Friday, June 25, 2010

Akerman Senterfitt biography of shareholder DAN GELBER and profile of practices

Daniel S. Gelber
Of Counsel
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131-1714


Daniel Gelber is a shareholder in the Litigation and Policy practices. His practice focuses on complex, civil, criminal, and quasi-criminal litigation. He has extensive civil and criminal trial experience in public corruption, civil rights, contracts, trademark, environmental, employment, and healthcare, and has conducted numerous internal investigations for clients. In addition to his trial court experience, Daniel has argued in the state and federal appellate courts in Florida, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

Before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, Daniel served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he directed Senate investigations and studies into terrorism, cybersecurity, organized crime, and money laundering.

For nearly 10 years, Daniel served as a federal prosecutor in the Public Corruption Section of the Miami U.S. Attorney's office of the Civil Rights Section, and was ultimately appointed Senior Counselor for the U.S. Attorney.

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Florida House of Representatives, 2000-Present

United States Senate, Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1994-1996

United States Attorney's Office, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1986-1994

The 2010 Best Lawyers Ranking Honors 100 Akerman Senterfitt Attorneys (Aug. 26, 2009)
Akerman Senterfitt has the largest litigation practice in Florida. This, coupled with the strength and depth of the firm's other areas of practice, gives our more than 100 litigators the complete complement of resources required to defend and prosecute cases. Our clients include some of Florida's most important public and private entities. In addition, we have many clients that are Fortune 500 companies and we get referrals from law firms nationwide.

Two former chief judges are now senior Shareholders in our litigation practice. Judge Edward Davis (former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida) is the Chair of our Litigation Practice. Judge Joseph Hatchett (former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and also a former Justice of Florida's Supreme Court) heads our substantial Federal and State Appellate Practice.

Foregoing other well-earned opportunities, these pre-eminent jurists joined Akerman because of our reputation not only in Florida, but nationally, and because of the standard of excellence the firm represents. Without doubt, their knowledge of the courts is an invaluable asset for our attorneys as we prepare for trial.

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The size of our litigation practice does not by itself explain why we have become one of the foremost litigation firms in Florida. Clients' cases are managed by Shareholders, they are not passed on to a series of associates. This client care philosophy means that we respond efficiently and effectively to client needs.

* Antitrust and Trade Regulation
* Appellate
* Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
* Class Actions
* Commercial Litigation
* Construction Litigation
* Eminent Domain
* Labor and Employment Litigation
* Mediation and ADR
* Securities Litigation and Regulatory Proceedings
* White-Collar Crime

Ivey Properties, Inc., Florida Banker's Association , Wachovia Corporation, St. Paul Companies, Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch Trust Company, SunTrust Bank - Miami, Terion, Inc. , Gencor Industries, Inc, Golden Gen Growers, Inc. , Dupont Center , Sheraton Twin Towers, Ford Motor Credit Company , Health Care Financial Partners, St. Anthony's Hospital, Inc., Apple Capitol Group, L.L.C. , The Vogue Shops, Inc., , Body Shops of America, Inc, National Merchandise, Inc., Planet Hollywood International, Inc., Sheraton Four Points Hotel, United States Sugar Corporation, City of Boca Raton, Iberia Airlines of Spain , Associated Grocers of Florida, ATICO International USA, Inc., Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

Matter Experience
Reported Cases

Mayor Joe Carollo, & Miami Association of Firefighters, Local 587 vs. City of Miami, et al., Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Case No. 99-23358 CA 32. , January 2, 2003
Donald H. Warshaw vs. City of Miami, Circuit Court, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Case No. 00-11244 CA 04, January 2, 2003
Hubbel v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., No. SC92532 & SC922848 (Fla. 2000) (Affirmed holding in 5th District that addressed attorney's fee awards in surety bond claims) , January 2, 2002
Ehlert v. Singer, 85 F. Supp. 2d 1269 (M.D. Fla. 1999), aff'd. and remanded, 245 F.3d 1313 (11th Cir. 2001)(Securities/Year 2000 disclosure issues). , January 2, 2001
WMS Construction, Inc. v. Palm Springs Miles Assoc., Ltd, 762 So. 2d 973 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000) (Reversed for client on construction conditional payment bond issue) , January 2, 2000
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Representative Transactions

National Merchandise, Inc., et al., January 2, 2003

Group Presentations
Lecture, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 2003, Pilots: Safely Navigating Treacherous Legal Waters , January 2, 2003
Lecture, Admiralty Law Committee Meeting, Arrest Pursuant to Rule D , January 2, 2003
"Florida Supreme Court Addresses the Issue of Automobile Diminished Value Coverage," 2002 Covered Events 27 (Defense Research Institute, Summer 2002) , July 1, 2002
Lecture, Uncharted Waters, The Legal Aspects concerning the Use of Portable Navigation Systems, Council of American Master Mariners, April 2002 , April 2, 2002
Construction Lien Law, (Hughes Supply, 1998) , January 2, 1998
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Past Seminar Materials
"Litigation Issues", Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminar-Elective Share: Integrating the New Law Into Your Practice (2001). , January 2, 2001

Languages spoken by Litigation Professionals
Spanish, French


Comprised of former federal prosecutors, senior enforcement lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and government lawyers, the Akerman team understands how the government builds and prosecutes a case.
Our team represents corporations, boards of directors, and individuals in all aspects of government investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, grand jury probes, internal investigations, and trials.
In the unfortunate instance where an indictment or regulatory complaint is unavoidable, our lawyers bring decades of experience trying criminal, civil, and other complex matters in both federal and state courts. With the rise in governmental investigations has come a corresponding increase in parallel civil litigation brought by private parties seeking to capitalize on the political and media-driven momentum. This poses unique challenges to clients who are attempting to address the sensitive government and regulatory inquiries, while simultaneously handling the often overlapping private civil matters.

Our team is led by the former Assistant United States Attorneys for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of Florida and includes former prosecutors, former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement counsel, the former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
Experience trying criminal and civil cases to judgment or verdict in federal and state courts throughout the United States
Extensive experience handling white collar and parallel proceedings involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD-DCIS), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard

Internal Corporate Investigations
Securities Fraud
Tax Fraud
Mail/Wire Fraud
Health Care Fraud & Abuse
Money Laundering & Bank Secrecy Act
Public Corruption
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Environmental Crimes
Patriot Act & Sarbanes Oxley
Antitrust & Deceptive Trade Practices

"With… one of the largest litigation teams in Florida, this firm is renowned for its work in a wide array of litigation, including consumer class claims, lender liability issues, insurance-related disputes, real estate litigation e-discovery and litigation relating to financial institutions." (Chambers USA)
Chambers USA: Ranked as one of the leading Litigation law firms in Florida since 2003
Benchmark Litigation: Recommended as a leading Litigation law firm in Florida and Virginia
PLC Which Lawyer?: Recognized Dispute Resolution law firm in FL: Miami

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