Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Defense

Pryor DeGois zealously defends health care providers against medical negligence claims.  With over nine decades of collective experience, we have obtained jury verdicts, dismissals, and favorable settlements for our clients in both trial and appellate courts throughout California. Recognizing that collaboration and communication are essential to a successful defense, we prioritize substantive client engagement throughout the litigation process.

Medical Board Defense

Pryor DeGois counsels physicians and defends their interests with respect to inquiries, investigations, and administrative proceedings initiated by the Medical Board of California. We have the expertise and experience necessary to aggressively protect licenses and professional reputations.

Health Care Institution Defense

Pryor DeGois health law specialists aggressively defend hospitals, nurses, and hospital employees against professional liability actions.  Our attorneys also bring broad experience counseling hospital administrators, professional medical groups, hospital medical staffs, and entities involved in credentialing, peer review, medical board and regulatory requirements relating to provision of health care services.  Litigation experience informs our ability to advise hospital clients, as our team of attorneys have proven experience defending hospitals against varied claims of nursing negligence, inadequate staffing, elder abuse, Elam claims, and alleged violations of HIPAA and EMTALA, to name a few.

Elevator & Escalator

Pryor DeGois represents a major elevator and escalator maintenance company and commercial property owners in matters involving elevator and escalator equipment.  These cases involve complex mechanical and legal issues.  The attorneys at Pryor DeGois understand the mechanisms, safety devices, maintenance requirements, as well as the statutes and legal doctrines which apply to this equipment.  This knowledge leads to exceptional results for our clients.

Products Liability

The partners at Pryor DeGois have defended hundreds of products liability cases with an exceptional success rate. Regardless of whether the product is as simple as a home appliance or as complex as an implantable medical device, we know what it takes to defend difficult product liability cases: knowledge of the product, how it was designed, and its operating environment. We will meet with engineers, engage product managers, and talk to end users to develop a complete understanding of the product. Armed with both product knowledge and decades of successful trial experience, Pryor DeGois provides manufacturers with an outstanding defense.

Asbestos and Other Environmental Torts

Pryor DeGois defends manufacturers, contractors and commercial, industrial and residential property owners in claims involving exposure to asbestos or other toxic substances.  We have an outstanding record of success, achieving both defense verdicts and favorable pretrial resolution of these claims.

We have defended asbestos claims for the past four decades.  We are not afraid to take these cases to trial, and have consistently demonstrated they can be won.  We have also successfully defended other toxic exposure claims, including exposures to benzene, toluene and other industrial chemicals, and groundwater contamination.

Our environmental torts practice also extends to lawsuits against property owners involving claims of mold, leaks, and infestations of bedbugs and other insects.  We partner with a wide spectrum of expert consultants to address the unique challenges of each case.  Our success in defending all types of environmental tort claims involves a combination of outside of the box thinking and aggressive litigation strategy.

Premises Liability

The experienced attorneys at Pryor DeGois have a long history of obtaining favorable results on behalf of property owners and property managers.  Whether the case involves a simple slip and fall injury or complex allegations of negligence, our diversity of experience provides owners and managers with confidence that their interests will be aggressively defended.

Risk Management

Pryor DeGois believes health care providers should be guided by the old adage:  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To assist our clients in preventing litigation, our team provides insightful risk management advice to health care professionals in a broad array of matters, including representation at deposition and trial, guidance on responding to medical records requests, and formulation of effective responses to patient complaints. 


Telephone: (415) 392-8300
Fax: (415) 421-1254


433 California Street, Suite 815
San Francisco, CA 94104