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

Publication

Reimbursement of Employment-Related Expenses Is Not a “Wage and Hour” Claim Within the Meaning of EPLI Exclusion

A recent California appellate court decision found that a wage and hour exclusion in an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) policy did not bar coverage for claims under California Labor Code sections 2800 and...

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Securing Against Trade Secret Pitfalls and Dangers Arising From Employee Mobility Situations

Published on ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP Picture this: Your company is in a highly competitive industry with several leading players heavily supported...

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Event

PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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San Francisco Now Requires 100% Renewable Energy for Commercial Buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance this week requiring owners of all nonresidential buildings in San Francisco of at least 50,000 square feet to provide all on-site electricity demands from 100...

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What Employers Should Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act Taking Effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a consumer-friendly privacy law inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, is set to take effect. The CCPA is aimed towards bolstering...

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News

Jeff Fisher Named Among California’s 2019 Top Trade Secrets Lawyers by the Daily Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jeffrey M. Fisher was named among the “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . Fisher has...

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News

Douglas Young Installed as President of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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Farella Braun + Martel Deepens Environmental Practice With Partner Donald Sobelman

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Event

Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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