Alan Van Gelder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
 | 100 Wilshire Boulevard, 21st Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-576-1200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Alan Van Gelder is a partner at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, in Santa Monica, California, where he works with business litigation, catastrophic personal injury and legal malpractice. He represents individuals, governmental bodies and corporations throughout California.

Mr. Van Gelder is a summa cum laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he earned a degree in political science. He earned his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Southwestern Law Review and was the recipient of a variety of academic awards. He also received various scholarships and participated in moot court competition.

Today, Mr. Van Gelder is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Over the course of his career, he has helped his clients to recover numerous settlements or verdicts of $1 million or more. He has also authored numerous articles for publications including Forum magazine and the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California's Advocate.

His years of litigation experience have earned Mr. Gelder recognition among his peers. In 2016, he was featured in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" for his achievements in personal injury litigation.

Active in his local and professional communities, Mr. Van Gelder is a member of organizations, including Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He also participates in the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Professional Liability (20%): Legal Malpractice

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Professional Liability: Legal Malpractice


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013

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About Alan Van Gelder

Admitted: 2002, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2016
  • Recipient, CALI Award, Administrative Law (Spring '02), Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, CALI Award, Legislation (Spring '01), Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, CALI Award, Evidence (Fall '01), Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, CALI Award, Civil Procedure (Spring '00), Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, CALI Award, Legal Research and Writing (Fall '99 & Spring '00), Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, CALI "Excellence for the Future" Award, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, Dean's Scholarship, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Recipient, Paul W. Wildman Scholarship, Southwestern University School of Law
  • Best Writer Finalist, Southwestern's Moot Court, Southwestern University School of Law, 2000
  • Southern California Rising Stars, 2005 – 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • California
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Member, Consumer of Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Actively Involved in the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Marijuana Use And The Civil Jury Trial, The Advocate Magazine, May, 2015
  • The actual-injury provision and the statute of limitations, The Advocate Magazine, November, 2014
  • Abolishing the Supervisor Exception to the Independent Employee Action Defense in Cal-OSHA Cases, Southwestern Law Review, 31 Sw. U.L. Rev., 2001
  • "Surviving the Nightmare Scenario of the Lying Client", Forum Magazine, April, 2006

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Caroline Doe v. Regents of the University of California
  • Obtaining a $2,390,000 jury verdict against the County for Rosiles v. County of Imperial

Educational Background:

  • California State University, Northridge, B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Honors: Recipient, Senior of the Year Award, Recipient, College of Social & Behavioral Science & Judge Julian Beck Award, Recipient, Outstanding Senior in Political Science, 1999
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Office Location for Alan Van Gelder

100 Wilshire Boulevard
21st Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-576-1200


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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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