James L. Gilbert - The Gilbert Law Group, P.C.

James L. Gilbert

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 303-431-1111

Jim Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He has over thirty years of experience litigating complex cases against major auto manufacturers and other large corporations. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation only national organization whose membership is limited to 100 lawyers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has received numerous professional honors, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Citation of Excellence and Diplomat of Trial Advocacy Awards. He is a member of the International Society of Barristers and is also a sought-after lecturer, having given more than 130 speeches and lectures around the country. than 130 speeches and lectures Mr. Gilbert’s work involving defective aftermarket windshield installations, including a $6,100,000 jury verdict against an aftermarket installer, was chronicled in a cover story in Lawyers Weekly entitled “Personal Injury Cases That Made A Difference.” Jim Gilbert was also lead counsel at trial for jury verdicts that included $35,000,000 awarded in a conversion van case and $17,500,000 awarded in a seatbelt case. He is also an experienced race car driver, which gives him unique insight into vehicle handling and dynamics and lends a particular sophistication to his work in auto defect litigation.

Jim Gilbert and his wife Mary Ann live in the foothills near Golden, Colorado. Jim and Mary Ann enjoy spending time with their two children and their families. Mr. Gilbert leads an active lifestyle participating in many sporting activities. He has also served as a consultant to television stations and has appeared on national television for his work as a trial attorney.

Colorado State UniversityBS 1964New York University School of LawJ.D. 1968
The Inner Circle of AdvocatesInternational Society of BarristersAmerican Association for JusticeColorado Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorneys Information Exchange GroupTrial Lawyers for Public JusticeAmerican Bar AssociationColorado Bar AssociationNational Institute of Trial AdvocacySuper Lawyers

Case History

$43,200,000 Record Verdict$43,200,000 record jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic when her driver’s seat back collapsed following a rear-end collision. The unanimous decision was returned against the seat manufacturer after evidence showed the seat back was weak and the single-sided recliner mechanism in question was subject to failure. This is reported to be the largest civil verdict in Vermont state court. Several sources cited the potential impact of the ruling on brain and spinal cord injury claims and increased seat back strength requirements by the federal government.
$35,000,000 Verdict
$35,000,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic and suffered brain damage when his “captain chair” broke off of the vehicle floor and his seat belt ripped in half during a frontal collision. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Chrysler Corporation, the manufacturer of the stock van, joined forces with The Gilbert Law Group against the van converter, the seat maker, and the manufacturer of the seat pedestal. After receiving substantial settlements from the other defendants, The Gilbert Law Group tried the case side by side with Chrysler’s lawyers against Coachmen, the manufacturer of the seat pedestal. A verdict from a Los Angeles jury sent a message to van conversion companies that the auto industry, at least Chrysler, would no longer protect them from deficient van conversion work that put consumers at risk, and that juries would hold them accountable.
$17,000,000 Verdict$17,500,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic when her seat belt retractor failed to properly lock during a rollover accident. The case remains a record jury verdict for a product defect case in the State of Colorado.
$9,500,000 Settlement$9,500,000 settlements against multiple defendants in a case involving a brain damaged and quadriplegic driver in a frontal collision.
$8,400,000 Settlement $8,400,000 settlement on behalf of two men in a wrongful death case.
$6,500,000 Verdict$6,500,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was paralyzed when he was thrown through a defective after-market windshield during a frontal collision. The windshield had not been properly bonded to the pickup truck. Following the verdict for Mr. Miller, the Lawyers Weekly described how Jim Gilbert’s case changed the practices of the after market windshield installation industry. According to the Lawyers Weekly: “The verdict forced an industry-wide change….” What it meant was that some 12,000 glass installers around the country had to use the safer procedure or risk a similar verdict.

Office Location

Building IV, Suite 200
5400 Ward Road
Arvada, CO 80002
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Denver Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Denver Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation of the Denver Metro Area
James L. Gilbert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!James L. Gilbert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!James L. Gilbert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Product Liability)
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male