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Gary M. Pappas

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Overview

Gary Pappas is a trial attorney with nearly 30 years' experience in civil litigation. Gary's experience includes products liability, business torts, insurance coverage, intellectual property, environmental law and civil rights in both individual and class action lawsuits. Gary has tried and defended catastrophic personal injury cases involving automobiles, protective head gear, medical devices, and water sports equipment. He has also tried and defended multi-million dollar business loss and property damage cases involving agricultural chemicals, hotels, electronic equipment, underground storage tanks, and automobile dealership franchises. He serves manufacturers, distributors, retailers, insurance companies, technology companies and entrepreneurs.

Gary's trial experience includes numerous pro bono civil rights and environmental law matters in federal court.

Gary has spoken and published on a variety of procedural and substantive legal issues within his experience, as his listed insights reflect. He is a contributor and editor of the firm’s Classified: The Class Action Blog.

Gary is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Featured Insights

Experience

  • Weitz Co., LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., et al., 982 F. Supp. 2d 975 (S.D. Iowa 2013), aff’d, 786 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. May 12, 2015). As the lead defense firm in the Southern District of Iowa, obtained a defense summary judgment where the plaintiff general contractor improperly attempted to obtain a $50-plus million double recovery in equity against a project owner’s post-construction property insurers. As part of the appellate team in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, we defended entry of this summary judgment on appeal and obtained affirmance.
  • Defended health information technology management company in numerous class actions involving claims for violations of Board of Medicine rules regulating the release of private medical records.
  • Represented non-profit marine conservation organization in lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers for allegedly failing to comply with specific requirements under the Endangered Species Act involved in the PortMiami Deep Dredge Project. Read the article.
  • Defended tunnel construction contractor in catastrophic personal injury case arising from failure of concrete headwall form.
  • Defended insurance carrier in first party coverage claims for property damage to luxury hotels arising from hurricanes.
  • Defended U.S. auto manufacturer in numerous product liability cases involving wrongful death and personal injuries allegedly caused by design and manufacturing defects.
  • Defended medical device manufacturer in products liability and warnings cases involving personal injuries and the learned intermediary doctrine.
  • Defended bicycle helmet manufacturer in products liability cases involving brain injuries allegedly caused by design defect.
  • Defended water sports equipment manufacturers in products liability cases involving personal injuries allegedly caused by design and manufacturing defects
  • Defended Fortune 200 chemical company in numerous products liability cases involving crop damage allegedly caused by defective pesticides.

Representative Published Opinions

  • Weitz Co., LLC v. Lexington Insurance Co., et al., 2013 WL 5998243 (S.D. Iowa Nov. 13, 2013), aff’d, 786 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. 2015).
  • Musson v. Bradshaw Construction Co., 2014 WL 794337 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2014).
  • Beale v. Biomet, 492 F. Supp 2d 1360 (S.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Sidran v. Dupont, Inc., 925 So. 2d 1040 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003).
  • Finks Farms v. DuPont & Co., 656 So. 2d 171 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995).
  • Horvath v. General Motors Co., 636 So. 2d 771 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994).

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Equal Justice Pro Bono Large Firm Award (2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2006)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers  (2007, 2009, and 2010) 
  • Listed in the Top 100 in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide (2009)
  • Recipient, Florida Bar Journal Excellence in Writing Award (2008)
  • Florida Bar Public Interest Law Fellowship

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Program for U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • South Florida National Parks Trust
    • Board of Directors
  • The Education Fund
    • Board of Directors
    • Former Chair 
  • Director, Greater Miami Billfish Tournament, Inc.
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Speaking Engagements

  •  "Discovery Process for a Complex Claim," at the ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Meeting in San Antonio (May 8, 2015)
  • "Corals, the Endangered Species Act, and the Case of Port Miami," Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (November 20, 2014)
  • "Mock Trial," Sports & Fitness Industry Association Legal Summit (April 7, 2014)
  • “Guidance Through A Rough & Often Uncharted E-Discovery Terrain,” ABA Litigation Section Annual CLE Conference, Miami Beach, FL (April 15, 2011)
  • “ESI Discovery Update: Federal and State Law Trends,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Chicago (August 24, 2010)
  • “ESI Discovery Update: Federal and State Law Trends,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Dallas (March 23, 2010)
  • “Should We Buy It or Try It,” ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation, Phoenix (April 11, 2008)
  • “Roof Crush Standard,” Defense Research Institute's Strictly Automotive seminar, San Diego (September 6, 2007)
  • “The Effects of CAFA: the Class Action Fairness Act,” Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Spring market trade show, Las Vegas (June 11, 2007)
  • “Proposals for Settlement - How to draft ones that stick and how to deal with them when they land on your desk,” FDLA 10th Annual Florida Liability Claims Conference (June 1, 2006)
  • “Consumer Fraud - The New Tort Against Product Manufacturers,” SGMA Product Liability Risk Management for Sporting Goods Manufacturers (November 9, 2005)
  • “Automotive Event Data Recorder Technology in Criminal and Civil Litigation - The Newest Tool for Plaintiff and Defense,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (October 20, 2005)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., high honors, 1987)
    • Member, Florida Law Review and Trial Team
    • Order of the Coif
  • Duke University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

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