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Gerald Laverne Wilkerson
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Gerald Laverne Wilkerson II

Practice areas:

Family, Criminal Defense

About Me

I joined the United States Army at the age of 17.  I turned 18 during my 15 mile road march in basic training.  I served my time in Germany and received an Honorable Discharge in 1989, just before Desert Storm.  I worked full-time and attended college at night finally receiving my Bachelor's Degree with Honors in 1997.  I attended Law School in Gainesville at the University of Florida Law School and graduated with honors in 2000.  During Law School I worked part-time at the labor pool, and as a school security guard, and had a clerkship in Leesburg Florida for one Summer. My first job out of Law School was with the Public Defender's Office in Jacksonville, Florida.  I had a huge caseload and represented indigent people who were accused of crimes.  I took many cases to trial and learned the hard way, but right way, how to do criminal defense work.  I then decided to join the private work force and got my first job with a small private firm in 2002 where I started the Criminal and Family Law Section of the firm.  I learned the ropes during my time with this firm and then decided to start my own practice in 2005.  Since that time, my caseload has continued to grow, and I bought my own law building in 2010.  I continue to focus on criminal and family law, and believe that the first principle in running a successful law practice is to have empathy and respect for each and every client, and to LISTEN to their concerns, and get them what THEY want, not what I think they want.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Family: 60%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    15 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

23 total 

  • Michael Paul Sullivan

    I endorse this lawyer.I had the pleasure of practicing with Jerry at my office for a number of years. I can not speak highly enough of him.He is an extremely skilled practicioner and cares deeply about the well being of his clients.

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    Michael Sullivan Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Katherine B Schnauss Naugle

    I endorse this lawyer. He is a very competent and smart lawyer. He will do a great job for you and your clients and is very easy to deal with.

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    Katherine Naugle Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gerald Wilkerson, P.A.

301 West Bay Street
Suite 1060
Jacksonville, FL, 32202

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200005/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Trial Award4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerGerald Wilkerson, P.A.2005 - Present
AssociateSullivan and Associates, P.A.2002 - 2005
Lawyer4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office2000 - 2002
Law ClerkMcLin, Burnsed, Morrison, Johnson, Newman, and Roy1999 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2014 - Present
Middle District of Florida BarMember2011 - Present
Jacksonville Miracle LeagueVice President2011 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hooks v. Quaintance, 36 FLW D2217 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)Affirmed with opinion
Kodatt v. KodattPer Curiam Affirmed

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Florida International UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Driving Under the InfluenceDriving Under the Influence: legal effect of non-representation in relation to enhanceability1999