Gilman Allison LLP
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Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison and Mr. Spagnoletti have over 30 successful years practicing law which proves their credibility to be an intimidating force when fighting for their clients’ rights.

Mr. Gilman and Mr. Allison each graduated from the Texas State Maritime Program (Texas Maritime Academy) at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas, (degrees awarded from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas). Further, both Mr. Gilman and Mr. Allison obtained U.S. Coast Guard unlimited tonnage merchant marine officer licenses and were employed in the maritime industry before deciding to attend law school with a focus on civil litigation and admiralty law. Their maritime education, work experience, and knowledge gives them invaluable insight into the daily routines, functions and corporate structure of the industry.

Of counsel for the firm is Francis I. “Frank” Spagnoletti. Mr. Spagnoletti’s years of litigation practice and exceptional legal education, which includes a Master of Law degree from the University of London, provides depth and experience to our firm.  The backgrounds of Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison, and Mr. Spagnoletti are the catalyst for a harmonious and powerful legal team.



Douglas T. Gilman
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Douglas T. Gilman
Partner

Bio

Mr. Gilman is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas (since May 2005), and the Southern Federal District of Texas (since October 2005). Mr. Gilman holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University in 1996. He also possesses a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer’s License (Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage). After graduating from Texas A&M, Mr. Gilman worked on the waterfront in the Port of Houston, where he served as in-house Port Captain and Stevedore Superintendent for Gulf Stream Marine, Inc., one of the largest break-bulk general cargo stevedores in the Gulf Coast Region.  Mr. Gilman resigned from Gulf Stream to attend law school (Fall 2000), and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2004.

Mr. Gilman’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Brazoria County and Houston Bar Associations
  • Phi Delta Phi – The International Legal Fraternity
  • International Propeller Club
  • Mariners Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Notable Decisions

  • Ponce v. M/V ALTAIR, 493 F. Supp.2d 880 (S.D. Tex. 2007).
  • In re Shippers Stevedoring Co., 274 S.W.3d 840 (Tex.App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied).
Brenton J. Allison
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Brenton J. Allison
Partner

Bio

Mr. Allison is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas (since November 2003), the Southern Federal District of Texas (since February 2004), the Eastern Federal District of Texas (since November 2005), and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (since August 2005). Mr. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University. He also possesses a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer’s License (Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage; Second Mate, Limited to 3000-gross tons; and a Master’s License for all vessels up to 1600-gross tons). Prior to law school, Mr. Allison served as a ship’s officer on board an oil tanker. Mr. Allison received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence with a Certification in Maritime Law from Tulane Law School in May 2003. Mr. Allison graduated Cum Laude from Tulane Law School and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Volume 27) during his third year.  After graduation, Mr. Allison began his practice with Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, LLP, focusing primarily on maritime personal injury, cargo claims, mariner license defense, collisions/allisions, insurance defense, and employment law.

Mr. Allison’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Notable Decisions

  • Colquitt v. Brazoria County, 324 S.W.3d 539 (Tex. 2010).
  • In re Shippers Stevedoring Co., 274 S.W.3d 840 (Tex.App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied).
Francis I. “Frank” Spagnoletti (Of Counsel)
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Francis I. “Frank” Spagnoletti (Of Counsel)

Bio

Mr. Spagnoletti was born in 1954.  He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1979, and earned his Masters of Law in International and Maritime Law from the University of London in 1980.  After completing his formal legal education, he began his law career at Vinson & Elkins, and became a partner in 1986, practicing primarily maritime and international litigation.  In 1990, Mr. Spagnoletti started his own law firm, and continued his practice as a trial attorney, specializing in tort, maritime, insurance, commercial and environmental litigation.

Mr. Spagnoletti has now, for more than 30 years, represented clients in all aspects of litigation and arbitration involving offshore construction, vessels, rigs, and platforms. In addition to his broad experience, Mr. Spagnoletti is also a Proctor in Admiralty.  He has lectured at Market Seminars in the London insurance market on various topics concerning maritime and insurance issues. Mr. Spagnoletti is licensed in state and federal courts in Texas, as well as the state of Connecticut.

Mr. Spagnoletti’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Court of International Trade
  • Various Federal Courts

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