Ron Gilbert - Profile of a Trial Lawyer
By Lynn Shapiro, Staff Writer
Attorney Ronald (Ron) S. Gilbert says the strong arm tactics of automobile insurance companies continue to stick in his craw after 33 years.
Gilbert began practicing law in 1983, on the “other side” of the bar, for his first three years in practice, defending insurance companies, especially automotive insurance firms.
“What bothered me,” Gilbert says, “was not a single client ever asked what they might learn from all the information I gathered, through analysis of patients injured, coupled with the fact that the same auto companies were making the same strings of mistakes over and over again.
“This persuaded me to represent the people who were being harmed, not the insurance companies and the auto makers whose interest was giving these individuals as little compensation as possible.
“I wanted to see a better health system and believed I could help power it,” he said.
In 1989, Gilbert founded the Orlando-based firm: Morgan, Colling & Gilbert, where he began representing injured victims and their families.
In 2005, Gilbert dissolved the firm and helped found the edgy and nimble boutique firm, Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, (aka, The Florida Firm.)
By then an ingenious trial lawyer, Gilbert was not shy about trying catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases in Orlando, Daytona, and Melbourne and nationwide.
He has also lectured nationally at seminars on numerous topics ranging from jury selection techniques to closing arguments.
“All serious personal injuries result in catastrophic consequences for victims and their families," Gilbert told PersonalInjury.com.
“In addition to the physical pain and suffering and the mental anguish of the victims, the economic cost to families can be devastating.
“Mounting medical bills, loss of household income, and resulting debt can a send a family reeling into financial ruin.”
Decades of Combined Experience
With decades of combined experience, Gilbert and his top-notch partners litigate diverse types of claims on behalf of only the most meritorious clients.
These cases include:
• Brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Burn injuries
• Wrongful death claims
• Dog bite lawsuits
• Dangerous premises
• Slip and fall accidents
• Construction accident claims
• Boating accident claims
• Aviation accidents
• Drowning accidents
“All personal injury claims are governed by statutes of limitations and other elements that are often very complex for the layperson. Delay in obtaining representation can be harmful to their legal rights and to their attorney’s ability to recover damages for the plaintiff and his or her family,” Gilbert says.
Gilbert has achieved a large number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
His winning verdicts include:
- $7,500,000 in a medical malpractice case against a pediatrician for failure to diagnose and treat a heart condition.
- $4,766,900 for a wrongful death suit caused by negligent administration of medication resulting in a fatal anaphylactic reaction.
- $2,500,000 against a nursing home corporation on behalf of a mentally impaired stroke victim who gave birth to a baby boy linked by DNA evidence to a male certified nurse assistant employed by her nursing home.
- $1,110,000 in an auto accident, where an 11-year old boy suffered a head injury after being ejected from a vehicle while not wearing his seatbelt.
Not only has Gilbert tried a number of civil jury cases to verdict, he has successfully led several appeals to Florida’s District Courts of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.
He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a recognized Super Lawyer, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.
Gilbert says he and his partners are not about to be outgunned by the large law firms.
“We are committed to winning generous compensation, honest answers and closure for victims and their families who have suffered disabling illness or loss due to medical malpractice.”
Gilbert is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983 after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Furman University and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Cumberland School of Law.