Gregory T. Zele

Contact me: gzele@MyInjuryJustice.com
561-630-9700 (office)
877-345-9797 (toll free)
561-371-4515 (cell phone)

Gregory T. Zele is recognized by his peers as a top civil trial attorney in Florida. Greg was named a Florida Super Lawyer in 2013, 2012 and 2011 in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury by Super Lawyers Magazine. Since 2010, Greg has been voted a member of Florida’s “Legal Elite” each year in a statewide poll of attorneys conducted by Florida Trend magazine – an honor bestowed upon only 1.8% of Florida’s nearly 90,000 attorneys.

Greg concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and property damage. He has handled a wide range of product liability claims against major manufacturers of sport utility vehicles, automobiles, tires, child safety seats, bicycle helmets and children’s toys. Greg has successfully tried to verdict and negotiated multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of clients in cases involving wrongful death and serious injuries.

Most notably, Greg represented a former high school English teacher who suffered irreversible brain injuries when he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle. The West Palm Beach jury returned a verdict of $10.3 million on behalf of the victim and his wife.

In 2008, Greg Zele and Greg Huber won a $1.5 million verdict in a wrongful death case against Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in a case involving a defective tire which caused a van to rollover. The verdict is believed to be the first product liability verdict against Cooper in the state of Florida. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the verdict in 2009.

Greg has lectured to national and statewide audiences of attorneys and expert witnesses in the areas of product liability and personal injury.

Education

  • J.D., Cum Laude, Stetson University College of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Journalism, Arizona State University, 1991

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Published Works:

  • “I Did My Duty,” Palm Beach County Justice Association Briefings, Fall 2009
  • “When ‘Ready for Trial’ Doesn’t Really Mean Ready for Trial,” Florida Justice Association Journal, February 2007

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Moderator: Personal Injury Session, Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench/Bar conference, 2010
  • Lecturer: “A Guide to Collateral Source Issues Personal Injury Attorneys Face and Rules to Follow”, Florida Justice Association- Collateral Source Seminar, West Palm Beach, FL, 2009
  • Panelist: Personal Injury Session, Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, 2009
  • Lecturer: “Liability for Faulty Tire Repairs,” American Bar Association – Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, AZ, 2008
  • Lecturer: “Opening and Closing Statements: Setting the Stage for the Motor Vehicle Product Liability Case,” American Bar Association – Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, AZ, 2007
  • Lecturer: “Child Safety Seat Litigation – Are The Seats Safe?” American Bar Association – Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, AZ, 2006
  • Lecturer: “Current Case Law Regarding PIP and Medpay Set-offs”, Florida Justice Association- Collateral Source Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2006
  • Lecturer: “Emerging Trends in Rollover Litigation – The Plaintiff’s Perspective”, American Bar Association – Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
  • Moderator: “Trying the Soft Tissue Case”, Palm Beach County Bar Association – Wrongful Death CLE Committee Seminar, 2004

Awards and Honors:

  • Florida Super Lawyer (2013, 2012, 2011)
  • Florida Trend Magazine: Legal Elite (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Florida Trend Magazine: Top Up and Coming Attorney (2005)

Professional Associations and Leadership Activities:

  • President-Elect: Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2014
  • Treasurer: Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2013
  • Secretary: Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2012
  • Board of Directors: Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2009-2011
  • Board of Directors: Young Lawyers Section  of the Florida Justice Association, 2003-2006
  • Member: American Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member: Florida Justice Association
  • Member: The Florida Bar
  • Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Co-Chairman: Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Continuing Legal Education Committee (2003-2004)

Community Associations and Leadership Activities:

  • Leadership Palm Beach County: Class of 2014
  • Board of Directors: Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (2010 – 2013)
  • Board of Directors: 211 of Palm Beach County (2007-2009)
  • Board of Directors: Young Leaders Circle: United Way of Palm Beach County (2003-2006)
  • Board of Directors: YMCA of Palm Beach County (2001-2004)