PAMELA GILBERT has been a named partner in Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, and its immediate predecessor firm since 2003. Ms. Gilbert has over twenty-five years of experience in consumer advocacy in Washington, DC. She has testified before the U.S. Congress over 50 times and has made dozens of appearances in the national print and electronic media. She served as the leader of President Obama’s transition team for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Ms. Gilbert served as Executive Director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1995-2001), the agency’s senior staff position. She supervised a staff of approximately 500, including 25 attorneys; was responsible for the full range of government management issues; and helped persuade Congress and the administration to increase funding to the agency by nearly 40 percent.
Ms. Gilbert also served as Consumer Program Director at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (1984-1989) where she specialized in civil justice and consumer protection issues. She worked for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch (1989-1994), one of Washington’s largest consumer advocacy organizations, first as Legislative Director and then as Executive Director.
Ms. Gilbert focuses her practice on government relations matters. She represents a wide variety of clients before Congress, the executive branch, and regulatory agencies. She is one of the leading advocates in Washington, DC, working to preserve access to the civil justice system for both individuals and businesses.
Ms. Gilbert headed up the lobbying effort to pass the “Raechel and Jacqueline Safe Rental Car Act,” which was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015. The law, named after sisters who were killed in an unrepaired recalled rental car, would prohibit the rental of cars under a safety recall unless the defect has been repaired.
Ms. Gilbert was chosen as Consumer Advocate of the Year by the Trial Lawyers’ Association of Metropolitan Washington in 1995. She sits on numerous nonprofit Boards of Directors.