While attending the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Gonzalez achieved distinction as a member of both the Moot Court Board and the University of Miami Law Review.
Mr. Gonzalez began his legal career as a labor and employment litigator for the management defense firm of Muller, Mintz, et al., and Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. In this capacity, he represented employers in race, sex, disability, pregnancy and religion employment discrimination proceedings at the federal, state and local levels; defended claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act; represented employers in contract disputes with current and former employees, including disputes arising out of covenants not to compete and trade secrets; and handling claims for benefits by current or former employees under statutory schemes.
After serving two years in the labor and employment sector, Mr. Gonzalez moved to Ferrell Schultz, et al., seeking to diversify his expertise into the areas of Real Estate and Commercial Law. Due to his prior experience as a litigator, the transition to Commercial Law was seamless. While working with Ferrell Schultz, Mr. Gonzalez was heavily involved in numerous complex and high profile litigation matters whereby he helped obtain multi-million dollar awards for the firm’s clients. In addition, a major focus of his practice entailed drafting, reviewing and analyzing business contracts, which later facilitated Mr. Gonzalez transition to the areas of real estate and construction law, both at the transactional and litigation level.
When Mr. Gonzalez became independent, the knowledge he developed while at the Ferrell Schultz firm facilitated his ability to obtain a title license with Attorneys Title Insurance Fund. As a title agent, Mr. Gonzalez closed hundreds of real estate transactions, many of which were multi-million dollar deals. Initially, his work was limited to the representation of purchasers/borrowers and sellers. In this capacity, Mr. Gonzalez became proactive, learning how to best protect his purchasers/borrowers by creating a corporate entity, trust or other vehicle to shield them from unnecessary exposure.
Eventually, the expertise Mr. Gonzalez developed in real estate allowed him to also represent lenders, particularly in the preparation and review of transaction documents, including complex acquisition and construction loans. Consequently, and as a result of his prior experience as a litigator, this opened the door for Mr. Gonzalez to represent those very same lenders in their mortgage foreclosure suits.
Over the last six years, Mr. Gonzalez has further honed his skills and expertise in the firm’s practice areas, representing banking institutions, private lenders, condominium associations, homeowner associations, developers, contractors, subcontractors, profit and nonprofit corporations, insurance companies, management companies, caterers, private investors and individuals. He prides himself in developing a strong relationship with his clients that is based on trust, sincerity and reliability.
Mr. Gonzalez relishes the challenge in seeking solutions to his clients’ needs in a manner that is proactively aggressive, responsive, ingenious and cost effective.