Patrick Gunning focuses his practice exclusively on representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, products liability and wrongful death cases. Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Gunning has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients in lawsuits against those responsible.
- In 2021, Mr. Gunning, Brian Panish and Adam Shea obtained a $39,500,000 settlement for college student Marissa Freeman who was catastrophically injured after suffering heat stroke during an outdoor class at California State University San Bernardino. This is believed to be the largest settlement ever for an injury case involving the California State University system.
- In 2018, Mr. Gunning and Adam Shea obtained a $6,298,237 jury verdict for a 70-year-old woman who suffered severe injuries after being struck by a tour bus making a right turn while she was crossing the street.
- In 2018, Mr. Gunning and Adam Shea obtained a $3,600,000 settlement from the state of California and the County of Los Angeles in a case involving a woman who suffered spinal injuries following a traffic collision when a first responder directed her to an area of the roadway when she fell 12 feet to a concrete flood control channel below.
- In May 2014, in the case of Francisco v. AC Transit, Mr. Gunning was a member of the trial team alongside firm partner Brian Panish and Spencer Lucas and obtained a verdict of $15.3 million for a woman who suffered a back injury while riding on a city bus. In 2018, the verdict was upheld on appeal.
- In July 2013, in the case of Barbarito v. Van Gundy, Mr. Gunning and firm partner Adam Shea obtained a verdict of $1.126 million for a client who suffered hip and shoulder injuries in a motorcycle accident.
- In December 2011, Mr. Gunning was a member of the trial team in Yoon v. United States, alongside firm partners Brian Panish and Kevin R. Boyle, representing the family of Don Yoon , whose wife, two daughters, and mother-in-law were killed in an aviation accident when a Marine Corps F/A-18D fighter jet crashed into the family home, burning the victims alive. At trial, a federal judge awarded the surviving family members $17.845 million for their loss. This verdict is believed to be the largest individual wrongful death award ever against the United States government.
A particular focus of Mr. Gunning’s practice is representing elderly victims of negligence. As lead counsel, Mr. Gunning has obtained the following settlements:
- Sanchez v. E.M. Pizza: In 2016, Mr. Gunning obtained a settlement of $2,500,000 for an 85-year-old client who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury as well as hip and knee injuries after being struck while in a crosswalk, despite the client’s preexisting memory loss and knee problems.
- Torres v. Anchondo: In 2015, Mr. Gunning obtained a settlement of $2,500,000 for a 76-year-old client who suffered a traumatic brain injury and back injuries when struck by a drunk driver, despite the client’s multiple preexisting medical conditions.
Since 2016, Mr. Gunning has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” – an honor awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the state of California under 40 years of age.
Prior to joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, as part of UCLA Law School’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Mr. Gunning fought for the rights of immigrants in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, working to ensure the right to challenge due process violations by the government even after deportation. Mr. Gunning also worked in the homicide unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Seattle, Washington.
A member of the State Bar of California and the Washington State Bar, Mr. Gunning received his law degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Gunning is also an accomplished guitarist and mandolinist.