Paul A. Bigley

Paul A. Bigley

Managing Partner
San Francisco, California

Paul A. Bigley is a general partner in Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, and the managing partner of the law firm.  Mr. Bigley has over 30 years of experience defending cases involving: catastrophic injuries; product liability; premises liability; insurance bad faith claims; professional liability; directors' and officers' liability and sexual abuse.  Mr. Bigley represents a wide array of clients from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.  

Mr. Bigley is a skilled litigator with extensive trial experience in California's state and federal courts.  He also has successfully handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations on behalf of his clients.  Mr. Bigley dedicated three years to prosecuting a civil RICO suit on behalf of the insurance industry, has prosecuted cable piracy actions on behalf of the cable and television industry against international business organizations, and has defended a number of production companies in the reality show genre.  He holds Martindale-Hubbell's Preeminent AV® rating and was featured in Forbes magazine.

In addition to Mr. Bigley's courtroom experience, he is the current Chairman of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board of Advisors.  He has also spoken at national conferences and written extensively on a variety of litigation matters, including co-authorship of the California legislation governing expedited trial programs.

Areas of Practice

  • Casualty Defense
  • Corporate General Counsel Services
  • Hospitality and Entertainment Industry Representation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Transportation Industry Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Successful Handling Of Wrongful Death Cases In California, Lorman Education Services, May 8, 2002
  • Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Law In California, National Business Institute, 2000
  • Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in California, National Business Institute, 1998


  • Trial Advocacy, Keynote Speaker, King County Bar Association
  • Faculty, National Business Institute
  • Faculty, Lorman Education Services
  • Protecting Hospitality Operations from Premises Liability and Negligence Claims, Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Rating
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel, "10 Best" Attorneys for California Nominee, 2016 - Present
  • Top 100 Insurance Lawyers in California, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013 - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 1998 - 2011
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, Member
  • Southern California Insurance Professionals, Member
  • California Defense Counsel, Board Member, 2005 - 2010
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Member, 2010 - Present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member, 2007 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Methodist Hospital Foundation, Board Member, 2008 - Present
  • Methodist Hospital, Stroke Council Chair, 2013 - Present
  • California Superior Court, Settlement Officer, 1990 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • Methodist Hospital Foundation, Chairman, 2017 - Present