October 21, 2018

Anti-Asbestos Champion Gilbert L. Purcell to Deliver Commencement Address for Pepperdine University School of Law


Gilbert L. Purcell, a champion for asbestos victims, has been selected
to deliver the commencement address for the Pepperdine University School
of Law. Purcell has obtained more verdicts in favor of asbestos disease

victims than any other attorney.

“The sense of purpose Gilbert Purcell brings to achieving justice for
asbestos victims moves beyond the courtroom into the communities with
which he works,” notes Deanell
Reece Tacha
, dean and professor of law, School of Law, Pepperdine
University. “We are honored to have a commencement speaker, and alumnus,
who has achieved so much with an ethic of service.”

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Purcell has earned
many “firsts” and hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts for
asbestos victims. Purcell brought the first successful property damage
action in California, also the first of many multimillion-dollar
verdicts. He tried the first asbestos-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
cases in Washington State and Oregon, as well as the first colorectal
cancer case in California.

In addition to his work with asbestos victims, Purcell secured a
separate California statute of limitations trigger for latent diseases.
This victory ensured significant numbers of Californians access to trial
for determination of potential tobacco-related causes of their cancer

Purcell has received numerous legal accolades and awards. The American
Trial Lawyers Association recognized Purcell with the Trial Lawyers Care
Hero Award for his pro bono representation of the families of 9/11
victims before Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. In 2011, The Recorder named
Purcell Attorney of the Year. The National Trial Lawyers Association has
named Purcell one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in California each of the
past six years, and he has been selected as a Northern California Super
Lawyer annually since 2004. He holds the designation of diplomat from

the American Board of Trial Advocates and was named to Lawdragon’s
Top 500 Attorneys for 2012.

Dedicated to representing people injured by corporations, Purcell
cofounded Brayton

Purcell, LLC with partner Alan Brayton in 1984, never straying from
his mission. Since that time, the firm has emerged as a premier
mesothelioma and asbestos injury firm in the United States and the
largest plaintiff law firm in California.

Mr. Purcell earned his bachelor’s degree with alumni scholar honors from
UCLA, graduating from its Pembroke College oversees program at Cambridge
University. He completed his juris doctor in 1983 at Pepperdine
University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review.

The Pepperdine
University School of Law
commencement ceremony will take place at 10
a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Alumni Park on Pepperdine University’s
Malibu, California, campus. Pepperdine University commencements
are hosted outdoors with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. They are open
to the public.


Pepperdine University School of Law

Danielle Killian, 310.427.7889


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