Gilbert Cotto-Lazo is an associate attorney with Smith Freed Eberhard on Jeff Eberhard’s team, focusing on commercial liability defense.
Prior to attending the University of Oregon School of Law, he worked for various law firms as a legal assistant in the Santa Barbara area, while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following his graduation from UCSB in 2015, he worked for a workman’s compensation firm for two years, where he managed a large case load and worked directly with the managing attorneys.
Upon attending Oregon Law, Gilbert worked as a law clerk for a Eugene law firm, drafting complex dispositive motions and conducting legal research. While on Oregon’s Moot Court Board, he competed in a national moot court competition, where he gained a passion for appellate litigation, and served as the Treasurer for the Latino/a Law Student’s Association.
During law school, Gilbert gained valuable research and writing experience while serving as a judicial extern for the Hon. Charles Carlson at the Lane County Circuit Court, the Hon. Steven R. Powers at the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Hon. John V. Acosta at the United States Federal Court for the District of Oregon. Gilbert has assisted in drafting opinions both at the Oregon Court of Appeals and the United States Federal Court for the District of Oregon, of which included diverse and complex civil litigation matters.
Prior to graduation from Oregon Law in 2020, Gilbert was nominated for and awarded the 2019-20 Galen Award for Excellence in Legal Writing by Oregon Law for his article entitled Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses: An Overview of the Immigration System and Chevron Deference.
The son of Salvadoran immigrants, Gilbert was born and raised in Southern California and is the first college graduate and attorney in the family. Outside of work, Gilbert spends his time learning to play new styles of music on guitar, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and powerlifting.
Oregon Law School, JD, 2020
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2015
Member, Oregon State Bar Association
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