Distinguished Alumnus

Ira J. Gonzalez '01, MBA '05

Ira J. Gonzalez '01, MBA '05

Attorney at Law, Fowler White Burnett PA

Ira Gonzalez is an attorney in the Miami office of Fowler White Burnett. Prior to returning to his roots, he began his legal practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ira feels fortunate to have been able to pursue a practice that allows him to do what he loves most - to help others in need, which is at the core of the values instilled in him during his time at Barry. Gonzalez' body of work illustrates a vested interest in serving the public interest and impacting important change through a service oriented focus and fostering a respect for the law, while preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy in his profession. His practice focuses primarily in civil and commercial litigation in the areas of product liability, real estate/construction, land use and zoning, and medical malpractice. His experience includes participating in all aspects of litigation defending companies in a wide variety of tort claims. He has also represented real estate and construction clients in matters involving land use issues, construction defect claims, UCC claims and disputes between property owners, contractors, tenants and design professionals.

Prior to practicing law, he served in a number of roles in Miami government, including as Chief of Operations for Code Enforcement, as Executive Assistant to the City Manager, and as Assistant Policy Coordinator for the Mayor.

Gonzalez is most proud of his service on several community boards and committees including, his service on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Pro Bono Project; as co-chair of the New Orleans Bar Association Study Group on Cuba Committee; as President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana; and as co-chair of the Consumer Products Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee. Just this year, he was appointed to the Florida Bar's Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee to serve from 2017-2018.

Gonzalez graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2010 and earned both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Barry University in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit and 5th Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana. He is also a fellow at the Loyola University Institute of Politics, Class of 2014-2015 and received the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Century Award for donating more than 100 hours of pro bono service in 2014.

Gonzalez enrolled at Barry on a full athletic/baseball scholarship after earning first team All Miami-Dade County and second team All-State honors at Miami Coral Park High School where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Throughout his baseball career at Barry, Gonzalez shattered most offensive and defensive school records and is still the career home run record holder. He was named Freshman Player of the Year in the Sunshine State Conference his rookie year and led the baseball program to its first ever NCAA regional berth.