James B. Gilpin

Partner

Tel: (619) 525-1341

Location(s)

At a Glance

James is a civil litigator focusing on real property litigation including eminent domain, construction and other public works litigation.
 
He represents clients in all phases of litigation, including writ proceedings, jury and court trials, and appeals.
 
James serves as office managing partner to the firm’s San Diego office.

James Gilpin is a civil litigator whose practice emphasizes real property litigation. This includes eminent domain, construction and other public works litigation. A partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, James represents clients in all phases of litigation, including writ proceedings, jury and court trials, and appeals. He also serves as office managing partner to the firm’s San Diego office.
 
James represented the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority on the following matters:
 
Mojadam vs. SDCRAA
Successfully represented the Airport Authority in a class action filed by commercial taxicab drivers. The drivers challenged the Airport Authority’s power to enact and impose “trips fees” on taxicabs entering the San Diego International Airport to pick up passengers. The action was dismissed in favor of the Airport Authority.
 
DCG vs. SDCRAA
Successfully defended the Airport Authority in a promissory estoppel action filed by Diego Concession Group LLC. The action arose out of two requests for proposals issued by the Airport Authority seeking proposals from experienced food service concessionaires to operate food service concessions at the San Diego International Airport. James obtained a decision and judgment in favor of the Airport Authority following trial in San Diego Superior Court.
 
James is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court and International Right of Way Association. James served as legal consultant to the Appraisal Institute in the development of Appraisal Course 710 (Eminent Domain - Part A) and served as an instructor to the International Right of Way Association on the subject of eminent domain. James served as chairperson for the San Diego County Bar Association Eminent Domain Section.
 
During law school, James was a Case Notes Editor for the Land & Water Law Review. James also completed the Trial Advocacy Skills Program at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. James is admitted to practice in California and Colorado.

 

Education

  • University of Wyoming, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of Wyoming, B.A.
 


Awards

  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Eminent Domain, 2013-2017
  • San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • International Right of Way Association
BB&K Ranks No. 23 on San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firms List
Press Releases May 9, 2017

BB&K Ranks No. 23 on San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firms List

San Diego Office Continues to Advance Up the List

Event Feb 9-10, 2017

Eminent Domain Conference

CLE International

Client Successes Feb 8, 2017

BB&K Represents Water District in Historic Indian Water Rights Settlement

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian Water Rights Settlement Act

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the BB&K Attorneys Recognized for their Work

Best Best & Krieger Names Office Managing Partner
BB&K In the News Jun 17, 2016

Best Best & Krieger Names Office Managing Partner

SD Metro Magazine Reports on James Gilpin’s Appointment to Head of San Diego Office

Press Releases Jun 9, 2016

San Diego Office Ranked One of Largest Law Firms in the City

San Diego Business Journal Survey Ranks BB&K 25th

Event Feb 26, 2016

Multi-Parcel Acquisition Programs and Prejudgment Possession

CLE International’s Southern California Eminent Domain Conference

Press Releases Jan 26, 2016

Seven BB&K Attorneys Recognized by 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine

Five Partners on Super Lawyers List, Two Additional Attorneys on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Press Releases Mar 4, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in San Diego

San Diego Magazine Picks Attorneys from a Variety of Practices for its List

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys in San Diego Included on the 2015 List of San Diego Super Lawyers or Super Lawyer

Congratulations to These Attorneys

Event Jan 15, 2015

Roadway and Transit Rights of Way: Understanding the Legal and Practical Issues

Lorman Education Services