Gregory M. Fox is a founding senior partner of the firm. Mr.Fox has over forty years experience trying cases before juries in state and federal courts. His expertise includes constitutional and civil rights issues as well as public entity torts, contracts, business and environmental law. His appellate practice includes handling appeals in both the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the California State Courts of Appeal. He has been lead trial attorney in more than fifty civil jury cases tried to verdict, and numerous federal and state civil trial judges have recognized his expertise and oral advocacy.
Mr. Fox also provides formal training to public and private clients about new developments in the law, risk management techniques and practical advice on conflict resolution before litigation. Recent training has included e-mail liability issues, police handling of the mentally ill, dangerous conditions of public property and crowd control and crowd management by law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Fox began his legal career in 1977 as Senior Energy Advisor in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research coordinating California energy policy regarding offshore and onshore petroleum development. He was employed from 1980 to 1984 as an anti-trust attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C. where he served as a litigation team leader reviewing mergers and acquisitions in the petroleum industry. In 1984, he joined the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office where he worked in a special trial team representing the City and County of San Francisco in both federal and state courts. He resigned his position as deputy city attorney in 1986 to form Bertrand & Fox, later changed to Bertrand, Fox & Elliot, now Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wenzel.
Mr. Fox graduated from Santa Clara University in 1973 with a degree in political science that included honors course work at U.C. San Diego and Dartmouth College. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1976. In 1977, he was the recipient of a grant from the American Bar Foundation resulting in a published study on density bonus zoning practices in the United States.
He has been an active member of the California State Bar since 1976, and is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Superior and Appellate courts of the State of California as well as the Northern and Eastern federal District Courts. He is also admitted to practice in the California Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.