“I treat each client the way I hope a family member would be treated – with respect, diligence, and total responsiveness.”
Gerald Greenberg has received wide acclaim as one of a small group of attorneys in South Florida with extensive experience in both white collar criminal matters and high-stakes commercial litigation. Deeply familiar with both federal and state courts due to his work as a federal prosecutor and private lawyer, Jerry combines passionate courtroom advocacy with patient and careful review of legal issues, strong writing skills, and compassion for his clients.
Jerry has been honored for multiple years as as one the “Top 100” lawyers in Miami by Super Lawyers, and he has also 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, Jerry worked 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 before becoming one of the founders of Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, P.A. in 2012.
On the criminal side, Jerry represents both companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including internal investigations, grand jury inquiries, and indicted cases. Representative recent cases have involved allegations of health care fraud, anti-kickback violations, tax crimes, securities fraud, wire fraud, antitrust offenses, importation offenses and a variety of other financial crimes. In addition to representing defendants and investigated parties, Jerry also has an extensive practice representing witnesses and victims in federal investigations. Moreover, as a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys for the Southern District of Florida, Jerry has represented defendants in cases involving narcotics violations, firearms matters, and other offenses. In all of his cases, Jerry works closely with his clients and their families to help navigate the legal, personal, economic, and emotional challenges inherent in the criminal justice system while striving to achieve the best outcomes possible that allow all involved to move on with their lives.
On the civil side, Jerry has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of important matters before federal and state courts as well as domestic and international arbitration tribunals. His clients have included companies, individuals, and local governments. Jerry’s civil matters often overlap with his criminal practice, including a number of qui tam and other cases involving health care fraud, anti-kickback claims, antitrust violations, and other quasi-criminal activity. He has also represented clients in commercial matters, employment and restrictive covenant cases, contract disputes, defamation claims, product liability matters, international business controversies, health care billing questions, and purchase-and-sale disagreements. While Jerry always assists his clients in finding the most efficient resolutions possible, he recognizes that not all cases can be settled and has achieved significant successes for his clients at trial.
Jerry has also played an active role in pro bono and public interest matters, representing individuals and organizations in trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings regarding voting rights, public safety, civil rights, due process, inmate rights, immigration, fair housing, and education law issues. For example, Jerry and his partners represented civic groups and individuals in the groundbreaking constitutional challenge to Florida’s improperly-drawn congressional and state legislative districts, which resulted in the court-ordered creation of new, legal maps under Florida’s Fair Districts Amendments. In addition, Jerry represented various children’s health and physicians’ organizations as amici curiae in a successful federal First Amendment challenge to a Florida law prohibiting doctors from inquiring about the presence of firearms in their patients’ homes.
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.