Rebecca Gilliland

Rebecca Gilliland, a Pensacola, Florida native, began her legal career at a large firm in Montgomery, Alabama where she developed a reputation for excellent research, writing, and zealous advocacy. The firm also encouraged in her a love of delving into the more intricate aspects of the law. Prior to law school, though, she spent five years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps where she was trained in celestial navigation. After honorably completing her service, Rebecca returned home to Pensacola where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in December 2007. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband and moved to Montgomery, Alabama where she then attended Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law on full scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 2012. 

 

Rebecca was fourth in her class, served on the Law Review Editorial Board, and received numerous awards for academics and advocacy while in attendance. These awards included several best paper awards, inclusion on the Dean’s list every semester, best advocate in the region and regional champion for National Moot Court, best petitioner brief in the Mercer Moot Court Competition, the American College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, and National Champion at the August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition. 

 

During law school, Rebecca also clerked at several locations, including the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, but found her home at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. in Montgomery, where she remained as an attorney until 2017.  While at that firm, Rebecca began working on complex pharmaceutical and insurance litigation, including bad faith insurance, Attorney General representation and antitrust multidistrict litigation involving the Blue Cross Blue Shield entities. Her work on these cases triggered a more in-depth interest in insurance law, so Rebecca began attending the University of Connecticut School of Law in pursuit of an LLM in Insurance law, which she completed with honors in 2018.  In 2017, Rebecca was given the opportunity to return home to Pensacola and work for Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A., concentrating on multidistrict litigation and then transitioning to a hospital in-house counsel position. 

 

While at her previous two firms, Mrs. Gilliland’s multidistrict litigation work included RoundUp, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Actos, GranuFlo, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust litigation. She has also worked on behalf of state attorneys general in Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Utah, among others, bringing various claims involving consumer protection and Medicaid false claims violations against major pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacy chains.

 

Because of her previous complex litigation experience and educational training, Rebecca was excited to join our firm in 2019 to broaden our ability to provide the best representation to all of our clients. Her work with us is focused on complex litigation in the ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefits arena. Mrs. Gilliland and her husband are actively involved in First Baptist Church of Pensacola, where she is a violinist in the orchestra.  The two reside, along with their four children, in Pace.

Admitted To Practice

  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Northern District of Alabama
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • University of West Florida, B.A.
  • Faulkner University Jones School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, LLM, with honors

Awards

National Trial Lawyer’s Top 40 under 40, civil litigation, Florida, 2018

 

Law school book awards: Moot Court Competition, Law and Public Policy, Products Liability, Constitutional Law II, Torts, and Legal Research and Writing

 

Law school advocacy awards: August A. Rendigs National Products Liability national champion; National Moot Court regional champion, best advocate, American College of Trial Lawyer’s award for excellence, and national quarter-finalist; Mercer Moot Court Competition best Petitioner brief, second place best advocate, and quarter-finalist; and National Appellate Advocacy Competition regional finalist.

Military

  • United States Marine Corps 1999 – 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association – Executive Council Member
  • American MENSA