Ongaro PC was designed to provide top-quality legal services for clients without larger law firm overhead.
Ongaro PC is a boutique, trial-focused law firm based in San Francisco with an office in Los Angeles and attorneys throughout the country. What sets us apart from other law firms—who often work up cases to the eve of trial and settle—is that we have substantial bench and jury trial experience in high-exposure, large-value claims. We are not afraid of the courtroom and our trial results speak for themselves. Our successes, garnered over many years, have resulted in the representation of large, publicly traded corporations Significant trial victories include:
- “A sixty-nine million dollar ($69,000,000) verdict for our client in a commercial case against a publicly traded corporation;
- A defense verdict in a seventy-seven million dollar ($77,000,000) toxic exposure case;
- A defense verdict in a double wrongful death claim where the Plaintiffs sought ninety-five million ($95,000,000);
- A defense verdict in a twenty-six million dollar ($26,000,000) personal injury case where the Plaintiff testified from his death bed;
- A defense verdict in an eight-million dollar ($8,000,000) employment case that involved the disfigurement of a three-year-old child.
Our trial record signals to opposing counsel that we are serious about the case. Unlike many defense firms, we do not limit ourselves to representing defendants, and take the right plaintiff-side cases on as well. Our experience defending plaintiffs, as exhibited by our recent $30+ million verdict on behalf of a plaintiff in a complex commercial dispute, gives us an edge as we are uniquely able—for a top-notch defense firm—to put ourselves in plaintiffs’ counsel’s shoes to anticipate next moves and weaknesses.
Many of our corporate clients have come to us due to recurring litigation from the same law firms on similar theories. Our clientele, especially the publicly traded companies, are sophisticated clients (many have extensive legal departments) who demand top-notch legal services provided effectively and efficiently. Our cases and projects are staffed leanly, and we develop the objectives with our clients and then execute those objectives.
The attorneys at Ongaro PC frequently go to trial. Ongaro PC often serves as lead counsel on complex and high-value cases brought throughout the nation.
All of the Ongaro PC attorneys distinguished themselves at top law firms in the United States prior to joining the firm. The attorneys have a broad range of experience in numerous practice areas, with many having practiced for at least ten years. Five of the firm’s lawyers have been selected to the list of Northern California’s Super Lawyer and Rising Star lists for multiple years.
Ongaro PC’s teams specialize in employment law, product liability litigation and warranty litigation, however the firm regularly takes on cases and issues requiring specialized expertise beyond those areas.
Ongaro PC’s employment team has successfully handled some of the largest employment class actions in California. It regularly defends employers in wage and hour class actions, Fair Labor Standards Act collective action cases, and Private Attorneys General Act representative actions. In addition, its employment attorneys represent employers with respect to a broad range of areas, including single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases, administrative agency claims and investigations, labor-related issues, trade secret cases, and contractual disputes. The Ongaro PC attorneys frequently provide counseling and advice to employers on an extensive number of issues, including employee handbooks, policies and procedures, employee programs, and personnel issues. Its employment team specializes in California law, but is often asked to handle cases and issues arising outside of California and throughout the nation.
Product liability litigation
Ongaro PC’s products liability team is frequently in the courtroom, and the attorneys are regularly brought into high-value cases when it becomes clear that a case will go to trial. As a result, while the products liability team handles all aspects of cases and phases of litigation, its members are highly skilled and experienced trial lawyers. Their areas of expertise include mass tort, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death, and toxic tort.
Ongaro PC’s warranty litigation team handles Son-Beverly litigation for several vehicle manufacturers throughout California. The team’s attorneys have tried many cases to verdict in both state and federal court. The team has also developed aggressive and successful case handling strategies utilizing a coordinated approach for early case evaluation, focused discovery, and motion practice.