Gregory D. Pike

Gregory Pike Knox Ricksen

Gregory D. Pike has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Well acquainted with the courtroom, Mr. Pike has litigated in excess of 1500 matters, participating in more than 150 trials and has successfully tried in excess of 20 jury trials to verdict.

His trial practice focuses on representing individuals, corporations and other entities in fraud, unfair business practices and qui tam (“whistleblower,” California Insurance Code section 1871.7, state and federal False Claim Act, Medi-Cal fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, civil RICO) actions against doctors, chiropractors, attorneys, corporate officers and directors, and other individuals and entities engaging in unfair or fraudulent practices. These cases often include and are predicated upon fraudulent, false or misleading insurance claims prohibited by California Penal Code sections 549, 550 and 551; prohibited self-referral, kickbacks and fee-splitting and violations of the Moscone- Knox Professional Corporation Act.  In 2013, Mr. Pike obtained a $7.75 million judgment for his clients after successfully suing the owners and operators of a fraudulent medical and chiropractic clinic operating in Los Angeles.

In addition to obtaining monetary relief for his clients, Mr. Pike has also obtained injunctive and restitutional relief through California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business and Profession Code Sections 17200-17209, for unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business acts or practices and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising.

Additionally, he represents private, insured and self-insured clients including Fortune 500 Companies in personal injury, product liability and premise liability litigation with an emphasis on large exposure cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He has successfully prosecuted and defended cases based upon negligence, premises liability and defective design/condition.

Mr. Pike’s work has earned him an AV rating from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, indicating the highest level of professional competence and legal ethics based on a survey of California attorneys. In addition, for the past eight years he has been named as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Litigation, an honor bestowed upon the top five percent of California attorneys, based on peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review and independent research. He is a Fellow in The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Mr. Pike works out of both the Oakland and Los Angeles offices of Knox Ricksen LLP.

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Professional Activities

  • Member, California State Bar
    • Litigation Section (2004 to present)
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association (1986 to present)
  • Member, Northern California Fraud Investigators Association (1993 to present)

Publications & Speeches

  • “Ethics in the Fight Against Fraud” – 24th Annual Anti-Fraud Training Conference (March 2013)
  • Limiting the Recovery of Past Medical Expenses; Where Are We Now?” – NCFIA Quarterly Meeting (2011)
  • The Fine Art of Taking and Defending Depositions” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada (2010, 2011)
  • The Expedited Jury Trial: An Alternative for California Litigants” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada Defense Comment (Fall 2010)
  • Just Compensation and No More- Hanif and Howell” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada (2010)
  •  “Risk & The Urban Forest: Proactive Risk Management for Public Entities” Association of Bay Area Governments Pooled Liability Assurance Network (2010)
  • Overcoming Resistance to the Discovery of Information Related to the Sale of Medical Services Liens” NCFIAQuarterly Newsletter (Summer 2010)
  •  “Fearsome Twosome! Consider Greer and Olsen When Proving Nishihama Damages” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada (2008)
  • Hanif / Nishihama Reductions After Greer v. Buzgheia”, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada Defense Comment (Summer 2007)
  •  “Premises Liability Case Preparation and Trial” National Business Institute (2007)
  •  “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in California” National Business Institute (2001, 2002 and 2008)
  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in California” National Business Institute (2001 and 2002)

Civic Activities

  • Adult leader,  Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council


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  • J.D. Willamette University College of Law (1986)
    Law Review(1984-1986);Senior Articles Editor (1986)
  • B.S. University of California at Berkeley (1982)

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California (1986)
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (1986)
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California (1986)