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Frank Gooch III
Real Estate, Business, Civil and Insurance Litigation

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  Frank Gooch III
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Real Estate

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Frank Gooch III focuses on business, civil, real estate and insurance litigation. He has represented clients involved in a full range of real estate disputes, including partnership and lease disputes, title and boundary disputes, cases involving defamation, right of privacy and first amendment rights, antitrust, construction defect, insurance and representation of a life insurance company in bad faith law suits. He is Chair of firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

His practice is 100 percent devoted to litigation in California trial and appellate courts, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, and District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. His clients include Del Monte Foods, First Colony Life Insurance Co., GE Life and Annuity Insurance Co., Genworth Financial, Manco, Inc., SAFECO Life Insurance Co. and Winner International.


Real Estate / Public Entities:

Prosecution of claim for damages against municipality for regulatory taking that set limits on a public entity imposing conditions on real estate development. Prosecution of appeal against county board of supervisors that established an important principle on Proposition 8 regarding reductions in property values. Prosecution of claims against public entity that established appropriate standards for local rent review board.

Real Estate / Commercial & Residential:

Litigate actions involving questions of title, easements and boundary disputes; unlawful detainer actions; and actions involving the Subdivision Map Act. Represent clients in breach of contract actions involving leasehold disputes; claims involving the acquisition of real estate; claims of contractor and architect negligence with respect to residential properties; claims of real estate broker negligence; and the enforceability of mechanics' liens.


Represented a major life insurance company and a surety insurer in anti-trust litigation; defense of bad faith and punitive damage actions, and the prosecution of actions against brokers and agents for negligence; and issues involving the rescission of life insurance policies based upon material misrepresentation and/or concealment of material facts.

Libel / Defamation:

Represented a major Los Angeles daily newspaper in defense of its First Amendment rights in a number of defamation and invasion of privacy cases brought by public figures, as well as by a professional sports team.

General Business:

Represent clients in breach of contract actions involving private parties and governmental entities; partnership dissolution matters; partnership and shareholder disputes; unfair competition matters; rescission actions involving acquisitions of businesses; wrongful termination and other business tort issues, including misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress claims, intentional interference with economic advantage, breach of contract, and collection actions.


Negotiated teacher contracts and advised private school regarding compliance with the Child Abuse Reporting Act. Represents clients before municipal agencies regarding homeowner issues.

Expert Witness

Testified as an expert witness on reasonableness of attorneys’ fees issue in Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 237 396 entitled Washington Mutual v. Cen Fed Ltd.


Bar Admissions:

California, 1976
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1996
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association, Member
California State Bar Association, Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer in Real Estate Law, Southern California Super Lawyers; selected by Law & Politics Media, Inc.; (2017-2009)

Martindale-Hubbell®AV Preeminent™ Rating 2016
Los Angeles Magazine Most Honored Professional (2016, 2015)
Los Angeles Magazine Top Attorney In Southern California (2016, 2014-2009)


J.D. (1976), University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, Chairman of the Moot Court Honors Program.

B.A. (1973), summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Phi Beta Kappa.


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