Carol Gillam

The Gillam Law Firm
10866 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 203-9977

Carol Gillam is founder and president of The Gillam Law Firm, a firm devoted principally to employee rights litigation. Carol has just been named one of the top women lawyers in California by the Daily Journal -- the only employee rights lawyer in the state to receive this honor. Carol is an acclaimed trial lawyer, having won many challenging and hard-fought cases in federal and state courts throughout California. She has litigated in states across the country, and before federal and state agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. She has brought and successfully resolved numerous cases alleging gender, race and religious discrimination and failure to accommodate, in addition to handling age, disability, FMLA, sexual harassment, whistleblower and other challenging cases.


Carol has successfully litigated several class action cases recently, being appointed as class counsel and achieving millions of dollars and other relief for California workers.


This year Carol is moderating and presenting to a national conference of lawyers on proving harassment in cases involving religious, racial and other (non-sex) harassment issues . She will speak at a statewide conference on how to prepare and try an employment case. She recently presented on the use of character and "me too" evidence in trial for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In recent years Carol has spoken to national audiences on a variety of other issues including LBGT Issues in the Workplace: Implementing Inclusion (an ALI-ABA presentation), religious harassment and accommodation (National Employment Lawyers Association annual conference) and trial techniques (American Bar Association annual conference). She also conducted a mock trial before a statewide audience of lawyers -- a demonstration of how to try a sexual harassment case. Carol has also demonstrated how to conduct jury voir dire in a conference for trial lawyers.


Carol is on the editorial board of Labor and Employment Law Review, which published six times annually. She has served as update editor since 2005 of the treatise: California Causes of Action: Employment. She also serves on the editorial board of the Practical Litigator magazine, a national publication for trial lawyers put out under the auspices of the American Bar Association.


After stints at Keck Mahin & Cate in Chicago and Irell and Manella in Los Angeles, Ms. Gillam became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California in 1988. While there she prosecuted numerous well publicized cases, including a notorious case involving abuses of migrant workers that resulted in worldwide publicity and the largest restitution award achieved to date by the U.S. Department of Justice in such a case. Since leaving the government in 1994 to open her firm, Ms. Gillam has obtained several 7-figure settlements and verdicts (and scores of 6-figure verdicts and settlements) in employment cases. She has litigated in federal and state courts throughout California and in states across the country, as well as before the EEOC and MSPB, handling a wide variety of complex cases.


She graduated from Northwestern University with honors in 1974 and holds a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago (1978), where she graduated near the top of her class, was associate editor of the law review, oversaw a symposium on employment law, was her Class Representative and received a fellowship to help draft a treatise on tax consequences of dissolution of marriage. Carol also attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She served as an adjunct professor of antitrust law for three years.


The State Bar of California has appointed Carol to the Executive Committee of its Labor and Employment Section where she is serving a three year term Ms. Gillam is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Carol has been named by the Daily Journal, the legal newspaper of California as one of the top 75 employment lawyers in the state (one of 18 plaintiffs' attorneys so named). She has been named a Superlawyer in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was also honored as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of judges, lawyers and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and the highest principles of the legal profession. Election as a fellow is limited to the top 1/3 of one percent of the profession.


Carol is the proud mother of four accomplished children and loves playing tennis and golf and attending concerts in her spare time (of which she "Aint Got Much", to quote a song by her youngest child Kate Crash).