About Garry Rhoden
Hello. I’m Garry Rhoden, one of the attorneys here at Ramos Law. I grew up in a small town in the rural south and joined Ramos Law in 2021 after moving to Colorado. I’ve handled elder abuse and neglect cases for almost 22 years. At first, I defended these facilities, but after seeing the injustices done, I knew I needed to fill a need. My own father was mistreated in a skilled nursing facility and lost his life as a result. As of today, I have represented victims and their families for more than 18 years. I’m also proud to say that I’m one of the few attorneys in the country who has tried and arbitrated elder abuse and neglect cases in multiple jurisdictions.
I also handle car and tractor trailer crashes here at Ramos Law, along with insurance bad faith and premises liability claims. My litigation experience is broad, and over my career I’ve handled cases involving contract disputes, class actions, real estate disputes, business disputes, the sale of unsuitable investment securities to investors, professional negligence involving attorneys, hospitals, medical clinics, and physicians, and cases involving defective products such as medical devices, agricultural equipment, pharmaceuticals, and recreational and industrial products.
I’ve been fortunate enough to recover tens of millions of dollars in claims and judgments for my clients, taken or defended hundreds of depositions, been lead counsel in over 150 hearings and mediations, and served as trial counsel in approximately twenty trials and arbitrations. I also have a lot of experience handling complex discovery, focus groups, and working with scientific, medical, and technical experts in a variety of fields including accident reconstruction, accounting, economics, engineering, human factors, and various medical and nursing specialties including cardiology, emergency medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, trauma surgery, and toxicology.
I’m licensed to practice law in Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia. I’m also admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts in Florida, Mississippi, and Kentucky, as well as the Western District of Tennessee. I hope to soon be admitted to practice law in Arizona and New Mexico to help Ramos Law clients in those jurisdictions.
I’m AV® Rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell® which is a confidential, peer-reviewed designation held by less than 5% of practicing attorneys and the rating process involves an objective analysis of an attorney’s ethics and legal ability, legal ethics, legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.
My other legal experience includes two appointments as a judicial extern, first for Justice Stephen H. Grimes (Ret.) of the Florida Supreme Court and later for Judge Stephen Merryday of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, assisting those judges with writing bench memorandums, orders, and opinions on a variety of civil and criminal matters.
My academic experience includes appointments teaching at the university and law school level, formerly teaching U.S. Legal History at my alma mater, the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, as well as Florida Constitutional Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to be invited to lecture to professional colleagues over the years on a variety of topics, including issues related to motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, product liability, personal injury, medical negligence, wrongful death, and corporate depositions.
I received an Associates in Arts from Hillsborough Community College, and after that received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of South Florida. I went to law school at the University of Florida College of Law. A few years later, I received a fellowship to The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and received a master’s degree from there in international affairs.
During my time in Washington, D.C., I had the good fortune to serve as a Legal and Policy Fellow for the United States House of Representatives. In that capacity, I worked on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and my portfolio included working on issues concerning Africa, global health, global human rights, and international organizations for Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ). In this capacity, our sub-committee worked on Congressional oversight issues connected with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, drafting legislation and hearing memoranda, meeting with stakeholders, and engaging in policy and strategic planning on a variety of issues, including Afghanistan, Cuba, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, food security, epidemics and pandemics, international education programs, internet freedom, non-immigrant visas, refugees, and religious freedom
I’ve been a business owner on two occasions, first as a managing member of a family-run business and later operating my own law firm. In those capacities, I had direct, hands-on responsibility and experience in a variety of issues that small business owners encounter, including accounting, advertising, budgeting, communications, operations, and personnel management.
Some of my other experience includes serving on municipal boards, first being appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida to serve as a Board Member on the City of Jacksonville Code Enforcement Board and later when I was appointed by the Mayor of Tampa, Florida to serve as a Hearing Officer for the City of Tampa Code Enforcement Board. While in law school, I was elected to serve as the Managing Editor of the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy and also selected as Research Assistant to Professor Joseph Little. I’ve also served in leadership positions with professional organizations, including as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the American Association for Justice and on the Elder Abuse Task Force for the Florida Justice Association.
A sampling of my trial and arbitration experience includes cases against:
- a registered security broker/dealer for the unsuitable sale of securities.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to timely turn and reposition a resident that resulted in an amputation and death.
- a commercial landlord for breaching a commercial lease.
- a general partnership dispute between general partners to a mortgage brokerage firm.
- an uninsured motorist carrier for failing to pay benefits stemming from a car crash.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to timely turn and reposition a resident that resulted in a pressure sore, infection, and death.
- a homeowner’s association for failing to maintain common areas that resulted personal injuries to one of the members.
- a homeowner for failing to maintain their sidewalk that resulted in personal injuries to a pedestrian.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to properly manage a feeding tube that resulted in aspiration and death.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to properly supervise someone with dementia who fell, fractured their hip, and died.
- an independent living facility for failing adequately maintain a pool that resulted in a resident suffering a broken hip.
- a skilled nursing facility for an unexplained leg fracture in a bedridden resident.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to properly supervise a resident that resulted in a fractured hip and death.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to timely turn and reposition a resident that resulted in pressure ulcers and death.
- a skilled nursing facility for failing to properly supervise a resident that resulted in a pressure ulcer and death.
Some of my reported court decisions include:
- Fuller v. Becker & Polikoff, et al., 197 F.R.D. 697 (M.D.Fla. 2000) (concerning whether a law firm could be a debt collector under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
- Jacobs v. Osmose, Inc., et al., 213 F.R.D. 607 (S.D.Fla. 2003) (concerning whether individuals allegedly injured by chemicals emanating from pressure treated wood could be organized together into a class under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure)
- Stiksma v. Southern Exchange Bank, 861 So.2d 36 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003) (concerning whether it was appropriate to grand summary judgment in a mortgage foreclosure action)
- Thompson v. Douds, 852 So.2d 299 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003) (concerning whether the actions of police officers towards a disabled man during a detention was entitled to qualified immunity under 42 U.S.C. section 1983)
- Schneidler v. NOW, et al., 537 U.S. 393 (2003) (on behalf of one of the Amicus Curiae concerning the question of whether the conduct of pro-life protestors violated the Mann Act as a predicate offense to civil liability under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO))
- Anderson v. Woodlands Extended Care, Inc., et al., Case No. 5D16-2292 (5th DCA 2017) (concerning whether it was appropriate for a trial court to dismiss the owner of a skilled nursing facility on the facts of the case as presented to the trial court)
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time on our family farm. My wife and I joke that we have 22 children; 3 human, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits,10 chickens, and 2 horses.
Let me end by saying that I’ve been fortunate enough to be at this profession for a while now and so I understand how difficult the litigation process can be for someone who has been injured or their family member bringing a claim on their loved one’s behalf. So, if you ever have any questions, please reach out to me by phone at 303-733-6353 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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