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

DLA Piper LLP (US)
401 B STREET
SUITE 1700
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-4297
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; International Trade, 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; Protecting Business Assets; Intellectual Property and Technology; Energy and Natural Resources; Insurance; Retail; Life Sciences; Industrials

Position

Partner

Career

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.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense

Led by Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) comprises ‘very thoughtful litigators, who thoroughly examine the issues and provide in-depth and practical advice’. Leveraging its ‘international reach’ and experience in the food and beverage, technology and tobacco sectors, the practice group is regularly involved in class actions, personal injury lawsuits and false advertisement claims. Angela Agrusa, who joined the Los Angeles office in October 2017 from Liner, represented Danone in several false advertising class actions, including a claim regarding the term ‘organic’ used on certain milk products. Also recommended is George Gigounas, who defended e-cigarette and vaping product manufacturer NJOY in a civil action filed by the Center for Environmental Health seeking Prop 65 cancer warnings on the client’s products. In 2018 Amy Rubenstein and John Scholnick joined from Schiff Hardin LLP, while Levi Heath joined from Barnes & Thornburg LLPAlva Mather left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP in October 2019.