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Mr. Gomes was raised in Siskiyou County, California.  He graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Political Science in 1996, and obtained his Juris Doctorate and certificates in public interest and high technology law from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999. During law school he interned in and directed the Consumer Law Program at the East San Jose Community Law Center, worked in the legal department at Computer Curriculum Corporation, and externed for Magistrate judge Patricia V. Trumbull at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Jose. After law school Mr. Gomes worked for three years at Bergeson & Eliopoulos in downtown San Jose, where he specialized in business and intellectual property litigation and licensing. During this time he also taught high tech moot court classes at Santa Clara University School of Law and served on the advisory boards for the law school's High Tech Law Program and the East San Jose Community Law Center. In late 2002 he returned to Chico and joined the Law Office of Michael T. Shepherd, where he practiced insurance defense, personal injury, and general civil litigation before joining Washington and Heithecker in September of 2004. Mr. Gomes has tried multiple bench and civil trials and briefed and argued several appeals. His practice currently includes insurance and medical malpractice defense, personal injury and general civil litigation, and business litigation and drafting. Mr. Gomes is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeal, for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Association of Defense Counsel (ADC), the State Bar of California, the Butte County Bar Association, and the Executive Committe for the Litigation Section of the California State Bar Association.  Mr. Gomes is ranked 10.0 out of 10.0 (“Superb”) by the Avvo Lawyer Ranking System, and was selected as one of The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice – 2012 by, an independent website that is “dedicated to educating the public about their rights and role in medical malpractice litigation.”


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    16 years, 800 cases
  2. Appeals: 5%
    16 years, 8 cases
  3. Contracts: 5%
    16 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($180-300/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

330 W 5th St
Chico, CA, 95928-5506


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice – 2012Medical Malpractice Lawyers2012
High Technology Law CertificateSanta Clara University School of Law High Technology Law Institute1999
Public Interest and Social Justice Law CertificateSanta Clara University School of Law Center For Social Justice and Public Service1999
Second Place Team - Western RegionSaul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition1999
Pro Bono AwardSanta Clara County Bar Association1999
Pro Bono AwardSanta Clara County Bar Association1998
Pro Bono AwardSanta Clara County Bar Association1997
Legal Writing AwardSanta Clara University School of Law1997
Public Law Community Service AwardCalifornia State University, Chico Public Law Program1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWashington & Heithecker, Chico, CA2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCalifornia State University, Chico2006 - 2007
AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael T. Shepherd, Chico, CA2002 - 2004
Adjunct ProfessorSanta Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA2000 - 2002
AttorneyBergeson & Eliopoulos, LLP, San Jose, CA1999 - 2002
Contract AdministratorComputer Curriculum Corporation, San Jose, CA1999 - 1999
Judicial ExternUnited States District Court, Northern District, San Jose, CA1998 - 1998
High Technology Law CoordinatorSanta Clara University School of Law High Technology Law Institute1998 - 1998
Legal InternPeninsula IP Group, Morgan Hill, CA1998 - 1998
Legal InternComputer Curriculum Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA1998 - 1998
Student Director - Consumer Law ProgramEast San Jose Community Law Center1997 - 1998
InternEast San Jose Community Law Center1996 - 1997
DirectorChico Community Legal Information Center, Chico, CA1995 - 1996
InternChico Community Legal Information Center, Chico, CA1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Weyka Heritage TrustSecretary2012 - Present
Diamond Distillery, Chico CaliforniaMember, Blue Ribbon Tasting Panel2011 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee2011 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee, Legislation & Rules Subcommittee2011 - Present
Association of Defense CounselMember2004 - Present
Butte County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
CSU Chico Annual Moot Court CompetitionMoot Court Judge2003 - Present
Golden Key International Honor SocietyMember1996 - Present
Pi Sigma Alpha - The Political Science National Honor SocietyCharter Member of Chico Chapter1995 - Present
San Jose Preservation Action Committee - Continuity MagazineTechnical Support1999 - 2002
East San Jose Community Law Center Advisory BoardBoard Member1998 - 2002
Santa Clara University High Technology Law Institute Advisory BoardBoard Member1998 - 2002
La Raza and Native American Law Students AssociationVice President1997 - 1998
National High School Mock TrialMoot Court Judge1994 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re C. C.The Trial Court was reversed on Appeal
People v. ScarbroughThe client ultimately plead to a lesser offense.
Hoodoo v. Dodson, et. al.Permanent Injunction in favor of my client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California State University, ChicoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Butte Community CollegeN/ATransfer Degree1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial and Appellate Advocacy - POLS 491GRules For Oral Argument2011