Attorney; Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Attorney Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar says being a litigator is a perfect fit for his personality. He says he has always been a team player with a competitive spirit and a passion for advocating on behalf of others.
“I played a lot of team sports growing up,” says Alcazar. “I was never the star, but thinking back, I like to say I made every team that I played on better. I think that’s the case with every trial team here [at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi]. If I’m the guy who needs to look at documents, I look at documents. If it’s me who needs to try the case, I try the case. I will take on any role demanded of me in a way that is helpful and constructive for the team.”
Alcazar has a wide-ranging litigation practice at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi representing insurance companies, corporations, and individuals in all kinds of business and insurance contract disputes.
Recently, Alcazar served as trial counsel for the American Steamship Co. in a complex matter involving the holing and flooding of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., a 1,000 ft. lake freighter in Superior, Wis. Alcazar successfully sued the dock company involved in the dispute, resulting in a $4.7 million award for repair damages and lost business income to the American Steamship Co.
Alcazar says after years of working with the ship’s personnel, he came to understand how emotionally invested they were in the case. When Alcazar received the judge’s verdict, the first person he called was the ship’s captain.
“It meant a lot to me to be the person who shared the result with him,” says Alcazar. “To be able to tell him he did everything right and nothing wrong — that he doesn’t share any fault — reinforced why I wanted to be a lawyer in the first place.”
Alcazar has an active pro bono practice and recently served as president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. In that role, Alcazar was a strong advocate for increasing diversity on Minnesota’s judicial bench.
“Diversity provides different experiences and perspectives,” says Alcazar. “It puts confidence back into communities of color when the bench looks like them, and the judges deciding their criminal, civil, and juvenile cases have shared similar experiences.”