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Eric D. Gilman

Senior Associate
egilman@gth-law.com
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Office: 253.620.6521
Fax: 253.620.6565

Wells Fargo Plaza
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Practice Areas

Plaintiffs Employment, Personal Injury, and Civil Rights Litigation
Business and Commercial Litigation
Appellate Advocacy

Education

J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2009
cum laude

B.A., University of Washington-Seattle, 2006
Majors: Law, Societies & Justice; Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

Pierce County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington

American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV)

Professional History

  • Joined Firm in 2009
    • GTH Summer Associate for two summers
  • Judicial Extern to Hon. Ronald E. Cox, Washington State Court of Appeals (Division I)
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Rule 9 Intern), Snohomish County

Representative Cases

  • Secured a ruling from the Washington Supreme Court, as co-counsel, rejecting an employer's effort to force wage violation claims into private arbitration. A unaminous Court held that the arbitration clause in the employer's form contract was unconscionable and unenforceable in its entirety, clearing the way for a class action by over 300 Washington workers. Brown v. MHN Gov't Servs., Inc., 178 Wn.2d 258, 306 P.3d 948 (2013).
  • Prevailed in a jury trial on behalf of a disabled veteran who was fired after requesting medical leave. With co-counsel, presented computer forensic evidence proving that the employer had backdated a document in the employee's personnel file in an effort to legitimize the termination. Also demonstrated that the employer had excluded unfavorable evidence from the employee's file. The jury awarded all requested economic damages plus non-economic damages.
  • As appellate co-counsel, obtained a reversal from the Washington Court of Appeals ofa n incorrectly decided workplace discrimination lawsuit. In a 3-0 decision, the appellate court held that the lower court erred in dismissing disparate treatment and harrassment claims brought by a disabled combat veteran of Mexican-American heritage. Alonso v. Qwest Commcn's Co., LLC
  • Successfully represented a discharged military serviceman, as co-counsel, in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In a published opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed the lower court's dismissal of the client's lawsuit against two military recruiters who allegedly forged reenlistment documents, committing the client to an additional military service obligation. This conduct, the Court held, was not within the broad Feres doctrine of intra-militrary immunity. Jackson v. Tate, 648 F.3d 729 (2011).
  • Prevailed in a jury trial on behalf of a poker dealer who was wrongfully discharged after refusing to gamble under her employer's "dealer support" policy. "Dealer Support"-an industry practice of requiring casino employees to gamble on their own time, with their own money-violates wage and hour laws. The jury awarded the dealer unpaid wages, gambling losses, and economic losses stemming from her wrongful termination.
  • Represented a large information technology services company whose competitor had sought advantageous information via Washington's Public Records Act, 42.56 RCW. Obtained a court order permanently enjoining the Department of Social and Health Services from releasing any of the client's confidential and proprietary information to the requesting party.
  • Defended a Lakewood woman in a case brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Following a bench trial, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied a petition to send the client's two minor children to live in Mexico with her estranged husband.

Community Activities

  • Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services
  • Law Student Mentor (UWLS)

Honors, Publications & Presentations

  • CLE Speaker, Tablet Computers in Practice, TPCBA Technology CLE (May 10, 2013)
  • CLE Presenter, Lawyers Can't Be Luddites, American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV) (Apr. 15, 2013)
  • CLE Speaker, Technology in Practice, TPCBA Potpourri CLE (Dec. 8, 2012)
  • CLE Speaker, A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Effectively Presenting Visual Evidence at Trial, ABA GP Fall Meeting (Oct. 10, 2012)
  • Named “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013
  • Order of the Barristers, 2009
  • Dean's List, Seattle University School of Law, 2007-08
  • King County Bar Foundation Scholar, 2008
  • Seattle University Trustee's Scholar, 2006-09
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Employment Law and Constitutional Law of Terrorism
  • Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program, 2007