Robert “Bobby” Gilbert concentrates his practice on complex business litigation and class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Bobby’s clients come from all walks of life. He is driven to help people who have been wronged, and never shies away from taking on powerful and influential opponents even when it is unpopular to do so. Over the course of his 27-year career, Bobby has handled dozens of trials and appeals, including several resulting in precedent-setting decisions.
In February 2011, Bobby was appointed by the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, as Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Counsel in In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, multidistrict litigation challenging over 30 banks internal re-sequencing of customers’ debit card and ATM transactions in order to unfairly multiply the number of customers’ overdrafts and increase the banks’ overdraft fee revenues. As Coordinating Counsel, Bobby is responsible for overseeing more than 100 lawyers working on the team prosecuting these cases, and he has personally led the settlement negotiations with many of the banks. Thus far, Bobby and his team have announced settlements with 15 banks, recovering over $1 billion for the victims of the banks’ anti-consumer practices. These settlements include: Bank of America ($410 million); Citizens Bank ($137.5 million); JPMorgan Bank ($110 million plus business changes); PNC Bank ($90 million); TD Bank ($62 million); Union Bank ($35 million); CommerceBank ($18.3 million); Associated Bank ($13 million); and Harris Bank ($9 million). In 2011, Bobby was selected as one of the Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers for his role in the Bank of America settlement.
For the past 12 years, Bobby has also been involved in efforts to recover full compensation for nearly 200,000 Florida homeowners whose healthy, uninfected citrus trees were destroyed by the Florida Department of Agriculture under a failed program designed to protect Florida’s commercial citrus industry from a fruit-blemishing bacteria which does not affect homeowners’ use and enjoyment of their backyard citrus trees. As part of this undertaking, Bobby successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court that the state is constitutionally obligated to pay more than token compensation to homeowners whose private property was destroyed. Following that decision, Bobby served as lead trial counsel in two jury trials resulting in judgments recovering over $8 million and $19 million in favor of affected homeowners in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Bobby’s tireless commitment on behalf of Florida homeowners and his victories against the Department have garnered widespread media coverage, and he received the Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers award in 2005 and was a named a finalist in 2008.
Bobby is a frequent speaker on class action and multidistrict litigation. He has been invited to teach classes as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Vanderbilt University Law School.
As a third generation resident of Miami, Bobby also dedicates a large part of his time to community service. He is a trustee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and The Miami Foundation, and past chairman of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. He is married and the father of two sons.
The Florida Bar
District of Columbia Bar
United States Supreme Court
United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Awards and Honors
Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
J.D., University of Miami School of Law (1985)
B.A., International Relations, Florida International University (1982)