George Gigounas > DLA Piper LLP (US) > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-2933
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Regulatory and Government Affairs; Environment, Health and Safety; Product Liability, Mass Torts and Product Stewardship; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes; Global Governance and Compliance; Investigations; Commercial Contracts Disputes; Class Actions; Intellectual Property and Technology; State Attorneys General; Energy and Natural Resources; Insurance; Consumer Goods, Food and Retail; Life Sciences; Industrials




George Gigounas resolves environmental and product-related litigation, enforcement and compliance issues for DLA Piper clients with industrial, manufacturing and product-based businesses.

His environmental practice builds on a strong background in environmental science, a familiarity with the technical, chemical and mechanical processes involved in industrial operations, and an understanding of the geophysical and toxicity issues arising with hazardous wastes, toxic exposures and environmental remediations. George’s client service draws on litigation and trial skills from a varied background, involving advocacy for industrial entities and manufacturers, oil, insurance, consumer and pharmaceutical product firms. He has defended numerous government enforcement actions and complex civil lawsuits under federal CERCLA and RCRA laws and related state laws.

His products practice spans litigation and compliance counselling on a wide range of products, from electronics to personal care products, vehicles, over-the-counter medicines and prescription pharmaceuticals. George advises on compliance with product safety laws and regulations, particularly regarding California laws, including long experience in Proposition 65 litigation. He also represents clients in product recalls and withdrawals and assessment of potential product defects and risks. He helps clients ascertain and monitor regulatory compliance, develop testing programs, implement required certifications and handle enforcement actions or litigation under federal and state laws.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; B.A., University of Virginia

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort

Knowledgeable across a range of toxic-related matters, including chemical exposure, and strengthened by the recent recruitment of a number of accomplished trial lawyers, DLA Piper LLP (US) is increasingly well-positioned to guide defendants throughout the life cycle of litigation. Washington DC-based Buffy Mims co-heads the toxic tort sub-group, following her arrival from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in January 2021; she has particular expertise handling state and federal MDL proceedings. The ‘responsive and diligent‘ team is also appreciated for its ‘willingness to innovate‘ on billing and its conversance with hot-button issues including climate change and PFAS matters. On the West Coast, numerous practitioners have toxic tort/environmental litigation expertise, including San Francisco-based George Gigounas who handles national work as well as California’s Proposition 65 law matters.