Since its 2008 inception, Massey & Gail LLP has dedicated itself to providing clients with the highest quality legal services—from strategic advice to trial and appellate advocacy. The firm offers clients exceptional judgment, expertise, and results by bringing together two founding partners with a combined nearly six decades of experience who have carefully assembled a varied, seasoned, and talented team of litigators. The firm’s experience spans Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, civil and criminal trial work, and executive level in-house advice and counsel.

Our small firm includes those who have served in government—clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and prosecuting as an Assistant U.S. Attorney—excelled in the legal academy—graduating from premier law schools (with two members serving as Editors-in-Chief of their respective law reviews) and serving as lecturers and adjunct professors for the Harvard Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Chicago Law School, and the University of Iowa Law School—and succeeded in their prior careers—being promoted to important in-house posts and partnership positions at major law firms and litigation boutiques.

Our streamlined approach provides higher quality legal services. The firm’s judicious staffing ensures that our partners are thoroughly and completely engaged in each matter. Because our knowledge is not filtered through layers of younger and less experienced attorneys, we can provide our clients with more complete and informed advice, and develop their cases with better strategic sense.

We recognize that legal matters are business issues, and we remain keenly aware that Pyrrhic legal victories do not further our clients’ interests. Our responsibility is to identify endgame solutions from the outset and to secure them expeditiously.

We treat every case as a distinct and individual matter. We do not turn on the “auto-pilot” button upon retention, nor do we force each matter into the same cookie-cutter mold. Our experience teaches us that there are nuanced differences in the legal and factual questions presented by every case, that creative solutions can yield significant results, and that it is frequently feasible to identify short-cuts that will bring our clients’ disputes to resolution more easily and cheaply.

In the News

Jonathan Massey files cert petition on behalf of former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, Jr., challenging a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned part of an antitrust remedy for the NCAA's agreement not to compensate college athletes, in violation of the Sherman Act. The cert petition was discussed in national industry coverage.

Jonathan Massey and Laurence Tribe discussed in national news coverage (here/here) for their United States Supreme Court representation of a class challenging California's unclaimed property law as unconstitutional under the fifth and 14th amendments. The cert petition was discussed by a leading Supreme Court commentator, which called the firm "well known in legal circles."

Massey & Gail wins Global Competition Review award for Litigation of the Year - Non-Cartel Prosecution, for its work on O’Bannon v. NCAA appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 09-CV-03329 (N.D. Cal.), Nos. 15-16601, 14-17068 (9th Cir.) (see Opposition Brief).

Massey & Gail files a brief for amici curiae Members of Congress in Fair Labor Standards Act case before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The brief was discussed and cited in an April 27, 2015 article PDF/link in The Atlantic. On August 21, 2015, the D.C. Circuit reversed the lower court and entered judgment in favor of the Department of Labor.

Massey & Gail files a brief in support of Internet safety in a federal court proceeding in Mississippi. The firm's related representation of Digital Citizens Alliance has received national coverage here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Massey & Gail successful trial defense against class action in Schramm v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 2:09-cv-09442 (C.D. Cal.), reported in Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements.