Gerald J. Houlihan
Trial Lawyer
Office Location           Miami
Direct Telephone:       305-460-4091
Direct Facsimile:        305-397-0955

Bar Admissions
Florida             1985
New York        1968

Court Admissions
All State Courts of Florida
All State Courts of New York

United States Supreme Court (1982)
United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh, DC and Federal Circuit
United States District Court
Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
Western, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. 1968
Order of the Coif; Senior Editor, Syracuse Law Review, 1967-1968; Belle L. Landry Scholar; Faculty Research Assistant, 1966-1968; Staff Editor, Survey of New York Law, 1967-68;Member, Justinian Honor Society; President, Student Bar Association, 1968

University of Notre Dame, B.S. 1965

Practice Areas
Litigation – Civil Commercial Litigation, Appellate Litigation and General Litigation in Intellectual  Property, Real Estate, Probate, Antitrust, Securities, Patent, Banking, Tax and Healthcare.

American Bar Association
The Florida Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Florida
(Member, Board of Directors (1986- present); President 1992-1993)
Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Wong Sun Society, Recipient of Order of St. Aloysius (1996)

Professional Experience

Mr. Houlihan is a leading Florida trial lawyer.  He has extensive trial experience in the state and federal court systems – having represented and defended corporations, financial institutions, securities companies, business individuals, officers and directors in significant federal and state complex litigation in Florida and in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  He has extensive experience in all types of complex commercial litigation and is successful, reliable and cost effective.  Jerry works diligently with his clients to develop the most effective legal strategy.  In the end, Jerry believes that the most effective manner to successfully conclude litigation is to be able and willing to try the case in court, which, he is convinced, promotes early and beneficial settlements for his clients. Jerry extensive experience in business litigation is an invaluable resource for effective legal representation in all manner of cases.

Local Counsel for Litigation in Florida – Mr. Houlihan is frequently hired to assist out-of-state lawyers in cases in Florida.  He is a seasoned and respected lawyer who is skilled, efficient, cooperative and amiable.  Jerry has extraordinarily broad experience and can provide significant assistance in virtually every area of litigation practice.  

Mr. Houlihan maintains an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most prestigious peer rating publication in the legal profession, which demonstrates he has achieved the highest levels of professional excellence and integrity. 

Additional Attorney Information:

Mr. Houlihan is a trial lawyer.  In his career, he has been lead counsel in more than 95 jury trials and briefed and argued more than 75 appeals in both state and federal court.  He is a member of the New York Bar where he practiced for 14 years and a member of the Florida Bar, where he has practiced since 1982.  He was a federal prosecutor for 13 years:  10 years in New York and 3 years as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.  Thereafter, Jerry was an Equity Partner at Steel, Hector & Davis (1985-1991) and a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig (1991-1995) in Miami, Florida.

To his adversaries, he is tough, thorough, creative and formidable.  His reputation is based on his proven ability to deliver practical, accurate, legal advice that survives judicial scrutiny.  He has the ability to negotiate advantageous resolutions because, when necessary, he has the skill, experience and savvy to win in the courtroom.

To our clients, he is responsive, fair and eager to pursue innovative strategies to achieve the client goals and to ensure cost control and satisfaction. He is known to be an innovative, resourceful and result-driven lawyer with the attitude, common sense and expertise demanded to successfully resolve business disputes.  He routinely earns his client's trust because he has a common-sense view of the strategy of business and how business is conducted.  He works closely with our clients.

Mr. Houlihan’s practice includes the complete range of general and complex business litigation.  His work habits accommodate the demands of commercial litigation, including budget constraints, and are calculated to provide efficient and effective legal representation.  He regularly staffs his cases carefully to provide quality legal services at reasonable fees. He offers practical solutions to business conflict resolution.  Mr. Houlihan believes litigators today must be as efficient as they are effective.  He provides the personal attention and service usually attributable to a small firm, but has the resources necessary to fully staff complex litigation.

Mr. Houlihan is very versatile as a legal practitioner.  During the course of his career, he has had a wide variety of litigation experience in virtually every area of legal practice including intellectual property, probate, real estate, securities, tax, antitrust, healthcare, regulatory, products liability and many other practice areas.  For example, in the past 7 years, he has actively represented a generic pharmaceutical company in connection with patent-infringement litigation. While not a patent lawyer, he has a scientific background and is capable of understanding the complex nature of the pharmaceutical industry; the rules and regulations of the FDA and has an excellent knowledge of sophisticated patent practice.  This knowledge and experience has been invaluable in patent litigation against the brand-name drug companies. 

Mr. Houlihan’s approach to legal representation, while not unique, is calculated to make the client well satisfied with the legal representation.  In addition, he is known to be an innovative, resourceful and result-driven lawyer with the attitude, common sense and expertise demanded to successfully resolve business disputes.  He works closely with our clients to determine the goals for the representation.  He remains convinced this effort avoids misunderstandings and provides the best results for the client.  He communicates regularly with clients. 

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