Eric D. Gilman, Partner
  • 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). 

     

  • 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

    Honors & Awards

    • Named "40 Under Forty" in the South Sound by The Business Examiner (2016)
    • Named "Rising Star" in litigation by Washington Super Lawyers (2012-18)
    • Order of the Barristers (2009)

    Noteworthy Presentations

    • 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)
  • Representative Matters

    • Prevailed at trial in a multimillion-dollar federal court lawsuit involving complex business, real estate, and environmental issues. A former business partner falsely alleged that misrepresentations were made regarding an industrial property at the center of a buyout deal, resulting in substantial environmental cleanup liability. Following a seven-day trial, the U.S. District Court entered a verdict and judgment rejecting the claims in their entirety.
    • 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. 

    • Prevailed in a lawsuit by a homeowners’ association and recovered client’s attorney fees and costs for successfully defending the action. The client had removed dead, dying, and otherwise hazardous trees from areas along a roadway easement over the client’s property. The HOA sought substantial damages, asserting breach of neighborhood covenants, waste, and timber trespass. The court granted a motion to dismiss the remaining claims after the HOA rested at trial, agreeing that the HOA had not complied with its own rules in bringing the lawsuit. The HOA was subsequently ordered to pay the client’s legal expenses.
    • Alonso v. Qwest Communications Co., LLC, 178 Wn. App. 734, 315 P.3d 610 (2013) - Prevailed before the Washington Court of Appeals, which reversed the dismissal of discrimination claims brought by a disabled combat veteran of Mexican-American heritage.
    • Perryman v. Fitts Industries, Inc., No. 12-2-08111-1 (Pierce Cnty. Sup. Ct. 2013) - Prevailed in a jury trial on behalf of a disabled veteran who was fired after requesting medical leave.
    • Jackson v. Tate, 648 F.3d 729 (9th Cir. 2011) - Prevailed before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court’s dismissal a lawsuit against two military recruiters who allegedly forged reenlistment documents.
    • Represented a worker who was fired in retaliation for opposing wage and hour violations by his employer. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant corporation, a cellular communications equipment installer, required its employees to fix "punch list" items while off the clock. The suit sought damages for wrongful discharge and wage and hour violations. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
    • 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.

    • Successfully defended an action under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The federal court denied a petition to send two minor children to live in Mexico with client’s estranged and abusive husband.
  • Community Activities

    • 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)

  • Tacoma Arches
  • Waterfront
  • Duwamish Waterway and brownfield cleanup
  • Glass Museum
  • Pioneer Square
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