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The Gilliland Firm was founded by San Diego attorney Douglas S. Gilliland.  Mr. Gilliland has been practicing law throughout the state of California since 1991. He is an attorney with a dynamic practice that includes multi-million dollar jury verdicts, civil rights cases and high profile criminal defense cases.

Mr. Gilliland is a member of the Best Lawyers in America which is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. He is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a Life Member in the Million Dollar Advocates ForumTop Trial Lawyers in America, and a member of the peer nominated and reviewed Super Lawyers.

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Douglas S. Gilliland, Esq.

Mr. Gilliland’s legal career in civil rights began over 25 years ago when he represented a black San Diego State University student that was shot by a Borg-Warner security guard in Belmont Park after shopkeepers complained that the “blacks” were scaring away tourists.  Borg-Warner wound up paying over 2.2 million dollars after the jury verdict and subsequent appeal and petition to the California Supreme Court.  Since that time, Mr. Gilliland has successfully represented individuals in civil rights cases against the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, California Highway Patrol, and many local police departments, county sheriff’s offices, and security guard companies.  He has appeared on Good Morning America and his cases have been covered internationally by the BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Telemundo and nationally by CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and by numerous local print and television news agencies.  He is a regular panelist on the private practice of law at California Western School of Law, and most recently a guest speaker on civil rights litigation at the University of Southern California School of Law.