Gary Gibson, Of Counsel

Case Results

  • First Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Not Guilty
  • Second Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Not Guilty
  • Second Degree Murder: Not Guilty
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: Hung Jury/Mistrial
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: Not Guilty
  • First Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Hung Jury/Mistrial
  • First Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Hung Jury/Mistrial
  • First Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Hung Jury/Mistrial
  • Second Degree Murder(DUI): Not Guilty
  • First Degree Murder(Special Circumstances):Hung Jury/Mistrial
  • First Degree Murder w/ a Firearm: Not Guilty
  • Second Degree Murder w/ a firearm: Not Guilty
  • Over 100 Criminal Trials

Professional Highlights

  • Law School Professor
  • Supervisor of innovative legal programs
  • Award-winning trial advocate
  • Training and Career Development
  • Director
  • Statewide legal educator/trainer/speaker
  • Implemented novel technological changes
  • Highly trained military small unit leader

Professional History

San Diego County Department of the Public Defender - 1991 to 2016:

  • Supervisor, Felony Team B(2014),
  • Member of Public Defender Management Team (2009-2014);
  • Director of Recruitment/Hiring,Training and Career Development (2002-2003:2009-2014);
  • Grade 5attorney handling high profile homicide and death penalty cases(2005-2009);
  • Supervisor of “Bail Project” involving supervision of over 100 law students (2007-2009);
  • Supervisor of “Police Practi to to ces” unit (2001-2002);
  • Developed protocols for electronic document imaging (2002);
  • Developed departmental telecommuting policy (2009);
  • Provided over 250 hours of varied legal training to all departmental personnel (2000-2012);
  • Department “Attorney of the Year” (2001); Over 100 criminal jury trials, including 15 homicides

California Western School of Law - 1995 to 2017

  • Adjunct professor of California Evidence, California Sentencing, Forensic Evidence and Advanced Criminal Litigation;
  • Co-developed joint county agency collaboration with the Public Defender’s Office for the “Bail Project,” providing indigent defendants with pre-arraignment assistance using law student volunteers

United States Navy Active/Reserve - 1985 to 1990

  • Decorated Naval Intelligence Officer making lengthy military deployments and one “combat cruise;”
  • Supervised 30 plus junior personnel;
  • Class leader for three classes (class 150 – 153) in Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training;
  • Member of local Naval Investigative Service Reserve Unit while in law school

United States Army Reserve - 1982 to 1984

  • Team engineer on Army Reserve Special Forces “A” team;
  • Familiar with all aspects of military engineering and demolitions;
  • Supervised 3 to 4 junior personnel

United States Navy/Marine Corps - 1977 to 1981

  • Navy member of United States Marine Corps Special Operations Unit;
  • Assistant team leader of Marine reconnaissance unit;
  • Military parachute and diving and demolitions qualified

Education and Professional Accomplishments

  • 2008: E. Stanley Conant Award (Defense Lawyer of the Year) from the Combined Defender Organizations of San Diego
  • 2006: CPDA Program of the Year – “Bail Project”
  • 2006 to Present: writer/editor of “Preliminary Hearing” chapter in the CEB publication California Criminal Law
  • 2001: CPDA Program of the Year – “Police Practices” program
  • 2001: San Diego County Public Defender of the Year
  • 1997 to Present: Lecturer for the California State Bar/California Public Defenders Association/California Attorneys for Criminal Justice/San Diego Law Enforcement Training Academy/National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1991: California Western School of Law- Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude; American Jurisprudence Awards in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, and Trial Advocacy
  • 1984: State University of New York at Stony Brook – Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; 3 year graduate

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