients to educate themselves about legal issues because it helps them not only understand aspects of their case but it helps them understand the advice of their lawyer.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am very willing to review documents prepared by clients because oftentimes it helps me deal with their legal needs and avoid legal problems.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I'm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves because often formal representation is not necessary, particularly when it comes to small matters.

Thomas L. Gourde

In 1990, before passing the Bar exam on the first attempt, I accepted a position with a large Los Angeles firm and relocated to Los Angeles. Thereafter, I gained significant expertise as a litigator and in business law at two large, well-established firms.

It is the everyday interaction with clients who have a variety of legal needs and the constant interaction with other attorneys, the courts and legal issues that make me a better lawyer.

I have strong interpersonal relationships and I remain calm in any type of situation. I am always involved with my clients' concerns and interests.

Easy-going, calm, personable, disarming.

Personal interests:

My family and the outdoors--I am a soccer coach, and I like bicycle riding and hiking.

License
  • Bar Number: 150483
    California , 1990
Education
  • University of Utah
    J.D. , 1990
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Moot Court - National Moot Court Team
    I served as an editor of one of the University of Utah's journals and was selected to serve on the Journal's Board during my third year of school.
  • University of Utah
    B.A. , 1987
    Salt Lake City, UT
    History
    French Minor

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