J. Gary Gwilliam

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Oakland, CA

Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer
 | 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1600, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-823-5411
Fax: 510-832-1918
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1963
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, Gary Gwilliam is dedicated to representing clients in Oakland and throughout Northern California. He focuses his practice on handling personal injury, consumer and employment law cases that involve:

• Discrimination
• Employment discrimination and harassment
• Whistleblower claims
• Wrongful termination
• Civil rights, including police misconduct
• Serious motor vehicle and construction accidents
• Product liability and premises liability
• Medical malpractice
• Bad faith insurance

In 1959, Mr. Gwilliam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Pomona College. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Laws from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1962.

For decades, Mr. Gwilliam has represented people through some of their most trying times. He knows how a personal injury or employment issue can compromise someone's well-being, as well as his or her financial situation. Taking a compassionate approach to his clients and an aggressive approach to advocacy, Mr. Gwilliam has tried more than 180 cases before a jury.

He settled an employment case for over $37 million for 130 individual clients who were wrongfully terminated from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Laboratory. The case was in litigation for over seven years and required two 60-day jury trials before it was settled in Oct. 2015. In one case, Mr. Gwilliam obtained the largest single injury jury verdict in Contra Costa County, securing $6.1 million for a man who became a quadriplegic following a rollover car accident. He has had over $12 million verdicts. For his steadfast commitment to his clients, Mr. Gwilliam has received the Presidential Award from the Consumer Attorneys of California; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; he has been selected for inclusion with the Esteemed Lawyers of America; and Public Justice named him a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year.

A published author and frequent lecturer, Mr. Gwilliam is highly involved in the legal community. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Civil Rights (10%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Disability, Discrimination

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Disability, Discrimination

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009, 2014 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Gary Gwilliam

Admitted: 1963, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.giccb.com/Our-Firm/J-gary-Gwilliam.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Employment Law, 2001
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award, 1994
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1995 - 1996
  • Consumer Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) for Employment, 2001 - 2002
  • Public Justice, Champion of Justice, 2009
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America, 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-Present
  • Alameda County Lawyers Club, Lawyer of the Year Award, 1986

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1982

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1963
  • Member, Boalt Hall Moot Court Board, 1961-1962
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Panel of Arbitrators
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1974 - 1975
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1970 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomat, 1976
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), President, 1988
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), Member, Board of Governors, 1983 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, 1990 - 1994
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), President-Elect, 1987
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly California Trial Lawyers Association), Parliamentarian, 1986
  • Faculty Member, Hastings College of Trial Advocacy, 1981
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, President, 2003 - 2004
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, Member, Board of Directors, 1996 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, Executive Committee, 1999
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, Secretary, 2000
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, Vice President, 2002
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, Treasurer, 2001
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board, President-Elect, 2002 - 2003
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Political Action Committee, 1986
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Panel of Arbitrators
  • The State Bar of California, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Getting a Winning Verdict in My Personal Life: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul, Pavior Publishing, 2007
  • “Professional Stress- Inebriation, Intervention and Insight, 2009
  • Old Warriors, 2009
  • Lessons from losing: How to beat defeat, 2008
  • Am I Drinking too Much is a Rhetorical Question!, 2008
  • Scott Morris v. Weibel Wineries, Inc. – From Client to Friend, American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Magazine, February/March, 2000
  • Commitment to Justice, The History of the Consumer Attorneys of California, (Editor and Interviewee), 1999
  • Lessons from Losing, San Francisco Daily Journal, Verdicts and Settlements Section, Winter, 1999
  • Are Trial Lawyers Becoming Extinct? A Look at Civil Litigation in the Next Millennium, American Board of Trial Advocates, Voir Dire, Winter, 1999
  • An Historical Perspective of Consumer Attorneys of California and Me, Consumer Attorneys of California, Forum, December, 1999
  • Peak Performance in Litigation Through Relaxation Techniques, Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, 1999-2000
  • Techniques for Arguing Damages to a Jury, American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Magazine (ATLA), April, 1999
  • The Art of Losing, American Board of Trial Advocates, ATLA, November, 1998
  • The Art of Losing, Trial Magazine (under Reflections), May, 1998
  • The Art of Losing, Consumer Attorneys of California, Forum, March, 1999
  • How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life (The Soul of a Trial Lawyer), American Board of Trial Advocates, Voir Dire Vol. IV, Issue 4, Fall, 1997
  • How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life (The Soul of a Trial Lawyer), Institute of Noetic Sciences, Connections Magazine, No. 6, January, 1999
  • Go Easy on Yourself, American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Magazine (ATLA) Page 84, November, 1998
  • In Memory of Bob Beloud, Consumer Attorneys of California, Forum, March, 1998
  • A Practical Presentation of the Use of Jury Consultants in Trial Preparation In Trial, (With Karen Jo Koonan), Consumer Attorneys of California, 36th Annual Convention Syllabus, 1997
  • How to Argue a Hand Injury Case, Consumer Attorneys of California, 35th Annual Convention Syllabus, 1996
  • CSAA Made to Pay, Verdict, Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association, June, 1995
  • CSAA Made to Pay, Consumer Attorneys of California, Forum Magazine, 1995
  • Holistic View of Witness Creditability, National Employment Lawyers Association, June, 1995
  • Punitive Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases, California Trial Lawyers Association, 29th Annual Tahoe Seminar Syllabus, April, 1994
  • Ethics-How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life, California Trial Lawyers Association, 27th & 28th Annual Tahoe Seminars Syllabuses, 1992 and 1993
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fiji Law Society Syllabus, July, 1993
  • Arguing Damages: Turning Emotion Into Money, California Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, December, 1991
  • Power Anticipation, Trial Excellence, Vol. 2, No. 6, June, 1990
  • Power Anticipation, Republished in Top Courtroom Performance
  • How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life, California Trial Lawyers Association, Forum Vol. 20, No. 7, September, 1990
  • Power Anticipation, (Forward to Book by James Scott Bell), Compendium Press, Woodland Hills California, 1994
  • Proposition 51: The Effect of the Abolition of Joint and Several Liability, California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, Vol. XVI, No. 3, April, 1986
  • Dental Malpractice, Who Cares? (Fundamentals of Dental Practice), California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, Vol. XV, No. 3, April, 1985
  • Liens for Medical Expenses in Personal Injury Actions, California Continuing Education of the Bar Program Material, March/April, 1980
  • Personal Injury Liens for Medical Expenses, California Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. L6, #2, 1977
  • Stress Management, “How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life” PLI, 2000 – 2002
  • Frequent Presenter for Attorney Credits, Continuing Education Your Way: “Inebriation, Intervention and Insight: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul”, CLE Program
  • Frequent Presenter for Attorney Credits, Continuing Education Your Way: “Ethical Advice from a Trial Lawyer”, CLE Program
  • Trial Techniques in Employment Litigation, 2014
  • Ethics CLE, 2014
  • CAOC Specialty Credits Presentation, 2014
  • ABOTA Civility Matters Presentation, 2014
  • McGeorge Annual Alumni MCLE, 2015
  • San Mateo Bar CLE, 2015

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $5 million jury verdict for the family of a man who was killed by police officers when he was threatening suicide
  • 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
  • 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 $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

Educational Background:

  • Pomona College, Pomona, California, USA B.A. - 1959 Major: Psychology
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Office Location for J. Gary Gwilliam

1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-823-5411

Fax: 510-832-1918

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