Terry H. Gilbert

Terry H. Gilbert of the firm Friedman & Gilbert has been in private law practice since 1973 specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation.  In the 1970's, he represented American Indians in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee confrontation in South Dakota, and numerous anti-war and civil rights activists. Over the years, Gilbert has handled a variety of government misconduct cases involving police abuse, violations of free speech, prisoners’ rights, and victims of all forms of discrimination.

Terry Gilbert was recently named the Cleveland-marshall law 2014 Alumni of the year.  Read more here:

Terry Gilbert was recently quoted in an article about the legality of fake drug checkpoints:

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  • Born: Cleveland, Ohio, April 29, 1948
  • Recipient, John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, American Bar Association Litigation Section, 2002
  • Faculty Lecturer, Trial Advocacy, Cleveland State University School of Law
  • Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Ohio State Bar Association, 2004
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings standards
  • Active in anti-death penalty movement


  • "Section 1983 Law," Ohio Federal-State Bar Conference, Oct. 2003
  • "Going On The Offensive--Malicious Prosecution and Wrongful Imprisonment Remedies," NORML Legal Seminar, 2006
  • Lecturer, Implementation of DNA Seminar, Lahore, Pakistan, 2006
  • "Post-Conviction Relief in Ohio," Cuyahoga County Bar Association Immigration Law Seminar, May 1998
  • "Criminal Law and the Media," Cuyahoga County Bar Association, November 2001-2007
  • Appears frequently on national and local media including:
    • The Today Show
    • CNN’s Burden of Proof
    • Court TV
    • 60 Minutes
    • Dateline
    • PBS Nova
    • Public radio

Reported Cases

  • U.S.A. v. Yee, et al, 12 F.3d 540 (6th Cir. 1993) (DNA test)
  • Ohio v. Lessin, 67 Ohio St. 3d 487 (1993) (free speech flag burning)
  • State ex rel. Jones v. Suster, 84 Ohio St.3d 70 (1998) (re-opening Sheppard murder case)
  • Yates v. Cleveland, 941 F.2d 444 (6th Cir. 1991) (no immunity for police shooting)
  • Wilkinson v. Austin, 125 S.Ct. 2384 (2005) (challenge to Supermax prison)

In 1991, he joined the investigative team to re-open the Marilyn Sheppard Murder Case, serving as the attorney for the Sheppard family in successfully obtaining the release of previously undisclosed records and evidence and the use of DNA evidence to mount a wrongful imprisonment action.

Among his important cases, he has obtained one of the largest police misconduct verdicts in Ohio history, is a member of the legal team which successfully challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s Supermax prison in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and successfully convinced the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out the case of a protestor who burned an American Flag to express opposition to the Gulf War.

Currently, he is defending a young man charged with conspiracy to fight the insurgency in Iraq, a so-called “homegrown terrorism” prosecution.

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