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Gilbert Lynn Purcell

Gilbert Lynn Purcell


Personal Injury and Civil Trial Lawyer
Brayton & Purcell
Novato, CA
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Attorney Biography

Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, Gil Purcell relocated to California in 1971 when Chevron closed its Midwest offices and his family moved to San Francisco. He attended Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California where he was Valedictorian of his 1976 class. In 1979 Mr. Purcell attended Pembroke College at Cambridge University, studying International Economics and Courts before returning to UCLA to complete his B.A. in Economics. He studied law at Pepperdine University Law School, clerking for prominent plaintiff firms in Los Angeles and was a founding member of a mid–sized plaintiffs firm with trial lawyers Federico Sayre (former founding partner with legendary trial lawyer Melvin Belli) and Raymond Boucher. He tried his first asbestos case in 1986 before California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George. After achieving a sizeable verdict, and one of the first verdicts against the John Crane Packing Company, he was asked to return to the Bay Area and try asbestos cases for Steve Kazan, founding and senior partner of Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood and Harley, PLC in Oakland.

It was through this trial work that he met current partner, Alan Brayton. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Mr. Purcell tried to verdict the first successful asbestos property damage action in California against W.R. Grace & Co., manufacturer of asbestos–containing spray–applied fireproofing, obtaining the first of several multimillion-dollar verdicts. In that case, Mr. Purcell represented the owners of a 32–story condominium building in downtown Los Angeles and had many current and former Superior Court Judges and prominent attorneys as clients.

Widely regarded as the premiere asbestos trial lawyer - Mr. Purcell has tried, and been more successful in obtaining verdicts for victims of asbestos disease, than any other attorney. His trials span the western United States (Washington, Oregon and Utah) and throughout California (Alameda, Los Angeles, Solano, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Contra Costa counties). In addition to numerous mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis trials, Mr. Purcell tried the very first asbestos-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in Washington and Oregon, as well as asbestos-related colorectal cancer case in California.

He has argued multiple successful appeals before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the Utah Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in Federal Courts involving complex asbestos, shipyard, railroad–related FELA/BIA/Preemption and personal injury issues. For an example of his trial work, see his record of trial verdicts.

Mr. Purcell has testified before the California Legislature on behalf of the Los Angeles Community College District addressing the injustice of limitations running against public entities barring pursuit of remedial asbestos cost recovery litigation.


Practice Areas

 
Personal Injury (50%)
 
Civil Trial Law (50%)

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Résumé - Gilbert Lynn Purcell

Bar Licenses

California State Bar
California
Member in Good Standing
1984

District of Columbia State Bar
District of Columbia
Member in Good Standing
1985

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Work Experience

Brayton Purcell LLP
Senior Trial Partner
1983Present

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law

Specialty Certifications

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Trial Advocacy
National Board of Trial Advocacy

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Pretrial Practice
National Board of Trial Advocacy

Associations

American Association for Justice
Member
American Association for Justice

American Association for Justice
Leaders Forum Benefactor
American Association for Justice

American Board of Trial Advocates
Member
American Board of Trial Advocates

Consumer Attorneys of California
Board of Directors
Consumer Attorneys of California

President's Club Sustaining Member
Consumer Attorneys of California

Member
The National Trial Lawyers

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Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Community Leadership
Lawyer Legion
2021

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2021
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Case Results - Gilbert Lynn Purcell

2,500,000
Trial Type – 83-year old retired career Insulator, Shop Planner and Contract Price Analyst – Malignant Pleural
Jun 2021
Mesothelioma – Products Liability and Negligence/Loss of Consortium – Wilson Monomask 200 respiratory protection design defect – Naval Air Station Alameda, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard San Franc...

750,000
Trial type – Disputed Asbestosis/Medical Monitoring/Non-Smoker
Mar 2021
72-Year old retired San Francisco Bay Area Plumber/Marine Engineer at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco General Hospital, Stanford University, St. Ignatius High School, Children’s Hospital...

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Gilbert Lynn Purcell
Brayton & Purcell
222 Rush Landing Rd
Novato, CA 94945
www.braytonlaw.com
Office: 415-898-1555
Fax: 415-898-1247

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