The Gomez Firm Packs a Punch in the Courtroom, Offers an Open Hand to the Community
Since the turn of the millennium, “The Gomez Law Firm has been dedicated exclusively to representing people that have suffered harm. People who have suffered some kind of injury, some kind of loss to themselves or a family member,” says founder and nationally renowned consumer trial attorney, John Gomez. However, the desire to help people to obtain justice during some of the most difficult times of their lives has been the driving force behind everything Gomez has done both in and out of the courtroom for as long as he can remember.
A magna cum laude degree from the University of San Diego provided the necessary bedrock from which Gomez would begin building a law career, granting him acceptance to Yale Law School. By the time he graduated in 1993, John was determined that his life’s work would focus on achieving “extraordinary results, for ordinary people,” a priority that remains to this day the cornerstone of his award-winning practice, and innumerable personal achievements.
“The idea that I could actually make a difference in the lives of people during their most challenging times by obtaining justice for them spurred me to become an attorney,” says Gomez. With that conviction driving him, Gomez spent the remainder of the 1990’s working tirelessly to do just that. After a year of clerking for a Federal Judge, he honed his legal chops as an attorney for Latham & Watkins, representing Fortune 500 clients in complex litigation matters before being offered a position as a Federal Prosecutor in 1997.
As a prosecutor, John’s skills in the courtroom continued to garner him attention. He was in his element in front of a jury, and his passion for providing justice was evidenced not only by his performance in trial, but in the results he earned as well. In 20 consecutive felony jury trials he tried, including several lengthy and high-profile criminal prosecutions, Gomez won.
While the recognition that Gomez was now receiving for his professional achievements was flattering, it didn’t compare to the sense of accomplishment he felt every time he was able to help a victim. Recognizing that his talents in the courtroom-and particularly in his areas of specialization-could be used to help even more victims of harm or injury, as a private practice, he opened the Gomez Firm in 2000.
KO’s in the Courtroom
With the launch of the Gomez Firm, John had narrowed his focus of legal expertise to assisting plaintiffs in civil cases. From serious personal injury, to wrongful death, elder abuse to products liability, Gomez became the voice for those who through no fault of their own suffered incredible harm or loss.
In fact, years later, Gomez recalls with the precision a case early in his career that is still a preeminent shining achievement, in a long career laden with accolades. “I represented an 8-year-old girl who suffered triplegia from a terrible accident. Her parents had a small home that wasn’t wheelchair friendly or suitable to her needs. We resolved her case with sufficient money to purchase a home and work with the developer to make her home wheelchair accessible and suitable for her needs. This was one of my proudest moments,” he recalls.
There have been countless other victories of this type for the Gomez Firm. With each successful outcome for a victim, the Gomez brand expanded rapidly, tackling cases that made national headlines, including the wrongful death lawsuit against Kristin Rossum and San Diego County in the “American Beauty Murder.” This headline-grabbing case eventually resulted in the largest wrongful death verdict in California history at a staggering $106 Million. It was also Gomez who fought for the family of off-duty CHP Officer Mark Saylor, who was killed along with his wife, daughter, and brother when the Lexus car they were driving accelerated on its own accord. In addition to the settlement, Gomez fought for and won for the family’s survivors, the trial also played a role in the 2010 nationwide recall of millions of Toyotas.
It’s not surprising, considering the visibility that the Gomez Firm has attracted, that even greater personal attention would be granted to the firm’s namesake. With more than 50 recoveries for plaintiffs in excess of $1Million, and more than $250 Million in verdicts and settlements to date, John has found himself in the spotlight more than once.
As such, he has been a seven-time recipient of the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He’s also been named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in both 2006 and 2010. Incidentally, Robert Hamparyan, Gome’s colleague in the firm, also received the award in 2008, making the Gomez Firm the home of the Trial Lawyer of the Year 3 times in 5 years.
Compassion in the Community
The compassion that John and his colleagues at the Gomez Firm (7 trial attorneys, 5 paralegals, clerks and assorted office staff) feel for their clients is matched only by their compassion to help ordinary people outside of the courtrooms. According to John, “We love what we do. It makes a difference. It’s our responsibility not only to make a difference through the legal system, but also as community leaders.”
To that end, the Gomez Firm contributes their time and talent and regularly opens their pocketbooks to numerous charitable, not-for-profit organizations and community associations. Some of the many local and national organizations that the Gomez Firm assists or partners with include MADD San Diego; La Cuna/The Chicano Federation; The Muscular Dystrophy Association; The March Of Dimes; The Special Olympics, The National Latino Police Officer’s Association; and the California Youth Athletic Center, amongst a great many others.
But the Gomez Firm also lends its own brand name to help raise additional awareness for vital issues in the world via innovative social media marketing. An integration of web, cause-marketing and co-branding, which is tied to causes close to the hearts of the Gomez Firm (dangers of drinking and driving, autism awareness, and the support of challenged athletes), has been enormously successful as both a branding strategy and a means to increase visibility of local and national public health issues.
Extraordinary Results for Ordinary People: The 1-2 Punch
In keeping with the Gomez Firm’s motto of “Extraordinary Results For Ordinary People,” John’s team is committed to going to any lengths to help those who need it. This is evidenced by the fact that “there are no fees unless, and until we win our cases,” he explains. “Our clients become our friends.”
And like all successful businesses in today’s world, that means that the Gomez Firm keeps in touch with its friends via popular social media and networking sites including Facebook and Linked In. These sites allow for John and his team to keep in regular contact with past clients. This coupled with targeted SEO strategies, online videos, co-branding with like-minded socially conscious companies and organizations, have all played a role in continuing to keep the firm busy with referrals. Certainly the firm’s standing as a company dedicated to maximizing goodwill in the community doesn’t hurt their word of mouth referral business either.
Yet there is always room for growth, and John plans to grow the firm over the next five years through the acquisition of more high-value cases of the kind they’ve successfully won for their clients. This will undoubtedly require bringing additional attorneys to the Gomez Firm he acknowledges. However, he is cautious to explain that “sustained and greater community involvement, and maintaining the level of commitment and dedication that we exemplify,” will remain the top priority of the Gomez Firm.
Although this extraordinarily comprehensive approach to helping ordinary people is demanding, John remains steadfast in his commitment to go the distance for those who need advocacy the most. Because to hear him tell it, he’s simply an ordinary person too, crediting his wife Lisa for being the person in his life whom without, none of his professional success would have been possible. To further prove John, a former collegiate football star, is just an ordinary guy, he humbly admits that his greatest pleasure is spending time with his 4-year-old son, 2-year-old twins, and even the family dog, Emma. Oh, and he gets really pumped up for Jiu Jitsu practice by listening to music by none other than Eminem.
®Yale Law School
®7-time recipient of the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award from the Consumer
Attorneys of San Diego
®2010 and 2006 Consumer Attorney of San Diego “Trial Lawyer of the Year”
®Lawyer USA’s 2010 National Lawyer of the Year
®2011 and 2010 San Diego Metro Mover as per San Diego Metropolitan
®Top 25 Attorneys in San Diego as per San Diego Metropolitan Magazine
®Awarded of Top San Diego Attorney by San Diego Daily Transcript, including
Personal injury and property damage multiple years
®Recognized as Tier 1 Best Lawyer, personal injury and product liability
®Recognized as Super Lawyer, personal injury and product liability
®One of San Diego Magazine’s Top 50 to Watch in 2010
®Selected for premier Trial Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
The Gomez Law Firm
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About the Author: Jennifer Hadley is a Staff Writer for Attorney Journal