Ms. Gilliam’s practice focuses primarily on defending private and public entities, including school districts, in a wide range of civil litigation matters pending in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, with an emphasis on employment-based and negligence claims.Ms. Gilliam has practiced in Washington for the past seven years following a move from the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where her practice extended to all aspects of civil litigation before the Federal District and Territorial Courts in defense of corporate clients in varying tort and employment matters. Representative clients included Sears Holdings, RadioShack and refinery HOVENSA, L.L.C. Prior to her work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ms. Gilliam served almost two years as a Staff Attorney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and also worked for the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Berkeley. She has also broadened her practice to include training and presenting to public employers on civil rights compliance and employment best practices and conducting investigations.When not working on behalf of her clients, Ms. Gilliam enjoys time with her family, playing with her dog, traveling internationally, and experimenting with vegetarian foods. As the mother of two school age children and daughter of professors, she has a particular affinity for educators and those working in service to educate the next generation.