Firm Overview


Rueb & Motta has represented over 25,000 clients throughout the United States and California in multiple class actions and multi-district litigations as well as individual litigation. We have the expertise and resources to take on the largest corporations in the world and hold them accountable for their actions. Our current inventory of cases is valued at close to one billion dollars in projected settlements. We currently have offices in Concord (Main Office), San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and San Diego.

Greg Rueb and Joe Motta have tried over 200 jury trials between them.  Their different backgrounds and expertise complement each other and make for a very effective and successful trial team.  Their jury trials have ended in verdicts that on average have been five to ten times the pretrial offer.  A strong reputation is critical to an effective law firm; it is hard to attain and easy to lose.  Rueb and Motta have built a reputation, over their combined five decades of trial experience, of excellence, effectiveness and for going the “extra mile” to see that our clients get the personal attention they deserve and that they are fairly compensated for their injury or loss.  Our staff is very experienced, we employ cutting edge experts who are leaders in their field, we have the resources necessary to do whatever is necessary to get the job done right, and we care for each client as if they are a part of our own family.  Through our national practice, we are associated with and partner with some of the finest attorneys in the country.  

In today’s legal climate, we find ourselves embroiled in litigation against the insurance industry and larger companies that are self-insured.   These companies don’t pull out their checkbooks and hand out money with apologies.  Sadly, serious injury and pharmaceutical cases end up in Court and their legal teams are typically well prepared, resourceful, and aggressive.  Combine that with Courts that are over budget and understaffed.  This makes for a hostile and contentious atmosphere.  This is why someone suffering a serious injury needs a team that knows its way around a courtroom, has the resources to go to battle, and can help them through the tough times ahead.  Rueb and Motta has all the tools necessary to get the job done, we are not intimidated by their take no prisoners tactics and have had great success. 

Pharmaceutical Cases:

Rueb and Motta has sued numerous Pharmaceutical Companies and Medical Device Manufacturers, including national catastrophes, transvaginal mesh, defective bone cement, and now we are taking IVC filter cases.  While medicine has come a long way, the industry has had its problems. The advancement of antibiotics in the last century, such as penicillin, ushered in medicines which provided vaccines to children to combat the terror of diseases like measles and polio. Today, medicine and antibiotics are now used on a daily basis by a large scale of the modern world. Historically, we trusted pharmaceutical companies but it has become all too common for a drug or medical device company to cut corners to save costs, advance their market position and cause severe injuries.  Instead of drugs helping us and improving our quality of life, some actually cause serious injury or even wrongful death.

The pharmaceutical and medical device industry has shifted to an industry which is driven by its high profits. Due to its massive size and the amount of capital invested in new medications and medical devices, profits only come with new inventions and advancements.  As a result, drugs are often rushed onto the marketplace without thorough and adequate precautions or testing, sometimes resulting in serious injury or death. In order for drugs to be sold in the U.S., they must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately, the FDA often inadequately tests medications before products are released to the public. Other times, insufficient or misleading warning labels adorn the bottles/products, which can cause patients to inadvertently abuse their drugs.  As Rueb and Motta have learned from our clients’ cases, these companies also illegally promote and provide health care professionals incentives to use and recommend their drug or medical device to their patients before legitimate medical tests have proven their benefits and, more importantly, discovered any harmful effects of the drug or medical device.

In this race for profits, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers can be held liable for the injuries and deaths their drugs and medical devices cause.   Drug injuries have become so widespread that you can see them relentlessly touted on late night commercials.  There is a growing distrust of the pharmaceutical industry. Several of the main drugs and medical devices known to cause injuries include:

  • IVC: A blood filter designed to stop the flow of blood clots that can break, puncture and cause severe internal organ damage. 
  • Trans Vaginal Mesh: Which is supposed to assist with a woman’s prolapse, but has so many complications, often requiring several surgeries.  
  • Xarelto:  Prescription blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson.
  • Yaz: Birth control medication which has been linked to blood clots and increased potassium levels in the blood.
  • Chantix:  Smoking cessation drug which is linked to birth defects.
  • Actos and Byetta: Diabetes drugs which have been linked to severe organ damage.
  • Fen-Phen: diet drug which has been found to cause fatal pulmonary hypertension.
  • Topamax: migraine drug which has been linked to birth defects.

With nearly half the American population taking a minimum of one prescription drug daily and one in six taking three or more every day, these injuries and the negligence that causes them is becoming more widespread, and it seems the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t care about the risks of injury or death as several companies continue to market and sell their defective products. 

Catastrophic Injury Cases.

Rueb and Motta cut our teeth on car and truck accident cases and over the years we have helped clients who have suffered every conceivable injury including burns, amputations, multiple bone fractures and almost 100 wrongful deaths.  As former prosecutors, we are well equipped to help victims and their families through an intimidating and scary process.  When someone is injured in an accident or by the negligence or malice of another, there are choices.  First, most cases involve some form of insurance where the insurance company will defend the person or company that caused the injury.  An injured person can negotiate with the insurance company and hope they will provide a fair settlement, which we have found rarely if ever happens, or call an injury attorney and take legal action. Before someone choses to represent themselves in a serious, catastrophic injury case, beware!  Insurance companies are not in the business of serving the interests or writing large checks to someone who was injured; they serve their own best interests and are dedicated to increasing their profits.  Don’t believe the commercials; they are not like a good neighbor.  Rueb and Motta has helped thousands of victims.  We know that there is a strong likelihood that we will need to file a lawsuit.  We know that the insurance companies won’t make a reasonable offer until before trial.  We also know how to help our clients steer through the labyrinth of health insurance, medical care, as well as the legal system.  In the end, after a case is resolved, we negotiate aggressively with lien holders so our clients get the maximum recovery. 

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