George D. Gabel Jr.

Partner
Jacksonville
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George D. Gabel Jr. is a maritime lawyer representing ship owners and underwriters as well as a media lawyer advising newspapers, television stations and other media outlets on First Amendment issues and other aspects of communications law. He is also general counsel and director for an insurance company, where he serves as chairman of its management company. Mr. Gabel is the national litigation practice development partner and deputy section leader of Holland & Knight's National Litigation Section, which has more than 400 lawyers in more than 20 practice groups. Mr. Gabel previously served on the firm's Directors Committee and as executive partner of the Jacksonville office.

Honors & Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Lawyer of the Year, Jacksonville Bar Association and The Financial News & Daily Record, 2012
  • International Business Leader of the Decade, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce/JAXUSA Partnership, 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Media Law 2007-2014; Litigation - First Amendment Law; Admiralty & Maritime Law, 1993-2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Jacksonville Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime & Transportation, 2014
  • Jacksonville Business Portrait, Florida Trend magazine, June 2012
  • Maritime Person of the Year, Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Jacksonville, 2011
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Florida Economic Development Council, Northeast Region, 2009
  • Tillie Kidd Fowler Leadership Award, 2008
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2014 
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2013
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers, 2005
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Shipping, 2006
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board
  • International Person of the Year, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • Honorary Norwegian Consul for Northeast Florida
  • Davidson College, Trustee, 1984-1995
  • Captain, U.S. Army, 1964-1967
  • Eagle Scout, 1952
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Memberships

  • North Florida Logistics Advisory Group, Chairman, 2010-2014
  • Jacksonville International Business Coalition, 2005-2014, Vice Chair with Mayor as Chair
  • Northeast Florida Brookings/JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative, Steering Committee, 2014
  • Southeast U.S./Japan Association, Florida Delegation, Chairman, 2011-2014
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Trustee, 2012-2014
  • Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida, 2010-2014
  • Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, 2011-2012
  • Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, International Chair, Board of Directors; Trustee; Chairman's Advisory Committee; Executive Committee of Cornerstone, 2004-2012
  • First Coast Manufacturers Association, Board of Directors, 2009-2012
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Florida Advisory Committee
  • GlobalJax, Founding Member
  • Florida-China Association, General Counsel, 2008-2014
  • Florida-Korea Economic Cooperation Committee, General Counsel, 2008-2014
  • World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Executive Committee, 2001-2010
  • Jacksonville Consular Corps, President, 1992-2002
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board of Directors, 1994-1997
  • Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council, President, 1993-1996
  • Average Adjusters Association of the United States
  • Average Adjusters Association of London, Overseas Subscriber
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Federal Rules Advisory Committee, 1993-1996
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section
  • Comité Maritime Internationale (CMI) meetings in Sydney, Australia; Antwerp, Belgium; Singapore; Vancouver, Canada; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, Delegate
  • American Counsel Association, President, 1992-1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Magistrate Selection Committee, 1992
  • The Florida Bar, Media and Communications Law Committee, Chair, 1990-1991
  • ABA - Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Media Law and Defamation Torts Committee, Chair, 1988-1989
  • Rotary Club of Jacksonville, Classification - Admiralty Law, President, 1987-1988
  • Fourth Circuit of Florida, Judicial Nominating Commission, 1982-1986
  • Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Delegate, 1983
  • ABA - Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Chair, 1980-1981
  • The Florida Bar, Admiralty Law Committee, Chair, 1978-1979
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Board of Directors, 1973-1975