Wayne R. Gross


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wgross@ggtriallaw.com
Direct: (949) 383-2810
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Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa Street
30th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Main: (213) 334-7000

Orange County

650 Town Center Drive
Suite 1700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Main: (949) 383-2800


“Wayne Gross is one of the very best trial lawyers in the entire country.” 
– Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Wayne Gross has been selected to serve as lead trial counsel by companies and executives in their most important business litigation matters. Mr. Gross has been named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, and has been repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Two of his trial verdicts have been listed as among the Top Verdicts of the Year in California.  In a Top Verdict of 2018, Mr. Gross and his team obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of an AmLaw 200 law firm in a jury trial in which the plaintiffs sought approximately $500 million for alleged violations of civil RICO, fraud, and other torts [Top Defense Verdict 2018].  In a previous Top Verdict, Mr. Gross and his team obtained a jury verdict of more than $50 million, including $34 million in punitive damages, in a case involving real estate development ventures in Hollywood, California [Law360 – How They Won It].

Mr. Gross also devotes a part of his practice to internal investigations, corporate crisis management, and white collar defense.  As a supervisory federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and Orange County, Mr. Gross prosecuted cases of national significance, including the UCI Fertility case, the Katarina Witt stalker case, and one of the first criminal trademark infringement cases brought to trial in Southern California.  His primary area of emphasis was financial fraud and health care fraud, for which he was presented with awards by two U.S. Attorneys General and the Director of the FBI.

Mr. Gross has served as a law school adjunct professor on the topics of trial advocacy, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and evidence.  He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Gross served in 2013 as president of the Orange County Bar Association, the second largest bar association in the State of California.

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • Obtained defense jury verdict for defendant AmLaw 200 law firm in case seeking $500 million in damages for alleged violations of civil RICO, fraud, and other torts.
  • Obtained defense jury verdict for defendant global engineering firm, and $8 million judgment on counterclaim, including $2 million in punitive damages.
  • Obtained jury verdict of $50 million for real estate developer on counterclaim arising from repudiation of joint venture development project in Hollywood, California.
  • Obtained defense verdict for television station and CEO against a former CEO alleging fraud and breach of contract.
  • Obtained defense jury verdict for manufacturing company against former partner alleging fraud and breach of contract.
  • Obtained dismissal of wage and hour class action in preliminary phase of litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action in preliminary phase of litigation. 

Corporate Crisis and White Collar Defense

  • Defense of former president of public company charged by the Federal Trade Commission with violating the FTC Act.
  • Defense of principal of debt-settlement advertising company in investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Defense of former CEO of failed bank in a lawsuit alleging gross negligence, filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Defense of former CFO of a public company in a lawsuit alleging securities fraud filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Defense of Fortune 500 company in unfair business practices and false advertising matter.
  • Defense of former CEO of medical receivables financing company in parallel investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Criminal Prosecution at U.S. Attorney’s Office

  • Criminal trademark infringement trial against a defendant who manufactured and sold thousands of cans of counterfeit Similac infant formula to consumers throughout California.
  • Criminal fraud trial against a defendant doctor who, along with his partners, practiced medicine at UCI and engaged in various schemes, including billing fraud, tax evasion, and misappropriation of human eggs and embryos.
  • Criminal obscenity trial against a defendant who stalked an international figure skating star.
  • Criminal fraud trial against two defendants who operated an insurance brokerage firm that fraudulently created and sold more than $15 million in counterfeit construction surety bonds.
  • Criminal fraud trial against a defendant who engaged in a multimillion-dollar bank fraud scheme.
  • Criminal murder-for-hire trial against a CEO who was alleged to have plotted to murder his secretary’s fiancée to further his romantic interest in the secretary.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Listed, Top 100 Lawyers in California, Daily Journal
  • Listed, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, “Top Verdicts of 2018” for Top Defense Verdicts
  • Listed, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, “Top Verdicts of 2018” for Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict by Impact
  • Listed, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, “Top Ten California Verdicts for 2011”
  • Listed, U.S. News – The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed, Super Lawyers

Professional & Community Activities

  • President, OCBA Charitable Fund (2014)
  • President, Orange County Bar Association (2013)
  • Board of Directors, Goodwill of Orange County
  • Board of Directors (Former), Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors (Former), Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Board of Directors (Former), Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
  • Adjunct Law Professor, Loyola Law School and Chapman Law School

Publications & Lectures

  • One Year After the Yates Memorandum
    Dec/Jan 2017 | Today's General Counsel | Read Article
  • The C-Suite in the Crosshairs: Federal Prosecutors Are Primed to Target Corporate Executives
    October 19, 2015 | Orange County Business Journal | Read Article
  • Safeguarding the Attorney-Client Privilege for Legal and Business Advice
    August 18, 2014 | Orange County Business Journal | Read Article
  • The Privilege of Service Continues
    December 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Our Code of Honor
    November 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Elect to Participate
    October 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Ephemeral Moments
    September 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Why We Wear Ties
    August 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Lessons in Judicial Grace
    July 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • The Power of Saying Yes
    June 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Making Justice a Reality for All
    May 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Rationing Justice
    April 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • A Song of Justice
    March 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • I Know Where You Live
    February 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • This Is Your Canvas
    January 1, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article

In the News

  • Wayne R. Gross Recognized by The National Law Journal as 2019 Elite Boutique Trailblazer
    November 5, 2019 | News | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Named to 2020 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    November 1, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Recognized in Benchmark Litigation California 2020
    October 4, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Alan A. Greenberg and Wayne R. Gross make The National Law Journal’s 2019 list of Winning Litigators
    September 16, 2019 | National Law Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Partners Selected As The Best Lawyers in America 2020
    August 15, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Announces New Partner Deborah Mallgrave
    June 3, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Recognized for Two “Top Verdicts” of 2018
    February 22, 2019 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Again Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    November 1, 2018 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Wins Defense Verdict for AM Law 200 Law Firm Against Heirs of Dairy Empire
    September 28, 2018 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Founding Partners of Greenberg Gross Named in List of Top 100 Lawyers in California
    September 19, 2018 | News | Read Article
  • $17 Million Settlement Approved – Alleged Violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
    September 4, 2018 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Three Partners Selected As The Best Lawyers in America 2019
    August 20, 2018 | News | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Wins $2.8 Million Jury Verdict in Whistleblower Suit Against Montebello Unified School District
    July 24, 2018 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Ranked in Benchmark Litigation California 2018; Three Partners Ranked as Local Litigation Stars
    June 12, 2018 | News | Read Article
  • Daily Journal Names Greenberg Gross One of California’s Top Law Firms
    October 26, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Daily Journal: Greenberg Gross Hired to Represent Bill Cosby
    September 15, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • OC Register: Greenberg Gross Donation to Double Goodwill OC’s Career Center Services
    May 26, 2017 | The Orange County Register | Read Article
  • Daily Journal: Greenberg Gross Growth Continues With Addition of Top IP Litigator
    March 9, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Daily Journal: Greenberg Gross Beats Cravath Bonus Scale
    December 8, 2016 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Profiled in Daily Journal
    October 21, 2016 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Wins $8.5 Million Judgment for Global Engineering Firm
    May 19, 2016 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Featured in Coast Magazine’s Annual Top Attorneys List
    October 1, 2015 | Coast Magazine | Read Article
  • Three Greenberg Gross Partners Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
    August 18, 2015 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Wins Lawsuit for Global Engineering Firm
    June 22, 2015 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Featured in Attorney Journal Magazine
    December 5, 2014 | Attorney Journal | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Featured in OC Register Metro Top Attorneys List
    September 1, 2014 | OC Register Metro | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross Founders Selected Again For Inclusion in Best Lawyers
    August 18, 2014 | Press Release | Read Article
  • Greenberg Gross LLP Wins Jury Verdict for $2.3 Million in Fraud Suit Against Founder of Dialysis Centers
    July 2, 2014 | Press Release | Read Article
  • ABA Journal Features Firm’s Culture of Tradition and Excellence
    March 4, 2014 | Orange County Business Journal | Read Article
  • OCBJ – Gross Discusses Firm’s Culture of Success
    February 24, 2014 | Orange County Business Journal | Read Article
  • “Classy Office” Featured in OC Register Metro
    February 6, 2014 | OC Register Metro | View From The Top | Read Article
  • Wayne Gross Named Board Member of Goodwill of Orange County
    October 14, 2013 | News | Read Article
  • Founders of Greenberg Gross LLP Selected Again for Inclusion in Best Lawyers
    August 20, 2013 | Press Release | Read Article
  • OC Register Metro: A Day in the Life of “Formidable Trial Lawyer” Wayne Gross
    July 29, 2013 | OC Register Metro | Read Article
  • OC Business Journal: Greenberg Gross to Look Both Ways on Trial Work
    April 1, 2013 | Orange County Business Journal | Read Article
  • Wayne Gross Profiled In LA Daily Journal
    January 9, 2013 | LA Daily Journal | New OC bar president sets sights | Read Article
  • Wayne Gross Profiled in Orange County Lawyer Magazine
    January 2, 2013 | OC Lawyer Magazine | Read Article
  • Top Verdicts of 2011: CFRI-NCA Palladium Venture LLC v. NCA Argyle LP
    February 15, 2012 | Daily Journal | Read Article
  • How They Won It: Greenberg Traurig’s $50M Counterpunch
    November 17, 2011 | Law360 | Read Article
  • Developer wins big award
    October 21, 2011 | Los Angeles Daily Journal | Read Article

Broadcast Appearances

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Wayne Gross on PBS Studio SoCal
Wayne Gross appears on PBS show Studio SoCal to discuss the San Bernardino–area Ponzi scheme that caused hundreds of victims to lose their life savings.
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Wayne Gross at Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Wayne Gross addresses the Orange County Board of Supervisors on behalf of ACI Jet regarding John Wayne Airport.
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Wayne Gross at General Counsel Awards 2016
Wayne Gross recognizes the significant achievements of in-house lawyers at the Orange County Business Journal’s 2016 General Counsel Awards.
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Wayne Gross Argues Before Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals
Wayne Gross argues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in whistle-blowing matter.
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Wayne Gross on Inside OC With Rick Reiff – Compilation
Compilation of appearances by Wayne Gross on Inside OC’s “Consider This."
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OC Metro Hot 25 Interview with Wayne Gross
Wayne Gross discusses his transition from federal prosecutor to private practice at OC Metro Hot 25 event.
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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1988

  • Order of the Coif
  • Note Editor, Hastings Law Journal

B.S., cum laude, University of San Francisco, 1985

Admissions

  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

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