“I treat each client the way I hope a family member would be treated – with respect, diligence, and total responsiveness.”
Gerald Greenberg has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts as a federal prosecutor and an attorney in private practice. He combines passionate courtroom advocacy with patient and careful review of legal issues, strong writing skills, and compassion for his clients. Jerry was recently recognized as one the “Top 100” lawyers in Miami for 2017 by Super Lawyers, an accolade also earned in 2016. He has also been named one of the top “40 Under 40” Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County and been recognized in Best Lawyers, the South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Legal Elite, and Attorney at Law Magazine.
After receiving Bachelors and Masters Degrees in History at the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree at Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Yale Law Journal, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley Marcus on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Allyne Ross on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Following his clerkships, Jerry served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, prosecuting cases involving narcotics, fraud, money laundering, violent crime and gangs, firearm violations, immigration crimes, and domestic terrorism. He also argued multiple cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office, Jerry was a shareholder at one of Florida’s most respected law firms, where he represented companies, local governments, and individuals in a wide variety of commercial matters, employment cases, contract disputes, complex litigation, and internal investigations. He has tried numerous civil trials and arbitrations and has appeared extensively in state and federal court.
Jerry has also represented pro bono clients in trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings regarding civil rights, due process, inmate rights, immigration, fair housing, and education law issues. Examples include the representation of various children’s health and physicians’ organizations as amici curiae in a federal First Amendment challenge to a Florida law prohibiting doctors from inquiring about the presence of firearms in their patients’ homes, as well as the successful appellate representation of an individual challenging his deportation to Nigeria based on the fear that he would be tortured due to his sexual orientation.
Aside from the practice of law, Jerry serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and has been a Big Brother for over a decade. Along with his wife, Jerry operates the Thanksgiving Baskets Fund, which collects donations and prepares holiday meals for hundreds of South Florida families every year. He also serves on the Board of the Trustees for the Southern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has been an active leader in its Team in Training program, running multiple marathons to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support. In addition, Jerry is on the Advisory Board of the Education Fund and has previously been on the Board of Directors of Bet Shira Congregation. In the past, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the Florida International University School of Law and served as Vice-Chairman of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
A native Miamian, Jerry lives with his wife and three children in Pinecrest.