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Paul Gamm is a litigator who handles all phases of litigation at the state level. He focuses his practice in the areas of general liability and product liability defense. He has litigated and managed litigation in eight states, and deposed plaintiffs, witnesses, and experts in 19 states.

Paul's general litigation defense practice includes retail and hospitality liability, pharmacy negligence, automobile and trucking accidents, product liability, and medical malpractice, with a particular emphasis on defending catastrophic injury claims and large exposures.

Paul handles all aspects of expert retention and discovery and has substantial experience in handling matters involving complex medical causation, as well as accident reconstruction and engineering issues.

Professional Background

Paul joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2008. Previously he was for five years an attorney with Michaud, Mittelmark, Antonacci & Marowitz, P.A., where he also clerked from 2000 to 2002.

In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Paul was president of the Jewish Law Students Association, a law student advisor, a student member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Criminal Law Society.

Prior to his legal career, Paul had been a licensed physical therapist since 1999. In addition, from 1993 to 1997, Paul was a semi-professional golfer. He played various satellite and mini-tour events throughout Central and South Florida.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Top Lawyer" in the area of Personal Injury Defense by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2021
  • Recognized as a "Top Up & Comer" by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2012, 2016

Representative Matters

Paul has co-counseled many jury trials in defending matters involving wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice. He has also litigated matters involving automobile accidents, premises liability, pharmaceutical liability, druggist liability, product liability, and others. His representative trials include:

  • Represented and defended entities in a defamation and tortious interference suit where it was alleged plaintiff suffered from economic damages as a result of inaccurate statements made concerning his business were made to customers, and statements intended to cancel important contracts and business relationships were made to contractors. Liability, causation, and damages were contested at trial. The case is presently on appeal. Tried before Judge Barbara Areces in Miami, Florida, for three weeks in March 2020. 
  • Represented and defended apartment complex in premises liability action where it was alleged plaintiff required shoulder and lumbar surgery resulting from slip and fall on her patio. Liability, medical causation, and damages were contested at trial.  Verdict for the Defendant. Tried before Judge Joe Curley in West Palm Beach, Florida, for one week in November 2019.
  • Represented and defended beverage distribution arm of the company in trucking liability action where it was alleged plaintiff suffered from injuries resulting in shoulder and lumbar surgeries. Liability, medical causation, and damages were contested at trial. Case settled confidentially after opening statements and cross-examination of plaintiff's first witness', the treating chiropractor, testimony. Tried before Judge Keith Kyle in Fort Pierce, Florida, for three days in January 2019. 
  • Represented and defended grocery premises in premises liability action where it was alleged plaintiff suffered from failed back surgery resulting from slip and fall. Liability, medical causation, and damages were contested at trial.  Demand announced in open court before the case went to jury for an amount well above self-insured retention and well into excess carrier policy limits. Verdict for the Plaintiff with Judgment entered for well below self-insured retention. Case settled confidentially on appeal. Tried before Judge Lucy Brown in West Palm Beach, Florida, for three weeks in October 2012. 
  • Represented a Broward County neuroradiologist for an alleged failure to properly interpret a lumbar spine MRI of a 57-year-old gentleman with cauda equina syndrome. Plaintiff alleged that failure to properly interpret the MRI led to a delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and irreversible bowel and bladder dysfunction. Demand to the jury included past and future medical specials and pain and suffering over $1 million. Defense verdict. Tried before the Honorable Victor Tobin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in May 2007.
  • Represented a Palm Beach County surgeon for an alleged failure to properly cover a patient taking Coumadin for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation with low molecular weight Heparin or similar anti-thrombotic agent for colonoscopy performed by defendant. Plaintiff suffered a stroke three days after colonoscopy was completed and on the day Coumadin was to be restarted, causing hemiparesis. Demand to jury included medical specials and pain and suffering in excess of $1 million. Defense verdict. Tried before the Honorable Jonathan Gerber, West Palm Beach, Florida July 2006.
  • Represented a Palm Beach County pulmonologist in a wrongful death claim involving an alleged failure by the defendant pulmonologist to timely diagnose and treat tuberculosis, resulting in the death of an 81-year-old gentleman. Paul's client was voluntarily dismissed after opening statements. Plaintiff maintained claim against co-defendants including primary care physician and hospital. Verdict of $826,000 for the plaintiff. Tried before the Honorable Jeffrey Winnikoff in West Palm Beach, Florida in April 2005.
  • Represented a St. Lucie County urologist for an alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat prostate cancer, resulting in the alleged wrongful death of a 76-year-old gentleman. Demand to jury included past medical expenses exceeding $500,000 and “an appropriate” pain and suffering award. Defense verdict. Tried before the Honorable Rupert Smith in Fort Pierce, Florida in June 2003.
  • Represented a Palm Beach County anesthesiologist for an alleged misdiagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease mistaken for spinal stenosis and subsequently treated with multiple epidural steroid injections at multiple levels. Plaintiffs further alleged as a result of the high levels of steroid in plaintiff's system combined with the undiagnosed peripheral vascular disease, a simple non-healing wound on the lower leg required an above-the-knee amputation in a 61-year-old gentleman. Demand to jury was in excess of $11 million, including past and future meds and pain and suffering. After 14 weeks of trial and two and one-half weeks of jury deliberations, the jury hung. Tried before the Honorable David Crow in West Palm Beach, Florida August-November, 2002. A favorable confidential settlement was later achieved.

Presentations

  • "Immediate Response and Investigation to Preserve On-Scene Physical Evidence in Auto/Trucking Accidents," Sedgwick CMS, Chicago, Illinois, May 2011
  • "Pre-litigation Evaluation and Negotiation Tactics," Sedgwick CMS, Deerfield, Illinois, April 2009
  • "Premises Liability Motions for Summary Judgment," Sedgwick CMS, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, April 2008

Publications

  • Contributor, "The Landscape of Pharmacy Negligence in Florida," Hinshaw Publication, 2006; Revised in 2008 and 2013

J.D., cum laude, Shepard Broad College of Law – Nova Southeastern University, 2002

  • Associate Editor and Staff Member, Nova Law Review

M.P.T., Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health, 1999

B.A., University of Miami, 1995