Gordon M. Park

Gordon M. Park: Attorney with McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Recipient: Hon Blame Pettit Mentor of the Year Award, Fresno Bar Association, 2003. Selected, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2006-2016. Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Joaquin Chapter (1989-2010). Member, Defense Counsel of Northern California, Defense Research Institute, Northern California Fraud investigators Association, California Conference of Arson Investigators, Property Claims Association of the Pacific, and PARMA (Association of Public Risk Managers). Instructor and Lecturer: "Examinations Under Oath: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid To Ask and Insurance Fraud and Arson Reporting Requirements: Truth or Consequences", Western States Auto Theft Investigators Insurance Fraud Seminar, Monterey, California, September 26-27, 2005; "Nevada Insurance Law Essentials: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Insurance Coverage—First Party Property Coverage and Issues", Nevada State Bar CLE Seminar, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, August 25-26, 2005; "Advanced Civil Procedure Before Trial: Summary Judgment Motions", Rutter Group, San Diego, January 29-30, 2005; "Civil Procedure Before Trial", Rutter Group, Fresno, October 14-15, 1998, November 3-4, 1999 and March 12-14, 2002. Lecturer and Author: "Now You See It, Now You Don't: Dealing With Missing Records and Inadequate Proof", ABA Tips Section, Property Insurance Law Comm. Seminar on Handling Catastrophe Loss Claims, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, April 19, 2001 and New York City, November 5, 2001; "How Do You Plead So You Won't Get Burned? - - An Insurer's Guide for Affirmative and Defensive Pleadings in a Civil Arson Action", ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, ABA National Institute on Litigating a Civil Arson Case, New Orleans, March 1993; "So You're Going to be Deposed — Preparing for and Testifying in Depositions", Defense Research Institute, Insurance Claims Supervision Seminars, Atlanta, September 1991, New York, December 1991 and San Diego, March 1992. Lecturer and Co-Author: "Ethics and Experts: Best Uses of Consulting Experts in Property Claims", ABA Tips Section, Property Insurance Law Committee Mid-Year Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 15, 2005; "Counsel for The Defense: Tarp v. E & W Associates Case Study", Clearing the Air: Exposing and Managing the Real Risk of Toxic Mold, Active Communications Int'l, Dallas, Texas, November 5-7, 2002; "Trying the Damages Case: Mold Taking Over Life?" Lifestyle Injury/Vocational Rehabilitation, Mold Litigation Conference on Preparing Your Case for Trial, Mealey's Publications, West Palm Beach, Florida, October 31, 2002; "The Coverage Trigger in Environmental Contamination Property Claims: Who Gets Shot for the Loss", ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1989; "Employment Practices Liability Policy: Real Cure or Costly Placebo?" ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Mid-Winter Meeting, Phoenix, 1998; "Bad Faith Litigation in California", National Business Institute, Inc., October 1996; "Coverage Trigger Update: A Discussion of Prudential-LMI and Montrose Decisions", ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, March 1996; "Arming and Disarming the Expert Witness", DRI Third Party Liability: Current Trends and Issues Seminar, San Diego, January 1996; "Building the Circumstantial Case: Confronting the Claimant", Mealey's Insurance Fraud and Bad Faith Conference, Phoenix, February 1995; "Fighting Fraud: A Team Effort; A Discussion of Several Topics Relevant to the Investigation and Litigation of Fraudulent Insurance Claims", Northern California Fraud Investigators Association Annual Training Seminar, Monterey, March 1994; "Successful Strategies and Tactics in the Defense of a Bad Faith Action (or: How to Slay the Dragon)", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Monterey Seminar, August 1990; "The Insurance Agent: Friend or Foe", ABA Property Insurance Law Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1990. Co-Author: "Regional Editor, First Supplement to Bad Faith and Punitive Damages: Annotation to First Party Insurance Cases, Statutes and Regulations", A.B.A. Property Insurance Law Committee, 1989; Trial Attorney, "A Mold Case Study: Tarp v. E & W Associates III, et al.", Mealy's Litigation Report: Mold, Vol. 1, Issue 2, February 2001. Guest Speaker: "How to Avoid Being Sued and How to Win If You Are", Central Valley Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, Merced, January 2000; "Examinations Under Oath", Sacramento Claims Adjusters Association, Sacramento, August 2006; "Examinations Under Oath", East Bay Claims Adjusters Association, Pleasanton, April 2006; "The Year's Hot Topics in Property Insurance Law", Central California Adjusters Association and Fresno County Property Insurance Forum Luncheon Meetings, 1983-2006. Qualified Expert, California Superior Court. Officer and Director, Several Local School, Church and Civic Organizations. Active Coach, Referee and Elected Board Officer, Local Leagues of California Youth Soccer Association. Coach: Buchanan High School Mock Trial Team; Fresno State's College Mock Trial Team. Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Joaquin Chapter, 1989—.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance Coverage Defense
  • First Party Insurance Defense
  • Arson and Insurance Fraud
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Construction Defects

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
559-512-6443  Phone
(559) 433-1300  Phone
(559) 433-2300  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 28912, Fresno, CA 93720
University Attended:
California State University, Long Beach, B.A., summa cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976, California; 1999, Nevada; 1999, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1976, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
State Bar of California; Fresno County Bar Association; Nevada State, Clark County, and Federal Bar Associations. American Bar Association (Torts and Insurance Practice Section - Product Liability, Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Property Insurance Law Committees).
Reported Cases:
Plyler v. Wheaton Van Lines, 640 F.2d 1091 (9th Cir. 1981).
Hobbies & interests:
Coaching high school and college mock trial teams.

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