Since our firm was founded in 1972, GJEL Accident Attorneys have won or successfully settled over 99% of our clients’ cases against insurance companies and other defendants.

We are consistently rated as one of the top law firms nationwide by judges and other lawyers. Detailed information about what each distinction means and how we are rated follows below.

Northern California Super Lawyers ®

Awarded to all five GJEL Personal Injury Attorneys

Only 5% of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Our attorneys at GJEL have been selected as Super Lawyers many times over the past decade.

(Excerpted from SuperLawyers’ Website)

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. Law & Politics has been publishing legal magazines since 1990 and Super Lawyers since 1991.

No other legal publisher goes through the unique multi-step process that Super Lawyers employs to find evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Final candidates are segmented according to firm size. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

View Super Lawyers profiles for Andy Gillin (2006 – 2017), Ralph Jacobson (2006 – 2017), Luke Ellis (2006 – 2017), Jim Larsen (2008 – 2017), and Kristin Lucey (2010 – 2012, 2014 – 2017).

Best Lawyers in America®

Awarded to all five GJEL Personal Injury Attorneys

(Excerpted from the Best Lawyers Website)

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, we have helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a signal honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For 25 years, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

GJEL Attorneys Andy Gillin, Ralph Jacobson, Luke Ellis, Kristin Lucey, and Jim Larsen have all been named to Best Lawyers in America.

US News Best Law Firms


GJEL was named a Tier 1 Personal Injury Law Firm (highest ranking) in the San Francisco metropolitan area in 2016.

(The following is excerpted from the US News Best Law Firms Website)

Client and lawyer surveys collected mostly reputational data. Using a scale of 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest), clients voted on expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to a firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall U.S.News – Best Lawyers overall score for each firm. Firms with the highest overall scores were included on metropolitan lists that covered as many as 81 practice areas in 171 metropolitan areas and 7 states and national lists covering 39 practice areas. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, they have been tiered rather than ranked sequentially. In general, the first tier includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm(s); the second tier, those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the next highest scoring firm(s), etc.

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National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers


GJEL Accident Attorneys have been named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers list from 2012 – 2017.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is a professional association composed of only the most qualified trial lawyers from each state.  Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, stature, and profile in the trial attorney community, as viewed by our organization, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large. The Association conducts the necessary investigation and diligent evaluation of trial lawyers’ qualifications for invitation as one of its exclusive members.

Newsweek – Best Personal Injury Attorneys 2016

newsweek-best-personal-injury-lawyer-2016-andy-gillin Awarded to Attorney Andy Gillin

Founding attorney Andy Gillin was named one of 2016’s best personal injury attorneys by Newsweek. See the full profile on here.

National Law Journal – Top 100 Verdict in the Nation, 2009


GJEL Accident Attorneys received special recognition from the National Law Journal in 2009 as a Top 100 Verdict in the Nation.

At the time, the wrongful death verdict was the largest even awarded in Contra Costa County. Read more about the case here.

Litigator Award, 2014


(Excerpted from the Litigator Award website)

The Litigator Awards™ represent the highest honors in Trial Law, and justly stand as the nation’s most coveted symbol of “Litigation Achievement”.

Presented in up to 72 “Practice Specialty” categories, the Awards are based on actual “Verdict & Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity, making them perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged Award Ratings anywhere.

Those awarded join an exclusive fraternity of Super-Star Lawyers who have won Million, Multi-Million and/or Billion Dollar cases – a feat achieved by fewer than 1% of all lawyers. Of the nearly 1.1 Million lawyers considered, only a select few (about 12 Law Firms) per State or DMA, will achieve the distinction of being awarded each year in any given Practice Specialty

AV®-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

(Excerpted from the Martindale-Hubbell website)

AV® Peer Review Rating – An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer or law firm’s peers rank them at the highest level of professional excellence.
For over a century, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory for authoritative information on the worldwide legal profession. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsTM play an integral role in this service to the legal community.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. The legal community respects the accuracy of ratings because it knows that its own members – the people best suited to assess their peers – are directly involved in the process.

Lawyers and consumers need to have confidence in the individual under consideration. Using ratings, they can select counsel with superior ethics, as well as the desired level of professional experience.

Plaintiff Magazine Feature

Plaintiff MagazineGJEL Accident Attorneys’ Managing Partner Andy Gillin was featured in the April 2010 issue of Plaintiff Magazine.  The author of the article interviewed a number of Andy’s peers, as well as Andy himself.  Click here to read a PDF version of the article »

Frequent Lecturers for California Bar Associations and other Legal Organizations

GJEL Attorneys are frequently asked by our peers to lecture to other lawyers, and we’ve published a number of scholarly articles regarding California personal injury and tort law. California attorneys routinely consult us for our expertise in handling catastrophic injury cases, particularly those involving auto accidents and motorcycle accidents.

Below are just a few of these instances:

  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Catastrophic Injury Cases: Handling the First 100 Days, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Civil Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Civil Litigation, California State Bar Association Education Institute
  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Civil Litigation, California Trial Lawyers Association (now CAOC)
  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Civil Litigation, Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Andy Gillin, Lecturer, Civil Litigation, Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ralph Jacobson, Author, Uninsured Motorists Cases: Notice of Action
  • Ralph Jacobson, Contributing Author, Litigation in the Fast Lane
  • Luke Ellis, Lecturer, Trial Practice, California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Luke Ellis, “Maximizing Settlements,” Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Luke Ellis, “Cross-Examination,” San Francisco Bar Association
  • Luke Ellis, “The Defective Sulzer Hip Litigation,” Alameda County Superior Courts
  • Luke Ellis,  “Handling Products Liability Cases,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Luke Ellis, “Use and Admissibility of Demonstrative Exhibits,” San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Luke Ellis,  “Demonstrative Evidence,” California Trial Lawyers Association (now CAOC)
  • Luke Ellis, “Opening Statements,” California Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Luke Ellis, “Automobile Cases,” California Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Luke Ellis, “Selected Evidentiary Issues,” California Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Luke Ellis, “Jury Selection,” California Trial Lawyers’ Association

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