The 57-year-old attorney was the past president of the Dade County Bar Association. His death is being investigated as a suicide.
Source: Top Miami civil lawyer Ervin Gonzalez found dead at his home By David Ovalle and Jay Weaver
Ervin Gonzalez, a top Miami class-action civil lawyer and former president of the Dade County Bar Association, was found dead inside his Coral Gables home on Thursday night, police said.
His death is being investigated as a suicide, although no cause or manner of death has been ruled on pending an autopsy.
Gonzalez, 57, of the firm Colson Hicks Eidson, was well respected in South Florida’s legal community.
In a statement, the firm said “words cannot convey our grief, admiration, or affection for this pillar of our community” and remembered him as a “caring, warm, brilliant and masterful trial attorney.”
“He will be remembered for his intellect, skill and ability to befriend and defend the rights of people from all walks of life with a zest and dedication that was unrivaled,” partner Dean Colson said.
Gonzalez was a former member of the Florida Bar’s board of governors and had served on its executive committee. Gonzalez also served leadership roles in a number of legal groups, including the National Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
According to his bio, Gonzalez had boasted 33 verdicts of at least $1 million or more.
He had been on the forefront of many high-profile cases, from medical malpractice to the desecration of graves in a Jewish cemetery. In 2005 case, he won a $65.1 million verdict for the family of a 12-year-old boy was electrocuted at a Miami bus shelter during a storm.
“My job is to do the right thing, and through that process, impact important change,” Gonzalez told the Miami Herald in 2012. “I’m fortunate to be able to pursue a practice that allows me to do what I love the most.”