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Gary Gwilliam



Introducing Gary Gwilliam ... 

Andrews, et. al. v. Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC Garys case

"As a lawyer, you have to decide that there is something more important than money--there is something more important--it is about doing a case right and getting justice for your clients. But what we do is not just important for our clients, but for everybody..... and to make the world safer whether that be safer drugs or safer cars, or finances that people aren't getting cheated on......that is just the kind of work we do. I'm not just a plaintiff's lawyer-- I'm also a public interest lawyer and a consumer advocate." 

 Gary Gwilliam

"Gary shines as the quintessential trial lawyer, a man whose humanity bursts through while he works endlessly to obtain justice for those victimized by the misconduct and negligence of some of the country's most powerful interests. America desperately needs trial lawyers like Gary who hold wrongdoers accountable."

 - John Haber, CEO, American Association for Justice

"Gary is one of the great trial lawyers in this country." 

- Edwin Train Caldwell, founder of The Other Bar, past president of San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award


"I found Mr. Gary Gwilliam of the law firm Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer. After talking to him, and explaining my case, he took the case. I felt so relaxed talking to Mr. Gwilliam. I knew I had found a firm that believed in my case and as importantly, in me. For the next 8 years and two trials, I would get to know Mr. Gwilliam and his firm very well. I can't say enough about this firm. They worked hard and we won both trials. During both of my trials, I was astonished by Mr. Gwilliam's charismatic demeanor. He would make Perry Mason look like an amateur. He never showed any disrespect for any witness, but had a way of finessing the truth. He stays calm under pressure. He was prepared each and every day. He helped me stay calm. To this day I look at Mr. Gwilliam as my friend, not just my attorney. If you are looking for a fantastic firm, take my word for it. You will never find a better group of attorneys. "  

- D.K. [Former Client] 




Professional Experience: 

Principle and Founder, 1978-Present 

  • Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer , Oakland, California

Partner, 1966-1978  

  • Nichols, Williams, Morgan & Digardi ,  Oakland, California

Chief Trial Deputy, 1963-1966  

  • District Attorney’s Office of Ventura County, Ventura, California



LL.B, 1962

  • Boalt Hall School of Law , Berkeley, California

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, 1959

  • Pomona College, Claremont, California



California State Bar, 33430


Associations and Memberships


Member, 1966-Present


Leaders Forum


President, 1974-1975

Board of Governors, 1970-Present

Member, 1970-Present

Alameda County Bar Association

American Bar Association



  • President, 1988
  • President-Elect, 1987
  • Parliamentarian, 1986
  • Board of Governors, 1974 to 1976 and 1983 to present
  • Chair, California Trial Lawyers Political Action Committee,  l986
  • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, l990-l995
  • Chair, Public Interest Committee, 1998
  • Member, 1966-Present

Contra Costa Bar Association

National Board of Trial Advocacy


The National Trial Lawyers-Top 100

Public Citizen

The Public Justice Foundation (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)

  • President, 2003-2004
  • Vice President, 2002-2003
  • Treasurer, 2001-2002
  • Secretary, 2000- 2001
  • Board of Directors, 1996-Present
  • Member, 1994-Present
  • Executive Committee, 1999-2000



“Am I Drinking too Much is a Rhetorical Question!” Multiple Publications,  2008- Present

“Professional Stress- Inebriation, Intervention and Insight”, Multiple Publications, 2009-Present

“Effectively Handling Multiple Plaintiff Employment Law Cases”, Wrongful Discharge Litigation Strategies, With Co-Author Randall E Strauss, 2013

Plaintiff Magazine Column featuring articles such as: 

  • “Unconditional love in the courtroom”, 201
  • “The male warrior/trial lawyer”, 201“The vanishing civil jury trial”, 2010
  • “Different doesn’t mean weaker: it just means different”, 2010
  • “Are Trial Lawyers Becoming Extinct”, a four part series, 2010
  • “Is a ‘Spiritual Trial Lawyer’ an oxymoron?”, 2010
  • “A Winning Verdict: The Male Trial Lawyer”, 2010
  • “Another perspective: How do women impact the extinction of the Trial Lawyer?”, 2010
  • “More musings on the extinction of a species: Trial Lawyers”, 2009
  • “Trial lawyers: actors or boxers”, 2009
  • “ Reaching out to help others and build your practice”, 2009
  • “Peak performance in litigation through relaxation”, 2009
  • “Techniques for arguing damages to a jury”, 2009

“Old Warriors”, Plaintiff Magazine, 2009

“Lessons from losing: How to beat defeat”, 2008

“Getting a Wining Verdict in My Personal Life: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul”, Pavior Publishing,2007

“Speaking About What’s Real”, Verdict 2007

“Peak Performance in Litigation Through Relaxation Techniques” Civil Trial Practice: Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys, 2000

Major Contributor/Editor/Interviewee to “Commitment to Justice: A History of the Consumer Attorneys of California”, 2000

“Scott Morris v. Weibel Wineries, Inc. - From Client to Friend”, American Board of Trial Advocates, Trial Magazine, 2000

“Lessons from Losing”, San Francisco Daily Journal, Verdicts and Settlements Section, 1999

“Are Trial Lawyers Becoming Extinct? A Look at Civil Litigation in the Next Millennium”, American Board of Trial Advocates, Voir Dire, 1999

An Historical Perspective of Consumer Attorneys of California and Me”, Forum, 1999

“Techniques for Arguing Damages to a Jury”, Trial Magazine, 1999

“The Art of Losing”, Trial Magazine, 1998

“Go Easy on Yourself”,Trial Magazine, 1998

“In Memory of Bob Beloud”, Forum, 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”, Forum Magazine, 1995

“Holistic View of Witness Creditability”, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1995

“Power Anticipation”, Top Courtroom Performance, 1994

“Punitive Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases”, California Trial Lawyers Association, 29th Annual Tahoe Seminar Syllabus, 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, 1993

“Arguing Damages: Turning Emotion Into Money”, California Trial Lawyers Association Syllabus, 1991

“Proposition 51: The Effect of the Abolition of Joint and Several Liability”, California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1986

“Dental Malpractice, Who Cares? (Fundamentals of Dental Practice)”, California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1985

“Liens for Medical Expenses in Personal Injury Actions”, California Continuing Education of the Bar Program Material, 1980

“Personal Injury Liens for Medical Expenses”, California Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 1977


References in Other Works:

“Soul Work to Find a Soul Mate”, It’s Never too Late to be What You Might Have Been, 2009

“Counselor, Heal Thyself”, You Turn: Changing Direction Midlife, 2008

“Courageous Captains”, Forum Magazine, 2007


Honors and Awards:

California Trial Lawyers Association, Presidential Award of Merit, 1988-2014

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005-Present

Esteemed Lawyers of America, Admitted in 2014

Public Justice, Champion of Justice, 2009

CLAY Consumer Lawyer of the Year Finalist for Employment, 2002

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, nominated for Lawyer of the Year Award for work on Adams v. City of Fremont, 1996

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, nominated for Lawyer of the Year Award for work on Adams v. California State Automobile Association, 1995

Consumer Attorneys of California, Marvin E. Lewis Award, November 1996

California Trial Lawyers Association, Presidential Award for “How to Get a Winning Verdict in your Personal Life” seminars, November 1994

California Trial Lawyers Association, Edward I. Pollock Award, November 1990

Alameda County Lawyer’s Club, Lawyer of the Year Award, 1986

California Trial Lawyers Association, numerous awards of merit, 1985 to present


Speaking Engagements:

‘Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials’, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2015

‘Litigating High Profile Cases, ACBA MCLE, 2015

‘Substance Abuse/ Quality of Life’, San Mateo Bar CLE, 2014 and 2015

‘Substance Abuse/ Quality of Life’, McGeorge Annual Alumni MCLE, 2013-2015

‘Civility Matters ‘, ABOTA Presentation, 2014

‘Bias: Overcoming Barriers’, CAOC Annual Convention Presentation, 2014

Trial Techniques in Employment Litigation, 2014

Bar Association of San Francisco Substance Abuse CLE, 2014

‘Trial Techniques in Employment Law ‘, Alameda County Law Library MCLE Program, 2013

Presenter for Attorney Credits, Continuing Education Your Way:

  • “Ethical Advice from a Trial Lawyer”, CLE Program
  • “Inebriation, Intervention and Insight: A Trial Lawyer Finds His Soul”, CLE Program

‘Learning From Losing’, Commonwealth Club, 2008

‘Am I Drinking Too Much? A Rhetorical Question’, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2007

‘Getting a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life: A Discussion of Preventative Ethics’, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2007

Stress Management, "How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life" PLI, 2000 - 2002

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