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Jeffrey R. Gillette

JEFFREY R. GILLETTE

Of Counsel — Costa Mesa

EXPERIENCE

Over thirty years of practice, Jeff has gained extensive experience on all sides of insurance claims and litigation.  He has acted as plaintiff’s and defense counsel, and is a former Senior Claim Attorney for a major insurer.

Jeff’s practice includes litigation, class action defense and appellate matters for corporate clients and business owners.  He has experience with a variety of issues including insurance defense, personal injury, product liability and construction defect, and Consumers Rights litigation involving California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.  He has participated in more than 500 first-chair mediations and settlement conferences.

As a Senior Claim Attorney for a major insurer he handled hundreds of construction defect claims in California and Nevada, primarily for a plasterer, plumber and sheet metal/HVAC subcontractor. 

Prior to joining Ropers, Jeff handled numerous high-stakes cases.  Representative matters include:

  • Represented a defendant roofer in over 100 construction defect cases.
  • Represented major grocery chain as a defendant in over 50 slip and fall cases.
  • Represented an international retail business client in a proposed California class action in which Plaintiffs sought recovery under the Song Beverly Credit Card Act if 1971, the Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.   The litigation lasted 14 years with multiple appellate filings and one published opinion.   A favorable settlement was achieved for the client at 2 cents on the dollar of the original demand.
  • Represented two defendant mortuaries in a cremation class action with both clients achieving a favorable settlement.  The litigation was lengthy with depositions conducted across the country.
  • Represented two named plaintiffs in a class action against a high profile employer for alleged Labor Code violations.  The named plaintiffs and class achieved a successful settlement.
  • Represented a named plaintiff in a class action against a high profile retail seller of services and products.  The named plaintiffs and class achieved a successful settlement.
  • Won a Petition for Review to the California Supreme Court in Gattuso v. Harte-Hanks Shoppers (2007) 42 Cal.4th 554, where the High Court issued a reversal in favor of the client.