J. Gary Gwilliam

Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer
1999 Harrison St, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 832-5411

Gary Gwilliam is considered one of the best consumer trial attorneys in the state. His reputation and skill in representing seriously injured plaintiffs is well known. He has tried over 180 jury cases, of which almost 150 were plaintiff civil personal injury cases. He has handled major cases in every area of consumer law, including serious automobile and construction accidents, products liability, medical malpractice, bad faith insurance, civil rights (including police misconduct), wrongful termination and employment discrimination and harassment, and has recently concentrated more in employment law. A noted lecturer and motivational speaker, he has conducted seminars and workshops around California and the United States for many years. He is the author of numerous articles on California consumer law and is frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness on the standard of care for lawyers' conduct. He frequently lectures on the topics of substance abuse, stress reduction, improving the quality of life as well as topics related to his practice. Notable Cases A $6.1 million jury verdict for a 29-year-old man who suffered quadriplegic injuries when the roof of his Corvette was crushed in a roll-over accident. This was the largest single injury verdict in Contra Costa County history. A multi-million dollar settlement for 80 plaintiffs in their insurance bad faith suit against their automobile insurance company for failure to pay medical benefits covered by the plaintiffs' policies. A $5.5 million jury verdict for a 19-year-old man who suffered severe hand injuries caused by a press machine at his place of work. This was the largest hand injury verdict in the United States and the largest single injury verdict in Alameda County history. A $5 million jury verdict for the family of a man who was killed by police officers when he was threatening suicide. This was the largest police shooting misconduct verdict in Northern California history. Areas of Practice Employment Law/Discrimination and Harassment Consumer Law Serious Motor Vehicle and Construction Accidents Product Liability Medical Malpractice Bad Faith Insurance Civil Rights (Including Police Misconduct) Wrongful Termination and Employment Discrimination Premises Liability Civil Rights and Discrimination Wrongful Termination and Employment Discrimination and Harassment Whistleblower Claims Personal Injury Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Certified Legal Specialties Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1982 Product Liability, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Consumer Attorneys of California Bar Admissions California Published Works Representative Clients Classes/Seminars Honors and Awards Best Lawyers® Employment and Personal Injury Litigation Law Lawyer of the Year in Oakland, 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2016 - Present Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - Present Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-Present Esteemed Lawyers of America, 2014 Public Justice, Champion of Justice, 2009 Consumer Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) for Employment, 2001 - 2002 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Employment Law, 2001 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1995 - 1996 Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award, 1994 American Arbitration Association, Member, Panel of Arbitrators Professional Associations and Memberships Past Employment Positions Nichols, Williams, Morgan & Digardi, Partner, 1966 - 1978 District Attorney's Office, Ventura County, CA, Chief Trial Deputy, 1962 - 1966 Pro Bono Activities Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Alameda County Lawyers Club, Lawyer of the Year Award, 1986 Fraternities/Sororities Phi Delta Phi Kappa Delta