Attorney Gary D. Fox
Seasoned Miami Personal Injury & Trial Attorney
Gary graduated from the University of Florida School of Law in 1976, where he was an editor of the law review and member of the National Moot Court Board. After graduation, he went to work for the firm known as Frates Floyd Pearson Stewart Richman & Greer. He became a partner at the firm and, in 1984, left to open his own firm with Larry Stewart, Jim Tilghman, and David Bianchi, where he has remained since. For the past four decades, Attorney Gary Fox has devoted his practice exclusively to the trial of civil cases in Florida. He focuses on cases involving medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful death. He has 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.
Gary is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the most selective group of trial lawyers in the United States. The Inner Circle is an invitation-only group limited to the top 100 plaintiffs' trial attorneys in America. We're the only law firm in Florida with two members in The Inner Circle.
Lawdragon Hall of Fame Member
In 2017, Gary was inducted into the Lawdragon Hall of Fame for his 40 years of being a lion of an attorney. Gary is only 1 of 52 litigation lawyers named in the hall of fame. As a litigation lawyer, Gary handles his cases from start to finish, walking his clients through every step of their fight.
Board Certified Trial Lawyer
Gary was selected as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Chapters (FLABOTA.) The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invitation-only group of trial lawyers evenly divided between attorneys who represent plaintiffs and those who represent insurance companies, manufacturers, health care providers and other defendants.
Seven years after graduation, Gary became board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar and the following year he was certified in the same specialty by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2004 he was selected for inclusion in the International Society of Barristers, another invitation-only group of trial lawyers that is limited to 600 members worldwide.
Famous Cases Handled
Gary represented Terri and Michael Schiavo in the medical malpractice trial arising out of events that led to Terri's coma. The jury returned a substantial verdict for Terri and Michael; the proceeds of that recovery led to the rift between Michael and Terri's family and international publicity.
In addition, Gary has represented the following:
- Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather
- Hall of Fame baseball player Eddie Mathews
- All-Pro NFL cornerback Samari Rolle
Recently, Gary and Stephen Cain tried to verdict Mr. Rolle's case in Charlotte, North Carolina. The jury returned a verdict in Mr. Rolle's favor. It was the first time in 12 years a jury in Charlotte had returned a verdict for a patient in a medical malpractice case. Gary also represented Jane Doe, a rape victim, in the case against Carnival Cruise Lines that became the subject of national publicity when Carnival was required by court order to disclose the data surrounding the number of sexual assaults occurring aboard its ships.
Accomplishments & Awards
Articles authored by Gary have appeared in a variety of publications including Trial Magazine, The Florida Bar Journal, and the medical textbook Operative Obstetrics published by Williams and Wilkins. In 2000, Gary was elected as chairman of the Professional Negligence Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has served a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of the National College of Advocacy, the educational arm of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He has lectured at over 180 continuing legal education seminars around the United States.
Gary has been selected for inclusion in the following:
- Best Lawyers® for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
- Best Lawyers® for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
- "500 Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon
- Lawdragon Hall of Fame
- Florida Super Lawyers®
- "Best Lawyers in Florida" by Florida Trend Magazine
- "South Florida's Best Lawyers" by Miami Metro Magazine
- Top Attorneys by South Florida Legal Guide
Between 1997 and 2002, Gary served by appointment of the Florida Supreme Court on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the group which oversees the admission of lawyers to the Florida Bar. He is a past Chair of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Bar and past Chair of the Bar's Code and Rules of Evidence Committee. In 2011 he was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Florida Standard Jury Instruction Committee.
Gary is admitted to practice in the following federal courts:
- United States District Courts for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida;
- United States Court of Appeals for Fifth and Eleventh Circuits;
- United States Supreme Court
In addition, Gary is a member of the following:
- International Society of Barristers
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- President, Florida Federation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA) (1990-1992)
- President, Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (1992-1993)
- Chair, Southeast Region
- The Florida Bar
- Chair, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee (1997-1998)
- Chair, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (2006-07)
- Florida Board of Bar Examiners (1997-2002)
- Civil Procedure Rules Committee (1984-1988)
- Rules of Judicial Administration & Evaluation Committee (2008-2014)
- American Association for Justice (f/k/a Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (Sustaining Member) - AAJ
- Chair, Professional Negligence Section
- Member, Board of Trustees, National College of Advocacy
- Florida Justice Association (f/k/a Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and has previously served on the Board of Trustees of his undergraduate alma mater, Drury College.