Gabriel Padilla

Gabriel Padilla

Of Counsel

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520 Newport Center Drive
Suite 750
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Gabriel J. Padilla is one of the founding attorneys at Bick Law LLP. Gabriel is a former associate at Arnold & Porter and Bingham McCutchen. He has practiced environmental law since 2003, and prior to that time he studied environmental sciences and worked in the science field. He has represented Fortune 100 companies in cost recovery actions under CERCLA and RCRA, defended agency and enforcement actions, advised and defended clients in Proposition 65 matters, and defended corporate clients and municipalities in defense of consumer class actions, products liability, contract disputes, and environmental litigation matters.



  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2003
    • Loyola Law Review Articles Editor
    • St. Thomas More Honor Society
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. Geography and Environmental Studies, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of California – 2003
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Eastern District of California

Representative Matters

CERCLA and Cost Recovery

  • Represented large defense contractor PRP at Portland Harbor Superfund Site;
  • Successfully represented client in mediated private cost recovery action to recover response costs under CERCLA for San Fernando Valley Superfund Sites;
  • Represented large defense firm in complex groundwater contamination case in multi-party litigation involving chemicals and contaminants generated by aerospace industry and other industrial operations;
  • Represented agricultural pesticides distributor in a multi-party, multi-district coordinated proceeding involving contamination of groundwater brought by municipalities and purveyors of drinking water; and
  • Represented major oil companies in complex, multi-party litigation involving the fuel additive MTBE found in soil and groundwater.

Proposition 65

  • Represented several major food retailers in complex litigation brought by citizens group seeking Proposition 65 health and safety warnings at retail stores due to the presence of acrylamide in coffee;
  • Represented major snack food manufacturer in complex litigation brought by CA Attorney General to require Proposition 65 health and safety warnings on potato products due to the presence of acrylamide; and
  • Advised community church/preschool, participated in community outreach meetings, and collaborated with state agency officials in Proposition 65 matter involving release of chemicals into soil.

Common Law Litigation

  • Represented municipality in contract dispute with major land developer over rights and liabilities associated with methane gas created by decomposition of materials at landfill; and
  • Represented parent company of former wood treating facility in defending against property diminution claims filed in federal court by nearby residents of the former facility.

Other Litigation

  • Represented major insurance company in defense of multiple wrongful termination claims based on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower protection laws;
  • Represented national security guard company in FLSA collective and California class action;
  • Represented major corporation in federal court action in settlement of consumer class action involving claims of deceptive advertising;
  • Represented satellite radio provider in settling class action alleging violation of multiple states’ privacy laws;
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company in failure to warn product liability action;
  • Represented major department store chain in litigation alleging fraudulent pricing scheme under California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law; and
  • Represented vitamin retailer in national class action settlement against allegations of non-compliance with California and New Jersey public safety and consumer protection laws.

Public Interest Matters

  • Facilitated the adoptions of several children referred by L.A. County Dept. of Children & Family Services, including advocating for increases in appropriate services and benefits; and
  • Negotiated a settlement with the California Department of Corrections on behalf of a female prisoner alleging discrimination and mistreatment by prison official.


  • “House Passes Controversial California Emergency Drought Relief Act,” Umberg Zipser LLP Blog, December 17, 2014.
  • Co-presenter, “Class Action Certification Standards: The New Paradigm and its Application,” Arnold & Porter LLP, Los Angeles, CA, October 5, 2010.
  • Co-presenter, “Legal Developments in the Obama Era: Consumer Protection and Consumer Class Actions,” Arnold & Porter LLP’s Minority Attorney Summit, Washington D.C., May 2010.
  • Co-presenter, “How to Make Your Law Practice Green,” 2008 California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 2008.
  • “D.C. Circuit Holds Corps’ Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Seeking Public Input Defining ‘Waters of the United States’ Did Not Reopen Rule for Challenge,” Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, Vol. 18 (April 2008).
  • “Claims Court Finds U.S. Liable Under World War II-Era Contracts for CERCLA Response Costs Incurred by Oil Companies,” Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, Vol. 18 (April 2008).
  • “Ninth Circuit Holds Diminution of Property Value Due to Contamination Does Not Invoke a Duty to Indemnify or Constitute Damages Under General Insurance Policy,” Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, Vol. 18 (February 2008).
  • “California’s Governor and Attorney General Sue EPA for Delaying Action on Requested Waiver of Preemption Regarding Vehicle Emissions Standards,” Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, Vol. 18 (December 2007).