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Ira Gonzalez defends the interests of his clients in litigation, handling both civil and commercial matters. His wide-reaching experience includes advising clients on issues concerning construction, real estate, local government, land use, product liability, toxic torts, transportation, and environmental and premise liability.

With his deep litigation knowledge, Ira also helps clients on all aspects of both insurer-driven and insured-directed legal matters. This includes defending companies facing tort and commercial claims, such as those involving commercial and consumer products, motor vehicles, and sporting goods.

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Ira bolstered his civil and commercial litigation experience with firms in Miami and New Orleans.

Before entering into private practice, Ira served in several roles in Miami government, including working as the Chief of Operations for Code Enforcement, and an Assistant Policy Coordinator for the Mayor. During his tenure, he represented city interests at special master and code enforcement hearings. Ira was also a law clerk for the Office of the City Attorney where he analyzed zoning laws, local code applicability, lien foreclosure, and federal and state preemption issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee
      • Chemical & Toxic Tort Subcommittee, Co-Chair
      • Consumer Products Subcommittee, Former Co-Chair
      • Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Former Co-Chair
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar
    • Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee
  • Hispanic Lawyers' Association of Louisiana, President

Honors & Awards

  • Barry University Distinguished Alumni, 2018
  • Recognized on the "Ones to Watch" list by New Orleans CityBusiness, 2015
  • Pro Bono Century Award, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2015

Presentations

  • Moderator, "Potential Health Risks and Regulatory Hurdles Associated with Cannabis and its Concentrates," ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee - Chemical & Toxic Torts Subcommittee Roundtable, National Teleconference, February 20, 2019
  • Panelist, "How to Properly Handle Internal Investigations to Preserve Privileges," ABA, Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe), California, January 2017
  • Moderator, "How to Manage Conversations with Expert Witnesses," ABA, Avon, Colorado, January 2014

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Florida," section, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group's 2018 Transportation Law Compendium, September 2018
  • "The Leaning Tower of San Francisco," ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's Practice Points, December 23, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Will Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts Become Extinct?," ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's Practice Points, May 25, 2016
  • Co-Author, "The Evolution of Drywall Litigation," ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's Practice Points, August 10, 2015

Personal

Ira was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He played collegiate baseball on an athletic scholarship after earning first team All Miami-Dade County and second team All-State honors in high school, where he led his team to the State Championship and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

In college, Ira was named Freshman Player of the Year in the Sunshine State Conference his rookie year and led the baseball program to its first-ever NCAA regional berth.

Community/Civic Activities

  • The Pro Bono Project, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Village of Palmetto Bay, Special Master 
  • Visit Tampa Bay, Former Advisory Board Member

J.D., cum laude, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2010

M.B.A., Barry University, 2005

B.S., Barry University, 2001