Frank Pitre

Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP - Burlingame
840 Malcolm Rd, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 697-6000

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.

Despite Court Closures, 2020 Brought Big Courthouse Wins for Plaintiffs in the Southern California Gas Leak Cases

Parents of Slain Saugus High School Student Sue School District on the Anniversary of 15-Year-Old Gracie Muehlberger's Tragic Death

CPM Partners Joe Cotchett and Frank Pitre Named to Distinguished List of Daily Journal’s ‘Top Plaintiff Lawyers’ in California for 2020

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)

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

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.

University of San Francisco, B.S., cum laude

Legal externship with the California Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court