Mary Katherine Beck Joins Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as Partner

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, the nation's first and only full-service law firm with offices in all 50 states, welcomes Mary Katherine Back as a Partner in its Sacramento office. This strengthens the Employment Law and Product and General Liability practice groups.

Ms. Back is a seasoned litigator with 20 years of experience. She concentrates her practice on labor, employment, general and product liability. Ms. Back is actively involved with all aspects of litigation, including discovery and depositions, dispositive and pre-trial motions, trial preparation, and settlement in California state and federal courts. Before joining GRSM, she was a Partner in the San Francisco office of a national law firm where she represented a broad range of clients in the defense of employment disputes, including wage and hour and harassment suits. She also handled a substantial number of general civil litigation matters, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, product liability claims, trucking and transportation claims, premises liability and governmental tort liability claims.

As previous national coordinating counsel for various companies, Ms. Back is skilled at developing defense strategies and themes, preparing corporate and expert witnesses, handling settlement negotiations, and trying cases. Prior to that role, she was a senior civil litigator responsible for the management of many high-profile state and federal toxic tort, medical malpractice, and mass torts-pharmaceutical matters.

"Mary is a wonderful addition to our team, bringing extensive experience in labor, employment, and liability law," said Kathy Rhoads, Managing Partner of the Sacramento office. "Her impressive background and litigation expertise make her an invaluable asset to our practice groups. We welcome her to the firm and look forward to her contributions."

She is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts. She earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Clemson University.

She clerked for the Justices of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts immediately upon completion of law school. While in law school, she clerked for the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and was also an editorial writer for the nationally published Lawyers Weekly newspaper. She actively volunteers with the Justice & Diversity Center of the San Francisco Bar, dedicating her time to pro bono cases since 2018.

The Employment Law practice group at GRSM is a powerhouse of legal expertise, offering a comprehensive suite of services. From employment counseling to litigation, we cater to a diverse clientele. Our clients span the spectrum, from world-renowned universities and medical centers to businesses of all sizes, including Fortune 500 corporations, startups, and nonprofits. Our attorneys are not just litigators but also proactive trainers, guiding clients through programs and techniques designed to prevent conflicts and disputes, thereby mitigating the need for further legal involvement and its associated costs.