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In Memoriam: Jim Gilliland

We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague, friend, and partner, Jim Gilliland. Our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to Jim’s family and all of his colleagues, friends, and clients.

Jim was dedicated to his wife, Vickie, his four children, and his parents. They were the center of his life. His passions spanned from spending time with his family to singing, enjoying the arts, travel, and sports.

Jim was an absolute pillar of our law firm. He was our trusted colleague and close friend, as well as a mentor and role model to so many. Jim will be missed deeply. He was truly a great lawyer, and his many clients trusted him with their most difficult cases. Jim had been successfully trying cases in federal and state courts around the country for 35 years. Over his amazing career, Jim led our firm in many ways — as Managing Partner, Chairman, and most recently served as Chairman of our Litigation Department.

It is truly a great loss for the Kilpatrick Townsend family and the legal community. We offer our thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family and friends.

Jim’s obituary may be found in the November 2nd issue of the San Francisco Chronicle and on the Chronicle’s website (, where you may also share your condolences with his family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Partners Program (6100 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94618), Roses in Concrete (4551 Steele St, Oakland, CA 94619), the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (217C W. Richmond Ave., Richmond, CA 94801), or the charity of your choice.

Services were held on Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 a.m. PDT at First Presbyterian Church, located at 2407 Dana St. in Berkeley, California.

Susan Spaeth, Kilpatrick Townsend Managing Partner

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