Gerald Richman, a trial and appellate attorney, represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters. He counsel clients, plaintiffs and defendants, on antitrust, securities, contract, construction, federal agency, corporate, banking, civil RICO, professional liability, consumer, employment, civil rights, probate litigation and class action issues. Gerald also handles real estate litigation, including mortgage foreclosures, condominiums, zoning and land use, brokerage disputes, governmental matters and election law issues. He is board certified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial and business litigation lawyer.
Gerald is distinguished for his extensive experience in high-profile trials, including serving as lead counsel at trial in one of the three nationally-televised presidential election vote cases in 2000.
Gerald served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corp. in the Defense Appellate Division in Washington, DC, where he briefed and argued court martial cases, including murder cases. At the same time, he also served as a White House Social Aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. During his three years in the service, he spent a year as Trial Counsel and Chief of Military Justice at I CORP headquarters in Korea, where he personally tried ten court martial cases before being reassigned to Washington, DC, to write an update of the Military Judges’ Handbook. Prior to this, he had been a law clerk to United States District Judge George C. Young in Orlando.
Gerald has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and non-jury trials in major civil cases, ranging from multimillion dollar federal antitrust, condominium construction and land use, personal injury and product liability and occasional major criminal cases, some involving the international arms trade. He has also been involved in numerous state and federal class action antitrust, RICO, securities, real property and consumer matters. Gerald has been appellate counsel, arguing before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court and all District Courts of Appeal in the State of Florida.By appointment of the Florida Supreme Court, Gerald has served on the Supreme Court’s Court Efficiency Committee, the Judicial Council of Florida and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Evaluations Committee. He was a member of the Florida Condominium Commission created by the state legislature to investigate the condominium industry and recommend legislative reforms. By appointment of the governor, he served as a member of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and served as Chair.
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading litigation: general commercial attorney in Florida, 2007-2018
Selected to the list of Florida Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation and Intellectual Property, 2006-2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Business Litigation, 1990-2018
Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law, 1977-2018
Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, 1989-2018
Selected to list of South Florida’s Top Lawyers by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2018
Named Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Palm Beach Chapter of ABOTA, 2015
Recipient of the Joseph P. Milton Professionalism and Civility Award from the Florida Chapters of ABOTA, 2014
Named the Florida Bar Certified Lawyer of the Year and recipient of the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award, 2012
Recipient of the ABOTA National Masters in Trial Award, completed Masters in Trial (Jury Trial Demonstrations) throughout the U.S., and in Latvia, Portugal, Korea and Japan, 2011
Recipient of the Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee, 2011
Honored with the Presidential Service Badge for Honorable Service at the White House, 1968
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis)
Selected to the list of Florida Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in Business Litigation and “Bet Your Company” Litigation (Thompson Reuters), 2008
University of Florida, Honor Corps, Chancellor
University of Florida, National and State Moot Court Teams, Co-author of First Place Moot Court Brief
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The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors
The Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Commission of Palm Beach County, Vice Chair
Florida Commission on Human Relations, Former Chair, gubernatorial appointment and senate confirmation
Community Alliance of Palm Beach County
United States Congress, Elected Democratic Nominee, 1989