Eric D. Gilman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Tacoma, WA

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
 | 1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253-620-6500
Fax: 253-620-6565
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
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    Eric represents victims of wrongful termination, unfair wage and hour practices, workplace harassment, and discrimination; whistleblowers who suffer retaliation after standing up for themselves or others; and entrepreneurs crossed by former business partners. As a civil litigator and class action attorney, he routinely assists individuals and entities in employment litigation, consumer protection actions, and complex business and contract lawsuits. Eric has prevailed in numerous appellate cases supporting worker rights, including before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

    Mindful that most people seldom interact with the legal system, Eric uses his knowledge and experience to guide his clients through an often-intimidating process. He is always looking for ways to use technology to better serve his clients and is a frequent speaker on trial advocacy and visual presentation skills.

    Eric was born in Fukuoka, Japan and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife recently welcomed a baby girl. The family enjoys cooking, travelling, and enjoying the outdoors with their dog, Potato.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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    Rising Stars: 2012 - 2020

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    About Eric Gilman

    Admitted: 2009, Washington

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named "40 Under Forty" in the South Sound by The Business Examiner (2016)
    • Named "Rising Star" in litigation by Washington Super Lawyers (2012-17)
    • Order of the Barristers (2009)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV), Member
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Member
    • U.S. Supreme Court, Member
    • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, Member
    • Washington State Courts, Member
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Member
    • Pierce County Bar Association, Member
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, Member
    • Washington State Bar Association, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • University of Washington School of Law 1L Mentor Program (2010 to present)
    • President, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation (2016, 2017) (Board Member since 2014)
    • Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services (2009 to present)
    • Board Member, Campaign for Equal Justice for the Legal Foundation of Washington (2016 to present)
    • Co-Chair, Pierce County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice (2016, 2017)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, “The Visual Trial and Today’s Technology” | Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute at Seattle University School of Law (June 2014; June 2015)
    • Author, “3 Rules for Organizing Your ‘Paper-on-Demand Office” | Pierce County Lawyer (May/June 2015 ed.)
    • Speaker, “iPad in Trial” | Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Potpourri CLE (Dec. 6, 2014)
    • Co-author, “Rule 37: Failure to Make Discovery: Sanctions” | WSBA Civil Procedure Deskbook (3d ed. 2014)
    • Speaker, “Tablet Computers in Practice” | Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Technology CLE (May 10, 2013)
    • Presenter, “Lawyers Can’t Be Luddites” | American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV) (Apr. 15, 2013)
    • Speaker, “Technology in Practice” | Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Potpourri CLE (Dec. 8, 2012)
    • Speaker, “A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Effectively Presenting Visual Evidence at Trial” | ABA GP Fall Meeting (Oct. 10, 2012)


    • Jackson v. Tate, 648 F.3d 729 (9th Cir. 2011)
    • Jumamil v. Lakeside Casino, LLC, 179 Wn. App. 665, 319 P.3d 868 (2014) 
    • Perryman v. Fitts Industries, Inc., No. 12-2-08111-1 (Pierce Cnty. Sup. Ct. 2013)
    • Alonso v. Qwest Communications Co., LLC, 178 Wn. App. 734, 315 P.3d 610 (2013)
    • Belo Management Services, Inc. v. Click! Network, 184 Wn. App. 649, 343 P.3d 370 (2014) 

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., University of Washington-Seattle, 2006, Majors: Law, Societies & Justice; Political Science
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    Office Location for Eric D. Gilman

    1201 Pacific Avenue
    Suite 2100
    Tacoma, WA 98402

    Phone: 253-620-6500

    Fax: 253-620-6565

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