Education

  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2017, Senior Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D., U.S. History, 2015
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., magna cum laude, History, 2006

Admissions

  • California, 2018
vCard icon

Download vCard
T: 415-433-6830
F: 415-433-7104
E: agourse@rbgg.com

Alexander Gourse is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  He works on general and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on civil rights, employment, business, and attorneys’ fees cases, at the trial court and appellate levels.

Mr. Gourse graduated from Stanford Law School, where he participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and volunteered for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto. Prior to joining RBGG, Mr. Gourse served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Northwestern University. Full bio »

vCard icon

Download vCard
T: 415-433-6830
F: 415-433-7104
E: agourse@rbgg.com

Alexander Gourse is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  He works on general and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on civil rights, employment, business, and attorneys’ fees cases, at the trial court and appellate levels.

Mr. Gourse graduated from Stanford Law School, where he participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and volunteered for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto. Prior to joining RBGG, Mr. Gourse served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Northwestern University.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of LGBT Bar Associations in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-168; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. E.E.O.C., No., 18-107: In July 2019, RBGG filed an amicus brief in three cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.  The brief, which was filed on behalf of the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Trans Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association of New York, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, and the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, urges the Court to recognize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status as forms of impermissible sex discrimination.  The brief also urges the Court to reaffirm that employers may not discriminate on the basis of sex to appease customer prejudice.   
  • Barcenas v. Cabillo.  Successful settlement on behalf of our client in a civil rights suit brought against San Francisco Police Department relating to the unlawful detention and unwarranted shooting of our client by an SFPD officer.  2018-2020.

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers,  2020-2021 Rising Star

Admissions

  • California, 2018

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2017-2018

Community Service

  • Co-Founder and Board Member, California Renters Legal Advocacy & Education Fund, 2015-present

Alexander Gourse is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  He works on general and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on civil rights, employment, business, and attorneys’ fees cases, at the trial court and appellate levels.

Mr. Gourse graduated from Stanford Law School, where he participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and volunteered for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic in East Palo Alto. Prior to joining RBGG, Mr. Gourse served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Northwestern University.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of LGBT Bar Associations in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-168; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. E.E.O.C., No., 18-107: In July 2019, RBGG filed an amicus brief in three cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.  The brief, which was filed on behalf of the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Trans Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association of New York, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, and the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, urges the Court to recognize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status as forms of impermissible sex discrimination.  The brief also urges the Court to reaffirm that employers may not discriminate on the basis of sex to appease customer prejudice.   
  • Barcenas v. Cabillo.  Successful settlement on behalf of our client in a civil rights suit brought against San Francisco Police Department relating to the unlawful detention and unwarranted shooting of our client by an SFPD officer.  2018-2020.

Education

  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2017, Senior Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D., U.S. History, 2015
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A., magna cum laude, History, 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers,  2020-2021 Rising Star