Gordon M. Park

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Gordon M. Park


Mr. Park has been practicing insurance defense litigation since 1976 when he joined McCormick Barstow. He has represented clients in major civil litigation matters in state and federal courts in California and Nevada.

Gordon M. Park

Mr. Park has successfully tried approximately 70 jury trials to verdict involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, substantial fire and property damage actions, toxic mold injury claims, product liability and commercial torts, insurance coverage disputes, arson, fraud and bad faith claims.

Mr. Park is admitted to practice law before all state and federal courts in California and Nevada.  Mr. Park has qualified and testified as an expert in state and federal courts in California and Nevada concerning property insurance law and the standard of care required for insurance companies to satisfy the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the handling of insurance claims.

In addition to representation of individuals and insurance companies in trial, Mr. Park has personally taken over one thousand examinations under oath involving first party insurance claims, represented insureds and insurers in property appraisals and arbitrations, and been selected to serve as an impartial umpire, arbitrator and mediator to resolve coverage issues, appraisals and various other civil disputes.

Juris Doctor, 1976 
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
Member, National Order of Barristers
Distinguished Advocate, UCLA Moot Court Honors Program

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Public Administration Major, 1973 summa cum laude
California State University, Long Beach
Outstanding Graduating Senior for Political Science Department
Associated Student Body Student of the Year Award
Recipient of the “49’er Lifetime Achievement Award” for serving as Chief Justice of the Student Court
Student Representative to Faculty Senate

Concentration in General Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage Litigation with specialization in Toxic Mold Litigation, First Party Property Insurance Claims and Litigation, Insurance Fraud and Arson, Insurance Agent’s Errors and Omissions as well as Defense of Insurance Companies in Extracontractual/Bad Faith Litigation.  Practice also includes Defense of Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims, Construction Defects, Commercial and Employment Torts and Product Liability actions.

Mr. Park is a member of the State Bar of California, Fresno County Bar Association, as well as the State Bar of Nevada and Clark County Bar Association.  He is active in the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice, and Litigation sections.  Mr. Park has also served as National Vice Chair of the ABA Property Insurance Law Committee.  He is an Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Joaquin Chapter since 1989.  Mr. Park is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Northern California Fraud Investigators Association, California Conference of Arson Investigators, Property Claims Association of The Pacific, and PARMA (Association of Public Risk Managers).  He has also served as an officer for the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, President of the Fresno County Bar Association and was a California State Bar Delegate for eight years.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Park is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell.  He was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list (annually since 2006) for his primary area of practice in Insurance Coverage.  Mr. Park is also a past recipient of the Fresno County Bar Association’s Hon. Blame Pettit Mentor of the Year award.  California Lawyer Magazine’s “Angel Award for outstanding Pro Bono service (2007); Central California Legal Services “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award” (2022); and Fresno County Bar Assoc.”Bernie Witkin Lifetime Achievement Award”(2022).

Community Involvement

Mr. Park has served as an officer and director of several local school, church and civic organizations, and for many years was an active youth soccer coach, referee, and elected board officer with local leagues of the California Youth Soccer Association. He has served for many years coaching high school mock trial teams and high school History Day competitors.  From 2005 to 2021,  he served as a professor and attorney coach of the  California State University, Fresno’s intercollegiate mock trial team training undergraduate students how to be attorneys and witnesses in civil and criminal trials.  Mr. Park also volunteers his time to assist Central California Legal Services to represent pro bono indigent litigants and domestic violence victims.

Reported Cases

Dua v Stillwater Ins. Co.  91 Cal.App.5th 127 (2023)
Plyler v. Wheaton Van Lines, 640 F.2d 1091 (9th Cir. 1981)

Seminars and Lectures

For several years, Mr. Park was an instructor at the annual Hastings Law School “College of Trial Advocacy” a week long seminar teaching attorneys how to be effective trial lawyers handling a case from jury selection to closing argument.

“Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Dealing With Missing Records and Inadequate Proof, ABA Tips Section, Property Insurance Law Comm. Seminar on Handling Catastrophe Loss Claims,” St. Thomas, US. Vi. Isl. April 19, 2001; and New York City, November 5, 2001.

“How Do You Plead So You Won’t Get Burned? – – An Insurer’s Guide for Affirmative and Defensive Pleadings in a Civil Arson Action,” ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, ABA National Institute on Litigating a Civil Arson Case, New Orleans, March 1993.

“So You’re Going to be Deposed — Preparing for and Testifying in Depositions,” Defense Research Institute, Insurance Claims Supervision Seminars – Atlanta, September 1991; New York, December 1991; and San Diego, March 1992.

Lecturer and Co-Author

“Ethics and Experts: Best Uses of Consulting Experts in Property Claims,” ABA Tips Section, Property Ins. Law Comm. Mid-Year Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 15-16, 2005.

“Counsel for The Defense: Tarp v. E & W Associates Case Study, Clearing the Air: exposing and managing the real risk of toxic mold,” Active Communications Int’l, Dallas, TX, November 5-7, 2002.

“Trying The Damages Case: Mold Taking Over Life? Lifestyle injury/vocational rehabilitation,” Mold Litigation Conference on Preparing Your Case for Trial. Mealey’s Publications, West Palm Beach, FL., October 31, 2002.

Co-Author and Trial Attorney: “A Mold Case Study: Tarp v. E&W Associates III, et al.,” Mealy’s Litigation Report: Mold, Vol. 1, Issue 2, February 2001.

“Employment Practices Liability Policy: Real Cure or Costly Placebo?” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Winter meeting, Phoenix, 1998.

“Bad Faith Litigation in California”, National Business Institute, Inc., October 1996.

“Coverage Trigger Update: A Discussion of Prudential-LMI and Montrose Decisions,” ABA Property Insurance Law Committee Mid-Year Meeting, March 1996.

“Arming and Disarming the Expert Witness,” DRI Third Party Liability: Current Trends and Issues Seminar, San Diego, January 1996.

“Building the Circumstantial Case: Confronting the Claimant,” Mealey’s Insurance Fraud and Bad Faith Conference, Phoenix, February 1995.

“Fighting Fraud: A Team Effort; A Discussion of Several Topics Relevant to the Investigation and Litigation of Fraudulent Insurance Claims,” Northern California Fraud Investigators Association, Annual Training Seminar, Monterey, March 1994.

“Successful Strategies and Tactics in the Defense of a Bad Faith Action (or: How to Slay the Dragon),” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Monterey Seminar, August 1990.

“The Insurance Agent: Friend or Foe,” ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1990.

“The Coverage Trigger In Environmental Contamination Property Claims: Who Gets Shot for the Loss,” ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1989.

Regional Editor, First Supplement to Bad Faith and Punitive Damages: Annotations to First Party Insurance Cases, Statutes, and Regulations, published by A.B.A. Property Insurance Law Committee, 1989.

Guest Speaker

“Examinations Under Oath,” Sacramento Claims Adjusters Association, Sacramento, August 2006.

“Examinations Under Oath,” East Bay Claims Adjusters Association, Pleasanton, April 2006.

“How to Avoid Being Sued and How to Win If You Are,” Central Valley Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, Merced, January 2000.

“The Year’s Hot Topics in Property Insurance Law,” Central California Adjusters Association and Fresno County Property Insurance Forum, luncheon meetings from 1983 through 2006.

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