Complex Civil Litigation and Negotiations


Proven Trial Attorney in San Francisco Manages Complex Civil Litigation

Exceptional representation for high-stakes cases throughout the country

Litigants go to trial because the issues at stake matter. At Fergus, A Law Office, attorney Gary Fergus manages cases where lives, careers and livelihoods are at risk. I bring more than 35 years of experience in complex civil litigation, serving clients who are trying to control or undo damage that may profoundly affect their lives. When I accept a case, I welcome the challenge of bearing responsibility for every aspect of litigation. Having developed a system and the technical resources to assist me in mastering the voluminous data that accrues in complex civil litigation, I am able to operate in a hands-on manner, immersing myself in the minute details on which a case might turn. I also understand the importance of the “narrative” at trial, and as first chair, I am able to present evidence and witness testimony within the framework of a comprehensive and compelling argument.

Experience across a wide variety of legal areas and industries

I have experience in numerous substantive areas of the law, such as intellectual property, copyright, trade secrets, entertainment, fiduciary representation, mass torts and products liability. My clients are private individuals and corporate entities in various industries, including technology, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, medicine and the arts. The most active areas of my practice include:

  • CopyrightI represent software creators, writers, artists and musicians in disputes over copyright.
  • Licensing agreements and litigation — I have helped writers and artists form licensing agreements and assert their rights in court. In a class action representing freelance authors worldwide, I was instrumental in finalizing a settlement for more than $18 million.
  • Entertainment, image and likeness litigation — I have helped celebrities and private individuals maintain control over the use of their likenesses for commercial purposes.
  • Unfair business practices — I have extensive experience in trade secret litigation.  I represent plaintiffs and defendants in dispute alleging breaches of nondisclosure agreements.
  • Fiduciary representation — I have acted as court-appointed attorney for the court-appointed fiduciary for as many as 25,000 absent beneficiaries. In cases where I represented the fiduciary for absent beneficiaries, the settlement amounts collectively exceeded $3.4 billion.

Though I am located in San Francisco, I practice throughout California and, in appropriate cases when specially admitted, nationwide in state and federal court.

Contact an experienced complex litigation attorney at Fergus, A Law Office

Attorney Gary Fergus has the experience and ability to capably manage your litigation. Individuals and corporate entities engaged in high-stakes disputes receive passionate legal service at Fergus, A Law Office. To schedule a consultation, call me at 415.537.9030 or contact my San Francisco office online.