Karla Gilbride joined Public Justice in October 2014 as our Cartwright-Baron staff attorney. Her work focuses on fighting mandatory arbitration provisions imposed on consumers and workers to prevent them from holding corporations accountable for their wrongdoing in court. She has testified before the state legislatures of New York and California on the topic of forced arbitration and recently won a victory in the Eighth Circuit against an employer that tried to use its arbitration clause to take a case out of court eight months into the litigation, only after the judge ruled in the employee’s favor on a motion.
She has also combated the tactic of corporations trying to decapitate class actions by offering individual settlements to the named class representatives, and argued and won a challenge to such pick-off attempt in the Seventh Circuit in 2015 in a case called Webster v. Bayview Loan Servicing.
Before coming to Public Justice, Karla spent three years as an associate at Mehri & Skalet PLLC, where she worked on wage and hour, and employment discrimination cases, as well as consumer class actions and cases brought under the Fair Housing Act. She previously spent three years at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, Calif., bringing disability discrimination class actions and representing disabled consumers before the California Public Utilities Commission.
Karla graduated with honors from Georgetown Law in 2007 and clerked for Judge Ronald Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College with highest honors in 2002 with a major in linguistics and minor in psychology.
She is an avid baseball fan and fantasy baseball nerd and enjoys hiking, cycling and playing goalball.