Overview

George Meros is a Tallahassee litigation attorney who focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, regulatory compliance and government affairs. Mr. Meros has more than 30 years of experience assisting public and private clients in navigating the intersection of  litigation, regulation and politics. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, national business associations, state and national healthcare companies, and government agencies.

Mr. Meros served as lead counsel for the Florida House of Representatives as it developed, defended and litigated Florida's new redistricting plan. Mr. Meros also has advised numerous clients on regulatory compliance issues before Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Office of Insurance Regulation, Department of Financial Services, and Department of Children and Families. He has tried numerous procurement protests and other cases under Florida's Administrative Procedures Act.

In addition, Mr. Meros has litigated numerous complex legal claims on behalf of governmental and private clients at trial and on appeal. He has argued appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, all five Florida district courts of appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Meros has represented the Governor of Florida, the Florida Secretary of State, and four Speakers of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Since 1994, Mr. Meros has engaged in legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of state and national businesses and local governments. In addition, Mr. Meros has testified before the Florida Legislature and Texas Legislature on civil justice reforms.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Meros was a litigation attorney and lobbyist for a Florida-based law firm in its Tallahassee office.

Experience

  • Ongoing representation of a national child care provider to ensure regulatory compliance and successful resolution of administrative complaints
  • Ongoing representation of pharmacies, clinics and health insurers to maintain compliance
  • Represented one of Florida's largest health maintenance organizations in a successful challenge to Medicaid procurement
  • Represented a healthcare company in a successful defense of a procurement award
  • Represented a leading hospital district in a successful monthlong trial defending a certificate of need for construction of a new hospital

  • Represented the Florida House of Representatives in original proceeding in the Florida Supreme Court, prevailing 7-0
  • Represented the Florida Speaker of the House in original proceeding in the Florida Supreme Court, striking an initiative petition from the ballot
  • Defended the Florida Legislature's 2002 House and congressional redistricting maps against multiple federal challenges before a three-judge district court

  • Obtained a writ of certiorari to quash orders compelling a hospital to produce documents that qualified as patient safety work product under the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA)
  • Defended a First Amendment challenge to a state statute restricting commercial speech
  • Defended a First Amendment challenge to a state statute restricting professional advertising
  • Defended a federal Commerce Clause claim against a state statute discriminating against out-of-state educational entities
  • Defended a federal challenge to the parental notification of abortion statute, representing a former speaker of the house, intervenor on behalf of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Defended a former Florida secretary of state in a Florida Supreme Court appeal, reversing a trial court decision and permitting Ralph Nader's ballot placement in the 2004 presidential general election

  • Obtained dismissal of the U.S. Department of Justice's challenge to Florida's health services delivery system under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Obtained a writ of prohibition to disqualify two commissioners from participation in administrative proceedings to establish rates of compensation for port pilots
  • Defended a verdict in favor of an insurer in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Obtained a judgment affirming ballot placement of a local charter amendment
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of a mezzanine lender in a multimillion-dollar contract claim
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of a global real estate investment trust (REIT) in a $100 million insurance claim arising from Hurricane Katrina

  • Represented a national business association to advocate for common sense reforms to Florida's civil justice system
  • Represented a major auto manufacturer and others in passage of a product liability "crashworthiness" reform
  • Represented international insurer syndicates on legislative claims bills
  • Represented business interests in successful passage of Florida's Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act
  • Represented a broad coalition of business interests in a successful repeal of joint and several liability in Florida
  • Represented an insurer coalition in a successful passage of the groundbreaking Asbestos Liability Reform Act
  • Represented specialty physicians in a successful passage of medical malpractice liability reforms

Credentials

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Eckerd College, B.A., with highest honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2019, 2020; Litigation – Health Care, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2011, 2014, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2013, 2019
  • Legal Reform Champion, American Tort Reform Association, 2004

Publications

News