Diversity & Inclusion
Litigation; Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation
Lisa Gilford is consistently recognized as one of the leading complex civil litigators in California. Her practice is focused on class actions, products liability law and jury trials. She represents several major members of the automotive, pharmaceutical, communications, oil and gas, aerospace and chemical manufacturing industries. In 2015 and 2016, she was named one of the "Top Women Lawyers" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which also consistently lists her among the "Top 100 Lawyers" and "Top Women Litigators" in California. She also is repeatedly included in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2016, she was named one of the "Most Influential Minority Lawyers" by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Prior to joining Skadden in 2013, Ms. Gilford was the co-chair of the products liability practice at another prominent law firm.
Her experience includes:
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Gilford taught at The Georgetown University Law Center and was a graduate fellow and public service lawyer with Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation. She frequently lectures on topics such as California tort, consumer protection and unfair competition claims; successful defense of class actions; best practices for outside counsel; and professional development for women lawyers and other diversity issues.
Ms. Gilford received the J. Michael Brown Award from DuPont in 2008 for her personal commitment to diversity, recruiting and mentoring in the legal profession. She is the former president of the National Association of Women Lawyers (2008-2009) and is actively involved in the Black Women Lawyers Association, Langston Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Ms. Gilford was profiled in two recent books on women in the legal profession, Courageous Counsel: Conversations With Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500 and Women on Top: The Woman’s Guide to Leadership and Power in Law Firms.
LL.M., Georgetown University, 1995
J.D., University of Southern California, 1993
B.A., Furman University, 1990
Board Member, California Women’s Law Center
Board Member, The Music Center
Former President, National Association of Women Lawyers
Defense Research Institute (Products Law and Toxic Tort Sections)
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Women’s Rainmaker Roundtable
Black Women Lawyers Association
Langston Bar Association
National Bar Association