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Gary Eugene Cripe

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Upland, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Gary

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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    Civil litigation including antitrust, bad faith insurance, brain injury and other catastrophic injuries, commercial, construction defects, contracts, eminent domain, intellectual property, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, real estate, shareholder rights, technology, toxic torts, and unfair business practices

    46 years

  2. Business
    Business counseling for both established businesses and start ups

    46 years

Gary E. Cripe is one of California's Top Lawyers and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum with extensive legal experience in: business counseling for both established businesses and start-ups, and; civil litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, including antitrust, bad faith, business disputes, catastrophic injuries, contractual disputes, construction defects, eminent domain, employee relations, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, personal injury, product liability, professional negligence, medical malpractice, real estate, security system failures, shareholder rights, unfair business practices, technology, and toxic torts.  His legal career spans nearly  36-years as a member of a renowned plaintiff oriented law firm; as a litigation partner with a major New York based law firm; as a principal in his own law firm for over 20 years, and; as outside general counsel for the largest privately held TV/Radio holding company in America, as well as Nature's Recipe Pet Foods, Elite Products and American Furniture Alliance.


While he was general counsel for Pappas Telecasting Companies, the TV/Radio station group grew, through strategic acquisitions, from  2 stations to over 30 stations to become the largest privately held broadcasting company in the United States.  His responsibilities included coordination and oversight of mergers and acquisitions, interface with the FCC, negotiations with programming vendors, and litigation.


As general counsel for Nature's Recipe Pet Foods, Gary handled all litigation, coordinated and executed with the CEO, all aspects, (legal and business) of a worldwide recall of 15,000,000 pounds of pet food.  The California Court of Appeal touted the company's recall efforts describing them as "exemplary."  Also, as general counsel for Nature's Recipe Pet Foods, Gary fostered a bidding war between the Colgate Palmolive Company (NYSE) and the H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE) which culminated in the sale of the company for over $100 million.


As general counsel for Elite Products and American Furniture Alliance, Gary has successfully represented these businesses in various litigations including contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes and employee relation disputes, in addition to providing general legal and business advice and counsel.

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Cripe & Graham, P.C.
2436 N Euclid Ave
Upland, CA, 91784


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Posted by Carlo | July 1, 2013
Great Negotiator
Recently I had a breach of contract issue, and although I tend to shy away from confrontation, Gary Cripe gave me the confidence to stand up for my rights. He is one of the best negotiators I have ever met. Articulate and intelligent, he knows his craft. He fought for what I was entitled to, and I got it!
Posted by Lorinda | June 28, 2013
When we need legal advise we call: Gary Eugene Cripe ( Our Attorney of Choice )
We personally would like to recommend: Gary Eugene Cripe . Gary, has over 20 years been our Attorney of Choice. Gary's, legal knowledge and professional experience has provide our family legal services, to include court filing, depositions, mediations, related court hearings. With Excellent Results. When you need Legal Advise and Services the Attorney you use is pretty much everything. We contact: Gary Eugene Cripe. Respectfully, Lorinda and Frank
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Posted by John | June 27, 2013
I recommend Gary Cripe If you are looking for counsel on how to make a deal work, or solutions to avoid legal or remedy costs.
As our general counsel Gary oversees all our legal issues, manages out of state cases and attorneys, as well as the cases and attorneys requiring specialists. I can be confident a competent attorney is retained, a strategy for success has been discussed and we are properly informed through out the case. Gary advises us on how to stay out of court and avoid legal problems. More then once he has calmly persuaded us to throw in the towel. However after having had several opportunities to watch Gary litigate in the courtroom with astonishing success; it can be difficult to concede.
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Posted by Sharon | June 24, 2013
Gary Cripe- my knight in shining armour!!!
Gary was my attorney in a personal injury litigation against the L.A. MTA. I had been struck by one of their vehicles while legally crossing the street. My injuries were serious. Gary was with me every step of the three years that this took to litigate. He was proficient, supportive and I would never have been successful in this process of litigation with out his excellent efforts.
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Posted by Sam | June 23, 2013
We won!
Life threw us a curve in a business relationship, and Gary Cripe was without question our very best ally. His vision, experience, knowledge and resources provided the protection needed as well as a gratifying and beneficial settlement. We won! Justice was served thanks to Gary Cripe - I highly recommend him.
Posted by Alan | June 21, 2013
Alan Stanley
My case was about failure to oversee care and failure to respond to patient request for referral. As such, it did not have high award potential, but Mr. Cripe represented me as aggressively as if it were. His skill and experience, coupled with his ability to evaluate the strength of testimony by expert witnesses, resulted in a very favorable offer from a powerful healthcare organization in an arbitration setting. Without his representation I would not have received any compensation for my unsensational, non-life-threatening claims, and his fees were very fair. I would highly recommend him without reservation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder/President
  • Cripe & Graham, P.C.
  • 1993 - Present
  • Trila Lawyer
  • Law Offices of Herbert Hafif
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Litigation Partner
  • Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Law Offices of Herbert Hafif
  • 1977 - 1987
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  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2007
  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Vargas v. Retail Clerks Union #1435
  • $5.8 million final judgment for plaintiffs
  • Norco Ranch, Inc.,v H&H Properties,
  • Settlement in favor of the defendants preserving their $100,000,000.00 real estate empire
  • C.H.B. Foods, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan, Inc. et al.
  • Confidential settlement for plaintiff
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  • Riverside County ADR Panel
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
  • Director
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
  • Top Lawyer in California
  • Top Lawyers in California
  • N/A


  • Book
  • Greed, Scandal & Wrongful Deaths at Tenet Healthcare Corp.
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Television Interview
  • Tenet Healthcare Corp.Hostile Proxy Contest
  • 2000
  • Television Interview
  • Vargas v. Retail Clerks Union Local #1435
  • 1987
  • P.A.R.M.A Conference
  • Governmental Entity Risk
  • 1986
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
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Commercial real estate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Gary as local counsel on a commercial litigation dispute in Michigan and he has provided creative ideas and excellent advice as we work together to protect the client's interests."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary Cripe and I collaborated in representing a California-based media enterprise for approximately 20 years, from the late 1980s into the late 2000s. He was local counsel to the client, while I served as federal regulatory counsel. The client presented a number of challenges, both in terms of the client's style and the various legal predicaments into which the client ventured. Gary was the ideal counsellor -- calm, patient, loyal, tactful, always with an eye on the longer-term objective (which was difficult for the client to keep in mind), careful, thorough, and -- when the circumstance called for him to do so -- capable of giving the client the unwanted but necessary opinion."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Upland Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Gary Eugene Cripe
Gary Eugene Cripe
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Upland, CA
Licensed for 45 years