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20 Year Anniversary Award

John R. Gierach


  • Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1974


  • Florida State University
    • B.S., 1972
    • J.D., with Honors, 1974
  • Law Clerk to the Industrial Relations Commission, 1973

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Author: "Evaluating Job Searches and Earnings in a Self-Employment Setting," News and 440 Report (Summer 1988)
  • "Wage Loss Under the New Worker's Compensation Statute," 63 Florida Bar Journal 10 (November 1989)
  • Guest Speaker, "The 1989 Legislative Changes Concerning Workers' Compensation," South Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (February 1990)
  • Instructor, State of Florida approved for Adjuster Continuing Legal Education, 1991


Awards and achievements

Reported cases

  • Publix Supermarkets v. Finocchi, 650 So. 2d 1122 (Fla. 1st DCA 1995)

Practice areas

  • Workers compensation
  • Wills
  • Living wills
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Probate and estates
  • Insurance defense
  • Real estate
  • Mediation

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Alita S. Chappell


Areas of practice

  • Workers' compensation
  • Social Security
  • Family law

Bar admissions

  • Florida, 1992


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1991, J.D.
  • Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama, 1988, B.S., Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Awards: Merit Scholar Recipient, 1986-1988; Government Student of the Year, 1987-1988
    • Major: Government/Political Science
    • Minor: Biology
  • Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, 1981, A.S.N.
    • Honors: Gamma Beta Phi, 1979-1981

Representative cases

  • Crum & Forster/U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Wilson, 982 So.2d 1180 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2008) (Appellee prevailed, Unpublished Opinion)
  • RC Cola Bottling/AceUsa v. Levinsky, 965 So.2d 128 (Table) (Fla. 1st DCA 2007) (Appellee prevailed, Unpublished Opinion)
  • Gaines v. Department of Children & Families, 711 So.2d 190 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998)

Professional associations and memberships

  • Florida Bar: Workers Compensation Section, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida State University College of Law Women’s Law Symposium, 1989-1991; Treasurer, 1990
  • Registered Nurse: Alabama, 1981-1988; Florida, 1988 - Present

Prior experience

  • State of Florida, Department of Children & Families (formerly Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services), 1992 - 1998

Birth information

Montgomery, Alabama

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Elroy J. Gierach, 1921–1999

Founding partner

Attorney Elroy J. Gierach was admitted to practice law in the state of Florida in 1955 and was an established practitioner in two (2) predecessor law firms prior to the establishment of Gierach and Gierach, P.A. on May 1, 1986. The principal partners in the then-established law firm of Gierach and Gierach, P.A. were Elroy J. Gierach and John R. Gierach. The firm celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 1, 2011. Attorney Elroy J. Gierach's primary areas of legal expertise were in Wills, Estate Planning and Probate in addition to Real Estate and Workers’ Compensation Law thereby laying the established foundation for the firm's current practice. In his career, Mr. Gierach drafted thousands and thousands of wills for Florida residents, many of which are archived in the firm's Orlando office. Mr. Gierach's son, John Gierach, also became an established practitioner in the Wills, Estate Planning and Probate practice to maintain his father's legacy in these fields of expertise.

It is also noteworthy that Elroy J. Gierach was a decorated World War II veteran who served as a captain and pilot-in-command of a B-17 Flying Fortress before he returned from the war and put himself through college and law school. His credo and principles upon which this law firm was founded continue to be the foundational cornerstones that continue to be practiced on a daily basis, to wit: HONESTY, INTEGRITY and PERSONAL SERVICE!

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Yvette J. Albin

Certified Paralegal, Florida Registered Paralegal

Yvette J. Albin joined the law offices of Gierach and Gierach, P.A. as a paralegal in June 1992. Ms. Albin is a Certified Paralegal as well as a Florida Registered Paralegal. She assists Attorney John Gierach and Attorney Alita Chappell in the areas of Wills, Estates, Probates, Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Claims. She has over eighteen years of experience working as a legal assistant and paralegal in Central Florida. She holds an Associate Degree from Southern College and graduated Magna Cum Laude, an American Bar Association accredited Paralegal Program in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

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Gail D. Bowman

Office Manager/Legal Administrative Assistant

Gail D. Bowman joined the law office of Gierach and Gierach, P.A. as a legal administrative assistant in November 1981. In 1987, Ms. Bowman became Office Manager and also continued her legal administrative assistant duties. She handles the administrative operations of the firm including human resource issues, the firm’s budget and finances and vendor relations. She also works closely with Attorney John Gierach and Attorney Alita Chappell in the area of workers’ compensation claims. She has 30 years of experience working in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Wills and Probate, Personal Injury and Real Estate.

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Lisa A. Jackson

Florida Registered Paralegal

Lisa A. Jackson joined the law firm of Gierach and Gierach, P.A. as a Legal Assistant in January 1997 and registered with the Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal in 2009. She works closely with attorneys John R. Gierach and Alita S. Chappell in the areas of workers’ compensation claims and appeals. Lisa is the appellate paralegal and assists the attorneys in the handling of appellate matters with the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. She also handles the legal billing for the firm. Lisa has over 24 years of experience working as a Legal Assistant in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Appellate, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Defense, Special Disability Trust Fund, Family Law and Criminal Law.


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