Attorney Ervin A. Gonzalez to Chair HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference

Ervin Gonzalez and Patrick Montoya to Discuss Fantasy Sports Litigation, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and Other Implications

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 26, 2016) – Attorney Ervin A. Gonzalez, a partner with Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, will chair HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference on Wednesday, January 27th at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Founded in 2000, HarrisMartin Publishing is a leading provider of litigation news and hosts multiple CLE-certified conferences for lawyers and legal professionals.

The MDL conference will feature a panel of seasoned attorneys who will present the latest national and local trends in multidistrict litigation, including Fantasy Sports, Volkswagon, Porsche and pharmaceutical litigation. Gonzalez joins esteemed attorneys Hunter Shkolnik, Neil D. Overholtz and Roger C. Denton as co-chairs of the conference.

A leading class action attorney throughout the United States and internationally, Gonzalez will address the issues behind the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt (RICO) Act and the deceptive and unfair trade practices by fantasy sports firms. Additionally, Colson Hicks Eidson partner Patrick Montoya will discuss the issue of gambling vs. skill in fantasy gaming.

In October 2015, Gonzalez – along with the law firm Lagos & Priovolos, PLLC – filed a class action lawsuit against 50 defendants, including fantasy sports game operators FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc., professional sports leagues, and major media companies and financial institutions alleging deceptive and unfair trade practices, negligence, breach of contract, civil RICO, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment.

A board certified specialist in civil trial law and business litigation by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Gonzalez brings more than 25 years of experience in class action lawsuits, having established an impressive resume spearheading multidistrict litigation, including as a member of the plaintiff steering committees for the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill and Chinese drywall.

The CLE-accredited event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village located at 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33914 from 9 am – 6:30 pm. For more information, please visit http://harrismartin.com/conference/agenda/894/.

About Ervin Gonzalez

Ervin A. Gonzalez is a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson and is board certified as a specialist in civil trial law (personal injury and wrongful death) and business litigation by The Florida Bar and The National Board of Trial Advocacy. With more than 25 years of experience in civil and business litigation, Gonzalez has obtained 32 verdicts in excess of $1 million. Many of his verdicts have been rated among the top verdicts in Florida and nationwide. He has also settled numerous multi-million dollar cases, including a $100 million class action settlement. He specializes in products liability, class actions, business litigation, medical malpractice and personal injury.

Throughout his career, Gonzalez has held numerous leadership roles, including serving as governor of The Florida Bar and president of the Dade County Bar Association. He is also a former member of the National Board of Trustees of The National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has written many articles on various aspects of litigation and teaches litigation and trial skills as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he also graduated with honors (JD 1985). He is licensed to practice law in Florida, the District of Columbia, Texas, Colorado and New York.

About Colson Hicks Eidson

The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with more than 40 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation. Partners at the firm have had the distinction of holding the following offices: President of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; President of the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. For more information, call (305) 476-7400.



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