Rimon

J. Paul Gignac

Partner

Arbitration and Mediation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Litigation
Santa Barbara

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College

B.A. Government

UCLA School of Law

J.D.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Macdonald, Halstead & Laybourne 
  • Baker & MacKenzie 
  • Greenfield & Chimicles 
  • Cappello & McCann, LLP 
  • Arias, Ozzello & Gignac, LLP 
  • JPG Law APC 

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

J. Paul Gignac is a Partner in Rimon’s Santa Barbara office. Mr. Gignac is an experienced litigator and a trial attorney who handles a broad range of cases. However, he focuses his practice in the areas of Real Estate/Business Litigation; Entertainment/Intellectual Property Litigation; Fiduciary/Beneficiary Trusts and Estates Litigation; and Plaintiffs’ Class Action Litigation.

The Champion of the Underdog®, Mr. Gignac specializes in representing victims of civil wrongdoing visited upon them by large corporations. His clients include victims of defective products, victims of unauthorized charges in consumer class actions, victims of anti-competitive behavior, victims of wrongdoing by fiduciaries and trustees, victims of wrongdoing by banks and other financial institutions, victims of theft of original ideas, and victims of theft of technology and trade secrets. 

Mr. Gignac has a broad range of trial experience in state and federal court as well as private arbitrations and judicial reference cases and has tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict. During his thirty plus years as a practicing attorney, he has secured victories for his clients by means of settlements or judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including a career high jury verdict in favor of one of his clients for $54 million. 

Mr. Gignac is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, a Santa Barbara based non-profit foundation that provides direct financial assistance and other services to families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer. He has served on that Board of Directors for the past seven years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Board of Directors for The Dream Foundation, another Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that grants final wishes for terminally-ill adults. 

Read more about Mr. Gignac here.

Memberships

  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association 

Awards and Recognition

  • Super Lawyers – Southern California, 2008-2023    
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated 

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College

B.A. Government

UCLA School of Law

J.D.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Macdonald, Halstead & Laybourne 
  • Baker & MacKenzie 
  • Greenfield & Chimicles 
  • Cappello & McCann, LLP 
  • Arias, Ozzello & Gignac, LLP 
  • JPG Law APC 

    ADMISSIONS

  • State of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California