Gerald Singleton began his legal career as a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego, where he represented federal criminal defendants in the Southern District of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He left Federal Defenders in 2003 to start his own practice, which has grown from a sole proprietorship to a national firm with over 100 employees.
Gerald focuses on complex civil litigation and catastrophic personal injury/wrongful death cases and is a nationally recognized expert in utility-caused fires.
Over the past two decades, he and his team have represented more victims of utility-caused fires than any other California firm, and he is one of the state’s leading experts on utility-fire litigation. He has represented over 12,000 victims of utility fires in California and Oregon, including the 2007 San Diego Fires, the 2013 Powerhouse Fire, the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires, the 2017 Thomas Fire, the 2018 Camp Fire, the 2018 Woolsey Fire, the 2019 Kincade Fire, the 2020 Zogg, Slater, Mountain View, Archie Creek, Holiday Farm and Echo Fires, and the 2021 Dixie Fire.
He has served as liaison counsel and in other positions of leadership in complex civil cases all of over the state of California. He currently serves as liaison counsel in the Kincade, Zogg and Bobcat Fire cases, which are being litigated in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Gerald has tried over 20 cases and settled thousands more, including over 250 cases for $1 million or more and dozens of cases for $10 million or more. In the past decade, he and his team have recovered over $1 billion for their clients.
Throughout his career, Gerald has maintained a substantial pro bono and civil rights practice and has always championed the cause of the individual against the government and corporate abuses.
Gerald graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College, where he won the departmental prize in Government for his senior honors thesis. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2000 and was admitted to practice law in California that same year. He is licensed to practice in California, Oregon, Texas, Missouri, and Minnesota, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.