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Allison Gilman Esq.

Managing Partner
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Allison Gilman, Esq., originally from New York, NY has been a resident of Florida for over 25 years.

Ms. Gilman received a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1989. She then went on and received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University in Miami , Florida. Ms. Gilman then worked as a Broward County Public Defender in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County for five years, successfully handling hundreds of cases ranging from trespass to murder.

Since founding her firm in 1995, Ms. Gilman has continued to use her experience and expertise in handling many different types of matters incorporating criminal defense and family law proceedings. She continues to provide citizens of Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties with ethical and zealous legal representation.

Ms. Gilman has been honored by the Broward Criminal Defense Association with the 'Hat Trick Award' for winning so many jury trials in a row. Ms. Gilman has established an all-female law firm that has been deemed as 'The Most Powerful Women in Ft. Lauderdale' by WSVN-Miami, Channel 7. In fact, all of the attorneys at this criminal, personal injury and family law firm are female... And almost everyone behind the scenes is too.

WSVN went on to say that Reese Witherspoon and Calista Flockhart play tough female lawyers on screen. But when it comes to tough female attorneys, the women of Allison Gilman and Associates in Fort Lauderdale prove they can really fight against the big boys. Read more about this distinguished honor at: http://www.wsvn.com/features/articles/womantowoman/C10/#ixzz2Er657pYd

Ms. Gilman has also been featured on The O' Reilly Factor, Nancy Grace, Abrams Report, CNN and Good Morning America. In addition, Ms. Gilman serves as a regular commentator for Court TV on high profile cases. Ms. Gilman is no stranger to high profile cases of her own in both the criminal and family law arenas.

In 1994, Claudia Muro was sent to jail pending eight charges of aggravated child abuse that stemmed from a hidden home videotape that had allegedly caught her violently shaking a baby. Today she is free, her name has been cleared, and the video has been totally discredited. This was all due to the way Ms. Gilman commanded the Courtroom and the way she got the state’s case thrown out.

Prosecutors dropped the child abuse case against Muro on March 6, 1996 after video experts concluded the "nanny cam" footage that led to her arrest was unreliable.

"In America, the truth will set you free," Ms. Gilman, told a Florida television station.

When it comes to having evidence suppressed and destroying the state’s case, Ms. Gilman is the one to call. Just Ask Allison how she can help you.

Over the last five years Ms. Gilman has focused her attention and abilities to applying her vast knowledge in the courtroom to the area of family law, with an emphasis on Dissolution of Marriage and Child Custody proceedings. Ms. Gilman has handled many family law cases and has used her extensive trial experience in handling jury and non-jury trials in the courtroom. Ms. Gilman has handled a wide variety of family law matters ranging from Divorce to Child Custody, Modification Proceedings and enforcement and defense of Child Support matters.

Ms. Gilman is also a community advocate. She serves as pro bono counsel to JAFCO and also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in Broward County. By serving as a Guardian ad Litem to the court, she makes recommendations to the court as to which party should serve as custodial parent. Ms. Gilman also served as a foster parent herself.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Family Law
  • 20% Personal Injury
  • Felonies
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Misdemeanor
  • Parole & Probation
  • Rico Act
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Childrens' Rights
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Juvenile Law
  • Paternity
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff
  • Property Damage -- Plaintiff
  • Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
  • Foreclosures
  • Prenuptial Agreements

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1991


  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Criminology


  • Guardian ad litem, Broward County

Honors and Awards

  • Hat Trick Award for Winning Most Consecutive Trials, 2003 - 2004
  • Deemed Most Powerful Womens Firm in Ft. Lauderdale by Channel 7 News
  • Awarded Hat Trick Award for Winning Most Consecutive Trials, 2003 - 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Broward County Womens Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Public Defenders, Attorney, 1991 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Broward Lawyers Care
  • Women In Distress


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Alpha Gamma Delta

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Gilman & Associates, P.A.

400 SE 9th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Tel: 954-763-3453
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