About James Gilman


Gilman Law Offices, LLC
1400 Central Ave. SE, Suite 1000
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Tel: (505) 875-0700
Fax: (505) 878-9414


Practice of law focused on Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury litigation arising from aviation crashes, commercial truck crashes, medical and hospital negligence/malpractice, products liability, and premises liability.


Married with five adult children.


1966: University of Idaho
Bachelor’s Degree: Political Science and Civil Engineering
1971: University of New Mexico
Juris Doctor Degree
1974: Hastings College of Trail Advocacy, San Francisco, CA


1968 – 1970: First Lieutenant, United States Army, Infantry Branch
Fort Benning, Georgia and Republic of Vietnam


1990 – Present: Gilman Law Offices, LLC, Albuquerque, NM
Aviation litigation, products liability, oilfields, premises liability, malpractice litigation, personal injury, and crime victims in State and Federal Courts
1978 – 1990: Gilman, Maguire & Martinez, Albuquerque, NM
Products liability, malpractice litigation, insurance defense, commercial and corporate litigation, contested probate matters, personal injury litigation and jury trials in State and Federal Courts
1973 – 1978: James K. Gilman Law Offices, Albuquerque, NM
Consumer class action trials and appeals in State and Federal Courts, MDL litigation in Federal Courts involving Swine Flu Inoculation Paralysis cases, insurance defense, commercial and real estate litigation including TRO’s and injunctive relief, licensing instructor New Mexico Real Estate Commission
1972 – 1973: Farlow and Lil, Albuquerque, NM: Associate Attorney
Insurance defense trials and appeals, general defense counsel for Allstate Insurance, Dairyland, Westco, Fidelity Guaranty, and other insurance carriers
1971 – 1972: New Mexico Court of Appeals, Santa Fe, NM
Judicial law clerk


New Mexico Bar Association
New Mexico Federal Bar Association
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Action
Lawyer-Pilot International Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Department of Transportation Bar Association
National Transportation Safety Board Association, Legislative Action Committee
National Crime Victim Bar Association


New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
Board Member, 1996 – present, Legislative Action Committee

Lawyer-Pilot International Bar Association
Board Member, 2002 – present

New Mexico Inns of Court
Master Bencher, 2000 – present

National Transportation Safety Board Association
Legislative Action Committee

State Bar Advisory Opinions Committee
Past Committee Member

Statewide Lawyer Referral Committee
Past Committee Member

State Bar Annual Legal Retreat Committee
Past Member and Past Chair

State Bar Committee on Computers and Law
Technology Utilization Committee, Past Chair

The Rehabilitation Center (now RCI)
Past Board Member and Committee Chair, 1989 – 2006
RCI, Inc. is a United Way Agency that is a community rehabilitation provider founded in 1954.  It is a NISH and CARF certified organization which operates several facilities for providing therapy services, training, job coaching and employment for the developmentally and traumatically disabled persons, including severely disabled persons.  It has a $6 million per annum operating budget and receives United Way Supplemental funding.

Ideas in Science and Electronics, Inc.
Legal Counsel and Technical Committee
Past Member, 1980 – 1995
Ideas in Science and Electronics, Inc. is a non-profit, scientific, educational organization which sponsors and annual high-tech electronics symposium, student scholarships, science fairs and a trade show at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Friends of the University of New Mexico Law Library
Founder and Past President, 1985 – 2000
It is a charitable, tax exempt organization providing supplemental financial support to the UNM Law School Law Library

Journal of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
Contributing Editor, aviation and crash litigation cases and appeals,
1996 – 2000
Official publication of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association, an international bar of defense and plaintiff’s counsel dedicated to improving aviation safety and legal education.

“Commercial Spaceport Immunity Legislative Initiatives” Article

Notice and Warning: All crash cases and claims arising from crashes have time limitations, within which written tort claims notices to governmental agencies and suit must be filed, or the claim will be forever barred. These time limits and preliminary written tort claims notices to necessary governmental agencies vary widely depending upon a careful legal analysis of location of the crash, domicile of the parties, domicile of the survivors, families, and choice-of-law issues. Therefore, if your crash occurred some time ago, it is strongly recommended that you contact Gilman Law Office by telephone, because telephones are monitored 24/7/365, but web-based communications can have a delay in delivery. Furthermore, no attorney-client relationship can be assumed and no attorney-client relationship comes into existence until a written attorney-client agreement has been fully executed by the client, personal representative, conservator, or other legally authorized client representative and the Gilman Law Firm, LLC.


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