Portrait of Gregory D. Call

Named as a
National Law Journal 2015
Litigation Trailblazer


  • Stanford University, A.B. (1980) Economics, with honors and distinction
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A. (1984) Economics
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (1985)


  • California
Gregory D. Call, Partner San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7388
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Greg Call is a partner in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office and serves as head of that office. He is chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group and has an active trial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases. He has represented defendants in class actions, government investigations, unfair competition actions, environmental actions and breach of contract actions. He has represented plaintiffs (varying from large corporations to small municipalities) in business torts and breach of contract actions, helping them recover over $1 billion. He has successfully represented numerous retail clients as plaintiffs, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for them.

Mr. Call has an active trial practice, regularly trying cases to verdict and practicing in courts in more than 20 states. In 2015, Mr. Call has represented retailers in two trials. As defendant secured defense judgment and as plaintiff secured liability determination. In 2013 in a court trial in San Francisco Superior Court, Mr. Call led a Crowell & Moring team that obtained declaratory relief for The Regents of the University of California to future payments of $32 million from a license of The Regents to Medivation, Inc. In a related jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court, he led a Crowell & Moring team that defeated fraud claims of hundreds of millions of dollars brought by Medivation against UCLA Professor Michael Jung. Also recently he obtained a favorable jury verdict in federal court in San Francisco for an export company, obtained injunctive relief for a car rental company in a trial in state court in Illinois, and recovered attorneys' fees in a jury trial in Texas.

Mr. Call has been recognized by Chambers USA 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 as a leading lawyer in the CA Litigation: General Commercial category, which reports that clients say that Mr. Call "is the guy who you go to if you're in a world of hurt," adding that "he boils things down so simply that it is very tough to counter; he is a top flight legal mind, not only strategically but in his presentation." He is also AV Peer Review Rated and has been selected as a California Super Lawyer.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, he was a partner at the San Francisco firm, Folger Levin & Kahn LLP, where he was chair of the firm's litigation department.

Representative Matters

  • Representing The Regents of the University of California in dispute with pharmaceutical company, Medivation, regarding whether profit sharing payments are sub-licensing income that The Regents are entitled to 10% of.
  • Representing Ross Dress for Less in dispute regarding obligation to separate buildings at the end of lease. Prevailed in trial regarding right to possession.
  • Representing Foot Locker in dispute regarding exclusive clause in leases at shopping center. Prevailed on liability issue at trial.
  • Representing Universities and other research institutions in connection with disputes regarding rights under license agreements. Some matters continuing, others settled on confidential basis.
  • Represented PeopleBrowsr in a dispute with Twitter charging that the social media giant is engaging in anticompetitive conduct by trying to gain exclusive control of the 'Twitter Big Data Analytics' market. Successfully obtained TRO and matter then settled.
  • Representing The Regents of the University of California and professor Dr. Michael Jung in a dispute with a pharmaceutical company, Medivation, over control of a promising prostate cancer treatment drug invented and patented by The Regents. Prevailed in court trial on behalf of Regents, entitling Regents to $32 million in possible future payments pursuant to patent license. On summary judgment defeated all claims that The Regents failed to provide Medivation all contracted for patent rights. In jury trial against Michael Jung defeated fraud claims for hundreds of millions of dollars regarding rights to patented compounds.
  • Represented Basic Your Best Buy, Inc. in an antitrust matter against DIRECTV, Inc. charging the violation of the California Cartwright Act.
  • Representing Sears, Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch and Express in litigation stemming from a devastating fire at the Roseville Galleria, an upscale shopping center operated by Westfield in Northern California. Matter settled.
  • Representing retail companies in a variety of consumer class actions and breach of contract matters.
  • Represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in its iPhone™ trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc.
  • Represented City of Lodi in litigation arising out of environmental contamination. Includes cost recovery action, legal malpractice action, and claim against investment banking firm. Recoveries total over $35 million to date.
  • Represented numerous retailers including Limited Brands, Inc., Gap Inc., Foot Locker, Inc., Barnes & Noble, Inc., Toys "R" Us and others in litigation against a variety of shopping mall owners regarding overcharges under leases. Assisted in recovery of over $200 million. Matters have been resolved through negotiations, ADR and litigation.
  • Represented PeopleSoft, Inc. in litigation against Oracle Corporation regarding unfair competition in connection with Oracle's hostile tender offer for PeopleSoft.
  • Represented Enterprise Rent-A Car Company, the largest U.S. car rental company, in numerous consumer class actions nationwide.
  • Represented rental car company in court trial regarding injunction relating to placement on third-party websites. Prevailed in court trial.
  • Represented exporter in breach of supplier contract case. Obtained multi-million dollar jury verdict.
  • Represented 14 California cities which invested in Orange County Investment pools in lawsuit against Merrill Lynch. Obtained Court of Appeal ruling authorizing pursuit of Civil RICO, fraud and other causes of action. Reached settlement for $32.5 million in mediation.
  • Represented subsidiary of Ford Motor Company in four week trial for claim of $130 million against Federal Government.
  • Represented general contractor in multiple lawsuits arising out of the construction of a semiconductor fabrication facility. Engaged in a two week ADR process that resulted in client successfully recovering additional payments.
  • Represented major companies in various antitrust matters including those involving alleged price fixing actions.
  • Represented companies in government investigations before federal, state and local agencies. Matters have included investigations regarding fraud, unfair business practices, false advertising, and antitrust issues.
  • Represented construction company regarding trade secret and unfair competition claims.
  • Represented Yahoo! in claim by company seeking to sell cars on internet that Yahoo! breached contract.
  • Representing Yahoo! in dispute with well-known makers of electronic games who alleged violations of copyright rules regarding listing of allegedly "pirated" games for sale on Yahoo! Auctions property.
  • Represented Yahoo! in class action alleging Yahoo! user privacy rights were violated by Yahoo!'s practices.
  • Represented nation's largest purchaser of structured settlement payment streams in California class action. Matter settled favorably on eve of trial.


Admitted to practice: California

Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
National Retail Tenants Association 

Community Service
Mr. Call serves as a pro bono mediator for the San Francisco County Superior Court. He also served as a member of the Board of Redwood Day School. He currently serves on the Alumni Board of Boalt Hall Law School, University of California Berkeley.

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Why Defendants Need to Litigate Like a Plaintiff to Win!" ACC Litigation Committee Meeting, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA (February 22, 2017). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Emily T. Kuwahara.
  • "'The Real World': Leases in the Courtroom," ICSC's U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Hollywood, FL (October 27, 2016). Presenter: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Supply Chain and Commercial Contracts Recovery: Deals Gone Bad," Crowell & Moring's Second Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10-11, 2016). Speakers: Greg Call, Beatrice Nguyen, Andrew Kaplan, and Frank Nuzzi.
  • "Sublicensing Income: Contract Language, Incentives and Opportunities," AUTM Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (February 15, 2016).
  • "It’s All Connected: Minimizing Litigation and Regulatory Risk on the Internet of Things," 27th Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA (October 28-29, 2015). Presenters: Cheryl A. Falvey and Gregory D. Call.
  • "Intro to Legal Issues/Operating Costs," National Retail Tenants Association National Conference, Orlando, FL (September 28, 2015). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Tracy E. Reichmuth.
  • "Turning Your Corporate Legal Department into a Profit Center," ACC - SFBA - Emerging Issues and Legal Trends to Get You Through the Year, Burlingame, CA (March 5, 2015). Presenter: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Drafting Contract Provisions to Reduce Business Disputes" ACC - Deal or No Deal 5.0, Santa Clara, CA (November 12, 2014). Speakers: Gregory D. Call, and Robert M. Crea.
  • "Good Guy Guarantees: What They Are, Why They Matter, and Why the Words Used Make a Difference," US Shopping Center Law Conference, Orlando, FL (October 22-25, 2014). Presenter: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Intro to Legal Issues/Operating Costs," National Retail Tenants Association Annual Conference, Reno, NV (September 7-10, 2014). Speaker: Gregory D. Call.
  • "The Rearview Mirror: Lessons Learned From This Year's Trial Victories," Crowell & Moring Seminar/Webinar (April 22, 2014). Presenters: Robert T. Rhoad, Gregory D. Call, Kevin C. Mayer, Linda B. Popejoy, Keith J. Harrison, Brian T. McLaughlin, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Nathaniel P. Bualat, and Jeffrey H. Rutherford.
  • "What Your Corporate Advisor Should Be Telling You About Trending Regulatory Issues Facing Technology Companies," iACC SFBA, San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2014). Presenters: Nancy Saracino, Terry Rea, Gregory D. Call, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Read the Lease: Operating Cost Clauses," National Retail Tenants Association Conference (September 2013). Presenter: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Goals, Strategies & Tactics: Litigating Lease Disputes," National Retail Tenants Association Conference (2010-2013). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "Recovery Opportunities for Retailers: Turning a Retail Law Department into a Profit Center in Retail Leasing, Antitrust Litigation and Vendor Disputes," Retail Industry Leaders Association Retail Law Conference 2012 (November 2012). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, Jennifer S. Romano, and Steve D. Allison.
  • "Landlord Pass Throughs," National Retail Tenants Association Conference (October 2012). Presenter: Gegory D. Call.
  • "Antitrust and Suppliers," Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC), Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Event (June 2012). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Beatrice B. Nguyen.
  • "Class Action Lawsuits Against Retailers – Consumer and Employment Suits," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) webcast (March 2012). Presenters: Gregory D. Call, Jennifer S. Romano and Wendy A. Sugg.
  • "Goals, Strategies and Tactics in Retail Lease Litigation," National Retail Tenants Association Conference (2010, 2011, and 2012). Presenters: Jennifer S. Romano and Gregory D. Call.
  • "Regulatory Trends Facing Retailers in the Areas of Consumer Products, Tax and Consumer Privacy," Association of Corporate Counsel Retail Webcast (September 28, 2011). Presenters: Gina Brickley Beredo, Greg Call, Bridget Calhoun, Josh Tzuker and Howard Weinman.
  • "Improve Your Results and Reduce Your Outside Counsel Costs," Association of Corporate Counsel, SF Bay Chapter (March, 2011). Presenter: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Goals, Strategies and Tactics: Litigation Project Management that Works for Everyone," Association of Corporate Counsel, SF Bay Chapter (November 2010). Speakers: Douglas W. Sullivan and Gregory D. Call.
  • "The Corporate Plaintiff," Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (July 16, 2010). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Beatrice B. Nguyen.
  • "What Happens When the FTC Calls: An Antitrust Primer for Retailers Focused on Pending Mall Consolidation," National Retail Tenants Association Webinar (March 23, 2010). Moderator: Gregory D. Call; Panelists: Robert A. Lipstein and Wm. Randolph Smith.


  • How California Streamlined Costly, Time-Consuming Litigation (March 17, 2016). Authors: Gregory D. Call, Van-Dzung Vu Nguyen, and Nathanial J. Wood.
  • Litigation Forecast 2016: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year (January 2016). Contributor.
  • California's Complex Court Program (January 2016). Contributors: Nathanial Wood, Greg Call, and Van Nguyen.
  • Litigation: Budget Woes Slow Calif. Courts, but they Remain a Favored Forum for Corporate Plaintiffs (March 13, 2014). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Budget Cuts: The Continuing Impact in State Courts (December 27, 2011). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Power Play: Challenging Utility Overcharges (Spring 2011 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • Non-Cash Class Action Settlements (November 2010). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call, Douglas W. Sullivan and Trina D. McAlister.
  • Insight: Betting On California (Spring 2010). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Enforcing Co-tenancy Provisions in Leases Can Help Control Costs (April/May 2010 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • The Self-Insured Landlord – When Do Insurance Charges Give Rise to a Legal Claim (March/April 2010 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • The Potentially Bankrupt Landlord: Preparing for a Tenant's Opportunities (April 2009). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Going on Offense – Tips on successfully representing corporate plaintiffs (November 17, 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • The Center is Failing: What are Your Rights? (October/November 2008 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • Taxes: Not Just a Simple Pass-Through (June/July 2008 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • The Two Steps For A Successful Tenant Overcharge Claim (May/June 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Retail Lease Disputes (February/March 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • The Strategic Litigator: Class Actions (First Printing 2007). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Read the Lease (February/March 2007). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • What Makes For A Successful Tenant Overcharge Claim Against A Shopping Center Owner or Operator? (December 2005). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • Airline Deregulation, Fares, and Market Behavior: Some Empirical Evidence (Fall 1985). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Professor Theodore Keeler.
  • Arsenic, ASARCO and EPA: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Public Participation, and Polluter Games in the Regulation of Hazardous Air Pollutants (1985). Author: Gregory D. Call.

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Firm News & Announcements

Dec.16.2016 Litigation Note: Supreme Court of California Denies Appeal in Medivation, Inc. v. Aragon Pharmaceuticals
Nov.30.2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Dec.14.2015 Crowell & Moring's Gregory D. Call Named to National Law Journal's Litigation Trailblazers List
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2014 Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group Nominated for Chambers USA "Award of Excellence"
May.23.2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.24.2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Feb.01.2011 Crowell & Moring Establishes Endowment for Moot Court Award
Nov.10.2010 Crowell & Moring Launches New Legal Blog For Retailers
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