Robert J. Guite: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Robert J. Guite

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • False Advertising
  • Lanham Act and Unfair Competition
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Toxic Torts and Products Liability
  • Insurance
University Seattle University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
Law SchoolUniversity of Montana, J.D., with highest honors, 1995 Managing Editor of Montana Law Review
AdmittedCalifornia; Montana; Washington; United States District Court for the Northern District of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Montana; United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the Central District of California

Rob Guite is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

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Mr. Guite focuses his litigation practice on ERISA and insurance, commercial, class action and products liability matters. He regularly represents employers/plan sponsors, plan administrators and insurers in ERISA and fiduciary litigation involving plan terminations, eligibility determinations, benefit calculations and changes in benefits brought by individual participants or beneficiaries and by putative classes. In addition, Mr. Guite counsels retailers and consumer products companies on brand protection and represents companies in unfair competition and false advertising litigation. He regularly defends consumer class actions and has extensive experience litigating cases involving business torts, bad faith, contracts, trade secrets, products liability and mass torts. Mr. Guite is admitted to practice in California, Montana and Washington and regularly represents clients in those jurisdictions.

Mr. Guite is co-author of DOL Final Fee Disclosure Rules May Have Consequences for Fiduciaries Beyond Fines - Could Result in Increased Litigation and Government Enforcement, appearing in Bloomberg BNA's Pensions & Benefits Daily, and of ERISA Fiduciary Claims: Planning, Protecting and Preparing for Class Actions, appearing in the Employee Relations Law Journal. He was also a speaker for the Washington State Bar Association, presenting Employee Benefits: Introduction to ERISA Litigation. Rob is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Washington State Bar Association.


•Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer

•Northern California Super Lawyer, 2011


Law clerk to the Honorable W. William Leaphart of the Supreme Court of Montana


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Robert J. Guite

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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