Aaron D. Gest
Aaron Gest is a member of the Construction and Facilities Practice Group. His experience includes planning, procurement, design, construction, administration, completion, closeout, dispute resolution and litigation. Aaron has worked with both private and public entity clients on a broad range of projects, including hospitals, freeways, airports, reservoirs and university campuses, among others. He is well-versed in law and motion, negotiation, and the process and requirements for trial preparation.
Aaron’s experience at Meyers Nave includes a recent case in which he assisted with a successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of a City client. The ruling dismissed a Contractor’s nearly $14 million claim against the City for work on a major transportation improvement project. The Contractor alleged work and materials that were outside the scope of the contract as reflected in numerous change orders, along with other claims that alleged problems with the City’s designs and project delays caused by City staff.
Aaron’s work preparing the evidence, evidentiary objections, memorandum of points and authorities, separate statement, and counter-separate statement helped convince a judge to grant the City’s motion for summary judgment. The court ruled against all contentions raised by the Contractor, dismissing the Complaint, with prejudice, in its entirety, six weeks before the beginning of expert discovery, and three months prior to trial. Aaron also assisted in the development and litigation of the City’s own counterclaims against the Contractor. The matter settled with the Contractor receiving zero on its claims and the City receiving $1.279 million.
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Aaron served as a Litigation Fellow with the Oakland City Attorney’s office, an extern for the Alaska Department of Law, and an extern for a U.S. District Court judge in the Northern District of California. While attending law school, Aaron served on the Executive Board as the Symposium Editor for the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal.
Honors and Awards
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Legal Writing and Research
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Negotiation and Settlement
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Trial Advocacy
- Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition State Champion (2012)
- Best Brief, Snodgrass Moot Court Competition Award, Appellate Advocacy (2011-2012)
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Volunteer Coach, Junior Giants, a non-profit community outreach program for youth created by the San Francisco Giants (recipient of Willie Mac Award)
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJD, 2013
- Stanford UniversityBA, American Studies, 2007