Education

  • 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)

Admissions

  • California
Gregory D. Call, Partner San Francisco
gcall@crowell.com
Phone: +1 415.365.7388
275 Battery Street, 23rd 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 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, and 2015 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 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.
  • Representing 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. 
  • 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.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California

Memberships
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 serves as a member of the Board of Redwood Day School.


Speeches & Presentations

  • "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.


Publications

  • "Litigation: Budget Woes Slow Calif. Courts, but they Remain a Favored Forum for Corporate Plaintiffs," InsideCounsel (March 13, 2014). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Budget Cuts: The Continuing Impact in State Courts," San Francisco Daily Journal (December 27, 2011). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Power Play: Challenging Utility Overcharges," National Retail Tenants Association Tenants in Common Newsletter (Spring 2011 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "Non-Cash Class Action Settlements," San Francisco Recorder: Litigation Quarterly (November 2010). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call, Douglas W. Sullivan and Trina D. McAlister.
  • "Insight: Betting On California," Berkeley Law Transcript Alumni Magazine (Spring 2010). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Enforcing Co-tenancy Provisions in Leases Can Help Control Costs," Chain Store Age (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," National Retail Tenants Association Tenants in Common Newsletter (March/April 2010 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "The Potentially Bankrupt Landlord: Preparing for a Tenant's Opportunities," NRTA Tenants In-Common Newsletter (April 2009). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Going on Offense – Tips on successfully representing corporate plaintiffs," The Recorder (November 17, 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "The Center is Failing: What are Your Rights?," National Retail Tenants Association Tenants in Common Newsletter (October/November 2008 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "Taxes: Not Just a Simple Pass-Through," National Retail Tenants Association Tenants in Common Newsletter (June/July 2008 Issue). Co-Authors: Gregory D. Call and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "The Two Steps For A Successful Tenant Overcharge Claim," NRTA Tenants In-Common Newsletter (May/June 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Retail Lease Disputes," NRTA Tenants In-Common Newsletter, Issue at 6 (February/March 2008). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "The Strategic Litigator: Class Actions," Inside the Minds Best Practices for Class Action Litigation (First Printing 2007). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Read the Lease," NRTA Tenants In-Common Newsletter, Issue at 8, NRTA Working for Me - Member Profiles (February/March 2007). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "What Makes For A Successful Tenant Overcharge Claim Against A Shopping Center Owner or Operator?," The International Council of Shopping Centers Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 5, Issue 12 - The Problem-Solving Tool for Retail Law (December 2005). Author: Gregory D. Call.
  • "Airline Deregulation, Fares, and Market Behavior: Some Empirical Evidence," Analytical Studies of Transportation Economics, Cambridge University Press (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," 12 Ecology Law Quarterly 567 (1985). Author: Gregory D. Call.


Client Alerts & Newsletters



In the News

  • California's Antitrust Bar
    March 2015 — Global Competition Review

    Crowell & Moring's California Antitrust Group is noted as "highly recommended" in the state, in a special feature published in Global Competition Review that explores the law firms doing the best antitrust work in California. The article notes that Crowell & Moring's California antitrust practice is "one of the most remarkable in the state… [that] has found its niche splitting its time between defense and plaintiffs matters, leading for major opt-out clients in some of the top antitrust litigation matters in the country."

  • A Learned Career: Crowell & Moring Alumni at Universities
    March 2015 — Crowell Connect (Alumni Newsletter)

    At universities across America, more than 30 Crowell & Moring alumni make their careers as in-house counsel or faculty. Among them are Beth Nolan, senior vice president and general counsel at George Washington University, Karen Petrulakis, chief deputy general counsel at University of California, and David Florin, deputy general counsel for health affairs at Yale University. And just this December, alumna Ramona Romero assumed the role of Princeton University's general counsel. All serve in key leadership positions and help their universities tackle issues ranging from cutting-edge research and intellectual property licensing to Title IX concerns and academic freedom." In the March edition of Crowell Connect, they and other C&M alumni discuss their memories of the firm and what it's like to work in higher education. 

  • 5 Tips For Getting New Lawyers Trial-Ready
    October 9, 2014 — Law360

    San Francisco-based partner and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Group, Gregory D. Call, discusses with Law360 the importance of preparing lawyers for trial, and the ways Crowell & Moring is able to provide this crucial experience, given that the percentage of federal court cases being resolved through trial has plummeted to less than two percent. To help prepare attorneys, Crowell & Moring conducts a one-week trial academy at which young attorneys across the firm are brought together to work with experienced trial lawyers and play different roles in a mock trial. "The young attorneys participate in direct and cross-examinations, openings, closings, voir dire and all the things that happen at trial," Call said. "It's valuable for lawyers to get an opportunity to stand up and do a cross-examination, and then hear what people think about what they did well and what they could have done better." Continuing to drive home the importance of trial readiness, Call adds, "By having a real role on a case, associates can see how what they are doing is relevant to the outcome of a possible trial, and when a trial happens, they are part of it."


  • 5 Tips For Delivering An Effective Direct-Examination
    April 28, 2014 — Law360

    San Francisco-based partner and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Group, Greg Call, shares best practices for delivering effective direct examinations at trial. Based on his extensive experience in the courtroom, Call offers strategic tactics for engaging with jurors. Among other notable advice, Call suggests, "If you get the reputation that you do your job and do it quickly, jurors are likely to pay attention to what your witnesses say. You don't want jurors thinking, 'This is going to take forever,' every time you call a witness. You want to earn the reputation of the lawyer who gets to the point."


  • Calif. Court Cuts Push Attys To Alter Litigation Tactics
    December 12, 2013 — California Law360

    San Francisco-based partner and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Group, Greg Call, discusses how budget cuts and budget limitations at corporate legal departments have changed the way clients approach litigation. He tells Law360 that clients "increasingly want to avoid drawn-out litigation." He goes on to say, "The discussion between law firms and clients is much more focused these days on how to resolve a case quickly and effectively. …Firms that can provide ways to efficiently resolve matters are getting hired."


  • 5 Tips for Out-of-Towners Litigating in California
    May 8, 2013 — California Law360

    Greg Call, co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Litigation Group and head of the San Francisco office, gives specific advice about the need for attorneys to plan their strategies early when handling cases in California given the state's 75-day notice period for bringing a summary judgment motion. Call's advice is one of the five tips highlighted in this article.


  • Budget Fallout For Courts 'Unprecedented,' Judges Warn
    March 12, 2013 — Law360

    Co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Litigation & Trial Group, and head of the firm's San Francisco office, Greg Call discusses how the significant cuts at the California state court level impact attorneys' decisions to take cases to federal courts.


  • If Calif. Tax Bill Fails, Dueling Cos. May Head Out Of Court
    October 24, 2012 — Law360

    San Francisco-based Litigation Group partner, Gregory D. Call, is cited in Law360 in a piece about the legal implications of California Governor Jerry Brown's tax hike initiative, Proposition 30.




Firm News & Announcements

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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