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Gerald Laverne Wilkerson II

Personal injury Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Jerry Wilkerson

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Gerald

Learn Gerald’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Whether you are seeking a divorce, seeking alimony or seeking to modify your alimony, we have the experience you can trust to provide you with the best outcome. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    Hand Tailored Personal Injury Representation When You Need It Most. Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today

  3. Car accident
    20%
    Zealously Representing You. Helping you fight for the compensation you deserve. Please schedule a free consultation today.

  4. Family
    20%
    We always strive to help our clients navigate complex and delicate matters in a way that minimizes stress and strain on families. Please call today top set up your free consultation.

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    Gerald Wilkerson has the heart of criminal defense lawyer and not a prosecutor. He has dedicated his legal career to defending those arrested for a variety of crimes, and he brings empathy, compassion, and experience to the table. Free Consultations

YOU WON’T BE HANDED OFF TO A LESS EXPERIENCED ASSOCIATE, COUNT ON RECEIVING TOP-QUALITY SERVICE.

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.

Awards

Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Location

Gerald Wilkerson, P.A.
Law Offices of Gerald Wilkerson
5345 Ortega Blvd.
Suite 3
Jacksonville, FL, 32210
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Reviews

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Posted by William | February 12, 2014
Recommended Lawyer
I was very happy with this attorney. I had a previous lawyer who had only been doing family cases for a couple of years. He made more problems for me than help me. Mr. Wilkerson had to fix his problems and I thought he did a great job.
Posted by BR | October 28, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Wilkerson has gone over & beyond all with compassion in my divorce case/alimony as this has been a very difficult time for me. His work & attention to detail is excellent. He is aggressive when it is needed. He is on top of everything & keeps me well informed of my case. I am thankful a thousand times over for him & his work that he has done for me. I have had no worries with him on my case. You will not be disappointed having him on your side. Office staff is also very caring with various situations. I will be a client for life & I will refer people to him should they need an attorney. Rates are very reasonable. The office has moved to the Everbank building downtown Jacksonville & I thought that would be an issue but I have never had a problem with parking & it is actually more convenient.
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Posted by Mary | September 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Compassionate, straightforward, always available!. He cares! We hired him to defend our son and from the very beginning he described all scenarios but he mentioned the most likely. He made us feel reassured from the beginning and that made the difference cause being our first time facing this situation we were scared sick, THANK YOU SO MUCH MR WILKERSON, YOU ARE THE BEST!
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Posted by Amy | April 30, 2017
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If you're looking for a bulldog attorney he's the one
There is no case too big or too small for Gerald. He will definitely get what you want and there's nothing that will get by him. He loves to catch people and their own lies. So if you want an aggressive lawyer he's your man.
Posted by Grateful Dad | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Jerry's worth it
I heard about Gerald Wilkerson via word of mouth from a friend over 3 years ago. Since then, he has handled 3 family law matters for me and each time has handled them with compassion, understanding and critical thinking. The most recent two cases were very high stakes and included some work during the appeals process as an appellee. One of the things that impresses me about him so much is he is very objective, realistic and up front with you. He explained all the positives and negatives of what could happen during each case, and he doesn’t tell you what you want to hear just for the sake of it. He suggested strategies for each scenario and did a good job of keeping me informed on a consistent basis. During the course of my cases Jerry anticipated opposing council’s moves and explained them to me in “Layman’s terms” of what each move meant. As others have also mentioned, Mr. Wilkerson's fees are very reasonable, particularly for the amount of work that was involved. He doesn’t try to “nickel & dime” you like so many other firms do. I would absolutely recommend Jerry as he is friendly, approachable, very knowledgeable, and professional. Last but certainly not least he is fantastic in the courtroom and thinks very quickly on his feet. Me and my family consider him a friend who will always fight for you. He is somebody to be called when in need of quality, high level legal services
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Posted by Jay | June 13, 2015
Outstanding Legal Services From Gerald Wilkerson PA
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Mr. Wilkerson from a close friend who also was a client. From the very start Mr. Wilkerson immediately immersed himself into my case. He explained all the positives and negatives of what could happen during my case. He suggested strategies and followed up with me constantly to keep me abreast of what he was doing and what I could expect. Mr. Wilkerson constantly reassured me that I was in good hands and he was right. During the course of my legal case Mr. Wilkerson anticipated opposing councils moves and he was able to side step issues before they arose. When it came time for negotiations, Mr. Wilkerson was able to get the opposing council to settle for much less than what was at stake. He litterally saved me tens of thousands of dollars. I also want to mention that for the amount of legal services I received, I expected to pay a lot. I'm happy to report that Mr. Wilkerson's fee's are extremely reasonable considering the amount of work that he and his office staff did on my case. Mr. Wilkerson is friendly, well read, extremely informed, well connected and professional. He's also a great patriot and a fellow veteran who proudly served in the Army. I am going to continue to use his legal services in the future and I highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of the best legal services available.
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Posted by Valerie | June 13, 2015
Always available!
Anytime I have called Gerald he has either always answered or gotten back to me in a timely manner. He always has the answers to my questions immediately. Gerald is extremely straightforward, he gives me the truth even if it's not necessarily the answer I want to hear. His ethics are outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know that needs family/child law assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Excellent Results
Mr.Wilkerson handled a criminal case for my son. He always kept us informed, responded quickly and soothed my nerves. He went above and beyond to help my son learn a life lesson without a lifetime of consequences. I will always be grateful for him helping my young son get a second chance.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2011
Good Service
I recommend Mr. Wilkerson. He finished my case quickly, answered my questions, and didn't charge me for every little thing. I was very satisfied with the results of my case. I hired an attorney before who charged me for every phone call, and I emailed Mr. Wilkerson a few times and always returned my emails and didn't charge me. I was impressed.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gerald Wilkerson, P.A.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Circuit Judge Candidate
  • 4th Judicial Circuit Judge Candidate
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Sullivan and Associates, P.A.
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Public Defender
  • 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • McLin, Burnsed, Morrison, Johnson, Newman, and Roy
  • 1999 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Florida International University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Henson v. Henson
  • Pending
  • Henry v. State of Florida
  • Not Guilty as to Felony, Not Guilty as to Domestic Battery, Guilty lesser included Battery
  • Rodriguez v. Rodriguez
  • Affirmed
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Veteran Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Rudder Club of Jacksonville
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Middle District of Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Trial Award
  • 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2000
  • Gator Teamchild Legal Internship
  • University of Florida
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Driving Under the Influence: legal effect of non-representation in relation to enhanceability
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (27)
Endorse Gerald
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gerald is one of the most respected family law attorneys in North Florida. I have had many cases against him and I always know I must be on my "A" game with him. He is knowledgable with the law and is extremely ethical. I would certainly refer friends and family to Gerald as I know he has his clients' best interests in mind...always. Great colleague."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerry is a compassionate and committed lawyer to his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Wilkerson on a few family law cases over the years. He always has his client's best interest in mind."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable but demonstrates professionalism and courtesy, as well. He is a strong advocate but a professional, as well. Good combination!"
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, experienced and tough."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have multiple hearings with Mr. Wilkerson and he always is well prepared and fights hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable, aggressive, passionate and committed! I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Geri in the same office years ago, he was and continues to be an excellent lawyer. In the family law arena, he truly cares for and fights hard for his clients, and is sensitive to the difficulties a client may be going through. Highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wilkerson is a highly skilled criminal defense and family law attorney that serves his clients well. He is, honest, hardworking, smart, persuasive, knowledgeable and knows how to get results. I would highly recommend Mr. Wilkerson to any potential client looking to hire a really good attorney. Chris Johns"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerry is a hard-working and conscientious lawyer who cares about his clients and the cause of justice. I refer many people to him for family law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am endorsing Jerry especially as a criminal lawyer because every client I have sent to him has been very happy with his services and legal expertise."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well prepared and a zealous advocate for his clients. He always has his client's best interests in mind."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jerry for over 5 years. He has handled a number of family law matters and criminal defense matters for mutual clients. Jerry really does care about his clients. I can always refer a client to him without any doubts he will do what's best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wilkerson is a kind and friendly attorney. It's difficult to find a lawyer who can advise you, but also will treat you like a human being."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wilkerson is a zealous advocate. He has an unwavering commitment to seek justice for every client."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor

Gerald earned significant contribution points in 2012.

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Jacksonville Personal injury Lawyer Gerald Laverne Wilkerson II
Gerald Laverne Wilkerson II
Personal injury Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 23 years
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