Attorney for Employers
Gregg Gerlach is well-recognized as one of the premier labor and employment lawyers in Florida. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, reflecting that Mr. Gerlach’s peers have rated him as having the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Florida Super Lawyer Magazine designated Mr. Gerlach as one of the top Labor and Employment lawyers in Florida. He is also Board Certified in Labor and Employment by the Florida Bar.
Mr. Gerlach has litigated labor and employment law disputes since 1991. He has successfully defended a broad range of employers in both the federal and state courts. Mr. Gerlach concentrates his practice in the trial and arbitration of discrimination and sexual harassment claims, COBRA claims, contract and tort disputes, non-competition issues, and wage and hour matters. He is an EEOC attorney, handles non-compete lawsuits, and ADA cases.
He has successfully litigated in Florida, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Colorado.
Legal Honors & Awards
- Florida Trend magazine, “Legal Elite”
- 15 years “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers magazine
- The Certified in Florida Public Sector Labor Relations by The Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association
- 2023 AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- The Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Law
- AVVO rating of 9.4
- Lawyer Legion recognition for Professional Involvement
- 2023 “Best Employment Lawyers in Jacksonville” by Expertise.com
- Super Lawyers magazine “Florida Super Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition”
Human Resources Help for Florida Employers
Mr. Gerlach also regularly advises small, medium and large employers around the United States on day-to-day employee discipline, discharge and compensation issues and on implementing “HR Best Practices.” Mr. Gerlach also implements and administers employee mandatory arbitration contracts and company alternative dispute resolution programs.
Prior to forming Gerlach Employment Law, Mr. Gerlach practiced with Bruckner & Sykes, LLP, in Houston, Texas. When he re-located to Jacksonville, Florida, he formed Harper Gerlach, PL and later practiced with Ford Harrison, LLC.
Gregg is co-founder of the First Coast Lawyers Forum and former Chair of the HR Council for the Greater Northeast Florida Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors. He is also a current member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Florida, Texas and Jacksonville Bar Associations.
Social Media in Employment, Action News CBS Channel 47 and Fox Channel 30
Media Interview on Behalf of Client, Trey Clark
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Prior to joining Gerlach Employment Law, Zackary worked as a paralegal, legal assistant, and file clerk for law firms in Illinois. These businesses specialized in family law, personal injury, probate, and criminal defense. He worked closely with the attorneys, drafting legal documents and filing pleadings. He is a graduate from North Central College with a degree in Political Science and Conflict Resolution. He moved to Jacksonville in 2018 to begin classes at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Zackary is an avid consumer of energy drinks. He loves animals and has experience working at a local veterinary clinic. He takes excellent care of his Golden Retriever, named Kona.
Staff Accountant/Office Manager
Maria Hickman – Received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Albertus Magnus College.
For many years Maria performed as the Staff Accountant and Property Manager for a local Connecticut law firm and property real estate company. She also managed a bouquet room where she hosted many business and local events.
She relocated to Jacksonville and has since brought her strong business background to the GEL team.
Alanna received a bachelor’s degree in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She also took graduate level courses on Text & Technology at the University of Central Florida.
For many years Alanna worked for marketing agencies as a content creator and SEO specialist. She wrote long-form content, product descriptions, social posts and advertising copy for legal, medical, retail, and financial websites.
She relocated to Jacksonville from Orlando and has a food blog, ReviewJax.com, poetry blog, and other writing projects. She is a volunteer presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Her family of five includes her husband, toddler, and two puppies.
Employment Advocacy Group (EAG) Members
With employment law, HR consulting, and business coaching, the Employment Advocacy Group (EAG) provides companies with a multi-dimensional approach for resolving employee conflicts.
Chad Sorenson is the President and Founder of Adaptive HR Solutions and has over 25 years of diverse business, communications and human resource experience.
He works with companies across the state that range from 5 to 1,200 employees and focuses on leadership development, manager training, employee performance management and employer compliance in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction trades, and professional services organizations. Prior to founding Adaptive HR Solutions in 2008, Chad has been Vice President, Director and Manager of Human Resources for several companies in the Jacksonville area.
He is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Chad serves the 2023 Immediate Past President for the HR Florida State Council. He was also the President of SHRM Jacksonville in 2015 and 2016. Chad regularly speaks to other SHRM Chapters, business associations, and companies across the state on topics such as leadership development and employee engagement.
In addition to giving back to the HR field, Chad is actively involved in his church and has been a volunteer leader with Boy Scouts for over 10 years. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The keys to his success are Devotion to God, Dedication to Family, Continuous Service, Lifetime Learning, and Always Remembering to Laugh.
He is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Chad serves on the Executive Committee for the HR Florida State Council as the Treasurer, which represents over 14,000 HR professional statewide. He is also the Immediate Past President of SHRM Jacksonville having served as President for 2015 and 2016. Chad regularly speaks to HR organizations, business associations, and companies across the state and around the region on topics such as leadership development, employee engagement, small business HR needs, and other HR and business-related topics.
Doug Wilder, the President and founder of Wilder Business Success, Inc., works with CEO’s Managers and HR Directors who are receiving complaints about a high-performing executive who has become high-maintenance or just drifting. For the 170 + executives, employees, and partners Doug’s been asked to coach and groom for long-term success, 88% were ultimately coachable because they grabbed hold of Doug’s Lifeline for Leaders, stayed with the Company, and returned to being the highly productive contributors they once had been. A win-win for all involved!
The fastest growing segment of Doug’s business has resulted from his early-on appreciation for the magnitude and power of the #Me-Too (and similar) movements. This is because, even though an employer may handle and internal sexual or other type of harassment complaint precisely by the book, the old book never had a chapter about how relationships were and remain damaged after the specific harassment has been removed.
Here, Doug typically enters the tumult after the investigation has been conducted and disciplinary action taken, and then works with those employees who were involved. both directly and indirectly, with the harassment situation in order to help restore trust, feelings of safety and collegial team work. This new and now essential chapter of post-conflict workplace repair and return to wellness has been sorely neglected and, without the proper attention to the affected employee relationships, can make an disharmonious situation entirely poisonous throughout a department or company.
In Doug’s 24 years of coaching, he has gained a well deserved reputation as being the coach’s coach. Doug formed the First Coast Coaches Association, now called Coach Jacksonville, an association of business, executive, and life coaches where Jacksonville’s experienced coaches mentor those entering the world of coaching.
Robert Perry, Jr.
Robert received his accounting degree in 1982 . His experience as an accountant included public accounting and as Comptroller of a Credit Union. Perry became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1984 and has maintained his licensure in same ever since.
Perry joined the U.S. Navy in 1984. He transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1989 and started law school. His military career and spans over 30 years and includes two major squadron commands, four unit commands and a post-command major command deputy tour. He was recalled to active duty three times, and achieved the paygrade of Navy Captain (O-6).
After graduating from law school in 1992, Perry worked in private practice in two law firms with a emphasis in business law, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. In both firms, He handled every aspect of the case management through litigation and post-trial work. His CPA background helped significantly in this practice area.
In 2005, Perry transitioned to in-house counsel at Fidelity National Title Group. In addition, he has worked as Managing Counsel for the Recoupment Department, Claims Counsel for the Defalcation Claim Team, Claims Counsel for the Great Lakes Claim Team, and Manager of the Jacksonville Claim Center Third Party Contribution Program.
Mulholland Investigation & Security Consulting Inc.
Sean Mulholland has formed a relationship with Gerlach Employment Law as part of the Employers Advocacy Group. Sean Mulholland is the President of Mulholland Investigation and Security Consulting Inc. His firm was established in 1996 and conducts a wide array of investigations and security assessments.
Sean is a retired New York City Police Sergeant and maintains close liaison with former law enforcement colleagues and all of the local law enforcement agencies. He earned a Masters Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Sean also holds a designation as a Certified Protection Professional. He served as the Security Consultant to both the Jacksonville International Airport and JAXPORT after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Sean is married to the former Beverly Cooksey, has two grown children and three grandsons. He is an avid sports fan, with his true passion being coaching youth basketball.