Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.

Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Palm Desert, CA

Guralnick & Gilliland, LLP
 | 40004 Cook St, G & G Plaza Bldg. Suite 3
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-340-1515
Fax: 760-568-3053
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (40%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Robert J. Gilliland, Jr. is a partner of Guralnick & Gilliland, LLP   in Palm Desert, California where he has extensive experience in construction defect litigation, real estate law, homeowner association law and general business litigation. He is an "AV-Preeminent Rated" attorney with the highest ethical standards and legal skills as monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell. Gilliland is admitted to practice law in California and Colorado. He is a member of the American Inns of Court, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Riverside County Bar Association and the Desert Bar Association. Gilliland also serves as a Board Member for the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. He is the acting President of the Desert Bar Asociation.  Gilliland was chosen as a 2011 through 2019 "Top Lawyer" in  Palm Springs Life Magazine and a 2011 through 2019 "Top Lawyer" in Inland Empire Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious City of Palm Desert Community Service Award. Gilliland frequently handles media intense cases with high profile clients. His cases have been featured on "Animal Planet's" TV show "Infested II" and on the front page of The Los Angeles Times, The Desert Sun, The San Francisco Chronical, the Sacramento Bee and the Daily Journal.  

About Robert Gilliland, Jr.

Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Mr. Gilliland is an AV-Rated Attorney with the highest legal and ethical rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been peer reviewed by lawyers and judges throughout Southern California to receive this prestigious rating., AV -Rated Highest Possible Legal and Ethical Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Gilliland was awarded the 2012 Community Service Award by the City of Palm Desert's Chamber of Commerce for his pro bono legal work in successfully defending multiple balloonists who were sued in the Coachella Valley. , Community Service Award, City of Palm Desert , 2012
  • Mr. Gilliland was selected as a 2011 through 2019 TOP LAWYER by Palm Springs Life Magazine., Palm Springs Life Magazine, Mr. Gilliland was selected as a 2011 through 2019 TOP LAWYER by Palm Springs Life Magazine.
  • Mr. Gilliland oversaw all mandatory fee arbitrations involving attorney-client fee disputes submitted to the Desert Bar Association as required by the State Bar of California (2010-2015). He is the current President for the Desert Bar Association (2018-2019).
  • Mr. Gilliland was elected by the members of the Desert Bar Association to serve as the President for the Organization in 2019. The Desert Bar Association is a professional association of civil and criminal law attorneys practicing within the Desert Judicial District of the Coachella Valley, comprising the cities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Catherdral City, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Thermal and Mecca., Trustee, Desert Bar Association, 2010
  • Mr. Gilliland was selected as a 2011 through 2019 TOP LAWYER by Inland Empire Magazine., TOP LAWYER, Inland Empire Magazine, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Member of the California State Bar, 1990
  • Member of the Colorado State Bar, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Gilliland is a member of the Riverside County Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Desert Bar Association and the Inns of Court. He is also a member of the both the California and Colorado Bar Associations. 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Gilliland is a Board Member of the Palm Springs Air Museum and a Board Member of the March Field Air Museum.
  • Mr. Gilliland and his law firm successfully defended two hot air balloon companies "pro bono" who were sued by Plaintiff JCM Farming, Inc. in Thermal, California. The case was dismissed against the balloonists and the balloonists in turn pursed their recovery of costs and attorneys fees against the Plaintiff. This high profile case received substantial local, national and international media coverage due to its impact on the aviation and ballooning industry. The case was entitled JCM Farming, Inc. v. Balloon Above the Desert and filed at the Riverside County Superior Court, Indio Branch., 2011
  • Board Member for March Air Field Museum Riverside, California, 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mr. Gilliland has participated as a panel speaker on many legal seminars during the course of his law practice., Panel Speaker, Civil Litigation Seminar, The Desert Trial Academy, 2013


  • Mr. Gilliland obtained an $800,000.00 settlement on behalf of his client against a developer of a project (confidential settlement).  , 2009
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $245,000.00 settlement against a pool contractor on behalf of a homeowner., 2011
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $2,773,805.00 jury verdict against a large civil engineering firm, Stantec Consulting Corporation and a settlement of $599,000 from the project developer the day before the trial commenced. Following the one week jury trial,  the jurors voted 12-0 in favor of Gilliland's client, the Paseo Vista Homeowners Association. Gilliland's client was awarded 100% of its damages. Defendant Stantec's final settlement offer prior to trial was only $15,000.00!    , 2013
  •  In 2008, Mr. Gilliland  obtained  a $1.2 million dollar binding arbitration verdict in the matter of Schwartz v. Stradella Investments, Inc. JAMS Case #1220036415 and Riverside County Superior Court case # INC076493.  In 2009, Mr. Gilliland also obtained a confidential $17.2 Million Dollar settlement on behalf of his clients., 2008
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $700,000.00 settlement on behalf of his HOA client against a Developer regarding construction defects., 2010
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $2,000,000.00 settlement against the builder of a custom single family home., 2012
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $252,850.00 settlement plus extensive repairs to the subject home against the Defendants. (confidential settlement)., 2010
  • Mr. Gilliland obtained a $4,000,000.00 judgment along with a settlement of $700,000.00 against a developer of an HOA.  , 2012
  • Gilliland's client received a favorable binding arbitration award related to a partnership dispute between 2 doctors. The parties subsequently settled and entered into a confidential settlement agreement. , 2013


Representative Clients:

  • Several high profile clients., 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Mr. Gilliland has served as an expert witness in disputes between parties. In 2017, he served as an expert witness on behalf of an HOA who sured thier lawyer for lprfessional negligence/ malpractice. Gilliland testifed as to the standard of care for lawyers in a San Diego Superior Court jury trial. After concluding his testimony, his client successfully received a million dollar jury verdict against the defendnant lawyer., 2017

Educational Background:

  • Claremont McKenna College - BA Economics/Political Science
  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College

Industry Groups

  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Riverside County Bar Association
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Office Location for Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.

40004 Cook St
G & G Plaza Bldg. Suite 3
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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