Eric D. Gilman

Eric D. Gilman

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 infant and toddler. The family enjoys cooking together, weekend getaways, and hitting the outdoors with their dog, Potato.


J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2009 cum laude
     Judicial Extern to Hon. Ronald E. Cox, Washington State Court of Appeals (Division I)
     Rule 9 Intern, Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office
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
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)
Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ), Eagle Member
Pierce County Bar Association
American Inns of Court (Hon. Robert J. Bryan, Ch. XXV)

Honors & Awards

Named “40 Under Forty” in the South Sound by The Business Examiner (2016)
Named “Rising Star” in litigation by Washington Super Lawyers (2012-2020)
Order of the Barristers (2009)

Community Activities

WSBA Litigation Section, Executive Committee (2019)
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 to present)
Co-Chair, Pierce County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice (2016, 2017)
University of Washington School of Law 1L Mentor Program (2010 to 2016)

Articles & Presentations

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)