Gilde Law Firm is a national trial law firm. Based in Houston, Texas, we are geographically centered to respond to our clients’ needs throughout the U.S. Our attorneys are licensed in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, and we have successfully handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Our founding attorney, Brad Gilde, is a proven trial attorney with a proven record of success.
Your or a loved one’s loss, injury, pain, suffering, mental anguish, medical costs, and lost income inject uncertainty about the future into an already tragic event. Deciding to take legal action should not add to that uncertainty. You need a compassionate law firm with a proven track record. We understand the stress and anxiety you feel. We know the courage it takes to take legal action and not be a victim – to take a stand for justice. Don’t stand alone. We believe, we fight, and we win. That is our motto, and it serves at the core of every action we take for you.
Meet The Team
We are students of, teachers of, and practitioners of oral and written advocacy. Our use of advocacy, strategy, and out-of-the-box thinking make us more than just litigators; we are trial lawyers – there’s a difference.
Bradford J. Gilde
Aggressive, bold, creative – Attorney Gilde has the experience and the proven ability to succeed where other lawyers and law firms fail. As firm founder of Gilde Law Firm, Brad Gilde is dedicated to helping clients with their legal issues.Learn more about Brad Gilde
Cases We Handle
Gilde Law Firm handles a myriad of cases in many different practice areas. We do not take the single practice-area, cookie-cutter approach to law.
Testimonials & Results
Gilde Law Firm prides itself on positive client feedback and results-driven success.
“Brad Gilde and his team did a great job working on my case. I was involved in a major traffic accident [in 2010], in which I fractured most of the bones in my face and received severe brain trauma, when the driver of the other car hit me and my friends directly from behind. The company and insurance agency that worked for them at first tried to claim that we had cut in front of them and they had minimal blame for the accident…View Full Testimonial
After being violently struck by a county vehicle, I struggled for months to get a meaningful response from the county, with no results. When I went to Mr. Gilde for help, I was immediately confident that my case was in good hands. He fought the battles that I didn’t know how to fight, and I was finally able to repair my car and pay off my medical bills. I recommend Mr. Gilde to my friends every chance I get.View More Testimonials
Hey, I heard the good news from [my spouse]. That’s fantastic!!!!!!!!! Actually, I read the whole thing yesterday and was blown away. From my point of view (a layman), they [(the defendants)] didn’t hold a chance…. Wow, that was some read. I haven’t been involved with many legal papers and such, I don’t think I’ve seen anything argued that well, so clean cut and to the point. What also blew me away were all the dr.’s credentials … talk about some experts!!!!! They’re incredible!! Thanks so much for all that ya’ll are doing. Talk to you soon.View More Testimonials
Frequently Asked Questions
Gilde Law Firm unabashedly supports the 7th Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees your right to civil redress in a court of law. Tort Reformers and the lobbyists of big business have been successful in convincing many in the American public that there is something wrong with being a “plaintiff” in a civil suit. In fact, many of Gilde Law Firm’s initial meetings with potential clients often begin with the client saying, “I’m not the type of person that sues, but …”. This sentiment reaffirms the improper stigma created by big business. This sentiment is destructive at the beginning stage in shaping the decision whether to seek justice and file suit and is destructive at the end stage when faced with a jury that shares the sentiment. Gilde Law Firm seeks to change that sentiment – the stigma of suing – one client and one case at a time. Gilde Law Firm believes that the courtroom is the one place in our country where an individual can stand on equal ground with a large corporation.
Gilde Law Firm believes that you should NOT be a victim – that you should not be further victimized by indecision and delay because of the improper stigma placed on seeking justice, which stigma was likely pushed and paid-for by the very entity that caused you or a loved one harm in the first place. Whether you decide to sue is a question that only you get to answer – not your lawyer. However, you may not know whether anyone is to blame for the incident, whether the incident could have been avoided, whether you have any claims as a result of the incident, etc. These are important questions and issues that you should discuss with a lawyer, which questions sometimes may only be answered by taking legal action. If you want to discover the truth, want to answer the question: “Why did this happen?”, want to stand for justice, and don’t want to be a victim, we support your decision. At Gilde Law Firm, We Believe, We Fight, and We Win for you. We sue because, often times, suing is the only way to seek justice for our clients. The 7th Amendment is your right, if you choose to exercise it. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Gilde Law Firm is proud to work on a contingency fee agreement, which means that we only get paid if we are successful in your case. Gilde Law Firm is proud to offer this service because many of our clients cannot afford the costs associated with prosecuting a case, which costs may include filing fees, depositions and discovery fees, expert fees, cost of travel, etc. These costs are daunting and can be especially daunting after having already suffered a loss. Gilde Law Firm is also proud to offer this service because it forms a relationship with the law firm and client – we rise and fall together. Gilde Law Firm offers a contingency fee agreement because We Believe, We Fight, and We Win together. Gilde Law Firm also offers additional fee agreements like a flat fee agreement, a hybrid agreement, and an hourly fee agreement. Each case is different, and you and Gilde Law Firm are free to agree to any available fee agreement available for your type of case. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Whether you are a potential plaintiff depends on the facts of your specific case. If you are not the injured party, you may still have a potential claim depending on a special relationship with the injured party (e.g. spouse, child, parent, etc.). You may also be a potential plaintiff, if you have suffered harm unique to you as a result of the incident. Plaintiff standing is a complex issue of law and is fact and case specific. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Yes. First, Gilde Law Firm’s attorneys are licensed in Texas, Pennsylvania, and California and have appeared on behalf of clients in numerous other states. Second, Gilde Law Firm’s attorneys may appear in other states’ courts under special rules (e.g. Pro Hac Vice). Third, Gilde Law Firm often joint ventures and associates with other local law firms to prosecute cases out-of-state. This is done at no additional cost or expense to you. Finally, the important issue is whether the right law firm, a law firm that will believe, fight, and win for you, represents you. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Your Statute of Limitations or “SOL” is case specific and jurisdiction specific. SOL is a term of art that basically refers to your deadline for filing suit. That is, if you wait until after your SOL has passed, you are barred from bring suit by law. Determining what your SOL is, as it pertains to your case, is complicated to say the least. Each type of case is different (e.g. intentional torts, negligence torts, etc.), and each jurisdiction is different (e.g. Texas, California, etc.). Your case may involve several causes of action that carry different SOLs ranging from one year to several years. Your case may be properly brought in more than one state where a cause of action may be barred in one state due to a short SOL but still open in another state with a longer SOL for the same cause of action. To complicate matters more, tolling provisions (i.e. reasons to prolong the SOL) may apply to your case like The Discovery Rule, The Continuing Tort Doctrine, minority (i.e. under the age of 18 at the time of the incident), or some other form of incapacity, which tolling provisions extend your SOL beyond the statutory time period permitted by law. Regardless, the SOL is potentially case-ending. And, it takes time to investigate a case, accept a case, file a case, and then serve the defendant(s) in the case – all of which time eats away at your SOL, which may be less than one year. Delay and indecision are a defendant’s most welcome gifts and most powerful weapons against you. Time is of the essence; you need immediate representation. Don’t let your SOL pass. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Every case is as unique and as different as you. The answer to this question is contingent on many, often countless, variables that may include the facts of your case, the law governing your case, the jurisdiction(s) your case can be filed in, the judge presiding over your case, the potential jury pool, the law firm(s) on the other side, the defendant’s insurance carrier – if any, and the defendant’s ability to satisfy a judgment – if at all. An analysis of all of these variables is taken into consideration when evaluating a case and is done at the initial stage of sign-up by Gilde Law Firm. Regardless of the variables, Gilde Law Firm takes its oath seriously. We are ethically bound to zealously represent you to the best of our ability. We maximize case value and strive to give you the full measure of justice you deserve and not a penny less. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Who’s to blame, also known as causation, is a mixed question of fact and law. Often times, incidents occur that would suggest that our client is to blame, but discovery following suit reveals otherwise. This scenario often arises where an incident occurs (e.g. auto collision) and the potential plaintiff dies due to the collision leaving the surviving defendant as the only living “witness” to how the incident occurred. Following suit and an accident reconstruction conducted in discovery, facts may come to light that indicates that the incident did not occur as testified by the defendant – the only living “witness.” This “he said, she said” situation is particularly self-serving to a defendant when one of the parties to the “he said, she said” incident isn’t alive to say anything. Another example is where a product fails while being used (e.g. tire de-tread, gun misfire, pharmaceutical drug, etc.). The natural and easiest inclination may be to associate causation with the user instead of the product, or causation may not even be associated with the product’s use (e.g. where a disease or condition arises from a pharmaceutical drug’s use that isn’t disclosed in the pharmaceutical drug’s warning). Regardless, a defendant’s motivation to hide the truth is obvious. If you want to know the answer to the question, “Why did this happen?”, you need to consult an experienced trial attorney that will believe you, fight for you, and win for you. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
No. The at-fault-party’s interest is simple – to limit your claim. Regardless of their representations made to you to the contrary, the at-fault-party does not want to pay you your full measure of justice. They may try and show some progress, string you along, and delay your claim until the passing of your SOL. They may try to give you some recovery early that looks reasonable but with the passage of time and seeing the full measure of damages, pales in comparison to the full measure of justice you deserve. They may record conversations or get you to sign documents that you don’t understand. Their tactics are many, but all are aimed at the same end – to limit your claim and thereby limit their exposure. One of the most difficult conversations Gilde Law Firm has with some of its potential clients is to inform them that nothing can be done because their claim’s SOL has passed or the document they unwittingly signed released their claim forever. At Gilde Law Firm, we give you a free consultation and handle most of our cases on a contingency fee agreement. You loose nothing by speaking to us, but you may loose everything, if you don’t. Don’t fight the battle alone. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Lawsuits follow a procedure, a timeline from beginning to end, which procedure or timeline includes pretrial, trial, and then post-trial. After filing the lawsuit, the next phase in pretrial is Discovery. During the Discovery phase, both sides are entitled to learn about the other side in preparation for trial. This is accomplished in many ways either by way of written discovery (e.g. written questions directed to the party or witness in the form of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, and Requests for Admission), oral discovery (e.g. depositions), site inspections, independent medical reviews, etc. During pretrial, there may be significant motion practice where either side seeks relief from the court (e.g. Motion to Compel Discovery, Motion for Summary Judgment, etc.). Pretrial is by far the longest part of the timeline of a lawsuit and may take a year or longer. Generally, the more complicated and/or bigger the case, the longer pretrial tends to last. If the case survives dispositive motion practice, the case may proceed to mediation and then to trail. Mediation is a process to attempt to resolve the case before incurring the time and costs of trial. After pretrial, trial is next. Trial consists of picking a jury, seating the jury, conducting opening statement, the direct and cross-examination of witnesses, charging the jury, and then closing arguments. Unlike pretrial, trial is relatively quick and may last from a few days to a few weeks at most. Following trial and the verdict, there are post-trial remedies available to the victor and the looser. The prevailing plaintiff may then go into execution and force the defendant to pay, if appropriate. The losing defendant may seek to attempt to set aside the verdict for some defect that may have occurred during the trial or may seek to appeal the verdict. From start to end, the timeline of a lawsuit is generally longer than a year. However, your involvement is limited to assisting in the discovery process and assisting at trial – Gilde Law Firm handles the rest. We have the strength and stamina to go the distance. Let us relieve your stress and burden. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.
Not all law firms are alike. There are big city firms and small town firms, large firms with many attorneys and small firms with few attorneys, litigation firms and trial firms, firms that specialize in a practice area and firms that have a general practice, etc. Just as there are many different types of law firms, there are many different types of cases, and your case may not need a trial firm like Gilde Law Firm. However, if you choose Gilde Law firm, you get a big city firm, with a small town firm feel. You get an efficient firm with attorneys whom are dedicated to your case and whom specialize in civil trial law. And as for needing a trial firm, there is a saying among trial lawyers, “Lawyers solve problems; trial lawyers solve problems lawyers can’t solve.” If you have a serious case, you deserve a trial law firm that will believe you, fight for you, and win for you. If Gilde Law Firm is not the right firm for you, we’ll be the first to tell you, and we will do our best to help you find a better alternative. Contact Gilde Law Firm today.