1010 B Street, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Williams & Gumbiner LLP is a new firm that brings over 100 years of legal experience to the fields it specializes in. Formed by attorneys from several well-established law firms, the firm is now located in Marin County just over the Golden Gate Bridge and minutes from San Francisco.

Built on the intensive attention to the details the claims and cases we accept, all of our clients receive top quality, ethical and cost-effective representation. There is no wasted time. We keep in constant touch with clients and return calls same or next day.

Whether the representation is short-lived, we strive for efficiency. Generally, with an initial document review and consultation, we can answer all clients’ questions, provide a detailed legal analysis of the issues, and suggest strategic alternatives. We are experienced, result-oriented lawyers who never lose sight of our client’s specific objective(s) or the need to find solutions tailored to each client’s budget.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Disputes with Insurance Companies 
  • Flood & Landslide Damage 
  • Transportation Freight & Storage
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Eminent Domain (condemnation) & Inverse Condemnation
  • Building Code Compliance
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mediation Services

Call Law Office of Williams & Gumbiner LLP today at 415-755-1880 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Scott Williams

Scott Williams graduated from McGeorge School of Law in May 1977, passed the July 1977 bar exam and commenced practice with a civil litigation firm in Marin County, California in January 1978.

Mr. Williams’ practice is limited to civil litigation, with a primary emphasis on litigation pertaining to real property, including defective construction, inverse condemnation, landslide and subsidence, real estate disclosure and insurance coverage. His experience in handling construction defect litigation and flood and landslide litigation is described on the corresponding pages.

Mr. Williams is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He has served as an arbitrator, mediator and Judge Pro Tempore for the Marin County Superior Court.

Mr. Williams has substantial appellate experience in his practice areas, including the following published decisions:

  • Marin v. City of San Rafael (1980) 111 CA3d 591 (inverse condemnation)
  • Aetna Casualty v. Superior Court (1984) 153 CA3d 467 (insurance bad faith) 
  • Fara Estates Homeowners Association v. Fara Estates, Ltd. (9th Cir 1998) 134 F3d 377 (leading case on naming new defendants by “Doe” amendment)
  • Erlich v. Menezes (1999) 21 C4th 543 (emotional distress recovery in construction suit [oral argument as Amicus Curiae])
  • Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 C4th 627 (economic loss rule [Amicus Curiae])
  • Jackson Plaza Homeowners Association v. W. Wong Construction (2002) 98 CA4th 1088 (equitable tolling of CCP §337.15 [initially published, then decertified by California Supreme Court])
  • Pine Terrace Apartments v. Windscape (2009) 170 CA4th 1 (willful misconduct exception to CCP §337.15)
  • Sacramento Suncreek Apartments, LLC, v. Cambridge Advantaged Properties (2010) 187 CA4th 1 (personal jurisdiction over out-of-state limited partners)

Attorney Joel Gumbiner

Joel P. Gumbiner was admitted to the California Bar in 1983 after receiving his J.D., with honors, from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. There he received the American Jurisprudence Award, the Law Review Comment of the Year Award, was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society, and served as Articles Editor for the USF Law Review.

For more than thirty years, Mr. Gumbiner has litigated cases involving insurance coverage and “Bad Faith”. Mr. Gumbiner has extensive trial and appellate experience and has written and lectured on insurance-related issues all over the country. Mr. Gumbiner has represented commercial and individual policyholders in every type of insurance dispute, from claims advice and coverage opinions, through trial and appeals, and including arbitrations, Appraisal hearings and mediations. He has obtained more than a dozen multi-million dollar results for clients and has litigated several major California insurance cases including the landmark California Supreme Court case ofGarvey v. State Farm.

Mr. Gumbiner has also represented insured clients in disputes outside of litigation including “examinations under oath,” insurance “Appraisal” hearings, and direct claims negotiations/settlements with all major commercial and personal lines insurance companies. Mr. Gumbiner has also litigated and tried cases involving landslides, floods, construction defect and employment discrimination in state and federal courts in California and Nevada.

Mr. Gumbiner has served as an expert witness on insurance coverage and claims handling in litigation, and has been named as a Party Appraiser in first party property insurance Appraisals in California and Arizona. He has served as court-appointed arbitrator, mediator and discovery facilitator in the San Francisco and Marin County Superior Courts. He has also been selected one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers every year since 2008.

Mr. Gumbiner has served on the Marin County Bar Association Board of Directors for eight years and was MCBA President in 2013. Mr. Gumbiner has also served on Board of the Central Marin Pop Warner Football organization, including two years as president. He was on the Board of Congregation Rodef Sholom in Marin County and was Chairman of the Religious School Board of Trustees for two years. He has coached youth sports and has coached a local high school Mock Trial team for the past 10 years.

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