- Princeton University (B.A., 1991)
- California Western School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
- California State Bar
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Robert J. Gralewski, Jr. is a partner based in San Diego and manages our California office.Mr. Gralewski has dedicated his entire 23-year legal career to obtaining economic justice for businesses and consumers victimized by price fixing, monopolistic practices, consumer fraud, privacy violations, and unfair employment practices. Mr. Gralewski has successfully prosecuted a wide variety of federal and state court class actions against multinational conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies in industries including technology, food, automotive, consumer services, and healthcare.
Mr. Gralewski has significant experience deposing CEOs, presidents, and other senior executives in high-stakes litigation. For example, Mr. Gralewski has first-chaired apex depositions of Samsung, StarKist, and Foster Farms executives in the In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, the In re Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, and the In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation matters, respectively.
In addition to overseeing discovery against specific defendants in multi-defendant cases, Mr. Gralewski is often called upon to supervise or consult on other aspects of class cases including defending class representative depositions, handling all aspects of third-party discovery, and assisting with complex economic and pass-through issues.
In the ongoing CRT case, Mr. Gralewski was one of the principal lawyers who helped achieve settlements exceeding $500 million in cash. The Special Master handling the matter observed that, “Kirby played an integral role in this case and assumed significant risk . . . Kirby’s work was at a very high level [and] Kirby’s work greatly benefited the class.”
Notably, Mr. Gralewski also has actual antitrust class action trial experience. For over a decade, he represented classes of businesses and consumers in monopoly cases against Microsoft Corporation in several states and served as consulting and advisory counsel to Canadian lead counsel in a similar Canadian class action. Mr. Gralewski was an integral member of the trial teams in the Minnesota and Iowa Microsoft class actions which both settled for more than $350 million after months of hard-fought jury trials. During both trials, Mr. Gralewski was responsible for the evidence and argued evidentiary issues before the trial judges daily. Ultimately, Mr. Gralewski helped recover more than $2 billion in the aggregate for businesses and consumers alleged to be overcharged as a result of Microsoft’s practices.
Most recently, Mr. Gralewski first-chaired numerous arbitration hearings over Zoom on behalf of employees of a nationwide fast casual chain who were subject to a mandatory arbitration provision. Relying upon JAMS’ Employment Arbitration Minimum Standards, he convinced many arbitrators to order broad e-discovery concerning the respondent’s practices despite the relatively low-dollar value of the individual proceedings.
In addition to his class cases, Mr. Gralewski maintains an active pro bono practice. Working with Casa Cornelia since 2018, he has succeeded in helping four separate refugees obtain asylum after direct examinations in contested administrative proceedings. In recognition of his dedication and accomplishments, Casa Cornelia awarded Mr. Gralewski its Pro Bono Publico Award in 2019. Mr. Gralewski is also an active member of COSAL (The Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws) and recently helped establish its Diversity and Inclusion Committee on which he serves.
Mr. Gralewski was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds after his senior year in high school but elected to attend college instead.