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Gerber Law, P.A. in the Community

Charitable Donations

Gerber Law, P.A. regularly makes charitable donations to local organizations. Gerber Law believes in strengthening the community through community involvement and giving. Gerber Law, P.A. has and will continue to support local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and The Child Protection Center, both of whom were recipients of contributions from Gerber Law.

Impacting Tomorrow

Maria Gerber believes that attorneys can not only positively influence our communities in real time, but also make an impact on our future. One of the key ways Maria Gerber believes that she can best do that is by supporting our youth. When she was an assistant state attorney in the 6th Judicial Circuit, in Pinellas County she regularly volunteered her time at Teen Court, which is a “peer court” for high schoolers facing first time misdemeanor or traffic offender charges. Currently, she coordinates, coaches and instructs high school and university students who compete in forensics. This includes speech, debate, moot court and mock trial. Maria believes that shepherding the youth of today means a better tomorrow for all of us. It is her passion to foster youth programs that enable students to learn the art of advocacy, including logic and rhetoric so that they will be effective communicators. It is her hope that the youth with whom she works will become future leaders who properly balance compassion for humanity with their skills and ambition. Maria holds her students to a high standard of hard work, honesty, and ethics which has proved a recipe for success as the teams she has coached have won or placed in many esteemed national competitions. Maria also supports youth excellence through sports programs. In 2020 and in 2021 she was a sponsor for the Venice High School Girls Golf Team.

Maria Gerber Cares About the Environment

Maria Gerber sits on the board of directors for the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida. The Center serves the Southwest coast of Florida and its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release orphaned and injured wildlife back into their natural habitats. Maria is dedicated to helping Florida’s wildlife, which is critical for maintaining a healthy eco system and environment in Florida.

Maria Gerber led high school mock trial team to success at the third annual Florida Southern College High School Mock Trial Competition on March 6, 2021. Gerber’s team took the top spot for the third year in a row, and one of the attorney judges noted that Gerber’s team was the best he had seen.

Maria Gerber led two mock trial teams to success at the prestigious 2021 Providence Cup in Denver, Colorado. Gerber‘s teams took “most professional team,” as well as two attorney and witness awards.

Maria Gerber’s moot court teams take first place, second place, and semi finalist at the 2017 Princeton University’s Annual Moot Court Competition.

Maria Gerber led University of South Florida’s moot court team to success in two moot court tournaments in October and November of 2019. Gerber’s collegiate team was the only Florida team to compete in the American Moot Court Association’s Rocky Mountain invitational in Denver, and placed as an octa-finalist. In November, Gerber’s team also reached quarter finals and took top advocate awards at the AMCA’s South Atlantic Regional Competition.

In January 2020, Maria Gerber led University of South Florida’s moot court team to success once more. Her team competed in the American Moot Court Association’s national tournament at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and finished in the top 16.

Maria Gerber led high school mock trial team to success in Sarasota County. Gerber’s team took the top spot for the second year in a row at the annual 12th Judicial Circuit High School Mock Trial Competition.

Maria Gerber led high school mock trial team in the annual Florida High School Mock Trial Competition. Gerber’s team placed fifth and took home top witness awards.

On March 16, 2019 Maria Gerber coached a high school mock trial team competing in the annual FLREA High School Mock Trial Competition, held in Orlando, Florida. Gerber’s team took 6th place and the top witness award.

Maria Gerber led her high school mock trial team to victory at Yale University’s National Mock Trial Competition in September 2021. Gerber’s team competed against 29 elite teams from all over the nation, which all competed for the top spot. Gerber’s team took first place, as well as top attorney award.

Gerber Law, P.A. made a charitable donation to The Child Protection Center, which does invaluable work for the children in the community. The donation included toys for children in the therapy program and staff goody bags. Gerber Law is happy to give back to change-making organizations in Sarasota County.

Gerber Law, P.A. made a charitable donation to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County’s holiday toy drive. Gerber Law is happy for the opportunity to give back to those who serve and better our local community.

On May 29th, 2021, a Gerber Law, PA staff member was driving on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota when she witnessed another driver, briefly stop at a stop sign before striking and killing a mother duck who was crossing the roadway with her 8 tiny ducklings. Our staff member waited for traffic to clear and went to the rescue! She was able to rescue all of the ducklings who were frantically scrambling to get across the road. Fortunately, the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida was kind enough to take in the young orphans to give them a chance of survival without their mother.