Marcia Z. Gordon
A.B., cum laude, Barnard College of Columbia University
- The Champion Award, National Women’s Political Caucus, Los Angeles Metro Chapter
- The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
- Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2020
Andrew James Thomas
Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business, Banking, and General Civil Litigation and Mediation
In addition to trials in his core practice areas, Mr. Thomas has tried many other types of cases. He believes that lawyers who try cases to juries should maintain a broad practice.
Private Sector Clients: Mr. Thomas has represented nationally known banks in over 50 cases, and real estate development companies, owners, tenants, contractors, design professionals, and investors in over 100 real estate cases. In the field of business litigation, Mr. Thomas has represented numerous companies and individuals in lawsuits involving breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duties, trade secrets, shareholder litigation, partnership litigation, and limited liability company litigation.
Public Sector Clients: Mr. Thomas been retained by various Southern California cities to serve as lead trial counsel for their Mayors and City Council Members in high-profile cases. The trials have included a state court jury trial involving constitutional due process claims by a real estate developer, and a five-week federal jury trial involving alleged bribery of City Council Members in the competitive bidding for the construction of what was then one of the largest public-private real estate projects in California. He has also served as appellate counsel for a public utility in a case concerning the liability of a shareholder owned public utility under eminent domain theory where numerous houses were destroyed by a fire caused by a downed high-voltage transmission power line.
Appointments: During the Great Recession, Mr. Thomas was appointed to the FDIC’s panel of outside bank litigation counsel. He was an invited speaker at the FDIC’s Office of In-House Counsel at its Western U.S. Regional Headquarters. Mr. Thomas was appointed by the Los Angeles Superior Court in a settlement program where before a trial started the parties were required to meet with a trial lawyer who had experience in their type of case.
Pro Bono and Bar Association Activities: Mr. Thomas participated in the Trial Attorney Project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association where he tried four criminal jury trials pro bono as a temporary prosecutor. He is a former Co-Chair of the of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Subsection on Bench and Bar Relations.
Greek – American Representation: Mr. Thomas speaks conversational Greek. He has represented numerous Greek Americans and companies they own. Mr. Thomas is the California law consultant to the international law firm of John Tripidakis & Associates in Athens, Greece. Mr. Tripidakis was formerly legal counsel in the Greek Ministry of Labor and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and now handles real estate matters for international clients.
J.D., cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law
B.A., cum laude, UCLA
During law school, Mr. Thomas studied comparative British and American Real Property Law at the USD Institute on Comparative Law at Oxford University. He was a Staff Member of the USD California Regulatory Law Reporter. He also served as a Law Clerk Extern at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District.