Mauricio A. Gonzalez
Areas of Practice
Cornell Law School, J.D., 2003; Banner Bearer; Dean's List; Honors Fellow
Yale University, B.A., English and Philosophy, 1986; Yale Scholar of the House; Yale Directed Studies
Hon. Kermit E. Bye, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2003-2004
United States Courts of Appeals: Eighth Circuit
Mauricio Gonzalez is an experienced trial and appellate litigator in complex commercial matters. He has successfully litigated cases in a variety of areas of law, including commercial contracts, business and mass torts, intellectual property, product liability, securities, and antitrust. During his time with the Firm, Mr. Gonzalez has been a member of the trial and appellate teams in a number of high-profile cases, including several cases in which billions of dollars were at issue. Among other engagements:
- Mr. Gonzalez represents the owner of the UNIX OS source code in a series of high-profile cases against IBM, Novell, and others over contractual rights and copyrights related to the source code. In connection with this litigation, Mr. Gonzalez was co-lead attorney in three highly publicized jury and bench trials, and two appeals. The case against IBM remains pending in federal court.
- Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the team that defended Pfizer in multi-district proceedings involving claims that one of its anti-epilepsy medications causes suicide. The team secured the dismissal of most of the cases prior to or during the discovery period, and the two cases that went to trial were dismissed by the second day of trial.
- Mr. Gonzalez successfully defended Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), the manager of the world’s largest bond fund, in a class action alleging that PIMCO had manipulated the price of Treasury futures contracts.
- Mr. Gonzalez successfully defended DuPont and Pioneer in a massive patent infringement and monopolization case against Monsanto over biotech traits that provide soybean plants tolerance to the Roundup Ready herbicide.
- Mr. Gonzalez was co-lead appellate attorney for Mirror Worlds in its patent infringement litigation against Apple over the rights to the “streams” search, indexing, and viewing technologies in Apple’s hardware products.
- Mr. Gonzalez advised one of the world’s largest financial guaranty companies in securing successful settlements of claims for breach of the representations and warranties underlying mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by his client.
- Mr. Gonzalez helped secure complete victories for NASCAR and its CEO in high-profile defamation and employment discrimination litigation over the drug-related suspension of a Sprint Cup driver.
- Mr. Gonzalez represented IDT in several discovery proceedings in Madrid, in connection with IDT’s litigation against Morgan Stanley related to the financing of a telecommunications network around South America.
- Mr. Gonzalez’s pro bono work includes representing a class of 1.7 million Florida children on Medicaid and their advocates, in a lawsuit against the State seeking to remedy systemic deficiencies in the medical and dental care provided to indigent children.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gonzalez studied film directing at UCLA’s graduate school of film and television, and served as a secondary English teacher in the Los Angeles public schools.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
American Bar Association
Political Asylum Secured by BSF for Threatened Youths (Firm Newsletter Spring 2011)