I attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I graduated with a degree in political science. My next goal was to attend law school. I went to law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

While in law school, I wanted to find ways to give back to the community. I was able to serve as a student/teacher for the law school’s Street Law program. The program focuses on advancing justice through classroom and community education programs. It provides opportunities for members of the legal community to interact with youth on issues surrounding law and justice. As a student/teacher, I taught underprivileged high school students who were interested in the law. My involvement with the program focused on ways the law can be used productively in the students’ lives. I also provided information on the various careers available in the field of law. My participation in the Street Law program was a very impactful part of my education.

After law school, I began my legal career as a solo practitioner. I assisted employees with wage and hour disputes. At the same time, I helped small businesses with regulatory compliance. The next step in my legal career took me to a prominent San Diego law firm. I focused my practice on defending companies in workers’ compensation matters. My clients included small and large business as well as insured and self-insured businesses. Throughout my practice, I have handled all aspects of litigation – from depositions, investigations, and witness interviews, to trials, 123a claims, and discrimination matters.

In March of 2017, I made a strategic decision to continue my workers’ compensation practice at the San Diego office of Kegel, Tobin and Truce, becoming a shareholder in January, 2021. In my practice at KT&T, I represent the interests of insured employers and their carriers in defense of matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Gabriel’s Views and Insights

What is your style, or philosophy to handling files?

My handling of any file depends on the specific needs of my client. I strive to provide all my clients with the best possible representation. Whether we take a case to Trial or seek an early settlement depends on the specific needs of your organization. There is no one size fits all solution to workers’ compensation defense.

Do you have experience with Trials?

Yes. Although it is rare for a case to go on the record, I have on several occasions proceeded on the record. I have obtained judgments and dismissals, finding no injury to the applicant. I believe whether you intend to go to Trial or not every case should be investigated as if you will eventually go to Trial.

What venues do you cover?

The majority of my files are located in San Diego County, however, I have been known to cover boards from Orange County to the Inland Empire.


San Diego Office
T. (619) 696-0906
F. (213) 383-8346
E. gquintanilla@kttlaw.us


• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Labor Code Section 132a 
• Serious & Willful Misconduct


The State Bar of California, 2010


• UC Santa Barbara, BA, Political Science
• Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law


California State Bar Association

Gabriel’s Clients Say

Senior AdjusterGallagher Bassett

I am very pleased with the services that Gabe Quintanilla has provided for our team. He is always available via phone or email, which is something that I really appreciate. He has been able to shut down many of my claims in a short amount of time. I know that my client is also pleased with his aggressive approach to resolving claims. I look forward to continuing to work with Gabe and his team.

Deborah ShumakerCohn Restaurant Group

We have used Gabriel Quintanilla for workers’ compensation matters since 2013. His communication, work ethic, attention to detail and overall legal abilities are outstanding. Gabriel has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with California’s Workers’ Compensation law. We have been remarkably pleased with the service provided and the results obtained. He makes us feel as if our cases are his most important cases. Gabriel is focused, determined and dedicated to achieving the best result. The time in which he settles these matters seems to outpace any other attorney or firm we have used in the past. On a personal note, Gabriel is a great guy and I would highly recommend him and his firm to any colleague or friend.