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1976:          Graduated from the University of Akron School

of Law, Akron, Ohio, with Juris Doctorate Degree.
Served as President of the Black American Law
Students of American, Akron Branch.

1973:          Graduated from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.

Major: Theoretical Economics
Minor: Speech
Activities included varsity football and officer of the Black Student Union.
Received the Schwartz Award for general excellence in college work.

1969:          Graduated from Zanesville High School, Zanesville, Ohio.

Activities included varsity football, three years;
Varsity track, three years.


3/2011         Elected President of the Akron/Canton Barristers to

to Present   Association, this is a group of predominantly African-

American Judges and Attorneys in the Akron/ Canton community.


5/2007         Self-employed in the firm of Edward L. Gilbert Co., LPA.

to Present    concentrating in civil rights and employment law.

 Performing the same duties as previously noted from  1989 to May 2003.


9/2012         Appointed by the Ohio State Legislature as a member of

to 6/2017     the Constitutional Modernization Commission

5/2003         Partner in law firm Slater, Zurz & Gilbert, concentrating

to 5/2007     in civil rights and employment law. Employs 22 lawyers

 in the Akron/Canton areas.

1989           Self-employed in the firm of Edward L. Gilbert Co., LPA

to 5/2003    The Gilbert Law Offices are owned and operated by

Edward L. Gilbert, who employs on occasion, two to three Lawyers. The firm is in general practice, concentrated in the area of employment law. The firm makes its offices in Akron and Canton, Ohio.

The Gilbert firm maintains a general docket of approximately 30 civil rights cases. The Gilbert firm is the only firm in the Summit-Stark County, Ohio area that has been recognized as an expert in the area of civil rights litigation from the Plaintiff's perspective.

Since its birth in approximately 1982, the Gilbert Firm has been able to secure actual judgments from juries in civil rights cases totaling well over $3,000,000.

Also expert in small business contracts and employment matters, the Gilbert Firm represents approximately 25 small businesses and agencies.

Legal counsel for local NAACP (Akron, Canton, Barberton, Massillon, Alliance, Portage County, Mansfield).


1980            In private law practice. Associations with the following
to 1989        firms:

Parms, Purnell & Stubbs
Parms, Purnell, Stubbs & Gilbert
Parms, Purnell, Gilbert & Stidham
Parms, Purnell & Gilbert

While in private practice with the different firms, Gilbert concentrated in the area of civil rights litigation.

In October, 1984, received the first $1,000,000 verdict from a jury on a police misconduct case under 42 U.S.C. 1983 in the State of Ohio. Judgment was settled on appeal.

1980            Assistant Summit County Prosecutor.
to 1982        

Duties included prosecuting all types of criminal cases, recommendations for sentencing, and on occasion, providing legal assistance to Summit County Sheriff's Department.

1978            Human Relations/Personnel Director for U. S.
to 1980        Department of Labor projects for the City of Canton and

Stark County, Ohio.

Duties included preparing an Affirmative Action Plan, Personnel Handbook for Department of Labor projects, establishing a disciplinary procedure for employees working in said project, and monitoring the proper expenditure of funds to assure compliance with EEO guidelines.

1977           Worked in Industrial Relations at Firestone Tire
to 1978       and Rubber, Akron, Ohio.

Duties included assisting in interpreting union contracts, handling disciplinary action in regards violations of company policy and procedure with hourly employees, assisting in arbitrations.


Late 1975    Worked with the Summit County Prosecutor's Office
to 1977        as Legal Intern and on special assignments.

Duties included presentation to Grand Jury on evidence to seek indictments, preparation for cases for trial, handling research for all types of criminal cases.


1974           Worked as Chief Investigator and Legal Intern for the 1975
to 1975       Summit County Public Defender's Office while going to the

University of Akron. Some classes were scheduled in evening hours, thereby allowing for a reasonably full working schedule.

Duties included investigating criminal cases, from murders to soliciting.

Received Intern Certificate in 1975, thereby allowing actual trials to juries and the court with minimal supervision by licensed attorneys. Tried approximately 15-20 cases.


1999           University of Akron School of Law: Established Gilbert to 2003       Jurist-in-Residence

1999           University of Akron School of Law: Established Gilbert

Book Scholarship - Endowment providing books for underprivileged students


1995           Gilbert Foundation at St. Hilary's Church: Established to

assist in providing tuition for underprivileged students at St. Hilary's School, Akron, Ohio


Feb 2018      Interview with Leon Bibb on Kaleidoscope


Dec 2017     Child & Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Juvenile

                     and Family Law Symposium, A Child-Centered Approach

                     to Child Advocacy


Apr 2017      Panel on foster care at Lakewood Library


Apr 2017      Spoke at Mahoning County Children's Services event

                     (Pinwheels for Prevention)


Dec 2016     Appearance on


Nov 2016     Spoke at Barberton High School.


Oct 2016      Spoke at Celebration for Human Services even at the Q.


Oct 2016      Appearance on Live on Lakeside.


Sept 2016    Spoke at Faith Place.


Aug 2016     Spoke at Zanesville High School.


Jul 2016       Spoke at University of Akron, Ayer Hall.


May 2016     Appeared before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee

                     and testified in support of House Bill 50, which combined

                     with Senate Bill 240, extends financial support for foster

                     children up to the age of 21.  Attorney Gilbert’s moving

                     testimony outlined his experience in the foster care

                     system. House Bill 50 became effective September 13,



Apr 2016      Spoke at Bethel Community Center in Zanesville.


Apr 2016      Spoke at Lake High School.


Apr 2016      Spoke at Trumbull County Children’s Services event. 


Apr 2016      Appearance on 1590 AM Radio.


Apr 2016      Appearance on J. Knight Smiley’s Radio Show.


Mar 2016     Appearance on American Law Radio.


Feb 2016     Appearance on David Malik’s Radio Show.


Dec 2015     Published Swallowing Nickels, A Memoir of a Welfare 

                    Child, which details his struggles growing up as an         

                    African-American child in the Indianapolis welfare system

                    and held a  book signing at Fairlawn Country Club.


Sept 2012   Appointed by Ohio State General Assembly as a member

                   of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.

Jun 2011     Appointed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Solomon

Oliver, Jr. to the second term on Advisory Group to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Mar 2011    U.S. Magistrate Search Panel. Appointed by U.S. 

District Court Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. Served as lead panel member.

Sept 2010   Lecturer to Sixth Circuit Judges on Retaliation. Also a

lecturer at the Cleveland Marshall School of Law regarding Employment and Labor Law


Feb 2009    Seminar presentation "Valuing the Federal Civil Rights

Case" at the Honorable Judge Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Court Institute


May 2008   Akron Bar Association Diversity Committee


2007            Appointed by U.S. Northern District of Ohio Judges to

review qualifications of U.S. Magistrate Judges for reappointments.

2006            Appointed by the U.S. Northern District of Ohio Judges   

to Present   as a member of the Federal Court Attorney Advisory

                    Board. (Attorneys meet with the federal judges such as

                    ways to improve court services to the legal profession.)

2006            Appointed by U.S. Northern District of Ohio Judges to try to Present   and assist indigent parties in prosecuting and defending

cases in the US District Courts

Oct 2007     Presenter and lecturer at Joint Community Workshop on

"teaching citizens on proper interaction with law enforcement officers". Warren, Ohio. Also participated in the workshop Warren, Ohio Post of the State Highway Patrol 


Member of the Ohio Association for Justice

Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Oct 2006    Guest Lecturer. Ohio Trial Lawyers Association.

Reviewed legal cases on anti-smoking litigation. "Waiting to Exhale" seminar.

2004            Chairman of the Akron Bar Association Certified

to 2007        Grievance Committee

2004            Speaker at Street Law Programs at Revere High School

to 2006

2006            Speaker at the University of Akron Black Alumni Law 

                    Students Association (emphasis on How to Practice Law

                    and Do Not Cheat Clients) 

Member Summit County Democratic Party Finance Committee

1984            Former Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General 

to 2001    


Former Board member for the Akron Urban League and
Community Center

Former Executive Board member for the Great Trail Council Boy Scouts of America

Former member of Allocation Committee of the United Way


Chairman and Past Chairman of the Legal Redress
Committee for numerous branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Akron, Canton, Alliance, Massillon, Portage County, Barberton, Mansfield, and Zanesville Chapters)

Former Executive Board Member for the Region 10 Council on Alcoholism


Present       Long standing member of Saint Hillary's Church and

member of the Knights of Columbus First Degree

June 2023  Received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the

                   members of The College of Wooster's Administration,

                   Faculty, and Alumni Board

May 2016   Testified in support of House Bill 50 before the Ohio



April 2016   Received Black Male Summit Award

Dec 2015    Published Swallowing Nickels, A Memoir of a Welfare



Nov 2015    Received Life Membership in the Sixth Circuit Judicial                           Conference


Feb 2010     Honored as a "past and unforgotten leader'' in the Akron

 area by Greater Bethel Baptist Church

Feb 2010     Awarded "Mason of the Year'' by Akron Prince Hall Free

 and Accepted Masons


May 2008    Akron Bar Association Diversity Committee Certificate of

Appreciation for Minority Clerkship Program

Aug 2005    Sponsor of University of Akron School of Law, Gilbert

                   Juris and Residence Annual Program

Apr 2006     University of Akron "Outstanding Alumni" Award

2005            Chairman of the Akron Bar Grievance Committee
to 2007

1999            NAACP National Outstanding Corporate Membership


Dec 1997    Highlighted in U.S. News and World Report on

developing legal dialogue in the local community on racial relations

1993            Honorary Past Potentate, AI Kaf Shrine Temple #109

1992            Received "Outstanding Noble of the Year" Award from AI

 Kaf Shrine Temple #109.

1991            Provided Legal Assistance to the State Representatives to 1992        serving on a Committee to assist in drafting new 

                    legislation for the State of Ohio Civil Rights Act

May 1990    Received 33rd Degree from the Free and Accepted


1989            Recipient of the National Association of Black

                    Accountants' Role Model and Leader Award of the

                    University of Akron

1988            Received the Black Law Enforcement Officers

 Association Criminal Justice Award

1986            Honored by the Akron Beacon Journal as one of the top

 five young lawyers in Northeastern Ohio

1986            Received the Boy Scout Whitney Young Award

1984            Named outstanding legal counsel for the National

 Association for the Advancement of Colored People  (Akron and Canton Chapters).


2001            Legal tours of Europe and Western Africa. Purpose of

                    tours to Present   is to review legal process in civil rights


Dec 1991    Legal tour of Republic of South Africa

to Jan 1992 Purpose of the tour was to review the legal system of

                    South Africa and to establish relationships

1991           Akron Area Network for International Friends

to Present  Purpose of organization is to establish friendship on an

international level, entertaining delegations from Africa, primarily lawyers and judges, on their friendship tours to America

1987           Legal tour of Republic of Kenya. Sponsored by the Ohio

Bar Association. Purpose of trip to review the economy and establish relationships with Republic of Kenya

1986           Travelled on a legal tour through the Ohio State Bar

Association to China and Hong Kong. Purpose of trip to review the legal system

1985           Travelled to Senegal, Africa; Gambia, Africa; Ivory Coast,

Africa; Liberia, Africa. Purpose of trip was to review the economic conditions in the country


Appointed Member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission

Ohio State Bar Association

Akron Bar Association

Member of the Ohio Association for Justice

Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America

33° Prince Hall Mason           

Life Member of NAACP in the following locals:  Akron (wife and son also life members), Alliance, Canton, Massillon, and Portage County          

National Bar Association, former active member      

Federal Bar Association, former active member        

Member of Finance Committee for Summit County Democratic Party (1990-2010)        


Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (oldest black fraternity in United States)     

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