Mary Ellen Gambino: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Mary Ellen Gambino

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Practice Areas

  • Toxic Tort
  • Asbestos
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9340
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1980
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1983 Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
Admitted1983, California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; Supreme Court of California

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association
San Francisco Bar Association
Los Angeles Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada: member, Board of Directors 2009-2010; chair, Toxic Tort Committee, 2008-2010.


Meg Gambino focuses her practice on toxic tort, environmental and product liability litigation. Since 1984, she has been actively involved in the defense of national and local clients in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, and she currently oversees all asbestos litigation engagements in the firm's San Francisco office.

Clients Meg has represented in these matters run the gamut from turbine manufacturers and microchip makers to construction managers and automotive companies. These clients have been manufacturers and suppliers of thermal insulation, industrial and friction products, and asbestos cement pipe. Meg is a well-known and respected trial attorney and has attained efficient and favorable resolution of hundreds of asbestos cases, individually and as part of negotiated claims processing agreements.

Meg also has extensive experience defending chemical companies in cases where a variety of toxic exposures have been alleged. She has handled pharmaceutical and environmental litigation as well. She has negotiated favorable settlements in enforcement actions brought by environmental groups under the Clean Water Act and represented potentially responsible parties, including underground tank owners, in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and other cost recovery actions.

Meg's reputation among judges, plaintiffs' counsel and the defense community involved in asbestos litigation is among the greatest assets she offers to her clients. She served for two years on a committee formed by the San Francisco Superior Court comprised of judges and plaintiffs' and defense attorneys to draft the General Order for mandatory e-filing in asbestos litigation. Meg consulted on proposed language for the Order and represented the position of the defense community on various issues. She also participated on another court-ordered committee to propose revisions to the settlement procedures for asbestos cases.

Awards & Distinctions

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Rated by American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts, 2013
Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013


Round Three: California Appellate Courts Home in on Duty of Care in Household Asbestos Exposure
July 1, 2014

California Court of Appeal Overturns Nonsuit Granted in Household Exposure Asbestos Case Where Trial Court's Decision Was Based on Campbell v. Ford Motor Co.
June 3, 2014


Wilson Elser Obtains Dismissal in Asbestos Case Following $3.0 Million Demand
November 8, 2013


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California Court of Appeal Holds Intermediary’s Sophistication Not Sufficient, as a Matter of Law, to Avoid Supplier’s Liability for Injury to Product User
Mary Ellen Gambino, November 11, 2013
On October 29, 2013, the California Court of Appeal affirmed as proper a trial court’s refusal to give defendant John Crane, Inc.’s (Crane’s) requested jury instruction on the “sophisticated user” defense. In Anne Pfeifer, et al. v. John Crane, Inc., California Court...

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Mary Ellen Gambino

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


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