CYCLIST, ADVOCATE, & TRIAL LAWYER
A career of defending the rights of Florida's bicyclists and injured victims.
Injuries from Crashes
If you have been injured in a crash with a car or a loved one has been killed, I can help. As a fellow cyclist, I have the shared knowledge of riding on our roadways and what could happen in a crash. I know what it is like to head out for a ride not knowing what could happen, and so does my family. As an attorney, I have the training and experience to fight for your rights.
If you have been injured in a car crash, or are a pedestrian injured by the driver of a car, I can also help. I represent all those who are injured due to the negligence of another driver, even in cases of drunk or hit-and-run drivers. Whether you're injured while crossing the street or driving home in your own car, you are entitled to justice.
Traffic Ticket Defense for Bicyclists
You might be surprised to learn that bicyclists can be issued traffic tickets for many offenses. Many of these citations, though, are the result misinformation or a lack of understanding by law enforcement or the bicyclist themselves regarding the rights and obligations of bicyclists on the road. So part of my practice is appearing in traffic court on behalf of bike riders to defend their rights.
Florida State University (B.S., 2004)
St. Thomas University (J.D., 2007)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Florida Justice Association
Florida Bar - Trial Lawyers Section
Broward County Trial Attorneys Association
League of American Bicyclists - Supporting Attorney
Florida Bicycle Association
Rotary International - Fort Lauderdale South Sunset
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
George C. Palaldis
Florida born and raised in Tarpon Springs, near Tampa Bay, George graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee and earned his Juris Doctorate at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida.
After law school, George had the honor of working at the nationally recognized Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office as an Assistant Public Defender for five years. It was there that he defended thousands of clients from arraignment to trial, accused of crimes ranging from misdemeanors, like DUI and battery, to serious felonies, such as organized fraud, drug trafficking, robbery and attempted homicide. While there, he tried more than 35 jury and non-jury trials.
George is now at Gelch & Associates, P.A., applying his extensive trial experience to focusing on advocating for and defending the rights of cyclists and others who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others.
George is a member of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Florida Bicycle Association, the Broward County Trial Attorneys Association, and the Florida Justice Association.
George is a past chair/president of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale South Sunset, and current president of the Hollywood Chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).
In his spare time George enjoys cycling, traveling with his wife Irene, and playing with their dog Theo. George and Irene attend the parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He has personally participated and fundraised for charities involved with the Tour de Broward, Bike MS Breakaway to Key Largo, South Beach Triathlon, and the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. George has also competed in the NYC Triathlon, Miami Man Triathlon, Challenge Daytona, Escape to Miami Triathlon, Las Olas Triathlon, Tarpon Springs Rotary Triathlon, and Humana 5k.
Gelch & Associates, P.A.
8751 W. Broward Blvd, Suite 305
Plantation, Florida 33324
Mobile: (954) 361-4LAW (4529)
Toll Free: (888) 305-BIKE (2453)
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