Mediator's Profile


Gordon McAuley

Business Name: Williams & Gumbiner LLC

Gordon D. McAuley provides Zoom mediation services for litigation matters pending throughout the country.  He is a former trial lawyer who specialized in civil litigation of business and real estate concerns, construction disputes, and who enjoys a national reputation as a litigator in matters of transportation law. After 42-years of litigation, he now continues his 27-year practice experience as a highly trained and skilled mediator, including 23-years as a certified mediator for assignments by the Federal  District Court for the Northern District of California.

Gordon is a frequent panel speaker before the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics, and Policy and other transportation industry groups. He is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, and former Co-Chairman of the Freight Claims Committee of that international bar association. He was honored with its Distinguished Service Award in 2003. Gordon is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and has argued several matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gordon has been serving as a mediator in more than 200 mediations and is recognized nationally as an expert in transportation law, having litigated cases involving airlines; motor, rail, ocean and household goods carriers; and logistics companies in contract and negligence litigation. Additionally, Gordon is a licensed private pilot, and has extensive experience in commercial real estate, insurance coverage and defense, construction disputes, ADA, personal injury, and housing code compliance. He also has drafted tariffs, commercial real estate agreements, surface and maritime transportation contracts, and technology agreements.

Practice Areas

  • Transportation
  • Business Law


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • University of California, Berkeley, California, B.A., Philosophy, 1977

Past Positions

  • The Pasha Group, Assistant General Counsel
  • Hanson Bridgett, San Francisco, Equity Partner
  • U.S. Air Force, Air Traffic Controller


  • A-V Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America for Transportation/Maritime Law

Professional Associations

  • Federal District Court in San Francisco, Certified Mediator
  • Marin County Bar Association ADR Section, Chair, 2013
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Freight Claims Committee, Chairman

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