Mr. Gilliland is a trial lawyer with 24 years of experience in personal injury, criminal defense and civil rights law. He has obtained jury verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars in each of the four largest counties in the State of California (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Francisco).
He recently handled the Davis v. Davis matter (12 million dollar settlement), the representation of multiple clients against a local water district for providing contaminated water (1.4 million dollars) and completed the representation of multiple clients in the 4.85 billion dollar VIOXX class action lawsuit in New Orleans.
Mr. Gilliland also maintains a criminal defense practice representing high profile criminal defendants. He negotiated immunity for the human resources director of the government contractor that was convicted of bribing then U.S. Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the largest congressional bribery case in United States history, obtained a not guilty verdict on 21 counts for two former Emmy Award winning producers in a massive Ponzi scheme after a two month trial before the Hon.
Mr. Gilliland received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1985. He attended law school at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon where he was an associate editor for the Oregon Law Review and teaching assistant in personal injury law.
Mr. Gilliland received his Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Oregon in 1990. Mr. Gilliland received a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in 1991 from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Gilliland was admitted to practice law before all courts of the state of California in 1991.
Mr. Gilliland was admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in December 1991, the Eastern District of California in June 2001, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in September 2001 and the United States Supreme Court in May 2002.
Mr. Gilliland was granted permission to practice law in the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2008 for purposes of the Vioxx mass tort litigation.
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