Douglas S. Gilliland, Esq.: Mr. Gilliland is a trial lawyer with 27 years of experience in personal injury, criminal defense and civil rights law. He has obtained jury verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars in each of the four largest counties in the State of California (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Francisco). He handled the Davis v. Davis matter (12 million dollar settlement), the representation of multiple clients against a local water district for providing contaminated water (1.4 million dollars) and completed the representation of multiple clients in the 4.85 billion dollar VIOXX class action lawsuit in New Orleans. Mr. Gilliland has also provided civil defenses in the Birdrock Bandits murder/assault case and the notorious BUMFIGHTS video by inDecline Productions.
Mr. Gilliland also maintains a criminal defense practice representing high profile criminal defendants. He obtained a not guilty verdict on 21 counts for two former Emmy Award winning producers in a massive Ponzi scheme after a two month trial before the Hon. Napoleon Jones in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, negotiated a time-served deal in the first degree murder case against the grand-nephew of former Philippine Presidents Benigno and Corazon Aquino after his arrest which resulted from an episode on America’s Most Wanted, obtained a misdemeanor deal in a two-count felony assault with a deadly weapon case against the former National League Most Valuable Player and World Series Champion Kevin Mitchell, helped persuade the district attorney not to file charges against The Discovery Channel reality television personality Tommy “Gipsy” Quinn from The Devil’s Ride, negotiated immunity for a funds processor in the 20 million dollar federal case against on-line poker in Manhattan, New York, negotiated immunity for the human resources director of the government contractor that was convicted of bribing then U.S. Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the largest congressional bribery case in United States history, hung the jury 6-6 in a sexual battery case against a Nazarene minister in Riverside County, and tried the Iraqi hate-crime/murder case in El Cajon, California of Kassim Alhimidi.
Mr. Gilliland received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1985. He attended law school at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon where he was an associate editor for the Oregon Law Review and teaching assistant in personal injury law. Mr. Gilliland received his Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Oregon in 1990. Mr. Gilliland received a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in 1991 from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Mr. Gilliland was admitted to practice law before all courts of the state of California in 1991. Mr. Gilliland was admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in December 1991, the Eastern District of California in June 2001, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in September 2001 and the Supreme Court of the United States in May 2002. Mr. Gilliland was granted permission to practice law in the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2008 for purposes of the Vioxx mass tort litigation.
Mr. Gilliland has had several court of appeal decisions published by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three and Fourth District, Division One. These decisions are reported at Lee v. FBI, 363 F.3d 931 (9th Cir. 2004) cert. denied, 546 U.S. 1214 (2005); Butler v. San Diego District Attorneys, 370 F.3d 956 (9th Cir. 2004); Duffens v. Valenti International (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 434; Leonte v. ACS State and Local Solutions, Inc. (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 521.
He is married to Aisling S. Gilliland, Esq., an adjunct professor of law at California Western University School of Law in San Diego. Their daughter Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Washington in 2017. She is currently a first year law student at the University of Southern California. Their daughter Hannah is a psychology major and plays Division I softball at the University of San Diego. Their son Ronan is a freshman at Villanova University.
Aisling S. Gilliland, Esq.: Mrs. Gilliland graduated from the University of San Diego in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1992. While in law school, Mrs. Gilliland taught Street Law to San Francisco inner-city youths through a program managed by Stanford University. She received her Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Arkansas in Agricultural and Food Law. Mrs. Gilliland was admitted to practice law before all courts of the state of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1992, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2005.
Mrs. Gilliland began practicing law in 1992 with the former Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission Dan L. Stanford, Esq. at Stanford And Associates. At Stanford And Associates, Mrs. Gilliland was responsible for all stages of litigation and trial preparation for the prosecution of legal malpractice claims brought against attorneys. While at Stanford And Associates, Mrs. Gilliland worked on cases that resulted in over $7,000,000 in settlements and verdict on behalf of her clients.
Mrs. Gilliland has been an adjunct professor of law at Cal Western School of Law since 2010. She currently teaches the required second-year STEPPS curriculum which focuses on ethics, professional responsibility, legal research and writing, and the skills, knowledge and values necessary for the practice of law. Mrs. Gilliland uses her Master of Laws degree in Agricultural and Food Law to write on various legal issues related to food labeling, sustainability and food policy.