Biography

Chris Gribble represents businesses, municipalities, and individuals in a wide range of commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction litigation, real estate, partnership disputes, and contract actions.  He has been to trial a handful of times, and has resolved far more disputes in mediation and arbitration.

As part of his construction practice, Chris primarily represents owners and design-builders in contract disputes and delay cases for high-end private contract construction. While the majority of Chris’s construction matters involve private works projects, he also has advised clients on dispute resolution under the Public Contract Code. He has also represented parties in a variety of real estate-related matters, including commercial and residential sales disputes, unlawful detainer actions, partnership and joint venture disagreements, and easement and boundary claims.

In his broader commercial litigation practice, Chris has resolved partnership and joint venture disputes and defended against the dissolution of a closely-held corporation and litigated the related appointment of a provisional director. Leveraging his scientific background, he has litigated patent disputes for biotech and high-tech companies, and has handled several complex environmental matters involving CERCLA claims for contaminated groundwater sites. In one of these matters, Chris recently defended a nearly $50m CERCLA claim on summary judgment.

Chris has a deep understanding of his clients’ business models and objectives, and views litigation as a means to further them. When it comes to the actual day-to-day push and shove of litigation, Chris leverages his past experience working in public defenders’ offices, a role that required being in court constantly, and advocating in the face of bad facts and law. There is no better training for litigation. Chris finds where to gain leverage, and how he can maximize it to his client’s advantage.

Distinctions

  • Rising Star - Construction, Legal 500 United States 2019

Firm Highlights

News

Gov't Drops IP Theft Charges Against Ex-Jawbone Workers

Law360 reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in San Jose moved to dismiss all trade-secret-theft charges against the remaining four defendants in what was originally a six-defendant case...

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Sushila Chanana Named to 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Sushila Chanana has been named a member of the 2020 class of Fellows participating in a landmark program created by...

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Publication

Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office.

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Event

Risk Management Summit for Agriculture and Cannabis

Rebecca Stephens will be presenting the topic "A Closer Look at Ag/Cannabis Employment Issues Surfacing in 2020" at Newfront Insurance's Risk Management Summit for Agriculture & Cannabis. Join us for a free, all-day event...

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Publication

Strategy Lessons From Wells Fargo Fintech Patent Litigation

United States Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company that provides insurance, banking, investment, and retirement products and services for members of the military and their families. On June 7, 2018, USAA filed...

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Publication

Another Federal Circuit Finds Phishing Loss Covered Under Crime Policy

Companies of all sizes have fallen victim to attacks whereby fraudsters will use deceptive communications, such as spoofed emails, to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudsters’ control. While these increasingly prevalent...

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Event

ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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News

North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

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Event

2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will be speaking at the 2020 ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law session, "Marijuana in the Workplace." Details: According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of...

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Publication

Time to Check Your Cyber Insurance

Now that the CCPA is in effect, some companies will need to revise their policies. The cyber insurance markets are beginning to adapt to the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which went into...

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