Gabriel E. Gore is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates on complex civil litigation and white collar defense. He has tried over twenty cases, including cases involving breach of contract, product liability, misappropriation of trade secrets, securities fraud, breach of trust, employment and property damage claims. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, corporate executives and high-ranking government officials.
Gabe’s civil litigation experience includes commercial disputes, product liability defense, False Claims Act defense and employment defense. He has defended white collar matters and conducted internal investigations involving allegations of accounting and securities fraud, False Claims Act violations, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, antitrust violations, mail and wire fraud, environmental violations, immigration violations and public corruption.
Prior to joining Dowd Bennett, Gabe served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Gibson of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; an assistant U.S. attorney; an assistant special counsel for the Waco investigation; an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP; and a partner at Bryan Cave LLP.
Gabe is active in the community. He currently serves on the Missouri State University Board of Governors and served as Board Chair during 2019. He also currently serves on the Forest Park Forever Board. He served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Ferguson Commission, which was charged with making recommendations to move the St. Louis community forward following the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He was also a founding board member of KIPP St. Louis Public Charter Schools.
Representative civil litigation matters include:
Represented a national bank in a re-trial of a case involving allegations of breach of trust. The re-trial resulted in a $183 million reduction from the prior verdict.
Obtained a dismissal of civil ordinance violation charges filed against a Washington Post and a Huffington Post reporter in a case that raised important First Amendment issues.
Represented Anheuser-Busch in the jury trial of a highly publicized gender discrimination suit brought by its formerly highest ranking female executive, Francine Katz. Ms. Katz sought recovery of more than $15 million in lost wages and interest, plus punitive damages. After 13 days of testimony, it took 9 of the 12 jurors less than one full day of deliberations to return a verdict for Anheuser-Busch.
Represented Emerson Electric in the case of Automation Service v. Emerson Process Management and Fisher Controls, which was tried to jury verdict. The case involved a trade secret and contract dispute against a re-manufacturer of Fisher Controls valves and actuators. The jury ruled for Emerson on all counts and awarded $5.4 million in damages on Emerson’s claims.
Served as co-lead counsel representing the Monsanto Company in the trial of Monsanto Company v. ConocoPhillips Co. The matter involved the breach of a supply agreement and was tried for nine days in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the Monsanto Company in the amount of $7.6 million.
Served as lead trial counsel in the matter of Laclede Gas Company v. Park 370 Development, LLC et al. A St. Louis County Circuit Court jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Dowd Bennett LLP client Laclede Gas Company following a one-week trial. The jury found Park 370 Development, LLC, a land developer, liable based on a novel property damage claim.
Served as lead counsel in the trial of Smith v. UHO. Following a one-week breach of contract trial, the jury returned a verdict for $600,000 on our client’s claim for breach of an oral partnership agreement.
Defended a leading defense industry company against a breach of contract claim in excess of $20 million that was dismissed on summary judgment.
Defended a public figure in connection with a high-profile defamation claim that was dismissed on summary judgment. The dismissal was affirmed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Served as a member of a defense team that represented a major medical device manufacturer on products liability claims throughout the United States.
Representative white collar defense / internal investigation matters include:
Mr. Gore has been very successful in assisting companies in navigating the grand jury process and managing the risk associated with such investigations. Represented numerous companies and business executives in grand jury investigations in over 30 federal and state jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Represented a business executive who was indicted on federal immigration fraud charges and obtained a dismissal of the indictment on a motion to dismiss.
Served as a member of the trial team that successfully represented a former CEO of a Fortune 200 company in an eight-month jury trial involving allegations of securities fraud and insider trading.
District of Columbia
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1994
B.A., Missouri State University, 1991
Hon. John R. Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1994-1995
Assistant Special Counsel for the John C. Danforth Office of Special Counsel, Waco Investigation, 1999-2000
Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1995-1999
Elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
AV Preeminent® Peer Reviewed by Martindale-Hubbell®
The Best Lawyers in America®
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Individual Band Ranked, “Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations,” Chambers and Partners Guide
Selected to Missouri Lawyers Media’s “Power List: White-Collar Defense”
The National Black Lawyers Top 100
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Award for Largest Defense Verdict, 2013 and 2015
America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
St. Louis Business Journal, Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Civic Leader, 2020
KIPP St. Louis Champion for Education
Ingram’s “Top 50 Missourians You Should Know”
Missouri State University Commencement Speaker
St. Louis Business Journal, Inclusive Leadership Award
Department of Justice Award for Distinguished Service
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms – Award for Noteworthy Contributions to Federal Law Enforcement
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Director’s Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Prosecution
United States Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Missouri – Special Achievement Award
Forest Park Forever Board of Directors, 2020-present
Dowd Bennett is a litigation firm with extensive courtroom experience. Led by trial-seasoned lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and judicial law clerks, our team shares tenacity, a passion for seeing cases through trial and a complete commitment to client service.