Genese K. Dopson: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Genese K. Dopson


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Practice Areas

  • e-Discovery
  • Employment & Labor
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Senior Trial Group
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9360
Fax: 415.434.1370
University El Camino College, A.A.R.N., 1972; Mount St. Mary's College, B.S., 1979
Law SchoolLoyola Law School, J.D., 1982
Admitted1983, California and U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

California State Bar Association
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)


Genese Dopson focuses her practice on the defense of companies in employment matters and in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as the defense of personal injury, insurance bad faith, employment and discrimination matters. She has successfully managed the defense of multi-plaintiff, multi-state litigation and has served as national coordinating counsel in pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort litigation. She is a former member of the editorial advisory board of MX Magazine, a publication that served the medical device industry.

Leveraging her first career as a registered nurse, Genese brought her drug and medical device practice to Wilson Elser in 2009. She leads the firm's Pharmaceutical & Medical Device practice and coordinates efforts to field a nationwide team of creative, resolution-oriented attorneys in the drug and medical device arena. As one of twelve attorneys elevated to the firm's Senior Trial Group, she possesses keen insight into case assessment and courtroom strategies.

Genese, who holds a second degree black belt in Enshin karate, is known for her ability to defend complex cases and handle tough opposing counsel when matters become heated. Notwithstanding her ability to confront and fight, Genese prides herself on providing her clients early case assessment and a solid work product directed toward the earliest possible dispute resolution.

Awards & Distinctions

Medmarc Insurance Company's Attorney of the Year, 2005
Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2014


Medical Device Cyber Risks
June 11, 2014


Wilson Elser's Senior Trial Group Wins Defense Verdict in High-Profile Case in Stockton, CA
November 15, 2013

Wilson Elser's Genese Dopson Accepts Invitation to Join CLM
August 8, 2013

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Cases Tried to Verdict; Tommy Dye v. Asbestos Corporation Ltd.(October 2009); San Francisco Superior Court No. 274606: Asbestosis; Andrew Garcia v. ConMed Corporation et al (December 2008); Santa Clara County Superior Court No. 104 CV 023354: Medical Products Liability; Steven Durand v. SSA Terminals et al (November 2006); Alameda County Superior Court No. RGO4141330: Wrongful Term./Age/Disability; Kwi Butler v. Aaron Medical Industries aka Bovie Medical Corp. (November 2004); U.S.D.C., Northern District, Case No. C 03-00896: Medical Products Liability; David Snowden v. Fire Insurance Exchange (April 2000); Sonoma County Superior Court No. 213578: Insurance Bad Faith/Arson; Daniel Impey v. Kevin Wesley, PeopleSoft, Inc. & Avis Rent-A-Car (January 2000); Alameda County Superior Court No. V-015749-2: Personal Injury/Auto; Carol Picchi v. Ricon Corporation (July 1997); Santa Clara County Superior Court No. CV743035: Medical Products Liability; John Rossi v. Northern Automotive Corp. (September 1995); Alameda County Superior Court No. 702424-1: Wrongful Term./Disability; Kimberly Patterson v. Kragen Auto Parts (February 1994); Sacramento County Superior Court No. 529107: Sexual Harassment; Johnson v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (October 1993); San Francisco County Superior Court No. 938063: Insurance Bad Faith; Neilsen v. Safeway Stores, Inc. (April 1992); Sonoma County Superior Court No. 171059: Slip and Fall; Cornelius Andrews v. Kragen Auto Parts (October 1991); San Francisco County Municipal Court No. 048289: False Arrest; Heidi Barron v. Kragen Auto Parts (May 1991); Contra Costa County Superior Court No. C89-00526: Sexual Harassment; Gerne v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (April 1991); San Francisco County Superior Court No. 917062: Insurance Bad Faith; Kragen Auto Supply v. Kirkorian Devel. Co. (June 1990); Santa Clara County Superior Court No. 645405: Declar. Relief/Indemnity; Phillips v. Keystone Family, Inc. (June 1989); San Francisco County Superior Court No. 859531: Premises/Slip and Fall; Joseph Bartee v. Fibreboard Corporation (April 1988); Alameda County Superior Court No. 588498-0: Death/Mesothelioma; John Vasko v. Raymark Industries (January 1988); San Francisco County Superior Court No. 814471: Asbestosis; Paula Sheppard v. Larson Ins. Agency (November 1987); Shasta County Superior Court No. 27422: Insurance Broker E&O; Woodward v. Seattle Standard Corporation (October 1987); Shasta County Superior Court No. 88319: Premises/Slip and Fall; Murphy v. Whitcomb, M.D. (August 1986); Butte County Superior Court No. 85483: Medical Malpractice; Rivera v. Redding Police Department (February 1986); Shasta County Superior Court No. 77864: Police Misconduct; Socorro Chicas v. Pioneer Hospital (May 1984); Los Cerritos County Municipal Court: Medical Malpractice; Collins v. Monrovia Comm. Hospital (February 1984); Santa Anita County Municipal Court: Premises/Slip and Fall

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New Jersey Seeks to Ban the Use of “Microbeads” in Consumer Care
Genese K. Dopson,Barbara Hopkinson Kelly,Erik M. Ortega, November 10, 2014
The New Jersey State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation to address the growing environmental concerns over personal care products containing microbeads, small non-biodegradable plastic particles used as abrasives in personal care products such as toothpaste. If enacted, New Jersey...

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Genese K. Dopson

525 Market Street, 17th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94105-2725


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