Gregory M. Palmer

Gregory M. Palmer

Partner
Miami Office

305.995.5443 phone 786.536.3448 fax gpalmer@rumberger.com

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Greg Palmer represents clients in several areas including commercial litigation, general aviation litigation, construction defect and the defense of employers in disputes arising from the employment relationship. Greg’s practice also includes the defense of professional liability claims, general casualty matters, product liability cases and construction litigation.

In his product liability practice, Greg represents the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of a variety of products including aviation components as well as electronic components used in numerous systems. Litigating in sate and federal court, Greg's cases involve the defense of claims involving significant and catastrophic injury as well as wrongful death.

In his construction litigation practice, he defends clients against construction defect claims. Greg has represented contractors in a number of different cases involving a variety of construction defect claims including those for damages resulting from moisture penetration and mold. Greg has defended a number of clients against product liability claims including those providing products for the construction industry.  In fact, Greg was nominated by the South Florida Daily Business Review as one of 2008's "Most Effective Litigators" for his role representing a manufacturer against allegations their product caused a catastrophic bridge collapse.

In conjunction with his general aviation litigation practice, Greg has lectured extensively on the Warsaw Convention and its progeny. Representing an industry which is subject to federal regulation and impacted by numerous international treaties and conventions, Greg’s practice includes consulting with aviation industry clients on compliance issues and interpretation of treaties and conventions which may impact potential or pending litigation. Defending clients against claims arising during international transport, Greg has litigated a variety of issues including simple negligence claims, unlawful restraint allegations, and security related matters including unlawful search and seizure allegations. Greg has also served as defense counsel in mass tort claims arising out of aviation accidents. Greg and his team were finalists and runners up for Daily Business Review's 2014 " Most Effective Lawyers" for their work on handling more than 100 cases involving a plane crash in Jamaica.

More recently, Greg was successful in arguing that the Montreal Convention precluded a finding of liability on behalf of American Airlines and Miami-Dade County in a case involving a passenger injury during disembarkation.  In Ugaz v. American Airlines, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida found “no accident” under the convention and therefore no liability.

Greg’s practice includes the representation of employers in matters arising out of the employment relationship. He defends clients against charges of employment discrimination before the EEOC and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. He has defended clients against claims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, ethnicity and disability from the initial filing of a charge through the rendering of a verdict at trial. Additionally, he handles FLSA claims and claims for back wages and overtime.

With a focus on claims asserted against physicians, Greg defends clients in the healthcare field in malpractice cases. In his construction litigation practice, he defends clients against construction defect claims. Greg has represented contractors in a number of different cases involving a variety of construction defect claims including those for damages resulting from moisture penetration and mold. Greg has defended a number of clients against product liability claims including those providing products for the construction industry.

As part of his casualty defense practice, Greg represents clients in a variety of matters including premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and defective product claims. These cases arise from a variety of circumstances ranging from a seemingly simple motor vehicle accident to complex matters such as alleged defects in component parts of large systems which have supposedly resulted in claims for substantial business interruption and other losses.

Greg’s memberships include the National Transportation Safety Board, the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, including the Southern District’s Trial Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


Education

  • University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1987
  • DePauw University, B.A., Political Science, 1984

Honors

  • Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer 2008, awarded in recognition of achievement in the category of Product Liability
  • Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyers 2014, Finalist and Runner Up in recognition of achievement in the category of Aviation Law

Notable Cases

  • Pycsa Panama, S.A. v. Tensar Earth Technologies
  • Nobre v. American Airlines, Inc.

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • The National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association

Articles & Presentations

  • Presentation to American Airlines Risk Management Department in 2008.
    Topics: "The Montreal Convention: Changes With the Replacement of the Warsaw Convention,” and “E-Discovery: New Discovery Requirements in the Technology Era."

Ratings and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell