Anne C. Gritzer is a Partner in BEHB’s San Francisco office and an accomplished trial attorney who represents clients faced with general liability claims, especially in the areas of toxic tort and environmental litigation. For more than two decades, she has successfully defended public entities, premises owners, manufacturers, and contractors in a variety of complex, multi-party disputes. Anne has resolved many matters through dispositive motions and mediation, taken several cases to favorable verdict at trial, and has a growing appellate practice.
Anne earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. After completing her law degree, she served as a Briefing Attorney at the Court of Appeals, Second District of Texas, for the Honorable Sidney C. Farrar, Jr. In that role she was a principal contributor to more than 100 civil and criminal opinions, one of which was cited by the Texas Bar Journal as a paradigm of appellate review for summary judgment practice.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Anne was an insurance professional with a large national brokerage where she negotiated third-party liability coverage and excess layers for a multi-national petrochemical corporation, multi-state financial institutions, and local municipalities. She is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and is presently affiliated with the Golden Gate Chapter of CPCU, and a member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).
U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority, San Francisco Superior Court: Drafted and successfully argued demurrer without leave to amend on petition for writ of mandate and administrative mandate. Lead counsel on appeal to Court of Appeal, judgment affirmed, in Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority (2018) 23 Cal.App.5th 425. Principal contributor on pending appeal at California Supreme Court.
Haupt v. Alpha Laval, et al, Los Angeles Court Superior Court: Lead trial counsel defending an equipment manufacturer against claims that their 66-year-old decedent succumbed to mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his thirty-year career as a machinist mate. Following an eight-day trial and two days of deliberation, the jury assessed 1% liability to the manufacturer, 5% to other defendants at trial and 94% to all others, including the U.S. Navy. After set offs, the judgment awarded against the manufacturer was $10,000, a significantly better result than the final six-figure demand at the commencement of trial.
Bercher v. Various Defendants, Los Angeles Court Superior Court: Trial counsel for an equipment manufacturer in a living mesothelioma case where a 73-year-old retired machinist claimed exposure to asbestos while servicing auxiliary turbines. After a three-week trial, the jury voted in favor of defendants on the design defect claim but was unable to reach a verdict on the negligence claim, being unpersuaded that the manufacturer had breached any duty. The case concluded in a mistrial. The manufacturer resolved favorably prior to the retrial.
Finley v. Housing Authority, San Francisco Superior Court: Drafted and argued demurrer based on statute of limitations. The trial court sustained the demurrer without leave to amend. Lead counsel on appeal. Settled on favorable terms following oral argument.
John Doe v. Housing Authority, San Francisco County Superior Court: Appellant claimed that assets, originally derived from disability payments to him, placed into a Special Needs Trust for the benefit of an elusive, elderly uncle, should not be counted toward his eligibility for Section 8 housing subsidies. The trial court granted summary judgment, and Doe appealed. The Court of Appeal affirmed, awarding costs to SFHA.