Arturo J. González

Arturo J. González

Education

University of California, Davis (A.B., 1982)
Harvard Law School (J.D., 1985)

Bar Admissions

California

Arturo is one of the nation’s top trial lawyers. One federal judge said his “trial advocacy skills were superior,” while a federal magistrate described his trial skills as “phenomenal.” He is sought after by America’s largest companies, in part because of his ability to communicate with increasingly diverse juries. 

Arturo has had great success representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He may be the only lawyer in the country to obtain defense victories for clients in multiple billion dollar matters and also four jury verdicts in excess of $10 million, including verdicts of $39.3 and $13.8 million in trade secrets cases. 

Arturo is a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and an associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

As chair of our Commercial Litigation & Trial Practice Group, he has served as MoFo’s lead trial counsel in a number of significant matters, including:

  • Waymo v. Uber: Won a favorable settlement after four days of jury trial. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction that sought to bar Uber’s autonomous vehicle program.
  • Phoenix Technologies Ltd. v. VMWare, Inc.: Won a defense verdict in copyrights case seeking over $100 million and future royalties.
  • Phaedrus v. Kaiser Permanente: Won a defense verdict for Kaiser in a $125 million trade secrets misappropriation and breach of contract case.
  • Hansen Medical v. Luna Innovations Inc.: Won a $36.3 million verdict in a trial involving medical robotics. Jury found that defendant willfully misappropriated trade secrets and breached two contracts.

Arturo has obtained a number of record jury verdicts, including $12.5 million for the unlawful shooting of a farmworker, $1.45 million for unlawful strip searches, and $63 million in a wrongful death suit.

Arturo has earned a wealth of recognition from his peers. In 2019, Arturo was honored by the American Bar Association for his dedication to providing free legal services to the poor. He was named to Legal 500’s Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2017, has nine consecutive selections to the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California, is recommended by Chambers USA as a top commercial litigator, and has been selected annually since 2010 as one of the country’s top 30 trial lawyers by Legal 500 US. In 2009, The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the country in their “Winning” Special Report. Earlier in his career, he was selected by National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 and one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”

Arturo served as the 2010 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Waymo v. Uber.
Won a favorable settlement after four days of jury trial. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction that sought to bar Uber’s autonomous vehicle program.


Phoenix Technologies v. VMWare.
Won a defense verdict in a $110 million claim against VMWare on allegations of copyright infringement and breach of a license agreement for "BIOS" software.


Phaedrus v. Kaiser Permanente
Won a defense verdict for Kaiser in a $125 million misappropriation and breach of contract brought case brought by a medical imaging software company.


John Russo Industrial Sheetmetal, Inc. v. Los Angeles World Airports Authority
Won a defense verdict for LAX in a breach of contract action by a contractor claiming millions of dollars in lost profits resulting from the cancelled sale of fire trucks to three of the busiest U.S. airports: Atlanta, who settled for $200,000, San Francisco, who settled for $2 million, and our client LAX, who paid nothing.


Hansen Medical v. Luna Innovations Inc.
Won $36.3 million verdict in a trial involving medical robotics. Jury found that defendant willfully misappropriated trade secrets and breached two contracts.


Technology Integrated Group v. FusionStorm
Won $10.8 million verdict in a trial involving computer resellers. Jury found that defendants violated their duty of care to their former employer and willfully misappropriated trade secrets. The jury also found that the new employer aided those acts and awarded punitive damages against plaintiff’s former manager, the new employer, and three of its officers.


Silvaco v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
163 Cal.App.4th 575 (2008). Won $1 billion trade secrets case. Trial court bifurcated statute of limitations and made a legal ruling adverse to Cypress. The Court of Appeal stayed the trial and reversed. The trial court then dismissed the case on a reconsideration of summary judgment, finding that Cypress never acquired the allegedly stolen source code.


Oakland Raiders v. Oakland-Alameda Cty. Coliseum Corp.
144 Cal. App. 4th 1175 (2006). Won defense verdict in case alleging fraud and breach of contract on behalf of an Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum director after a three-month jury trial.


Waymo v. Uber.
Won a favorable settlement after four days of jury trial. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction that sought to bar Uber’s autonomous vehicle program.


Phoenix Technologies v. VMWare.
Won a defense verdict in a $110 million claim against VMWare on allegations of copyright infringement and breach of a license agreement for "BIOS" software.


Phaedrus v. Kaiser Permanente
Won a defense verdict for Kaiser in a $125 million misappropriation and breach of contract brought case brought by a medical imaging software company.


John Russo Industrial Sheetmetal, Inc. v. Los Angeles World Airports Authority
Won a defense verdict for LAX in a breach of contract action by a contractor claiming millions of dollars in lost profits resulting from the cancelled sale of fire trucks to three of the busiest U.S. airports: Atlanta, who settled for $200,000, San Francisco, who settled for $2 million, and our client LAX, who paid nothing.


Hansen Medical v. Luna Innovations Inc.
Won $36.3 million verdict in a trial involving medical robotics. Jury found that defendant willfully misappropriated trade secrets and breached two contracts.


Technology Integrated Group v. FusionStorm
Won $10.8 million verdict in a trial involving computer resellers. Jury found that defendants violated their duty of care to their former employer and willfully misappropriated trade secrets. The jury also found that the new employer aided those acts and awarded punitive damages against plaintiff’s former manager, the new employer, and three of its officers.


Silvaco v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
163 Cal.App.4th 575 (2008). Won $1 billion trade secrets case. Trial court bifurcated statute of limitations and made a legal ruling adverse to Cypress. The Court of Appeal stayed the trial and reversed. The trial court then dismissed the case on a reconsideration of summary judgment, finding that Cypress never acquired the allegedly stolen source code.


Oakland Raiders v. Oakland-Alameda Cty. Coliseum Corp.
144 Cal. App. 4th 1175 (2006). Won defense verdict in case alleging fraud and breach of contract on behalf of an Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum director after a three-month jury trial.


Mr. González has been selected annually since 2010 as one of the country’s top 30 trial lawyers by Legal 500 US, and as a top commercial litigator by Chambers USA. In addition, Mr. González was honored in The National Law Journal’s 2009 “Winning” Special Report, which recognizes 10 of the country’s top trial lawyers.

For eight consecutive years, Mr. González has been named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 leading lawyers, and he has similarly been recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America since 2008. In 2008, Mr. González was listed among the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal; in 2003, The American Lawyer named him one of the nation’s top 45 lawyers under the age of 45; and in 1995, he was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40.

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Arturo González Admitted to International Academy of Trial Lawyers


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Arturo González Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers


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Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Arturo González Recognized by Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2017 as a Leading Trial Lawyer


Top Ranked USA Chambers 2018
Arturo González Recommended by Chambers USA 2018 as a Top Commercial Litigator


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“One of the finest trial lawyers in the U.S.” “[I]ncredibly impressive on his feet, great storyteller to the judge and jury, highly experienced,” and a “great leader.”
(Legal 500 US)


A “dynamic individual” and “great advocate who quickly establishes a rapport with judges and juries.”
(Chambers USA)

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