Eric D. Gilman



Seattle University School of Law, 2009

Juris Doctor, cum laude

University of Washington–Seattle, 2006

Bachelor of Arts | Law, Societies & Justice; Political Science


“40 Under Forty” | South Sound by The Business Examiner (2016)
“Rising Star” in Litigation | SuperLawyers (2012–2020)
Order of the Barristers (2009)

Bar Admissions

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


Eric is an experienced litigator, trial attorney, and appellate advocate. He represents victims of wrongful termination, unfair wage and hour practices, workplace harassment, and discrimination; whistleblowers who suffer retaliation after standing up for themselves or others; and entrepreneurs crossed by former business partners. Eric successfully handled matters in state and federal court and prevailed in numerous appellate cases, including before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

Mindful that most people seldom interact with the legal system, Eric uses his knowledge and experience to guide his clients through an often-intimidating process. He is always looking for ways to use technology to better serve his clients and is a frequent speaker on trial advocacy and visual presentation skills.

Eric was born in Fukuoka, Japan and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife managed to get a few marathons and cycling events under their belts before welcoming their two wonderful girls. They still manage to workout together most mornings before wrangling the toddler and preschooler. The family enjoys cooking together, weekend getaways, and hitting the outdoors with their dog, Potato.

  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member (WSAJ)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)
  • American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA)
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • WSBA Litigation Section, Executive Committee (2019–present)
  • Board Member, Emergency Food Network (2020–present)
  • Treasurer, Hon. Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court, Ch. XXV (2021) (Exec. Cmte. Member since 2017)
  • Seattle Clemency Project & University of Washington | Student Mentor and Pro Bono Advocate (2020–present)
  • President, Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Foundation (2016, 2017) (Board Member since 2014)
  • Board Member, Campaign for Equal Justice for the Legal Foundation of Washington (2016–2020)
  • Co-Chair, Pierce County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice (2016, 2017)
  • University of Washington School of Law 1L Mentor Program (2010 to 2016)
  • Partner, Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
  • Judicial Extern to Hon. Ronald E. Cox, Washington State Court of Appeals (Div. I)
  • Rule 9 Intern, Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Speaker, “Temporary Restraining Orders & Preliminary Injunctions” | Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Potpourri CLE (Dec. 3, 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Galaxy’s Cloud Storage & Data Protection” | Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention (Oct. 2, 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Visual Trial and Today’s Technology” | Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute at Seattle University School of Law (June 2014; June 2015)
  • Panelist, “Effective Tools for the 21st Century Litigator: Getting Information out of Expert Witnesses” | WSBA CLE (Sept. 21, 2016)
  • Author, “OneNote: Great Legal Software You Didn’t Know you Had” | Pierce County Lawyer (Sept./Oct. 2016 ed.)
  • 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)