Brian Gillan, Esq

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer


Brian Gillan, J.D. Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for Excelera Group and all affiliated entities.  In this role, Brian manages business strategy, ensures legal and regulatory compliance, and manages all outside litigation. Brian has practiced law for 35 years.  He earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California at Irvine, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois, where he served as Notes Editor on the Illinois Bar Journal.  Upon graduation, he joined Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, where he later became a partner.  Taft is a general corporate firm with 600+ lawyers in 10 offices, representing clients such as the Kroger Company, AK Steel, the Cincinnati Bengals, Duke Energy, and US Bank.  After 10 years at Taft, Brian then joined Dinsmore & Shohl as a partner.  Dinsmore is a general corporate firm with 650+ lawyers in 25 offices, representing clients such as The Procter & Gamble Company, the Cincinnati Reds, Catholic Health Partners, and Federated Department Stores/Macy’s, Inc.  Brian left Dinsmore to serve as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for one of his clients, United Dairy Farmers, Inc., a $600 million, privately-held company.  Following his tenure at UDF, Brian returned to private law practice, where he developed a boutique practice representing C-suite executives in employment and benefits matters.  His clients included senior management at Procter & Gamble, the Kroger Company, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Chiquita Brands International, Jergens, Honda Motors of America, Amway, the Coca-Cola Company, Ashland Oil, US Bank, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank, Great American Insurance, and American Financial Group, among many others.

Brian has been active in civic and charitable activities, including 20 years on the Board of Directors of Cincinnati Public Radio; Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Board of Directors of the Greater Cincinnati Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center; Board of Directors of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Film Commission (during which time Rain ManTrafficSeabiscuitEight Men OutLost in YonkersA Rage in HarlemMilk Money, and other feature films were made, using primarily Cincinnati locations).