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Brayton Purcell

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Brayton Purcell LLP
HeadquartersNovato, California
No. of offices4
No. of attorneys50+
No. of employees150+
Major practice areasasbestos, mesothelioma, toxic substances, medical malpractice, personal injury
Key peopleAlan Brayton, Gil Purcell (Senior Partners)
Date founded1983
SloganAttorneys Helping People

Brayton Purcell, LLP (also known as Brayton Law) is a law firm based in Novato, California. The firm has 45 attorneys and 220 support staff.[1] The majority of the firm's cases involve personal injury, and 75% of all cases are asbestos related.[2][3]

About the Partners[edit]

Prior to law school, founding partner Alan Brayton graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1971.[citation needed]

In 1972 he received a master's in finance from UCLA, and in 1976 he earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley.[4]

In 1983 founding partner Alan Brayton established the firm. In 1995 senior partner and lead trial counsel Gilbert Purcell joined to name the partnership Brayton Purcell.[2][5]

In 2006 Alan Brayton was named president of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation.[6]

In 2011 James Nevin became a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates at the age of 36, making him the youngest ever member.[7][8]


In 2002 a California jury granted the largest asbestos case award to the plaintiff in a case tried by Brayton Purcell employees. Alfred Todak v. Foster Wheeler LLC resulted in a $33.7 million verdict for the former Navy electrician and his wife.[9]


In 2007 a judge stated that the law firm "lied to the court, submitted fraudulent asbestos claim forms and broke other rules" in an asbestos-related case.[10] As a result, the firm was barred from participating in the rest of the case.[11]

In May 2015 a federal judge in California sanctioned and fined Brayton Purcell partner Gilbert Purcell for lying about witness testimony. Purcell and several other members of his team were fined $250 each. Purcell lied about whether a particular witness would testify about how chemotherapy may have exacerbated his client's kidney problems.[12]


  1. "Attorneys". Brayton Purcell. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schuyler, Nina (2011). "Gilbert Purcell: Brayton Purcell" (PDF). Representing Plaintiffs (Fall 2011): 38. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Personal Injury Lawyers". Thursday, July 23, 2020
  4. Connell, Mary (July 27, 2006). "Al Brayton to lead trial lawyers' foundation". Marinscope Community Newspapers. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  5. Holley, Ray. "35 Years of Law". NorthBay biz. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  6. Connell, Mary (July 27, 2006). "Al Brayton to lead trial lawyers' foundation". Marinscope Community Newspapers.
  7. Ellison, Stephen (August 2005). "Profile: James Nevin" (PDF). Plaintiff Magazine. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  8. "Wrongful Death Attorney". Thursday, 19 November 2020
  9. Ellison, Stephen (May 2009). "Profile: Alan Brayton". Plaintiff Magazine. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  10. Hirsch, Matthew (22 January 2007). "Judge: Firm Submitted Fraudulent Claim Forms". The Legal Intelligencer. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. Davies, Paul (20 January 2007). "Plaintiffs' Team Takes Hit on Asbestos". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  12. Koenig, Bryan (26 May 2015). "Atty Sanctioned For Sneaking Evidence In Navy Asbestos Suit". Law360. Retrieved 27 July 2017.

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