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Carol Gillam is founder and president of The Gillam Law Firm, a firm devoted principally to employee rights litigation. After stints at Keck Mahin & Cate in Chicago and Irell and Manella in Los Angeles, Ms. Gillam became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California in 1988. While there she prosecuted numerous well publicized cases, including a notorious case involving abuses of migrant workers that resulted in worldwide publicity and the largest restitution award achieved to date by the U.S. Department of Justice in such a case. Since leaving the government in 1994 to open her firm, Ms. Gillam has obtained several 7-figure settlements and verdicts (and scores of 6-figure verdicts and settlements) in employment cases. She has litigated in federal and state courts throughout California and in states across the country, as well as before the EEOC and MSPB, handling a wide variety of complex cases. She graduated from Northwestern University with honors in 1974 and holds a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago (1978), where she was an associate editor of the law review. She has served as an adjunct professor of law and has lectured and written for a variety of national and statewide legal organizations including the American Bar Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of California. Ms. Gillam is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.