Alan M. Gerlach, Esq., Of Counsel

Alan M. Gerlach

Bar Admissions and Education

Alan M. Gerlach first became a Florida resident in 1971 and has lived in the state continuously since 1988. He graduated cum laude, from Harvard College with Honors in English; and received his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1975, where he was an Executive Editor on the University of Florida Law Review. In 1984,  Mr. Gerlach received his LL.M from Southern Methodist University School of Law, with a concentration in Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar and also a member of the Orange County Bar Association.        

Practice Areas and Employment 

Mr. Gerlach practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law from the Florida Bar; he is also a Certified mediator and arbitrator. From 1975 to 1976, Mr. Gerlach worked under Justice Alan C. Sundberg in the Supreme Court of Florida as a law clerk; and from 1976 to 1978 under U.S. District Judge John A. Reed, in the Middle District of Florida. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Gerlach took a position at Arnall Golden & Gregory in Atlanta, Georgia as a litigation associate where he handled anti-trust and trade regulation, administrative, EEO, civil and commercial law. He then returned to Florida to take a position with Livingston, Patterson & Strickland in Sarasota. In 1984, Mr. Gerlach became the staff attorney and hearing officer for Florida’s analogue to the National Labor Relations Board for Public Sector employees; presiding over evidentiary hearings in representation and unfair labor practice cases. From 1985 to 1987, he worked with Arfken & Elliott in Orlando. In 1987, he moved to Dallas to work as a senior trial attorney in the Dallas District EEOC office. In 1988, Mr. Gerlach  returned to Florida to take positions at Litchford & Christopher; in 1994, at Broad and Cassel and Ford Harrison, LLP. In 2002, he took a position as Senior in-house Labor and Employment Counsel at Adventist Health System, where, for 15 years Mr. Gerlach operated as Associate Chief Legal Officer and Senior in-house Labor and Employment Counsel for the 2nd largest private employer headquartered in Central Florida. Among his duties were advising hospital executives, corporate managers, and Human Resource on a broad range of labor and employment issues, participating in litigation of employment cases in state and federal courts as well as mediations and settlement conferences. Mr. Gerlach’s duties also included conducting or supervising workplace investigations and responding to government investigations and discrimination and other labor law claims filed with state and federal law agencies.

Labor and Employment Law

Labor and employment law deals with a broad area of law that governs the rights and duties between employers and workers. Many of the governing laws are designed to keep workers safe and to promote a harmonious and fair work environment, although laws also protect employers' interests.

Mr. Gerlach typically represents the management side of labor relations disputes. While many of the laws governing labor and employment are federal laws and regulations, many states and  localities have enacted their own laws governing employment and compensation. Mr. Gerlach has litigated in both State and Federal Courts. While the roles that attorneys play in alternative dispute resolution may vary, mediation, negotiation and arbitration are another set of labor and employment practices that Mr. Gerlach has performed in his years of practice.

Associations and Affiliations

Mr. Gerlach has held a variety of positions during his tenure as an attorney. These include:

  • Vice Chairman – Labor and Employment Law Committee, Orange County Bar
  • Chairman – Labor and Employment Law Committee, Orange County Bar
  • Executive Council – Labor and Employment Law Section, Florida Bar, 13 years (2000-2013)
    • Co-Chair – Wage and Hour Liaison Committee, Florida Bar
    • Co-Chair – Federal Labor Standards Committee, Florida Bar

Personal

Mr. Gerlach lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Betsy who is a Human Resource Manager  and their three cats. He enjoys reading, golf and politics.