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Attorney Thomas B. Gorrill

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Thomas B. Gorrill

Thomas Gorrill, Attorney at Law

Thomas Gorrill was born in Columbus, Ohio. The son of a military officer, he moved frequently. Tom lived in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Kansas before he began grade school in England. He also lived for several years in Florida and Texas before settling in San Diego in 1978.

Mr. Gorrill graduated from the California Western School of Law in 1981. Upon passing the California bar exam Tom worked as collections counsel for a San Diego corporation and was contract manager for a local software company. In 1984 he began working in private practice in areas of creditor and debtor rights as well as related civil litigation.

Tom’s first bankruptcy matters were consumer Chapter 7 and 13 cases for individuals and sole proprietors. Several years later he joined a larger firm and represented bankruptcy trustees and businesses in Chapter 11 reorganizations. He has been in solo practice for over 15 years.

Mr. Gorrill has tried numerous cases before the bankruptcy court in San Diego, most involving creditor objections to the debtor’s discharge or actions to determine whether a debt is dischargeable in bankruptcy. Few consumer bankruptcy lawyers accept litigation matters or take them to trial.


  • B.A. Florida International University
  • J.D. California Western School of Law

Mr. Gorrill has also completed specialized litigation courses, including:

  • San Diego Inns of Court College of Advocacy
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Bankruptcy Litigation


Mr. Gorrill is a licensed member of the following bars:

  • California State Bar [1982]
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California [1982]
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California [1988]
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California [1989]
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California [1989]
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit [1986]
  • U.S. Supreme Court [1985]

Mr. Gorrill is a member of the following organizations:

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bankruptcy Forum
  • American Bankruptcy Institute –
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys –

Mr. Gorrill was counsel in the following reported cases:

  • In re: Sandoval, 186 B.R. 490
  • In re: Emelity, 251 B.R. 151
  • In re: Beaty, 268 B.R. 839
  • In re: Beaty, 306 F.3d 914

Mr. Gorrill has been a lecturer on bankruptcy issues and is recognized by his peers and professionals as a highly skilled bankruptcy attorney, having received the highest rating the Martindale-Hubbell organization bestows on lawyers (AV) for their professional knowledge and ability, as well as ethical standards in the conduct of the practice of law.

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Law Office of Thomas B. Gorrill

401 West A Street
San Diego, CA 92101‎

Phone: (619) 237-8889
eFax: (619) 330-2125
Fax: (619) 237-0650


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