Gainesville / Alachua County, Florida

Gainesville may be most well known for being the home of the Florida Gators, but there is much more to this North Florida town than the University of Florida. Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County, featuring historic buildings, beautiful natural surroundings, numerous parks, museums and lakes.

Alachua County is home to the town of Gainesville, Alachau, Archer, Newberry, Hawthorne, High Springs and Waldo. I-75 crosses the western half of the county and U.S. 301 crosses the eastern half. Both highways are major transportation and trucking thoroughfares.

It is not surprising that Gainesville was recently ranked as the number-one place to live in the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated and was also ranked as one of the "best places to live and play" in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure.

As home to Florida's largest and oldest university, Gainesville is a state hub for education, medicine, cultural events and sports. The University of Florida and Shands Hospital at UF are the leading employers in Gainesville. The Gainesville, Fla. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Alachua and Gilchrist counties, has a population of 258,555.

The Lawrence Law Group handles cases throughout the Alachua County area, including car accidents, insurance disputes, business and contract disputes, slips, falls, premises liability, workers compensation, defective products, dog bites and nursing home negligence and abuse. We are happy to meet with you at one of our offices or at your home or a nearby location that is convenient for you.

Our firm’s founder, Greg Lawrence, received his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Florida

Notable Verdicts in Alachua County – Gainesville, Florida

The following jury verdicts were rendered in Alachua County. These verdicts are not representative of typical cases, rather, they are considered “notable” because of the large damage awards. These cases were not handled by The Lawrence Law Group, P.A. For cases handled by The Lawrence Law Group, P.A., please see our “Firm News” section and our Google reviews.

$900,000,000.00 Award in Nursing Home Abuse Case – February 8, 2012

An elderly man suffered multiple personal injuries during his ten-year stay at an Alachua County nursing home. His specific injuries included weight loss, malnutrition, urinary tract infection, and multiple infected pressure sores that led to sepsis. His personal injuries necessitated the amputation of his right leg above the knee. The owner and operator of the nursing home was found negligent in providing adequate care, failure to provide a safe environment, failure to act reasonably, failure to protect him from worsening pressure sores that led to infection, and failure to treat his physical, mental and emotional problems.

$6,200.000.00 Verdict for Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice – August 11, 2011

A 41-year-old man died while having a CT scan following gastric bypass surgery. The plaintiff’s counsel argued that the man was in respiratory distress prior to the scan and that an oxygen saturation test should have been performed.

$525,450.00 Award for Investment Fraud – December 13, 2010

An elderly retired university professor and his wife gave funds to a stockbroker under the pretense that he would invest it. The couple contended that the stockbroker never invested the money and used it instead for personal expenses. Although the stockbroker signed a stipulation stating he would return the money, he never paid the couple back.

$175,000 Verdict for Woman’s Mistreatment by Store Manager – May 13, 2011

A woman suffered humiliation, lost income, emotional distress, diminished earning capacity and medical expenses after the store manager at an Ocala super store refused to honor her valid money orders. The manager alleged the money orders were counterfeit and had the woman arrested. The jury ruled in favor of the woman awarding her $75,000.00 for medical expenses and $100,000 for mental and physical pain and anguish.