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Peter J. Gates

Peter J. Gates

Managing Partner
Irvine, California

Pete has been an attorney specializing in civil litigation defense for more than 35 years. He has tried over 120 jury trials to verdict throughout the counties of Southern California. Pete is an Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has extensive experience in defending vehicle liability, premises liability, employment liability and Elder Abuse claims.

Pete defended and tried to defense verdict two of the biggest fire losses in the history of Orange County--the Anaheim Fire litigation and the 2151 Michelson Fire litigation filed against Standard Brands Paint Corporation. He has extensive experience handling and defending catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Pete lives with his wife, Rita, and two children in Orange County, CA.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Litigation
  • Vehicle Accident Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Security/Third Party Violent Crime
  • Long Term Care Liability
  • Products Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1975


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D., 1974
    • Law Review: Loyola University Law Review, 1971 - 1974
  • California State University, Fullerton, California
    • B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude, 1970


  • "Evaluation of Wrongful Death Claims," 2000 - 2010
  • "Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," 2000 - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Rank of Advocate, 1999 - 2010
  • Orange County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall & Wade, Partner, 1976 - 2002
  • Spray, Gould & Bowers, Associate, 1974 - 1976
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265