Gonzalo Dorta

About the Speaker

Gonzalo R. Dorta is a partner whose trial practice is concentrated on complex commercial litigation and jury trials in an array of business disputes and negligence tort claims.


  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business, Securities and Corporate Litigation, and Shareholder Suits
  • Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation


  • Governor Jeb Bush Appointment to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida (1998–2010)
  • Senatorial and Presidential selection to the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Southern District (April 3, 2011–2010)
  • Former Chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and County Judicial Nominating Commission (2003–2004)
  • Appointment to the Transition Team of Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education (November, 2000–The Honorable Commissioner Charlie Crist)
  • Board of Governors of the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association (January, 2001–The Honorable Tom Gallagher, Insurance Commissioner of the State of Florida)
  • National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws (June, 2006–2007)
  • Court Appointed Member of the Eleventh Circuit Court Complex Business Court.


  • Lead Trial Counsel in Financial Shareholder Derivative Suit and Auditor Malpractice resulting in verdicts and settlement exceeding $200 Million
  • Lead Trial Counsel in various public interest class action claims resulting in significant changes in consumer protection law and practices


  • Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • United States Tax Court
  • United State Supreme Court


  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Committee Member of Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee (1993–1995)
  • Vice Chair-Florida Bar Grievance Committee; Florida Bar
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Cuban-American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Commissioner of Both Federal and Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Florida Supreme Court Appointment to The Symposium of Professionalism
  • Board of Trustees of Florida International University College of Law and Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Committee Member of Florida Bar Judicial Independence Committee
  • “The Public Interest Standard in Federal and Florida Wetlands Permitting,” Environmental Regulation of the Coastal Zone, with Clifford A. Schulman, Esq. (Florida Bar Publication)
  • Partido Nacional Cubano (First Vice-President; Board of Directors)
  • Puente de Jóvenes Profesionales Cubanos
  • Dade County Bar Association and Eleventh Judicial Circuit “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Project
  • South Florida Legal Guide, nominated one of South Florida’s “Top Lawyers”, in 2005-2013


  • Business Litigation


  • Spanish


  • University of Miami (B.A. of Arts with Honors 1983)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1986)