Arturo J. González

Arturo J. González

Education

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

Bar Admissions

California

Arturo González is a trial lawyer. He is Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group and past co-chair of our Litigation Department. He 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. He specializes in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and trials. Judges have praised his trial skills, with one writing that his “trial advocacy skills were superior” and another describing his trial skills as “phenomenal.”

Mr. González is currently lead trial counsel for Uber in the high profile Waymo v. Uber litigation regarding the future of autonomous vehicles. He has successfully defended three trials where the plaintiffs sought more than $1 billion in damages, including a trade secrets case on behalf of Cypress Semiconductor. In another, he represented a national bank in a class action trial. The bank prevailed on all claims but one and the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the bank on that claim. His third billion-dollar victory was successfully representing a Director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum sued for fraud by the Oakland Raiders.

Mr. González has also won four verdicts in excess of $10 million, including verdicts of $39.3 and $13.8 million in trade secrets cases, with the juries finding that the defendants willfully misappropriated trade secrets. In 2012, he obtained a $63 million verdict in a wrongful death trial, and in 2004, he obtained a $12.5 million verdict in a civil rights trial.

From 2010–2017, he was selected as one of the country’s top 30 trial lawyers by Legal 500 US, and Chambers USA has recommended Mr. González as a commercial litigator from 2010–2016. 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 seven years, he has been named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 leading lawyers, and he has been recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America from 2008–2017. 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.

Mr. González served as the 2010 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

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 and defended all counterclaims. Jury found that multiple defendants had violated their duty of care to their former employer and willfully misappropriated trade secrets. The jury also found that the new employer aided and abetted those acts and awarded punitive damages against plaintiff’s former manager, the new employer, and three of its officers.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Superior Court (2008)
163 Cal.App.4th 575. Won trade secrets trial. 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 confidential source code.
Vega v. Bank of the West
Won jury verdict as lead defense counsel in a race discrimination case, which included claims of denied services and slander. Argued an appeal and jury’s verdict was affirmed.
Oakland Raiders v. Oakland-Alameda Cty. Coliseum Corp.
144 Cal. App. 4th 1175 (2006). Won defense verdict on behalf of an Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum director after a three-month jury trial.
California False Claim Act Defense
Won bench trial in a case filed by the City of Modesto alleging violation of the California False Claims Act and seeking $7 million for underpaying taxes. Successfully argued that the City’s tax code was unconstitutional and that the City violated our client’s right to due process of law.
Dinerman v. 3M
Obtained a nonsuit ruling for defendant in a breast implant case, after the court concluded at a Kelly-Frye hearing that there was no evidence that the silicone implants caused autoimmune disease.
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 and defended all counterclaims. Jury found that multiple defendants had violated their duty of care to their former employer and willfully misappropriated trade secrets. The jury also found that the new employer aided and abetted those acts and awarded punitive damages against plaintiff’s former manager, the new employer, and three of its officers.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Superior Court (2008)
163 Cal.App.4th 575. Won trade secrets trial. 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 confidential source code.
Vega v. Bank of the West
Won jury verdict as lead defense counsel in a race discrimination case, which included claims of denied services and slander. Argued an appeal and jury’s verdict was affirmed.
Oakland Raiders v. Oakland-Alameda Cty. Coliseum Corp.
144 Cal. App. 4th 1175 (2006). Won defense verdict on behalf of an Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum director after a three-month jury trial.
California False Claim Act Defense
Won bench trial in a case filed by the City of Modesto alleging violation of the California False Claims Act and seeking $7 million for underpaying taxes. Successfully argued that the City’s tax code was unconstitutional and that the City violated our client’s right to due process of law.
Dinerman v. 3M
Obtained a nonsuit ruling for defendant in a breast implant case, after the court concluded at a Kelly-Frye hearing that there was no evidence that the silicone implants caused autoimmune disease.

Arturo González is recommended by Chambers USA 2016, Legal 500 US 2016, Best Lawyers In America 2008–2017, Benchmark Litigation 2010, and Super Lawyers 2009. The National Law Journal listed Mr. González among the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America (May 2008), as well as on its ‘Winning’ 2009 list. In 2012, the Daily Journal named Mr. González one of California’s Top 100 leading lawyers.

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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



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


“[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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