Our Attorneys

Clement L. Glynn


Phone: (925) 210-2801

Fax: (925) 945-1975

Email: cglynn@glynnfinley.com


Clement L. Glynn is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) who has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in California, Hawaii, Florida, South Carolina, and Colorado. He has represented clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including product liability, toxic torts, employment, business torts, real estate, intellectual property, commercial disputes, oil and gas, eminent domain, attorney-client fee disputes and other areas including appellate practice. Much of his practice is on the defense side, but he has also successfully represented plaintiffs on many occasions. He has been named a California “Super Lawyer” every year since the designation’s inception.

Mr. Glynn graduated Order of the Coif from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor for the Law Review. Prior to starting the firm in 1991, Mr. Glynn was managing partner of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro’s Walnut Creek office.

Mr. Glynn has taught at Hastings College of the Law and also at Golden Gate School of Law. He has lectured on litigation topics, including to the Defense Research Institute on “Trying the Catastrophic Child Injury Case,” and successful mediation techniques. He has also served as an expert regarding attorney-client fee disputes. Mr. Glynn has extensive experience in mediation and other ADR techniques and has served as a party arbitrator in various matters. He is a Master in the Edward J. McFetridge American Inns of Court.

Representative Cases:

  • Disability Rights Advocates v. BART (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.). Lead counsel for BART in disability class action. Pending.

  • Simple Avo Paradise Ranch v. Southern California Edison (Los Angeles Superior Court). Lead counsel for plaintiff avocado ranch that sustained major losses in the Thomas wildfire. Pending.

  • Private Company v. Law Firm (Los Angeles Superior Court). Represented private company in fee dispute with former law form. Settlement.

  • Mouren Farming v. Phillips 66 (U.S.D.C. E.D. Cal.). Lead counsel for defendant in real property/pipeline dispute. Settlement.

  • Mauldin v. Various (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.) Counsel for MSA Industries in action by firefighters alleging cancer resulting from exposure to chemicals used in the production of "turnout gear." Pending.

  • Ferdig Oil Company, Inc. v. ROC Gathering, LLC, et al. (Montana Ninth Judicial District Court). Represented client in Montana-based oil and gas contract dispute. Summary judgment for client, plus recovery of 100 percent of legal fees and costs, affirmed by Montana Supreme Court.

  • Shirley Hwang v. Jay Shah (San Francisco Superior Court). Represented plaintiff who was the victim of real estate fraud scam. Plaintiff verdict of nearly $4 million, including punitive damages.

  • Clients v. Law Firm. Pro Bono representation of clients in week-long arbitration before a BASF three member arbitration panel against law firm that had massively over-billed the clients. Favorably resolved by confidential settlement.

  • Russo v. Andrews, et al. (Solano County Superior Court). Represented plaintiff in real estate partnership dispute in Solano County. Appeal pending.

  • Learning Technology Partners v. University of Incarnate Word (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.). $10 plus million breach of contract case. Defense verdict in under 30 minutes.

  • Jim Aana, et al. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (U.S.D.C. Hawai’i). Represented Pioneer Seed Company et al. in mass nuisance claim concerning dust and pesticides allegedly blown from research farm onto a nearby community. Settled following successful bellweather trial.

  • County of Santa Clara, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al. (Santa Clara County Superior Court). Represented DuPont in action brought on behalf of 10 governmental entities in California alleging multi-billion dollar claims for alleged remediation of lead paint. Three of the five defendants were held jointly and severally liable for $1.15 billion. DuPont received a defense verdict.

  • Ismail v. General Electric Co. (Stanislaus County Superior Court). Represented GE in product liability burn injury case involving two year old. Defense verdict.

  • Soto v. Castlerock Farming and Transport, Inc. (U.S.D.C. E.D. Cal.). Represented a table grape grower in putative wage-and-hour class action. Class certification denied.

  • Scantlin v. General Electric Company (U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal.). Represented GE in defense of defective design personal injury lawsuit brought by an electrician who sustained third-degree burns over more than 65% of his body in an industrial accident. Defense judgment affirmed on appeal.

  • Zelikowsky v. ConocoPhillips Company (Los Angeles County Superior Court). Represented ConocoPhillips (now Phillips 66) in environmental contamination lawsuit brought by a neighbor of a gasoline terminal in Los Angeles. The case settled during motion in limine practice.

  • San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District v. Underwriting Members of Lloyds’ Syndicates (San Mateo Superior Court). Represented BART in action against underwriters for bad faith denial of insurance coverage. Confidential settlement.

  • CA Metro Plaza Limited Partnership v. Skjerven Morrill LLP, et al. (Santa Clara County Superior Court). Represented group of partners from dissolved law firm in defense of a breach of fiduciary duty suit brought by their former partners. Settlement.

  • Craig S. Kammerer v. Charles Collins, et al. (San Francisco County Superior Court). Represented Millennium Partners, a real estate developer, in commercial litigation involving the Sony Metreon Development. Mr. Glynn’s client was awarded summary judgment and $515,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.

  • Summers v. ConocoPhillips Company (U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal.). Represented ConocoPhillips in a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. Defense verdict.

  • Barbara’s Bakery (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.). Represented health foods manufacturer in a national class action lawsuit brought by consumers alleging “all natural” foods were false and misleading because they allegedly contained genetically modified ingredients and synthetic ingredients. Settlement.

  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company v. U.S.A. Performance Technology, Inc. (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.). Represent DuPont as plaintiff in theft of trade secrets case.

  • Cash & Schwind v. Chevron (U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal.). Represented Chevron in case alleging discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race and disability. Favorable verdict followed by settlement.

Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Commercial

  • Products Liability

  • Toxic Torts

  • Oil and Gas

  • Employment

  • Agricultural

  • Real Estate

  • Eminent Domain

Bar/COURT Admissions:

  • California

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • J.D. – University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1973

    • Honors: Order of the Coif, Thurston Society

    • Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal, Member, Note and Comment Editor

  • B.A. – California State University, San Francisco, California, 1970

    • Major: Journalism

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

  • State Bar of California, Member

  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member

  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court

Past Employment Positions:

  • Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, Partner, 1981

  • Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro’s Walnut Creek Office, Managing Partner, 1986


  • Spanish

  • Some Italian