Gordon D. McAuley
Gordon D. McAuley is of counsel to Williams & Gumbiner. He represents transportation and general business clients in drafting commercial contracts, and in business litigation matters.
He previously served as Assistant General Counsel to The Pasha Group, an international transportation and logistics company headquartered in Northern California where he advised the company regarding the company’s ocean and motor carrier, broker, household goods moving and freight forwarder operations, as well as its warehouse and port terminal businesses. Prior to joining The Pasha Group, Gordon was an equity partner with the 150-attorney San Francisco law firm Hanson Bridgett where he was head of the Transportation and Logistics Practice Group.
Gordon has been a mediator since 1996, and has served in more than 80 mediations involving transportation, personal injury, real estate, and commercial disputes. He has more than 75 hours of mediator training, is a certified mediator for the Federal District Court in San Francisco, and was Chair of the Marin County Bar Association ADR Section in 2013.
Gordon earned a Philosophy degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, and J.D. in 1981 from the Univ. of San Francisco Law School. He is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, and served as Chairman of its Freight Claims Committee. He also was an air traffic controller in Europe with the U.S. Air Force in the early 1970’s, and is a licensed private pilot.
Gordon has written more than fifty articles published in Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin, The Transportation Lawyer, the Aviation Law column in the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy’s Association Highlights, In Transit, Lexis Expert Legal Commentaries, the San Francisco Daily Journal and local bar newsletters.
He has tried several cases to jury verdict and has ten published federal court decisions, including the seminal transportation law cases Hughes Aircraft v. North American Van Lines, 970 F.2d 609 (9th Cir. 1992), and Neptune Orient Lines v. BNSF Railroad, 213 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2000). He is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2006-2015.