Gabriel M. Benrubi attended his undergraduate education at San Diego State University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 1979. Mr. Benrubi than attended California Western School of Law and graduated with distinction in 1983 with a Juris Doctorate, cum laude. While at California Western Mr. Benrubi was a staff writer for the California Western International Law Journal from 1981-1982 and Notes & Comments Editor from 1982-1983. He published the Comment, State Responsibility and Hazardous Products Exports: A Solution to an International Problem, 13 Cal. W. Int'l. Law. J. 116 (1983).

Mr. Benrubi then served active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was a trial defense counsel and trial prosecutor at the Naval Legal Service Office in Pearl Harbor, HI. Mr. Benrubi tried 14 Courts Martial cases to verdict before military member juries while stationed at Pearl Harbor. He completed his tour of duty as the Staff Judge Advocate on two submarine squadrons and the complement of 22 submarines at Naval Submarine Base Pearl Harbor. Mr. Benrubi completed his active duty service in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps in 1987. Mr. Benrubi continued to serve in San Diego after active duty in the United States Navy Reserve.

Mr. Benrubi then became an associate at Dyer & Walton in San Diego in 1987. In 1989 Mr. Benrubi joined Sulzner & Belsky, which later evolved to Belsky & Associates in 1992. Mr.
Benrubi became a shareholder with the firm in 1998. Since 1992 Mr. Benrubi has concentrated his practice on the defense of healthcare providers and institutions in lawsuits for medical malpractice, elder abuse and California Medical Board proceedings. He has successfully tried jury cases to verdict and has successfully argued cases in the Court of Appeal. In addition Mr. Benrubi has represented clients in business and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Benrubi was admitted to practice Law in California in 1983 and has also been admitted and has represented clients in the United States District Court for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California. Mr. Benrubi is also a longstanding member of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Defense Lawyers, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and SCHARM. Since 2012 Mr. Benrubi has been on the Board of Directors of San Diego Defense Lawyers and is currently Secretary of the Executive Board of that organization. Mr. Benrubi is rated AV Preeminent in Martindale Hubbell and has been consistently listed as a Top Lawyer in the San Diego Magazine and other publications.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Military Justice
  • Contracts


  • San Diego State University, B.A., 1979

Law School

  • California Western School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1983


  • 1983, California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • 1995, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • 1984, Certified to Practice before General Courts Martial, U.S. Armed Forces


  • San Diego County (Law and Medicine Section) and American Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Defense Lawyers (SDDL)


  • LCDR
  • United States Naval Reserve
  • Judge Advocate General Corps