Of Counsel:

Gary Gibson

IMG 4682

Admitted to California State Bar in Nov. 1991.

Case Result Highlights

First Degree Murder with Firearm

First Degree Murder with Firearm

Second Degree Murder with Firearm

First Degree Murder with Firearm

Second Degree Murder

First Degree Murder with Firearm

First Degree Murder with Firearm

Involuntary Manslaughter

Second Degree Murder(DUI)

Involuntary Manslaughter

Second Degree Murder with a firearm

First Degree Murder (Special Circumstances)

Education and Professional Accomplishments:

  • 2018: “Warhorse Award” (Defense Lawyer Career) from San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2008: E. Stanley Conant Award (Defense Lawyer of the Year) from the Combined Defender Organizations of San Diego
  • 2006: California Public Defender Program of the Year – “Bail Project”
  • 2006 to Present: writer/editor of “Preliminary Hearing” Chapter 8 in the CEB publication California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice
  • 2001: California Public Defender Program of the Year – “Police Practices”
  • 2001: San Diego County Public Defender of the Year
  • 1997 to Present: Lecturer for the California State and Local Bar Associations /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

Professional History


Private Practice: Law Office of G. Gibson:

Retained on select serious or violent felony cases. California Superior Court qualified as an expert legal witness on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in complex homicide cases involving significant forensic(DNA, firearms, blood pattern, tool and tire mark) evidence. Retained as an expert legal witness by both private and public defense lawyers, Innocence Projects and the ACLU.

1991 to 2016

San Diego County Department of the Public Defender

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 5 attorney handling high profile homicide and death penalty cases(2006-2009,2015-2016); Supervisor of “Bail Project” involving supervision of over 100 law students (2007-2009); Supervisor of “Police Practices,” law enforcement accountability unit (2001-2002); Provided over 250 hours of varied legal training to department attorneys and investigators(2000-2018); Department “Attorney of the Year” (2001); Over 100 criminal trials, including 18 homicides.

1995 to Present

California Western School of Law

Adjunct professor of California Evidence, California Sentencing, Forensic Evidence and Advanced Criminal Litigation.

1985 to 1990

United States Navy Active/Reserve

Naval Intelligence Officer, supervised 30 plus junior personnel; class leader for three classes (class 150 – 153) at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training; member of local Naval Investigative Service Reserve Unit while in law school.

1977 to 1981

United States Navy/Marine Corps

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

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