Sunday, July 10, 2011

David M. Gersten, Former 3rd DCA Judge, Joins Bilzin Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP announced today that David M. Gersten, former Judge in Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, has joined the firm's Litigation Group as a partner, and will chair its Appellate Practice.  Mr. Gersten retired from the bench on July 5, 2011, after more than three decades of service to the judiciary. "David Gersten's wealth of experience and knowledge as a judge will be a tremendous asset to our Litigation Group and will greatly enhance the existing capabilities of our Appellate Practice," said Litigation Practice Group Leader, Mitchell E. Widom

"I was honored when Bilzin Sumberg invited me to join its Litigation Group," said Mr. Gersten. "Bilzin Sumberg is well-known and widely respected in judicial circles for its superb lawyers and for the sophistication and complexity of the matters those attorneys bring before the judiciary.  Equally important to me is the collaborative environment of the firm.  I hope to add my experience, knowledge and unique perspective to the team, as we strive to achieve the business goals of our clients."

Mr. Gersten, a third generation judge, received his Juris Doctor in 1975 from the University of Florida.  He worked as a private practice attorney until 1980, when he was elected as a judge in the Miami-Dade County Court.  Two years later, he was elected as a judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and in 1989 was appointed to Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, a position he retained for more than twenty years.  During his time with the Third District Court of Appeal, Mr. Gersten served a term as the court's Chief Judge from 2007 to 2009.  He is an appellate faculty member of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, and has served as the appellate division’s Associate Dean. He is admitted to The Florida Bar, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the Colorado Bar, and has previously been a member of the Miami Beach, North Dade, Florida and American Bar Associations, and of the Legislative Committee of District Court of Appeal Judges. Mr. Gersten is an alumnus of The National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 1997.

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