Gary Gwilliam Selected National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015

"Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the "Nation’s Top Attorneys"—National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Gary Gwilliam, Founding Principle of Oakland, California law firm Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, & Brewer, has been selected for membership to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the prestigious National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). As Founding Principle of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli, and Brewer in 1978, Gary Gwilliam has tried over 180 jury cases, of which more than 150 were personal injury cases. To his credit, Mr. Gwilliam has experience with major cases in every area of consumer law, including catastrophic automobile and construction accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, bad faith insurance, wrongful termination, civil rights and employment discrimination and harassment.

National Association of Distinguished Counsel

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) bills itself as "a professional organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence."
The NADC has a long, illustrious history as an organization with a focused and determined mission to "objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate."

National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Selection Process: Gary Gwilliam

To be selected as a member in the NADC for Gary Gwilliam is a career long culmination of trial experiences, winning verdicts, and fighting adversity and difficult odds in some cases. Yet most important to his formula for success, and inclusion in the NADC, is a career long commitment to honesty, integrity, and in the words of the NADC: "the highest ideals of the legal profession."

The selection process for the National Association of Distinguished Counsel is rigid, exacting and incredibly demanding. According to the NADC the selection process includes:

  • Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team
  • Members are selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations
  • Members are approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law

Due to this remarkably tough appointment process, only the top one percent (1%) of all attorneys in the United States are awarded and recognized with membership in NADC.  This "elite class of advocates", who uphold and exude the highest ideals of the legal profession, consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the country.  Welcoming Gary Gwilliam into membership is an honor and privilege for our firm.

Gary Gwilliam Attorney at Law

Over the course of over 40 years, Gary Gwilliam has a special relationship with the law and the plaintiffs he has served. He has been recognized for excellence in a number of ways:

  • A former president of the Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1995 and 1996 by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • 2001 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for Employment Law
  • Prestigious Public Justice Champion of Justice Award in 2009
  • 1994 recipient of a Consumer Attorneys of California Presidential Award for his outstanding ethics seminar: "How to Get a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life" based on his non-fiction book about his life

Gary has penned numerous articles on California consumer law and is frequently invited to serve as an expert witness on the standard of care for lawyers’ conduct.  His engaging and disarming lectures on the topics of stress, stress reduction and substance abuse are aimed specifically at lawyers in an attempt to help each individual improve the quality of his or her life while understanding the rigors and pressure of the legal profession.