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Gary M. Pappas

Gary M. Pappas



Gary Pappas is a trial attorney with 30 years' experience in civil litigation. Gary's experience includes product 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, airplanes, protective headgear, medical devices, and water sports equipment. He has also tried and defended multimillion-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


  • Defended property owner’s post-construction insurance company in claim by general contractor attempting to recover $50 million-plus in equitable subrogation arising from construction defect litigation.
  • 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.
  • Defended bicycle helmet manufacturer in product liability cases involving brain injuries allegedly caused by design defect.
  • Defended aircraft manufacturer in wrongful death cases arising out of general aviation accidents involving single-engine turboprop planes.
  • Represented a nonprofit marine conservation organization in lawsuit against the U.S. 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 product liability and warnings cases involving personal injuries and the learned intermediary doctrine.
  • Defended water sports equipment manufacturers in product liability cases involving personal injuries allegedly caused by design and manufacturing defects.
  • Defended Fortune 200 chemical company in numerous product liability cases involving crop damage allegedly caused by defective pesticides.

Representative Cases:

  • Green v. Croft, 347 F. Supp. 3d 1156 (S.D. Fla. 2018).
  • Weitz Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 982 F. Supp. 2d 975 (S.D. Iowa 2013), aff’d, 786 F.3d 641 (8th Cir. 2015).
  • Musson ex rel. Sargent v. Bradshaw Constr. Corp., No. 1:13-cv-21021, 2014 WL 794337 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2014).
  • Beale v. Biomet Inc., 492 F. Supp 2d 1360 (S.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Sidran v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., 925 So. 2d 1040 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003).
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. v. Finks Farms, Inc., 656 So. 2d 171 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995).
  • Horvath v. Gen. Motors Co., 636 So. 2d 771 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994).

All Insights


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

Professional & Community Involvement

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

Speaking Engagements

  • "Discovery Process for a Complex Claim," ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Meeting, San Antonio, TX (May 8, 2015)
  • "Corals, the Endangered Species Act, and the Case of Port Miami," University of 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,” Chicago, IL (August 24, 2010)
  • “ESI Discovery Update: Federal and State Law Trends,” Dallas, TX (March 23, 2010)
  • “Should We Buy It or Try It,” Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Phoenix, AZ (April 11, 2008)
  • “Roof Crush Standard,” DRI's Strictly Automotive Seminar, San Diego, CA (September 6, 2007)
  • “The Effects of CAFA: The Class Action Fairness Act,” Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Spring Market, Las Vegas, NV (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,” Product Liability Risk Management for Sporting Goods Manufacturers, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (November 9, 2005)
  • “Automotive Event Data Recorder Technology in Criminal and Civil Litigation – The Newest Tool for Plaintiff and Defense,” ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (October 20, 2005)


  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., high honors, 1987)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Florida Law Review
    • Trial Team
  • 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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