William Gwire

William Gwire (Emeryville, California)

William Gwire

Attorney in Emeryville, CA
Rated AV through Martindale, as well as a Martindale "Preeminent Lawyer." Voted as one of Worth Magazine's Top 100 Lawyers in the U.S., 2006-2008. Selected One of California's "Go To" Lawyers for Plaintiff's Legal Malpractice Cases. Selected Northern California Super Lawyer, 2005—. Achieved the #40 largest verdict in the United States, and #6 largest verdict in California in 2010 with a $50 million dollar jury verdict against Shell Oil Company in Los Angeles Superior Court; handled through trial, what is likely the largest fee dispute in history, the $200 million dispute arising out of the breast implant litigation which was tried in Michigan State Court in 1996.
Practice Area
Other Areas of Law
Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Professional Negligence
Our office is firmly committed to handling pro bono matters on a selected basis. Because of our size, we are only able to handle one or two cases a year, but when we do select a case, we handle it without regard to the amount of time the matter requires, and we have handled matters through trial.
Total time spent on pro bono work: 15%

Overall Client Rating

in Legal Malpractice, Labor and Employment and Litigation
5.0 out of 5.0
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  • Data based on 4 reviews
  • Recommended by 4 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 02/23/15
Posted by a Consumer on 02/23/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Bill Gwire represented me in large, hotly contested legal malpractice claim against my former attorneys (a well-regarded litigation boutique in San Francisco) who lost my underlying real estate case to the tune of about $1.6 million. We settled the malpractice case and entered into a confidential settlement agreement, so I can’t go into too much detail, but just to give you a preview of what I think of Bill’s work and qualities, I wrote to Bill right after we settled the case, and said: “Thanks Bill. You may be the best attorney I have ever worked with, and (unfortunately ;-) I have worked with a lot.”
Some of the things Bill did that were remarkable included a huge investment of his time to become intimately familiar with a very complex set of events so that he was always in complete command of the facts, his development of likely theories on how the error occurred, his patience and availability to discuss the status and strategy, and finally his invaluable advice on when to push and when to give.
Posted by a Consumer on 10/28/13
5.0 out of 5.0
Bill makes the extra effort to be very well prepared for your day in court.
If Bill decides to take your case - be prepared to win.
Posted by a Consumer on 09/10/13
5.0 out of 5.0
I recommend Mr. Giro with my highest confidence. His service is outstanding and he stands tall from the complicated legal field with simplicity and sincerity! He communicated with me on all details with clear recommendations in a easy to understand manner. His recommendation was always for the benefit of clients that's clear from his own interests. After all, it is the recommendation of strategy that makes an attorney's service essential and crucial to the case. I can never thank him enough!
Posted by a Consumer on 10/22/12
5.0 out of 5.0
I had a dispute over the refund of a deposit. As a result I contacted several highly rated attorneys that practice "legal malpractice." Other than Bill Gwire, they either had complicated client attorney agreements that were unreasonable or they attempted to be "experts" in too many areas of the law or were just not too personable.

Bill’s client attorney agreement was straight forward and reasonable. I highly recommend Bill.
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1974, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
1984, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Law School Attended
Golden Gate University
Class of 1974
with high honors
University Attended
Boise State University
Class of 1971
Birth Information
Born in 1946
Hof, Germany, November 27, 1946
U.S. Air Force, Air Rescue and Recovery, 1966-1970
Associations & Memberships
Bar Association of San Francisco (Arbitrator, Fee Disputes, 1991—; Member, Litigation Section); State Bar of California (Arbitrator, Fee Disputes, 1991—); American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section).

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Gwire Law Offices
1250 45th Street, Suite 310,
Emeryville, CA 94608
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William Gwire
Gwire Law Offices
1250 45th Street, Suite 310,
Emeryville, CA 94608

Gwire Law Offices (Emeryville, California)
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