Litigation and Insurance Defense
Dowd Bennett LLP
7733 Forsyth Blvd Ste 1900
Saint Louis, MO 63105-1803
Gabriel Gore is a partner who practices in the areas of complex civil litigation and white collar defense. He has represented and counseled clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation matters involving breach of contract claims, antitrust claims, First Amendment claims, Securities and Exchange Commission defense, and products liability defense. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies and high-ranking members of the executive and legislative branches of federal government.
Mr. Gore has also represented and counseled clients in a variety of white collar defense matters, including criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, immigration violations, mail and wire fraud, False Claims Act, environmental crime, public corruption, antitrust violations, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Career BackgroundDuring the course of his career, Mr. Gore has gained experience in every aspect of complex civil litigation, white collar defense, and internal investigation matters. Following law school, Mr. Gore served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. John R. Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, during the 1994-1995 term. From 1995-1999, he served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. As an AUSA, Mr. Gore served as lead counsel on numerous jury trials and argued a number of cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
From 1999-2000, Mr. Gore served as an assistant special counsel for the John C. Danforth Office of Special Counsel. As an assistant special counsel, Mr. Gore played an integral role in the investigation of the deaths of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining Dowd Bennett LLP, Mr. Gore was with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 2000-2005 and a partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP from 2005-2010, where he served as deputy leader of the firm-wide white collar defense practice group.
Representative civil litigation matters includeIn October 2014, Mr. Gore served as lead trial counsel in the matter of Laclede Gas Company v. Park 370 Development, LLC et al. A St. Louis County Circuit Court jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Dowd Bennett LLP client Laclede Gas Company following a one-week trial. The jury found Park 370 Development, LLC, a land developer, liable based on a novel property damage claim.
In May of 2014, Mr. Gore, along with his partners, represented Anheuser-Busch in the jury trial of a highly publicized gender discrimination suit brought by its formerly highest ranking female executive, Francine Katz. Ms. Katz sought recovery of more than $15 million in lost wages and interest, plus punitive damages. After 13 days of testimony, it took 9 of the 12 jurors less than one full day of deliberations to return a verdict for Anheuser-Busch.
In December of 2012, Mr. Gore, along with his partners, represented Emerson Electric in the case of Automation Service v. Emerson Process Management and Fisher Controls, which was tried to jury verdict. Mr. Gore and his partners represented Emerson Electric and its subsidiaries in a trade secret and contract dispute against a re-manufacturer of Fisher Controls valves and actuators. The jury ruled for Emerson on all counts and awarded $5.4 million in damages on Emerson?s claims.
In June of 2010, served as co-lead counsel representing the Monsanto Company in the trial of Monsanto Company v. ConocoPhillips Co. The matter involved the breach of a supply agreement and was tried for nine days in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the Monsanto Company in the amount of $7.6 million.
In April of 2009, served as lead counsel in the trial of Smith v. UHO. Following a one-week breach of contract trial, the jury returned a verdict for $600,000 on our client?s claim for breach of an oral partnership agreement.
Defended a leading defense industry company against a breach of contract claim in excess of $20 million that was dismissed on summary judgment.
Defended a public figure in connection with a high-profile defamation claim that was dismissed on summary judgment. The dismissal was affirmed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Served as a member of a defense team that represented a major medical device manufacturer on products liability claims throughout the United States.
Representative white collar defense / internal investigation matters include:
In 2014, Mr. Gore was a member of the Dowd Bennett team that the Audit Committee of the University of Missouri Board of Curators selected to conduct an internal investigation regarding the University?s compliance with the law and its own policies in connection with its response to Sasha Menu Courey?s sexual assault incident. The Board of Curators selected Dowd Bennett to conduct the internal investigation following a ESPN ?Outside the Lines? story that raised questions regarding the University?s handling of the matter.
Represented a business executive who was indicted on federal immigration fraud charges and obtained a dismissal of the indictment on a motion to dismiss.
Served as a member of the trial team that successfully represented a former CEO of a Fortune 200 company in an eight-month jury trial involving allegations of securities fraud and insider trading.
Represented numerous companies and business executives in grand jury investigations in over 25 federal and state jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Gore has been very successful in assisting companies in navigating the grand jury process and managing the risk associated with such investigations.
Civic InvolvementAppointed by Governor Nixon to serve on the Ferguson Commission, November 2014 ? present
Missouri State University Presidential Search Committee, 2010
Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work, National Council Member, 2009 ? present
Board Member, KIPP St. Louis Charter School, 2008 ? present (Board Chairman 2008 ? June 2011)
St. Louis Public Library Board of Directors, 2006 ? present (served as Board President from 2006 ? 2010)
Awards & RecognitionMissouri Lawyers Weekly Award for Largest Defense Verdict, 2015
Ingram?s ?Top 50 Missourians You Should Know,? 2015
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Award for Largest Defense Verdict, 2013
Missouri State University Commencement Speaker, Summer 2012
St. Louis Argus Community Leadership Award, 2010
St. Louis Business Journal Inclusive Leadership Award, 2009
St. Louis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40, 2008
Department of Justice Award for Distinguished Service, 2000
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms ? Award for Noteworthy Contributions to Federal Law Enforcement, November 2000
Federal Bureau of Investigation ? Director?s Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Prosecution, December 1999
United States Attorney?s Office for Eastern District of Missouri ? Special Achievement Award, September 1999
EducationJ.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1994
Missouri State University, B.A., with honors, 1991
Bar AdmissionsMissouri, 1994
District of Columbia, 2001
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the District of Columbia, and multiple other United States District Courts