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Gerald Laverne Wilkerson II

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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Contact info

Gerald Wilkerson, P.A.

301 West Bay Street
Suite 1060
Jacksonville, FL, 32202

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Family: 60%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Patricia Lamazares Parker

    I endorse this lawyer. Gerry is a compassionate and committed lawyer to his clients.

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    Patricia Parker Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Steven Alan Leitman

    Jerry was opposing counsel on two divorce cases that I handled in 2014. Due to Jerry's reasonable approach we were able to resolve both cases without litigation and without unnecessary fees being incurred by the clients. I hope I have the chance to work with him again in 2015.

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    Steven Leitman Divorce and separation Attorney
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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200006/21/2016
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 5 ethicsMartindale-Hubbell2014
Trial Award4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office2000
Gator Teamchild Legal InternshipUniversity of Florida2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGerald Wilkerson, P.A.2005 - Present
AssociateSullivan and Associates, P.A.2002 - 2005
Public Defender4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office2000 - 2002
Law ClerkMcLin, Burnsed, Morrison, Johnson, Newman, and Roy1999 - 1999
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2014 - Present
Florida BarMember2000 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyVeteran Attorney MemberN/A
Rudder Club of JacksonvilleMemberN/A
Middle District of Florida BarMember2011 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hooks v. Quaintance, 36 FLW D2217 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)Affirmed with opinion
Kodatt v. KodattPer Curiam Affirmed
Rodriguez v. RodriguezAffirmed
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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