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Andrew Ronald Gillin

Car accident Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Andy Gillin


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Andy Gillin received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of Chicago. "We love to fight for the little guy," Andy says of his firm GJEL Accident Attorneys. Each of the firm's partners started their careers in public service, and while their cases have gotten larger and more complex along the way, that hasn't changed the firm's focus. GJEL clients don't pay a penny unless they win. 

 

Plaintiff Magazine profiled Andy in its April 2010 edition, naming GJEL Accident Attorneys "one of the area's top civil litigation firms." The firm was also featured on the cover of San Francisco Magazine's "Best Lawyers in America" August 2009 edition. With over $600 million in verdicts and settlements, the firm is on every short list of top plaintiff's auto accident and personal injury firms in California. 

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Partners from GJEL Accident Attorneys discuss the firm's approach to personal injury cases. "There is a way to be very aggressive as a lawyer," Andy says, "and still be a friend to the client."
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Licensed for 53 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1970
Updated 12/06/2022

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GJEL Accident Attorneys
1625 The Alameda
#511
San Jose, CA, 95126

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Posted by Kim | July 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rear ended
In my case the CHP report was incorrect of what happen and I did attached additional information to the report they said they will not change the original report. Is there any lawyer out there would accept my case. I was in the front and the driver in the back rear ended me and he was tailgating while he was in the back of me and there was traffic and I have to hit my brakes and he hit me in the rear and to to swirl to the right to avoid hitting me. In this case is it hard to find an attorney because of the police report? Any advice would appreciated
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Posted by Fred | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car accident
My wife was fatally injured in an auto accident. I went to Andrew Gillin for help in establishing responsibility for the accident and securing some compensation for my family and me. Andy was very thorough in ordering an investigation which established fault. He listened sympathetically to my wishes, securing a settlement that was 100% satisfactory to me. At all times during the process he was available to answer my concerns, and to take care of problems that would have been very bothersome to me. Many, many thanks to Andy Gillin. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Greg | January 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I was a passenger and involved in a head on vehicle collision. Andy insisted that I go to his spine specialist for an evaluation. They discovered a herniated disc in my lower back and spearheaded the rehabilitation process. As a self employed person, the legal issues were challenging as well. At the end of the day, I received full compensation from both insurance agencies. I was very please with how Andy and his colleagues handled my case.
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Posted by Judith | December 31, 2012
Trustworthy and Kind
In a difficult situation Andrew Gillin fought long and hard to assure that the Health Insurance company involved did not take all of my settlement money. This was a ridiculously hard case because the defendant was under insured and my medical expenses were very high.
Posted by Daniel | December 5, 2012
Car Accident
Mr. Gillen took care of every single problem and question that I had throughout the whole process. If someone needed a lawyer I would tell them if they want to be informed the whole time and never go to bed with a question or concern, go with Andrew Gillen. I want them to know that I appreciate everything that they did and I will never forget them all. The whole staff was awsome.
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Posted by Mary | October 29, 2012
Mary Cross auto accident of 6/3/2010
Andy Gillin and his firm of excellent and caring Partners were personally envolved in representing me in my Personal Injury case. I had medical injuries and costs caused by the accident. None of the envolved people were willing to pay. I was left to deal with all accident related expenses from the beginning, including my back and shoulder injury medical related expenses. Some of these will continue through the rest of my life. Mr. Gillian is so sincere and you can feel his compassion (as well as the entire staff). He listens to you, understands your stress and recognizes your future needs, which will be forever changed by the events you had no control of. I felt like he was an old friend who was always available and there for me.
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Posted by Simma | September 11, 2012
This is the only law office you need to call.
I was hit, by a car and run over in a cross-walk which left me unable to work for almost a year. My foot was crushed, and I had broken bones in my right wrist. The day after I called Andy Gillin, his investigator came to see me. I've known other people who were in accidents who had to either wait days to talk to an attorney, and had to figure out how to get to the law office. Andy and Jim Larsen took care of all of my legal needs, answered every question, no matter how trivial, and made me feel taken care of. Being in an accident and losing income is very stressful and takes an emotional toll. No matter how stressed I sounded, or impatient I was ,or even demanding at times, they remained patient, helpful,, and made sure I got what I needed to recover. I never felt like I was infringing on their time, or interrupting their other work. They also negotiated the best settlement possible for my circumstances. Although my case may not have been the most lucrative for them, both Andy and Jim made me feel like I was their most important client. I would also like to add that everyone in their office particularly their assistants and receptionist were wonderful and responsive. My case was not the exception. I had referred another friend who had recently had a negative experience with another attorney regarding a medical lawsuit. She had the same more than positive opinion with Andy and Jim. They are experienced, knowledgable experts, who stand up for their clients.
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Posted by Dean | August 12, 2012
Exceptional
Over many years I have received the benefit of Andy Gillin's excellent professional services. Andy's skillful analysis of the issues at hand, combined with his efficient negotiation of the required legal complexities have always been impressive. I have, and will continue to recommend Andy to anyone in need of a superb attorney.
Posted by Anthony | August 2, 2012
Very hard working and loyal attorney.
Andy got me and my family thru this process very fast and helpful. Anytime I needed answers or something to get me by he and his team didn't leave me in the dirt or hanging. This accident set me back a whole lot but if it wasn't for my attorneys I wouldn't have made it thru this.
Posted by Stacey | July 23, 2012
Helpful
Although Mr. Gillin was not able to help me with my case, he was very helpful in answering questions and giving recommendations. I found him extremely easy to speak with and I appreciated his help.
Posted by Linda | January 20, 2011
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Andy Gillin handled my auto accident and performed to my expectations. T
Posted by Sara | July 29, 2010
Timely, helpful at a stressful time
Mr. Gillin was a wonderful help in a time of stress and fear surrounding the auto accident I was in. He and his staff kept me informed at all times, explained everything that was happening and that could happen during the case as well as repsonded to all of my many questions in a very kind and timely manner. I would recommend Mr. Gillin whole heartedly to anyone. His manners are very professional as well as kind and sympathetic. I give him and his staff my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Thomas | May 5, 2010
The best lawyer I've ever had!
Very bad things can suddenly happen to very good people. I was seriously injured when a truck suddenly seemed to come out of nowhere and hit me as I was crossing the street on foot. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was in no shape to deal with the aftermath of the accident myself. I needed to focus all my energy on healing and getting back on my feet. I asked friends for recommendations and Andrew Gillin's name came up more than once. I am so glad I found Andrew Gillin! From our very first conversation he put my mind at ease, and has dealt with every detail of my case with the kind of thoughtful professionalism and personal concern that is truly rare. In a very bad situation Andrew's vast experience and knowledge made all the difference in the recovery for my case. Andrew Gillin has my highest recommendation.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • GJEL Accident Attorneys
  • 1971 - Present

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1968
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1965

Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
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  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
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  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California chapter)
  • Member
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  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
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  • San Francisco Patent & Trademark Law Association
  • Member
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  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • AV-Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • State Bar of California
  • N/A
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Publications

  • California Trial Lawyers Syllabus
  • Handling the Major Case: The First 100 Days
  • 1993
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • California Government Tort Liability Practice
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Settlement Strategies in Civil Litigation
  • 1994
  • Barristers Club
  • Handling Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
  • 1993
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Handling The Major Case: The First 100 Days
  • 1993
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers Settlement Judiciary Conference
  • Settlement Judiciary Conference
  • 1993
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Civil Litigation
  • N/A
  • Unknown
  • Litigation
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  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Civil Litigation
  • N/A
  • California State Bar Association Education Institute
  • Civil Litigation
  • N/A
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Civil Litigation
  • N/A
  • Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Civil Litigation
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (17)
Endorse Andrew
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy Gillin is an experienced and competent personal injury attorney. He is resourceful, compassionate and gives true meaning to the word “personal” in the practice of personal injury law."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Highly recommended."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillin exhibits the highest integrity in the legal profession. He is always willing to find time to share his extensive experience with other lawyers in the community. He truly cares about his clients and the profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andy Gillin for many years. He does excellent work and vigorously represents his clients in serious and complex cases. He is also a wonderful guy and gentleman to work with."
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