Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP - Burlingame
840 Malcolm Rd, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 697-6000 www.cpmlegal.com
Frank M. Pitre, a San Francisco native, earned his B.S., cum laude, in Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. While at USF, Frank served a legal externship with the California Supreme Court.
Considered as one of the outstanding trial lawyers in areas of personal injury/wrongful death, consumer fraud, mass torts and commercial torts, Frank has won millions of dollars for victims of injustice.
His skill as a trial lawyer has earned him recognition among his peers who have elected him as a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate), International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2018, he was honored by Consumer Watchdog with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his successful advocacy on behalf of consumers over more than three decades.
Since January 2018, he has served as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of the victims of the North Bay Wild Fires to prosecute claims against PG&E for its mismanagement of electrical operations leading to 43 deaths, 100,000 people displaced, over 245,000 acres burned and more than 14,700 homes and structures destroyed. In Re: California North Bay Fire Cases, JCCP Action No. 4955. Concurrently, he served as a member of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in statewide mass tort actions prosecuted against PG&E arising out of the Butte Wildfire. In Re: Butte Fire Cases, JCCP Action No. 4853.
Previous to that, he acted as Co-Lead Counsel, and secured one of the top 10 largest Shareholder Derivative Settlements in U.S. history against Officers and Directors of PG&E arising out of the San Bruno Fire & Explosion. Salman, et al. v. Darbee, et al., JCCP Action No. 4648.
He was selected by Federal District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer as one of twenty lawyers, among 150 attorney applicants nationwide, to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee to prosecute claims on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers against Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi over their diesel emissions scandal. The cases were pending in the Northern District of California in MDL 2672: In Re Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation.
News Despite Court Closures, 2020 Brought Big Courthouse Wins for Plaintiffs in the Southern California Gas Leak Cases 01.13.2021
Parents of Slain Saugus High School Student Sue School District on the Anniversary of 15-Year-Old Gracie Muehlberger's Tragic Death 11.20.2020
CPM Partners Joe Cotchett and Frank Pitre Named to Distinguished List of Daily Journal’s ‘Top Plaintiff Lawyers’ in California for 2020 06.10.2020
Publications California Personal Injury Proof, California Continuing Education of the Bar Assault Weapons: The Case Against The TEC-9 Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Seminar 1996
Blog Posts Public Radio Airs Story on CPM’s Counterfeit Screws Litigation Advocates for Justice, 03.09.2015 Introduction to Personal Injury Law Advocates for Justice, 05.12.2014
Honors & Recognitions Recognized by Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal as One of California’s Top 100 Lawyers
Selected by Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal as One of California's Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers
2014-2018 Selected as One of Northern California's Top 10 Lawyers by Super Lawyers
Selected by Best Lawyers as Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area
2014 Finalist Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year
2013 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award Recipient
Honored by the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association as Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2006
Recognized as a Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2000, 2004 and 2011
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006
Ranked among the top 500 litigators in America by Lawdragon Magazine
Named a Northern California (Top100) Super Lawyer for each year since 2005, earning a Top 10 ranking in 2010
Recipient of Edward I. Pollock Award for his dedicated efforts on behalf of consumers (2010)
2020 Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year (FMP)
Affiliations American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, Advocate (President, 2016 San Francisco Chapter)
Cal-ABOTA, Treasurer (2019)
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Society of Barristers, Fellow
National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Past President
Vice President 2002, 2004 President 2005-06 National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors 1996 to 2000
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American Bar Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
Litigation Counsel of America, Member
San Mateo County Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors 1996 to 2001
San Mateo County Barristers, Member, Board of Directors, 1984-1986
San Mateo County Bar, Member, Board of Directors, 1990-1992
Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
State Bar of California
University of San Francisco, School of Law, Board of Directors
Practice Areas Aviation / Helicopter Accidents Balcony Collapse Litigation Defective Products / Mass Torts Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Pharmaceutical Litigation
Education University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
University of San Francisco, B.S., cum laude
Clerkships Legal externship with the California Supreme Court