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Phillip Charles Gilbert

Car accident Attorney at Gresham, OR

4.8   39 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 31 years
    Oregon - OR 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2004
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2003

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004. See details

About Phillip

Learn Phillip’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    50%
    I have been working on car accident cases since 1986 (initially as an insurance company claims adjuster and then as an "insurance defense" attorney). We have tried many of these cases, and have arbitrated dozens and dozens more. I serve on the arbitration panels of more than a dozen circuit courts in Oregon (and in Clark County, Washington).

    32 years

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Our firm has been representing people injured due to the negligence of others, in Oregon and Washington, since 1992. The types of cases we have handled range from wrongful death claims, to injured pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists, to a golf course worker very seriously injured from exposure to chemicals.

    32 years

  3. Medical malpractice
    10%
    We have represented individuals with medical negligence claims involving numerous medical speciality fields, including: general surgery; neurosurgery; radiology; neurology; and orthopedic surgery, to name just a few.

    32 years

  4. Litigation
    5%

    32 years

I was born in the California Bay Area and moved to Oregon in 1972. 

 

My dad operated a water well pump installation business and I grew up working for/with him; I kept working in that field into my final year of undergrad college.  To this day I still enjoy working with my hands any chance I get; including turning wrenches on our race car.

 

My wife, Heather, and I have been married 25+ years.  Our children are now grown and out of the house.  We have one grandchild.

 

In my spare time I like to race, fish, work on our garden/landscaping, and spend time with our famiy.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016,2014,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2016 2014 2013 + 1 ...

Location

Phillip C. Gilbert & Associates
103 S.E. 223rd Avenue
Suite A
Gresham, OR, 97030-7489

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  39 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeff Hamlin | March 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Long Time Client
For more than 10 years, I have turned to Phil Gilbert for legal needs. Whether it was the successful negotiation and completed sale of my small business or the personal injury case resulting from a head on collision caused by a drunk driver, I know I can always count on MY attorney to successfully bring my legal needs to conclusion. Phil has always been direct, efficient and professional in our dealings. I will continue to turn to him for legal services and actively refer him to my own personal sphere because of my confidence in him. ~ Jeff. H
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Posted by Shannon | March 22, 2017
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The Best Lawyer
Phil took my case simply to help me with the injustices of the personal auto world. My own insurance company was not backing me up regarding an accident that was NOT my fault, and Phil took care of everything. Albeit, my case was not grand, it was worth fighting for and after the "straight and narrow" wisdom Phil shared with me, the "righteous" prevailed. I find Phil, fair, honest, consistent, direct and full of "do right". I am confident that most can not hold a candle to Phil's integrity which is a testament to how he handles the relationship of clients and those who refute fault. Every lawyer should aspire to be like Phil.
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Posted by Hien | January 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney -- Highly Recommended!
Mr. Gilbert is a not only great but also hard working attorney. About 18 years ago my wife was involved in a car accident that her own insurance believed it was her fault and accepted the liability despite how my wife was trying to tell her side of the how the accident actually happened. A few months after the accident the case was settled with my wife at fault. She was so frustrated and upset with her own Insurance and told a co-worker about it. She was then referred to Mr. Gilbert by the co-worker friend. Phil listened and then investigated the location of the accident. He took the case and reversed the outcome through arbitration. He was able to prove to the arbitrator that it was the other driver at fault and the other side attorney was speechless. Since then, Phil had won 2 more cases for my wife and 1 for my daughter. My family is grateful for his service. It is the beginning of 2017 and I would like to take the first few days of the year to reflect and thank to a few respectable and honorable people. Thank you, Mr. Phillip Charles Gilbert! Sincerely -- Amy & Hien
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Posted by Jason | October 19, 2016
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awesome and attentive attorney
Phil was very helpful and attentive to my auto accident case. He was able to work through all the very complex details involved in the case and settled it in a timely manner and with a very positive outcome.
Posted by Joseph | September 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I had an on the job car accident. I was a passenger in a company vehicle. Hit by another company vehicle from another state while in another state I did not have a clue as what to do beyond workers comp. Phil took care of all the issues and concerns to protect my interests. I had no concerns knowing Phil and his staff were working for me. Thank you Phil.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
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Local and Attentive
After getting the run around from my insurance company after my accident I was referred to Mr. Gilbert's office. While I don't think anything is timely with insurance claims. Mr Gilbert's office was attentive and timely on responding to messages and emails on any questions I had during the process and kept me up to date on what was next. He was respectful, kind and knowledgeable during our conversations. I was rear ended and the insurance companies made me feel it was my fault. After giving it to Mr Gilbert's office the stress of that went away as he took care of all of it. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a claims lawyer as I was satisfied with his work and handling everything I didn't want too.
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Posted by Suzan R. | September 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
He's on YOUR side!
Phil was straight to the point and knew exactly what to do to help me. Others told me that I was dreaming of getting my situation resolved; I contacted Phil. Within an hour he had contacted everyone that needed to know what happened to me and . . . BAM, it was a success! My case was resolved within a couple days. Thank you so much, Phil. You and your staff are the best. I will always recommend you to friends and, most importantly, my family.
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Posted by Daun | April 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
pregressive to pay total car after months
He took our case and did a wonderful job handling it all, to finally getting progressive to pay the totaled car. After being jerked around by them for 3 month from progressive who had low balled my son over and over, Mr Gilbert did a perfect job negotiating a better deal. I will alway use Mr Gilbert
Posted by Marty | May 1, 2015
Stress relief counts big in your recovery.
I learned: The worst part of an auto accident, after the impact and physical pain, is the amount of stress and worry that can slow your recovery. Mr. Gilbert & his staff did an excellent job for me and it didn't take long for me to realize I had placed my welfare in the right hands. I hope I never again need a personal injury lawyer but if I do, I know who I'll call. I'll call Phillip Gilbert. Maximum result, minimal worry.
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Posted by Rick | February 9, 2015
Took the fear away!
Phil took my situation and not only answered all of my questions but crated an eloquent letter to a point where in negotiating my situation I felt as though I had all of the power. In a very real way I was able to rectify a situation that was upsetting for my family to a point where the other party appreciated my perspective. All based on a situation where I was implicated of wrong doing. Phil showed an acute understanding of the dynamics of hospital protocol and the rights of myself as an individual who was under duress who became implicated wrongfully of my behavior to protect my familiy's rights. The important thing here for me is that Phil put the unsure position I was in into perspective for me to move forward and negotiate the best outcome possible. I am very grateful for his knowledge and strength of character to allow me to get myself together to allow for such a wonderful outcome at such a paramount time for my family. Thank you Phil! Phil is a rock in turbulent water!
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Posted by Holly | January 26, 2015
Honest personal injury attorney.
My two sons and I where in a accident and I was having trouble getting into contact with the other Insurence company, when hearing from a friend Phil Gilbert would be able to help. I met with him and I was pleasantly surprised to meet a down to earth attorney that wanted to help. Phil and his team were attentive and only a phone call away, from there on out Phil took care of everything and let me focus on my family, work and trying to get back to life. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a friendly helping head in a time of confusion and stress.
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Posted by Michael | December 30, 2014
Hard working, honest and responsive
Mr. Gilbert represented me in a case for my business with a disgruntled client. He worked quickly in resolving the manner in a best case scenario for me. He has also represented me in a few other matters (contract signings etc) and has always worked in an honest and thoughtful manner. I have recommended him to numerous people who have needed legal advice or representation (including my niece in an automobile accident) and will continue to do so. He is a "bull dog" lawyer (and I mean this in a good way). He will fight for his client to make sure they are receiving quality representation.
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Posted by Terri | June 2, 2014
Great personal injury attorney!
Phil Gilbert was my attorney for a rear end accident. He was very compassionate and understanding of my situation. He always gave me updates on my case. I would not hesitate to use him again if ever I needed those services.
Posted by Dean | May 6, 2014
Personal injury
I was severely injured in an auto accident. Phillip was recommended to me by my brother. Since I was in the hospital and rehab for over six weeks, Phillip and his staff were very helpful not only with dealing with the insurance companies, but also the hospitals, rehab facilities and doctors. There was no way we could have managed dealing with all the paperwork and charges while recovering from all the injuries. There was never a time when we felt we couldn't call the office with a concern about our case. We always felt we were well treated and received honest and helpful information about our case. They appreciated that we cooperated with them when they needed any information from us. We could not have had a better experience and help when we needed it. We could not have done this without Phillip! We would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Stan | May 1, 2014
Good accident lawyer
I have used mr. Gilbert twice as my lawyer. He has done an excellent job of keeping me informed and has always treated me with respect. I've always felt as if I didn't have to worry because he was on it. He has also helped two of my family members with cases and they were both satisfied with his work.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2014
The best lawyer I've ever had
The first person I go to for legal advice is Phillip Gilbert. I found him through several different acquaintances when I was looking for an extremely professional and knowledgeable lawyer. When I had asked for referrals, his name was brought up multiple times. My first impression of Phillip was how extremely personable he was. I had just bought a new business, when I found out that the previous business owner had not equipped the building properly. These issues were unbeknownst to me when we purchased the business and building. When the time came to open the business, we had our required business inspection. We were told by the inspector that there were multiple big items that needed to be addressed before he would allow us to open up for business. The inspector told us the previous owner did know about these problems and new it needed to be addressed before any business could be operated in this building. Very conveniently, the previous owner had made himself almost impossible to find. I cannot fathom the amount of leg work that Phil must have invested trying to find this guy, which of course he did- in South America. The previous owner had also switched attorneys’ multiple times. Each time the previous lawyer was no longer involved, Phil had to research who the new lawyer was. Throughout this entire process Phil was always optimistic and positive. He also drove up to Seattle from Oregon every time there was a hearing, even though the previous owner missed almost every single one. I also never once had to call him for updates-ever. Phil himself called 9 out of every 10 times to keep us informed and updated on every aspect of our situation. After this lengthy and daunting process, Phil won our case. Phil is one of the most intelligent individuals I have ever met and it shows in his legal practice. I would never use another lawyer unless Phil recommended them to me.
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Posted by Aaron | April 21, 2014
Exactly what we needed
Early this year I was involved in a very traumatic car accident, breaking both of my legs, rendering me unable to work. As you could imagine this had not been the best time for me or my family however; coming to Phil for legal assistance was the best decision I could have made. I find it very difficult to express in words how helpful, professional and overall effective Phillip C. Gilbert's legal practice has been for me. Not only did he get the settlement my family and I so desperately needed, he was also able to get me the medical care I deserved. I'm happy to say that I'm well on my way to a full recovery and I have Phil to thank for helping me get here. I would highly recommend Phillip C. Gilbert to anyone who needs a top notch personal injury lawyer who can get you what you need. Thank you so much Phil for everything you've done for us, god bless. Aaron S.
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Posted by Rob | March 23, 2014
Character
My family has worked with Phil for many years. He has always been credible, hard working and dedicated to meeting our needs. It is comforting for us to have someone as knowledgeable as he is for the areas that matter most to us to protect our business and our family. I have and would continue to highly recommend Phil without hesitation.
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Posted by Andre | March 20, 2014
Legal assistance
Mr Gilbert represented me in 2 collection cases and a car accident. All three times I have been impressed by his diligence in these matters. Always straight forward and to the point Mr. Gilbert made me feel as though my problems were as important to him as they were to me. I would highly recommend him to anyone(before your opponent does).
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Posted by Dan | March 18, 2014
Accident client
I Used Phillip Gilbert to represent in a car accident. he was great kept me informed though the process even with insurance co stalling. he kept me informed of the progress and more important my rights on both the medical side and on the vehicle side. I would use him again but hope I don't have an accident.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004.

Reciprocal - Discipline issued in WA, 2004
updated on 07/11/2012

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Washington.

Suspension - Disciplinary issued in OR, 2003
updated on 11/26/2014

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Phillip C. Gilbert & Associates
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Underwood, Norwood & Hiefield
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hoffman, Hart & Wagner, LLP
  • 1992 - 1993

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tammy L. Matson v. Oregon Arena Corporation
  • Plaintiff's Verdict (multi-million dollar)

Associations

  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 2013 - Present
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Guardians Club Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating - "Preeminent"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Attorneys in Oregon - 2013
  • Portland Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Moot Court - First Place - Regional Competition
  • Lewis & Clark - Northwestern Law School
  • 1992
  • American Jursiprudence Award - Moot Court
  • Lawyers Cooperative
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
  • Tragedy at the Rose Garden
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (8)
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Litigation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have practiced law in the Portland area for twenty years, and Phil is without a doubt one of the hardest working, toughest, and knowledgeable lawyers I have ever been around. He is, in a word, relentless."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Phil. He is a highly skilled and experienced attorney in personal injury matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil Gilbert is an experienced attorney with a peer review rating of "preeminent.""
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil for about 10 years through professional organizations. He is a sharp lawyer and good advocate for his clients. He tries cases to juries when they need to be tried, which is something not every lawyer does in this day and age."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil Gilbert for over 20 years. I refer my friends and family to him without any reservation. He knows insurance companies, and will get the best possible result for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Phil for years. He is utterly dedicated to his clients' causes and tireless in his efforts for them. That, coupled with his skill, judgment and experience make him a truly qualified advocate. I am honored to call him a friend."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"There are few lawyers in this area as passionate about their cases and as knowledgable of the law as Phil Gilbert. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have handled cases with and against Mr. Gilbert and he is a smart, no nonsense litigator. I definitely endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has been of great assistance to me as a peer in the community, and he is a definite asset to the legal profession."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is a rock-solid advocate and respected colleague who works hard for his clients. I don't hesitate to refer potential clients to Phil when the need arises because they'll be in good hands."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip Gilbert is an experienced attorney who is truly dedicated to his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've opposed Phil on several cases over the years and have great respect for him. He's a great combination of being a strong advocate for his clients while being honest and pleasant with opponents."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Phil years ago when he was just starting up. He has grown to be a fine attorney. Phil obtains excellent results for his clients and helps make us all safer in the process."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Phil is a good man and an excellent attorney. I recommend him without any reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is a hard charging litigator who gets good results for his clients. I have worked with him in the past and been impressed by his ability to fight for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Phil since before he went to law school. He's a fine guy and a fine lawyer, and I feel comfortable referring him clients. He does an excellent job on personal injury cases. His past experience serves him well in helping injured clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Gresham Car accident Lawyer Phillip Charles Gilbert
Phillip Charles Gilbert
Car accident Attorney
Gresham, OR
Licensed for 31 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004. See details