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Gilbert D Somera

Gilbert D Somera

also known as Gil Somera

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury

About Me

Mr. Somera is a native of Stockton, California.  He received his Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and his Juris Doctorate from Humphreys School of Law.


Mr. Somera’s work background and experiences have been essential to his success as a lawyer.  His work experience includes over 20 years of successful business management in both the corporate environment and small business.  During his college career at the University of California at Davis, Mr. Somera worked full time as the Executive Vice President of a multi-million dollar warehousing and transportation company.  While going to law school at night, Mr. Somera worked full time as one of the top representatives and managers of the Thomson Corporation (NYSE:TOC) in their legal publishing division. 


Mr. Somera is a Trial Attorney and focuses his law practice on DUI and Criminal Defense, Civil Rights and Personal Injury. Mr. Somera is also counsel to several corporations and small businesses. 


Mr. Somera knows how to handle matters that require discrete negotiations or aggressive trial preparation and he handles each case with determination and confidence. Mr. Somera is constantly thinking “outside the box” to achieve the most favorable results for his clients.

Choosing the right attorney to represent you makes all the difference. Mr. Somera’s experience and passion for his practice puts him on the top of the list.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    11 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    11 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    11 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Jonathan Pierre Lacour

    Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Lacour Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sanaz Banu Nikaein

    Mr. Somera is known to be a zealous advocate for his clients, and well respected in the legal community. I highly recommend Mr. Somera, as I have trusted him with several of my own clients.


    Sanaz Nikaein Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2540 Pacific Ave
Suite 4
Stockton, CA, 95204



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Clients choice awardAvvo2014
Top 100 Criminal Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalSomera Law Group, APLC2013 - Present
Law ProfessorHumphreys School of Law2006 - Present
PartnerPacheco and Somera2004 - 2013
Law Firm RepThomson West / Westlaw1996 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselTop One Percent2015 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
California DUI Lawyers AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAttorney MemberN/A
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAttorney MemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Allgoewer vs. City Of Tracy (207 Cal.App.4th 755)Reversed: Case of first impression

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Publication NameTitleDate
Court of AppealsAllgoewer vs. City Of Tracy (207 Cal.App.4th 755)2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - DavisSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Humphreys College of Law at StocktonLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Strengthening the bondEmpowering Young Men2012
Every 15 minutesUnderage Drinking and Driving2012
CA Court Choices and ConsequencesDUI Consequences2010