Gary Carlin



The founding member of the firm, Gary Carlin is one of the most seasoned employment law attorneys in California. Gary has been practicing law since 1970, having established his own practice in 1977 and guiding Carlin & Buchsbaum into one of the largest and most respected employment litigation firms in Southern California. With his unique focus and expertise in the plight of employees, Gary provides the experience and resources to offer his clients new chances in life and at work. In more than 35 years of practicing law, Gary has obtained verdicts, judgments, awards, and settlements of cases at a present value of over $100,000,000 for his clients.

Gary has an amazing range of legal experience and has gained a reputation for reliability and strong ethics, previously advising the Supreme Court of the State of California on matters of attorney discipline and serving on multiple committees and panels statewide. After law school, Gary worked at the Law Offices of C. Ransom Samuelson, the first attorney to ever obtain a jury verdict in excess of $100,000 in Los Angeles County. He later became a partner in the firm before establishing his practice.


Gary is a native of Southern California, born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with an B.A. in History. He then moved north to complete his education at the University of California at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and became licensed to practice law in the State of California in 1970.

Honors and Affiliations

  • AV rated attorney under the Lexis-Nexis-Martindale Hubbell rating system – See Video
  • Nominated “Best Lawyer in Long Beach” by Forbes Magazine
  • Member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization of lawyers devoted to ensuring the protection of employee rights in the courts, in the legislature, and through public persuasion
  • Member of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Long Beach Bar Association
  • Panelist on the State Bar Review Department that analyzed 100 cases each month and made recommendations to the Supreme Court of California
  • Served as State Bar Probation Referee, Master Calendar Referee, and Mandatory Settlement Conference Referee to resolve cases of attorney discipline for the State
  • 1984 – 1990: Principal Referee in attorney discipline appointed by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
  • 1975 – 1990: Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association
  • 1975 – 1976: Judge Pro Tempore of the Long Beach Superior Court
  • 1975 – 1976: Judge Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles Superior Court