Eric Gilman was born in Fukuoka, Japan and moved to the U.S. with his family just before his second birthday. They settled in Bothell, Washington where he grew up. He attended UW as an undergrad and Seattle University for law school.
Since joining GTH in 2009, Eric has represented plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit negotiations through appeal. Whether he’s working on behalf of businesses involved in high-stakes court battles, victims of mistreatment in the workplace, consumers harmed by deceptive practices, or large classes taking on powerful interests, Eric is motivated by a desire to be a resource for his clients. Mindful that most people seldom interact with the legal system, he uses his knowledge and experience to guide clients through what can be a daunting and intimidating process.
Eric is always looking for ways to use technology to serve his clients. He is a frequent speaker on trial advocacy skills with a particular focus on visual presentation tools. Though he relishes the challenge of trial and oral argument, he also enjoys the process of researching and writing complex legal briefs—gathering, organizing, and presenting the facts and the law in the most persuasive way.
Eric was married in the summer of 2015. He and his wife, Kristin, have run a marathon together, completed a three-day mountain-pass bike ride, and love hiking with their dog, Potato. When they're not burning calories, they're taking them in. They enjoy cooking, dining, and traveling (to places where they can cook and dine out).
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)
Prevailed before the Washington Supreme Court, securing a ruling rejecting a government contractor's effort to force wage violation claims into private arbitration. A unanimous Court held that the arbitration clause in the employer's form contract was unconscionable and unenforceable in its entirety, allowing class action of over 300 Washington workers to proceed. The parties ultimately reached a confidential settlement.
Jumamil v. Lakeside Casino, LLC, 179 Wn. App. 665, 319 P.3d 868 (2014) - Prevailed in a jury trial on behalf of a poker dealer who was wrongfully discharged after refusing to gamble as a condition of employment. Subsequently prevailed before Washington Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court to hold that the casino's owner and manager could be held individually liable for forcing workers to gamble.
Belo Management Services, Inc. v. Click! Network, 184 Wn. App. 649, 343 P.3d 370 (2014) - Prevailed before the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of a newspaper that had been wrongly denied access to public records. The unanimous appellate panel dissolved a trial court injunction, finding that several large broadcasters could not shield their contracts with a municipal cable system from the public.
Represented a large information technology services company whose competitor had sought proprietary materials through a public records requests. Obtained a court order permanently enjoining the state agency from releasing the client’s confidential business information.
President, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation (2016, 2017) (Board Member since 2014)
Co-Chair, Pierce County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice (2016, 2017)
Board Member, Campaign for Equal Justice for the Legal Foundation of Washington (2016 to present)
Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services (2009 to present)
University of Washington School of Law 1L Mentor Program (2010 to present)