Gilda Turitz concentrates her practice on business litigation in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals, with cases involving commercial transactions; contractual, partnership, intra-corporate and securities disputes; unfair competition claims; legal malpractice and other professional liability; real estate; fraud and breach of fiduciary duty; and trusts and estates litigation. Her diverse practice extends to trademark and related intellectual property litigation, trade secret and employment termination matters, product liability claims, and construction litigation. Ms. Turitz also represents clients in securities arbitrations before FINRA and in related regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Ms. Turitz litigates matters involving municipal bond issuances and claims that arise when the tax-exempt status of such bonds is called into question. Ms. Turitz also provides business counseling and advice to clients with an eye toward avoiding future disputes, including counseling on appropriate forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ms. Turitz’s clientele includes businesses ranging from multi-national to closely held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, as well as individual directors, officers and executives in diverse industries such as telecommunications and high technology, professional service firms and other service industries, and real estate and investment concerns. She also represents individuals in the defense or prosecution of claims arising from their business, investments, or employment.
In addition to representing clients as an advocate, Ms. Turitz is an arbitrator, mediator and early neutral evaluator. Ms. Turitz is on federal and state court, International Trademark Association (INTA) and American Arbitration Association mediator panels and has a high rate of success in resolving disputes as a mediator. She also is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, serving on its California ADR Panel and its Banking, Accounting and Financial Services Panel, and since 1989 has served as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, including for its Large, Complex Cases. In SEC v. Prudential Securities (1994-1996), Ms. Turitz was appointed arbitrator in more than 300 expedited arbitrations involving investor suitability and misrepresentation claims.
Ms. Turitz is the firm’s Litigation Practice Group Leader. Before joining Sideman & Bancroft LLP in January 1998, Ms. Turitz practiced as a commercial litigator for 17 years at the San Francisco office of Graham & James LLP, where she chaired the litigation group.