Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter

Law Firm in Orlando, FL

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Firm Overview

The Orlando personal injury law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter prides itself on our lawyers' reputation for aggressive and effective representation, honesty, persistence, responsiveness, and competitive spirit. Our personal injury and worker's compensation law firm is recognized by insurance companies, defense lawyers, and the legal community as one of the top plaintiff's personal injury firms in the State of Florida. All of our partners have received an "AV Rating", the highest possible rating, from Martindale-Hubbell, the largest and most respected national independent legal ratings service in the country. Only 20% of the lawyers in the country ever obtain this highest rating.

After building Morgan Colling & Gilbert into the largest plaintiff's personal injury firm in Florida, Stewart Colling and Ronald Gilbert left that firm with several other partners, associates, paralegals and staff to form Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter.

Our reputation and record of success has also led lawyers from other States to retain our firm to act as co-counsel on large cases in Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. Our Firm has lawyers licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Our Orlando personal injury law firm seeks to focus on more significant cases so that the lawyers have time to interact with each client personally and litigate each case aggressively. Serving our clients is our primary goal. One of our partners actively handles each case, and our clients appreciate the fact that they can always speak directly with their lawyer at any time. We also use 'litigation teams' on each case, comprised of one or more lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, and medical experts from the appropriate fields of medicine.

Our partners have over 80 years of combined experience and have obtained successful results in all types of cases including all types of personal injuries, automobile accidents,tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, construction site accidents, chemical exposures, dangerous and defective product cases, workers compensation claims,nursing and group home neglect cases, and class-actions claims.
Main Office

Main Office
801 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 830
Orlando  FL  32801

Phone
  • 407-712-7300
Fax
  • 407-712-7301
Personal Injury
Areas of Law
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Motor Vehicle Accidents
-Premises Liability
-Product Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Federal Tort Claims.
-Nursing Home Negligence
-Insurance Disputes
-Workers Compensation
-Social Security Disability
-Securities Litigation
-Mass Torts

Ronald S. Gilbert

Attorney in Orlando, FL

Member, Order of Barristers. Chief Justice, The Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board, 1981-1983. Member, The Trial Advocacy Board, 1981-1983. Associate Editor, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 1982-1983.

Areas of Law:
-Medical Malpractice
-Trial Practice
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Motor Vehicle and Trucking Liability
-Premises Liability
-Nursing Home Negligence
-Workers Compensation
-Insurance Law
-Chemical Exposure
-Products Liability
-Federal Tort Claims

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1983, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
Class of 1983
J.D.

University Attended:
Furman University
Class of 1980
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1958
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1958

Associations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar; American Association for Justice; Florida Justice Association; Medical Malpractice Task Force; Orange County Bar Association.
Education
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Melvin B. Wright

Attorney in Orlando, FL
Mr. Wright is admitted to all state courts in Florida and Georgia and in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He has handled many trials in both state and federal courts in Florida, has handled numerous appeals to appellate courts in Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Florida. He has been board certified in civil trial law since 1996. Board certification requires the trial of a minimum number of cases, passing a rigorous written examination, and favorable peer review. Mr. Wright is board certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, approved by the American Bar Association. He has been selected a "Superlawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine, has been selected as a member of Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, and has been selected a member of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, Mr. Wright has a "superior" rating with AVVO, a national attorney ratings website, and an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating in both ethics and legal ability and knowledge

Areas of Law:
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death
-Trial Practice
-Motor Vehicle And Trucking Liability
-Premises Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Nursing Home Negligence
-Insurance Law
-Chemical Exposure
-Products Liability
-Federal Tort Claims

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Member

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1985, Georgia
-1986, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
-2004, Tennessee

Law School Attended:
Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
Class of 1985
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Georgia, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
Class of 1981
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1959
Albany, Georgia, August 1, 1959

Associations & Memberships
The Florida Bar; State Bar of Georgia; American Association for Justice; Florida Justice Association; Southern Trial Lawyers Association; Orange County Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; National Board of Trial Advocacy; National Trial Lawyers Association

Representative Cases:
Union Park Memorial Chapel v Hutt, 670 So.2d 64 (Fla. 1996).

Hobbies & Interests:
Hunting, strength training, reading, piano, guitar.
Education
  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Nathan P. Carter

Attorney in Orlando, FL

Nathan Carter is a Civil Trial Lawyer currently handling primarily nursing home litigation, medical negligence cases, product liability and other complex personal injury cases. After practicing with the largest plaintiffs firm in Florida, Morgan Colling & Gilbert, he left with several other partners, associates, and staff to form Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He obtained his law degree from the Mercer University School of Law in Georgia. During law school, he entered the Syracuse University School of Law in order to clerk for a firm in London, England. While in London in 1992, he participated in two high-profile murder trials at the 400 year old "Old Bailey" Courthouse with one of the top Barristers in London. He is married with 3 young children, and coaches his son's soccer and basketball teams.

Mr. Carter is licensed to practice law in all of the State and Appellate Courts in both Florida and Georgia. He is also admitted to practice law in the Federal Middle District of Florida and the Federal Northern and Southern Districts in Georgia. He has also been retained by local attorneys to assist in significant cases in West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Maryland and Washington DC.

Nathan Carter has also achieved the highest rating, an "AV Preeminent Rating", from Martindale-Hubbell (www.martindale.com), the most respected national legal ratings service. Less than 20% of all attorneys ever achieve this rating. Additionally, Nathan was voted by his peers to be one of Florida Trend Magazine's "Florida Legal Elite" for the 2008 Edition, and again in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Less than 2% of the 61,500 practicing attorneys in Florida are voted into the "Legal Elite" by their peers.

He was also one of only 5% of Florida civil trial lawyers to be included in the "Super Lawyers - Top Attorneys in Florida" in 2010 and 2011.

In 2009, Mr. Carter was selected by The National Trial Lawyers Association to be included in their Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The ATLA is a national organization composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. He earned this recognition again in 2010, and 2011.

He is an active member of the AAJ, American Association for Justice, (formerly ATLA), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a national group of trial lawyers dedicated to representing individuals and families against big insurance companies, HMO's, hospitals, and other corporations. He has spoken at national ATLA seminars and been published in TRIAL magazine, the Journal of Trial Lawyers of America, the only peer-reviewed national publication for Trial Lawyers ("Who's Really Running the Nursing Home?" November 2006, www.atlanet.org). He has had cases featured and been interviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram, CNN, as well as several Florida media outlets (see the articles section of our website for some of these).

Nathan also served two terms (2000-2002, 2002-2004) on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association, formerly AFTL, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Mr. Carter also serves on the AFTLs Nursing Home Task Force, and the Florida Lawyers Action Group Candidate Recruitment Task Force. As part of his role with the AFTL, Mr. Carter frequently visits Tallahassee to meet with and lobby State Representatives and Senators on behalf of consumers and victims of corporate negligence.

He has also testified before the Florida Senate and House of Representatives on various issues. Mr. Carter has also been privileged to be invited to go to Washington D.C where he met with various United States House and Senate Committee members about Nursing Home reform issues.

Nathan is also a member and Past President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers (2002-2003 term) and served on the Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Carter is a member of the Orange County Bar Association where he served as the Chair of the Tort Law Committee in 2006 - 2007.

Nathan Carter has handled and tried to a jury all types of complex civil litigation including medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, toxic-tort/chemical exposure cases, construction site accident cases, sexual assault cases, and all types of automobile accident cases, including many tractor-trailer cases. He has obtained numerous successful settlements and jury verdicts in all types of cases

Areas of Law:
-Motor Vehicle and Trucking Liability
-Personal Injury
-Nursing Home Negligence
-Medical Malpractice
-Premises Liability
-Trial Practice
-Wrongful Death
-Workers Compensation
Education
  • Mercer University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

William B. Young, Jr.

Attorney in Orlando, FL

Beta Gamma Sigma

Areas of Law:
Securities Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2004, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
-2005, District of Columbia

Law School Attended:
Barry University School of Law
Class of 2004
J.D.

University Attended:
Rollins College
Class of 1982
B.A.
Business Administration

Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business
Class of 1992
M.B.A.
Education
  • Barry University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004

Sean Patrick McCormack

Attorney in Orlando, FL

Areas of Law:
-Workers Compensation
-Social Security

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2005, Florida

Law School Attended:
Barry University School of Law
Class of 2005
J.D.

University Attended:
Florida Atlantic University
Class of 2002
B.A.
cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1980
Florida, October 31, 1980
Education
  • Barry University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Joshua A. Machlus

Attorney in Orlando, FL

Areas of Law:
-Products Liability
-Personal Injury
-Insurance
-Wrongful Death
-Premises Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2004

Law School Attended:
Florida State University College of Law
Class of 2004
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 1999
B.S.
Mathematics and Statistics

University of Maryland:
Class of 2001
M.A.
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Birth Information:
Born in 1978
1978
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2004

Vanessa L. Brice

Attorney in Orlando, FL
Veterans Administration Accredited

Areas of Law:
-Personal Injury
-Automobile Accidents and Injuries
-Veterans Benefits

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2010, Florida
-U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
-U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims

Law School Attended:
Florida A. & M. University Law School
J.D.

Birth Information:
Born in 1968
Mutare, Zimbabwe, 1968

Associations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar
Education
  • Florida A. & M. University Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Fermin Lopez

Attorney in Orlando, FL

After a career serving in the U.S. Army, Fermin Lopez graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1999 and then the University of Florida College of Law with honors in 2003. His practice is focused on personal injury and wrongful death claims of all types.

Only 2.5% of lawyers in Florida are chosen as SuperLawyers, and Mr. Lopez has been selected as a Superlawyer since 2010. He was also recognized as among Florida's Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Registry of Business Excellence. Mr. Lopez serves as an adjunct professor of insurance law at Barry University School of Law and serves at the Student Trial Advocacy Coach.

Mr. Lopez serves on the board of directors of both the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida

Areas of Law:
Plaintiffs Personal Injury
Personal Injury
-Medical Malpractice
-Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2003, Florida
-2004, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Law School Attended:
University of Florida College of Law
Class of 2003
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Central Florida
Class of 1999
B.A.
Legal Studies

Birth Information:
Born in 1971
Colombia, South America, September 19, 1971

Languages:
Spanish and English

Military:
U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division - Operation Restore Hope, Somalia; Paratrooper, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; Florida Bar; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; Florida Justice Association; Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association; Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
Education
  • University of Florida College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Jonathan T. Gilbert

Jon Gilbert was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and is a graduate of Winter Park High School. Jon has lived his entire life in Central Florida.
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida
    Juris Doctor , 2008
    Jon attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship where he focused his undergraduate studies on political science and graduated magna cum laude in just three years. From there, he attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was inducted into Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Upon graduating from Stetson cum laude in 2008, Jon received the William F. Blews Award for exceptional Pro Bono Service and the Certificate of Leadership
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