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

Are Losses Resulting from Phishing Incidents Covered by Crime Policies Insuring Against Computer Fraud?

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other...

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New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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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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Is your company covered by California's new privacy law?

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News

Hemp Legal Limbo Challenges Sonoma County's Delta Separations, Other Equipment Makers

Ryan Lowther provided commentary in a North Bay Business Journal article discussing banking and regulatory challenges facing the hemp industry. Read the full article, here .

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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News

Ashley Breakfield Appointed to CREW Network Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

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Event

WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

Tyler Gerking will be speaking at the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium session, "The Role of Cyber-Insurance." Details: How much should you buy, what does it cover and how does it fit with an overall...

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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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News

Dan Cohn Named to Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors

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