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In memory of Ervin Gonzalez

The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson
255 Alhambra Circle
Penthouse
Coral Gables, FL 33134-5059
(305) 476-7400
www.ervingonzalez.com


In memory of Ervin Gonzalez

Ervin A. Gonzalez is a Board Certified trial attorney with more than 25 years of experience in civil and business litigation. He has 27 verdicts in excess of a million dollars - including a $65.1 Million verdict in a wrongful death case and the highest award in a Federal Tort Claims Act Case - a $61 Million award for Medical Malpractice. He has settled numerous multi-million dollar cases throughout his career, including a $100 Million settlement with SCI Corporation for the desecration of graves in a Jewish Cemetery. Many of his verdicts have been rated among the top verdicts nationwide and in Florida.

Ervin Gonzalez was recently named one of the top 11 attorneys in the nation by Lawyers Weekly USA , was ranked #3 in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers, and was named one of the nations "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2005 & 2006 Mr. Gonzalez was selected as one the "Most Effective Lawyers in Civil Litigation" by The Daily Business Review. Gonzalez has also consistently been recognized as a leader in the prestigious "Best Lawyers in America", Chambers and Partners , and Leading American Attorneys. He has also been selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Florida" by Florida Trend Magazine, and South Florida Legal Guide. He has also been rated as one of the Leading Hispanic Lawyers In America and is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available.

Gonzalez has positioned himself as an effective civil litigation specialist in various areas of practice including: serious personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, construction defects, commercial litigation and mass tort.

Gonzalez also represents plaintiffs in class-action suits and multi-district litigation involving such issues as vehicle rollovers, dangerous pharmaceuticals, faulty medical devices, aviation accidents, large-scale environmental disasters, shoddy construction, and commercial matters.

Mr. Gonzalez is a member of various national bar organizations and is licensed to practice law in Florida, District of Columbia, Texas, Colorado, and New York.

Ervin A. Gonzalez is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law - Juris Doctorate, 1985, cum laude.

Mr. Gonzalez is board certified as a specialist in civil trial law (personal injury and wrongful death cases) and business litigation law by The Florida Bar and The National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a partner at the firm of Colson Hicks Eidson. Gonzalez is a former Governor of The Florida Bar and has served on its executive committee. Mr. Gonzalez is a former member of the National Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is Past President of the Dade County Bar Association, Past President of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, a former Director of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Gonzalez also served as a member and Subcommittee Chairman for the Florida Bar's Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. In 2009 Ervin Gonzalez was appointed by a Federal Judge to serve on the Plaintiff's steering committee for Chinese Drywall Litigation. In 2010 Gonzalez was appointed by a Federal Judge to serve on the Plaintiff's Steering Committee for the BP Oil Spill Litigation.

Mr. Gonzalez has 27 verdicts in excess of a million dollars – including a $65.1 Million verdict in a wrongful death case and the highest award in a Federal Tort Claims Act Case - a $61 Million award for Medical Malpractice. He has settled numerous multi-million dollar cases throughout his career, including a $100 Million Settlement with SCI Corporation for the desecration of graves in a Jewish Cemetery. Many of his verdicts have ranked among the top verdicts in America.

Mr. Gonzalez is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available and has the distinction of being ranked as one of America's leading lawyers by various sources including: "Best Lawyers in America", “Chambers and Partners” “Leading American Attorneys” , “Florida Trend Magazine” and South Florida Legal Guide.

In 2009 and 2010 Gonzalez received the Key Partner Award for Litigation from the South Florida Business Journal. In 2008 Gonzalez was featured on the cover of Florida Super Lawyers and in 2009 and 2010 named Top 10 Lawyers in the State of Florida for the third time. Additionally has was named “Top 11 Lawyers in the Nation for 2005”, by Lawyer Weekly USA and received the “Most Effective Lawyer Award” for Civil Litigation from The Daily Business Review in 2005 and 2006 and was recently named “Top 500 Litigators in the Nation” by Law Dragon. Mr. Gonzalez has also been rated as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the Nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Mr. Gonzalez is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law for the trial skills litigation program. His published works include:

Florida Civil Discovery, 2007 Edition, LexisNexis Practice Guide

Florida Civil Trial Practice, Sixth Edition: Demonstrative Evidence The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education, Lexis Nexis, 2007

Florida Civil Trial Preparation Third Edition, The Florida Bar's FasTrain, CLE Series, 2007 and 2009

Practice Guide: Florida Personal Injury,LexisNexis: Gonzalez, Fine, Kissane, Lambert, 2007

Chapter: Legal implications of failing to Diagnose Breast Cancer in the book Breast Cancer, A Practical Guide, published by Elsevier – 2005

LexisNexis Practice Guide on Civil Procedure - February 2005 - A 5 volume Series on the rules of Civil Procedure in Florida.

Florida Civil Trial Preparation, May 2002 - A 5 book series covering: Organization, Motion Practice, Discovery, Evidence, and Settlement Practice.

The Dade County Trial Lawyers Advanced Trial Handbook

A chapter on expert testimony in the Lawyers Cooperative Practice Guide, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure Series on Evidence.

"Trial Tips" A monthly civil litigation column published in the Dade County Bar Bulletin and the Daily Business Review.

And numerous articles on legal issues for The Florida Bar Journal, Dade County Bar Bulletin, Daily Business Review, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and other legal publications.

Mr. Gonzalez is a frequent lecturer for the American Bar Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, The Florida Bar, The Dade County Trial Lawyers, The University of Miami School of Law and other bar associations.

Areas of Practice:

Serious Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Product Liability

Medical Negligence

Professional Liability

Aviation Accident Litigation

Trucking Accident Litigation

General Liability Litigation

Construction Litigation

Business Litigation

Insurance Litigation

Class Actions & Mass Torts

Toxic Torts

Certification/Specialties:

Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Florida Bar

Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Business Litigation Specialist, Florida Bar

Bar Admissions:

Florida, 1985

District of Columbia, 1988

Texas, 1991

Colorado, 1991

New York, 1992

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1991

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1986

U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2007

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1986

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002

U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1991

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1991

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1992

U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1992

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1992

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1992

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1992

U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

Bar Memberships:

Florida Bar (Board of Governor)

Dade County Bar (Past President)

Miami Justice Association (Past President)

Florida Justice Association (Past Board of Directors)

American Justice Association

American Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Cuban American Bar Association

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association

Coral Gables Bar Association