Jennifer K. Gilman

Ms. Gilman’s experience includes litigating personal injury cases, civil rights and constitutional law claims, wrongful death cases, automobile collisions, dangerous condition/premises liability cases, trip-and-fall cases, and mass tort/class action cases.

Ms. Gilman has litigated cases in both Federal and State Court and obtained results that have set legal precedent in the State of California. Verdict Search Magazine has included some of Ms. Gilman’s trial results in its publications. In addition to her experience as an aggressive trial attorney, Ms. Gilman has argued before Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California and has also briefed appellate cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which were decided without oral argument on the merits of the briefing.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Gilman has attended and advantageously resolved cases in mediation, arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation Conferences, and during informal settlement negations.

Ms. Gilman is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee. She has published articles on the topic of legal ethics and has presented legal education courses to attorneys in the San Diego area. She has been appointed as a Special Deputy Trial Counsel by the State Bar Board of Trustees’ Committee on Regulation and Discipline.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Torts/Class Actions
  • Government Litigation


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor - 2004
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • Bachelor of Arts with Honors - 2001
    • Major: English; Minor: Spanish

Classes/Seminars and Publications

  • Article: “Avoiding the Practice of Law Via the Internet: Sometimes Easier Said Than Done.” (Ethics in Brief, March 13, 2017)
  • Article: “New Rules? What New Rules?” (Ethics in Brief, November 2016)
  • Article: “The Ethics of Future Lawyers” (Ethics in Brief, July 2014)
  • Article: “The Questions that Really Make Me Sweat” (Ethics in Brief, February 2014)
  • Presenter: “Too Good to be True: A Legal Ethics Program on Conflicts and Other Professional Pitfalls” (January 9, 2014)
  • Presenter: “Top 10 Legal Ethics Rulings of 2012” (March 12, 2013)
  • Presenter: “Our Town: An Interactive Program in Legal Ethics in Three Acts” (January 24, 2013)
  • Article: “Weighing Ethics Against Unemployment” (Ethics in Brief, March 2012)

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California, 2004
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, 2005
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee

Ancillary Businesses

  • State Bar of California. Ms. Gilman has been appointed as a Special Deputy Trial Counsel by the State Bar Board of Trustees’ Committee on Regulation and Discipline and is responsible for investigating and prosecuting claims filed against California attorneys who present a potential conflict of interest with the State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel.
  • Ms. Gilman has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Western School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.
  • In addition to the ever-evolving study of law, Ms. Gilman enjoys photography, travel, poker, chess, fast cars, live sporting events, and a good book.

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