Robert J. Gundert

Senior Counsel

Robert J. Gundert Senior Counsel at Ridley Master


Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley
Santa Clara University School of Law



He was admitted to practice in California in 1982 and is a member of the San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Luis Obispo County Bar Associations. He has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.



“Punitive Damages Reaffirmed,” California Defense Magazine; “Assumption of Risk: A Common Sense Defense With a Bad Name,” California Defense Magazine; and various articles for San Luis Obispo County Bar Bulletin.


Professional Activities

Several civil trials (primarily jury trials) and appeals. Presentations on the selection and effective use of consultants and expert witnesses and on the California Government Claims Act.

With more than 35 years of successful civil litigation and trial experience, Robert J. Gundert serves as Senior Counsel for Howard Rome Martin Ridley & Master LLP, dba Ridley Master. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, then attended Santa Clara University School of Law.

Following law school and admission to the California State Bar, Mr. Gundert joined one of California’s oldest and most esteemed civil litigation law firms located in the heart of Silicon Valley. For the next twenty years, he practiced in San Luis Obispo County, defending lawsuits against every city and town within SLO County, as well as a few in Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Gundert’s trial work has included cases involving personal injury, property damage (including major losses due to fire), products liability, inverse condemnation, defamation, invasion of privacy and estate litigation.  In 2018, he joined Howard Rome Martin & Ridley as Senior Counsel, where he specializes in the defense of public entities. Although the majority of his experience has involved defendant representation, he has tried a variety of cases for plaintiffs and other litigants, including two instances regarding the provision of life-sustaining medical care.

Mr. Gundert is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for California’s Northern, Eastern and Central Districts and has successfully handled a number of civil appeals. Among these are two published cases (Graham v. Beers (1994) 30 Cal.App.4th 1656 and Stewart v. City of Pismo Beach (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 1600). Mr. Gundert has also written  and spoken on legal topics such as public entity liability and the selection    and utilization of consultants and expert witnesses.

Initially practicing in the Bay Area, Mr. Gundert headed south to the Central Coast, where he raised five terrific kids (now terrific adults) of whom he is very proud. In 2008, he returned to the Bay Area, where he enjoys time with family and friends and following local sports teams (Giants, 49ers, Warriors, and the California Golden Bears). Occasionally, he and his family head back to San Luis Obispo County to relax on the Central Coast with friends, perhaps even getting in some hiking, Santa Maria style tri-tip, and wine-tasting.

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(650) 980-1033

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Ridley Master is an AV-rated, highly respected, civil litigation defense firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our seasoned attorneys litigate simple and complex matters across the State of California.

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