A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Gera R. Peoples focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including class actions, contract litigation, insurance, product liability, and antitrust disputes.
He has experience representing insurance companies in nationwide subrogation actions, plaintiffs in consumer fraud litigation against multi-level marketing companies, and defending a Fortune 500 corporation against antitrust claims in a class action. Gera’s work to recover fraudulent losses on behalf of Akerman clients is a natural extension of his lifetime commitment to public service.
Over the course of his career as a federal prosecutor, his criminal cases have included wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, public corruption, various tax crimes, computer and data crimes, healthcare fraud, and civil rights. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gera tried over twenty federal criminal cases and argued two cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Gera also oversaw an identity theft task force and a government benefit fraud task force. He developed a strong relationship with the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, IRS Criminal Investigation, and other agencies to investigate financial, data and tax crimes.
He was Special Counsel to U.S. Attorney, the fourth highest ranking position in one of the largest and busiest United States Attorney offices in America. In that role, Gera was part of the senior management team with responsibility for the Criminal, Civil, Appellate, Asset Forfeiture and Administrative Divisions.
Gera is also heavily involved in the community. He is the Community Representative Team Member for the United States Southern District of Florida, Court Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program. He is actively involved in efforts to help returning citizens successfully reintegrate into their families and communities. He is a member of the American Bar Association and various local bar associations.
He has presented to hundreds of elementary students at Career Day programs and law school students at local law schools as a guest lecturer on various topics from legal writing to Fourth Amendment. Gera has also participated in various community meetings and panels addressing gun violence and hate crimes.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Gera was counsel with a national law firm and served as a law clerk to two federal judges.
- J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2000
- B.A., New College of Florida, 1997
Bar Admissions : Florida; New York
Court Admissions :
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Court Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program, Community Representative Team Member
- The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc., Board of Trustees, February 2018 – Present
- New College Alumnae/i Association, Board of Directors, 2014 – Present
- Committee to Oversee Events Commemorating Black History Month – United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Member, 2017-2018
- Florida Supreme Court Comm. Standard Jury Instructions Contract & Business Cases, 2008 – 2017
- Federal Bar Association, Former Member
- National Association of Black Prosecutors, Former Member
- Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, Former Member
- Broward County Bar Association, Former Member
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