J. Paul Gignac is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. Mr. Gignac received his Juris Doctorate degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1986, where he was a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, then a U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California and currently a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Gignac was admitted to the California State Bar in 1986.
While his law practice is quite diversified, Mr. Gignac focuses his practice in four areas:
Mr. Gignac is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Since 2010, Mr. Gignac has served as one of the ten attorney members of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Central District of California.
Mr. Gignac has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for twelve consecutive years from 2008 through 2020– a selection that is limited to 5 percent of the lawyers in the State of California.
Mr. Gignac is a member in good standing of the California State Bar and has never been the subject of any type of disciplinary proceeding. Mr. Gignac is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell – the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Mr. Gignac is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Gignac is the acting Chair of the Board of Directors for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides direct financial assistance and other services to families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Mr. Gignac is a past member of the Board of Directors for The Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants final wishes for terminally-ill adults. Mr. Gignac is also a member of MENSA.