Frank M. Pitre, a San Francisco native, earned his B.S., Cum Laude, in Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. While at USF, Pitre served a legal externship with the California Supreme Court.
Considered to be one of the outstanding trial lawyers in areas of personal injury/wrongful death, consumer fraud and commercial torts, Pitre has won millions of dollars for victims of injustice.
His skill as a trial lawyer has earned him recognition among his peers who have elected him as a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Recently, he was appointed as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of the victims of the North Bay Wild Fires to prosecute claims against PG&E for their mismanagement of electrical operations leading to 43 deaths, 100,000 people displaced, over 245,000 acres burned and more than 14,700 homes and structures destroyed.
Last year, acting as Co-Lead Counsel, he secured one of the top 10 largest Shareholder Derivative Settlements in U.S. history against Officers and Directors of PG&E arising out of the San Bruno Fire & Explosion.
He was selected by Federal District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer as one of twenty lawyers, among 150 attorney applicants nationwide, to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee to prosecute claims on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers against Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi over their diesel emissions scandal. The cases are pending in the Northern District of California in MDL 2672.
He presently serves as one of ten members of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee selected by Federal District Court Judge Jesse Furman to lead litigation pending in the Southern District of New York on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers against General Motors for safety related defects in over 27 million vehicles.
Pitre has served on the faculty of the Hastings College of Advocacy and the University of San Francisco Trial Advocacy Program. He also has served as the Co-Chair and presenter at several Masters In Trial programs sponsored by the ABOTA Foundation.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
- University of San Francisco, B.S.
- American Board of Trial Advocates, San Francisco Chapter, Advocate (President, 2016 San Francisco Chapter)
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
- International Society of Barristers, Fellow
- National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100
- Litigation Counsel of America, Member
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