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T h e T r u t h B e g i n s H e r e .
E X P E R T W I T N E S S C A S E W O R K
Excessive Force, Police Misconduct,
False Arrest, and Self Defense
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"Hic sunt leones, stamus contra malum."
An Expert with Integrity
Professor Gregory Gilbertson was a police officer for eight years in the cities of Atlanta and LaGrange, Georgia. In Atlanta he served as a police patrolman. In LaGrange he served as a SWAT Team officer, juvenile court investigator, senior patrolman, school resource officer, and stakeout squad member. Advanced osteoarthritis and two major surgeries ended his police career. He then became a tenured criminal justice professor and licensed private investigator in Washington State. As a college professor, he also served two years as a superior court Parenting Investigator for at-risk children, and two years as an International Police Trainer.
Professor Gilbertson became a licensed private investigator to maintain currency as a criminal justice professor. He specialized in criminal investigations and defense casework for 12 years, completing over 100 pretrial investigations for attorneys. In 2014 he expanded his practice to expert witness casework. To date, Professor Gilbertson has consulted on over 80 criminal defense and civil rights cases in 17 states. He has testified in both state and federal courts as an expert witness in Excessive Force, Police Misconduct, False Arrest, and Self Defense cases.
Chicago Attorney - Nenye Uche, J.D.
"In 2015, I took on one of the most publicized police shooting cases in Chicago: The Estate of Alfontish Cockerham v. The City of Chicago. The case involved a young man who was was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer while running away. It was not the strongest case because society typically gives police officers the benefit of the doubt in cases perceived to involve "a close call." It was a close call because the incident was captured on video and showed my client dropping a gun while running from the officer. The officer claimed my client pointed this gun at him just moments before he shot him.
Based on this fact pattern, I needed an expert witness with integrity who could convey the same to a jury of twelve people. I found Professor Gilbertson through an attorney who was a former war crimes prosecutor at the international criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands. Apparently, Professor Gilbertson’s reputation as a expert witness had also caught attention globally.
To say that Professor Gilbertson poured his passion into this case would be an understatement. There were days when I called Professor Gilbertson past midnight to discuss his opinion. Professor Gilbertson was always available and professional no matter the hour. Beyond his availability, his opinion was the best I have ever seen. It was analytically powerful and thoughtful. Professor Gilbertson laid out the reasons why the officer’s conduct was egregiously wrong. It was plainly articulated and supported by research and facts. His deposition and trial testimony was a tour de force. He was articulate and intelligent without being condescending. He was passionate without being emotional. He was especially powerful and effective when confronted by an aggressive cross examination at trial.
Professor Gilbertson opined the officer employed excessive force when he shot my client because he never posed a threat to the officer or other bystanders. He instructed the jury on use of force standards and practices. He informed the jury that regardless of what a suspect may have done, police officers cannot lawfully shoot suspects unless they pose an immediate threat to them or bystanders. After a two week trial in December, 2018, the jury convicted the officer of Wrongful Death and returned a judgment totaling $1.18 million dollars. Furthermore, it was one of the rare times a Chicago jury has returned a verdict against a police officer when the alleged perpetrator had a gun.
I interviewed the jury after the verdict. The foreperson specifically noted we would not have won if Professor Gilbertson had not testified. This assessment was noteworthy since opposing counsel had multiple police officers and a nationally recognized expert testify. At the end of the day, the jury believed Professor Gilbertson over all other witnesses.
Professor Gilbertson is an excellent professional that I look forward to working with in the future. Finally, and perhaps more importantly, he is a good man who I am glad I can now count as my friend."
Nenye Uche, Esquire, Attorney at Law, Chicago, IL
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Seattle Attorney - James Bible, J.D.
"In July 2018 Professor Gregory Gilbertson testified in U.S. District Court in Seattle as my use of force expert in the case of Josiah Hunter v. The City of Federal Way. This matter involved a dangerous choke-hold employed by a Federal Way police officer against Mr. Hunter. The jury agreed with Professor Gilbertson’s analysis of excessive force and awarded Mr. Hunter $640,000.00 in damages. I wish to thank Professor Gilbertson for his tremendous efforts on this case. His analysis and trial testimony is always persuasive and top notch. I look forward to working with him again on future cases."
James Bible, Attorney at Law, Seattle, WA
More Attorney Testimonials
“Professor Gilbertson has twice served as my expert in search and seizure and false arrest cases. His analysis and opinions are always spot on. I was impressed with his willingness to process a considerable amount of information. Methodical and thorough, he took the time to interview each client and determine the veracity of the information they provided. His work ethic is extraordinary, and his credentials are unassailable. I highly recommend him to other attorneys.”
Darryl Parker, Attorney at Law, Seattle, WA
“I have been a personal injury lawyer for over 30 years. I have worked with many experts including Professor Gilbertson. He was our expert for an excessive force case in the U.S. District Court. He provided valuable input on the police on this matter, and on our cross examination of the respondent’s expert. He engaged with the jury and his testimony was solid. I recommend Professor Gilbertson as an expert witness in any case involving police misconduct.”
Patrick Trudell, Attorney at Law, Kirkland, WA
Dr. Stephen Pidgeon, Attorney At Law
“Professor Gilbertson brought a high level of professionalism and competence to bear as an expert witness in a murder trial. Once the prosecutor made demands for an expert opinion, he responded quickly and his conclusion were dis-positive. The judge mentioned the credibility of his report in hearings. We considered Professor Gilbertson's contribution to be highly effective in securing a dismissal with prejudice for our client.”
Dr. Stephen Pidgeon, Ph.D., Attorney at Law, Everett, WA
"Professor Gilbertson was an expert in a criminal trial where self-defense was the primary issue. He was accessible, prompt, and thorough. He explained “use of force” and “self-defense” in a manner the jury easily understood. His testimony was an integral factor in achieving a not guilty verdict for our client at trial.”
Michael Blanchard, Attorney at Law, New London, CT
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
In a recent U.S. District Court trial in Seattle, Moises E. Ponce Alvarez v. King County Sheriff’s Office, the presiding U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Washington entered the following opinion on opposing counsel's Motion in Limine to exclude Professor Gilbertson's testimony: “Mr. Gilbertson’s qualifications demonstrate extensive experience in policing. His experience includes work as a Georgia police officer, SWAT team officer, superior court investigator, school resource officer, stakeout squad officer, and senior patrolman. After his law enforcement career, Mr. Gilbertson became a college professor and private investigator. He has taught courses in criminal justice and conducted pretrial investigations for attorneys in criminal cases. The Court finds his testimony can be expected to have a reliable basis in knowledge and experience.”
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