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  • If it involves movement by water, lawyer George Gabel likely is involved or at least deeply interested. Gabel practices maritime and media and First Amendment law and also is the general counsel for a workers’ compensation insurance company. He’s highly visible publicly as an advocate for international trade, especially logistics and port-related business. As for the water, Gabel was a competitive swimmer at Davidson College and swims a quarter-mile at least five days a week.
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  • Holland & Knight Partner George Gabel holds a long list of honors and distinctions, including the position as Honorary Norwegian Consul for Northeast Florida. The shield is on the wall outside his office in the Bank of America Tower.
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  • A series of awards line a credenza outside of Gabel’s office in Holland & Knight’s space on the 39th floor of the Bank of America Tower Downtown. The Tillie Kidd Fowler Leadership Award from Holland & Knight LLP was given to him in 2008. Next to that are more honors, including his award as International Business Leader of the Decade for his service and leadership as the JAX Chamber International chair and in the North Florida logistics industry.
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  • Gabel looks closer at the words on his great-grandfather’s Plantation desk. The words on one cubby hole say “bills 1882.” Framed family photos sit on top.
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  • Gabel looks closer at the words on his great-grandfather’s Plantation desk. The words on one cubby hole say “bills 1882.” Framed family photos sit on top.
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  • A memento from another client.
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  • A portrait of the late Tillie Kidd Fowler designates the Tillie K. Fowler Conference Room at the Holland & Knight offices. She was a partner there from 2001-05. She also served as a U.S. representative from 1993-2001 and was a Jacksonville City Council member, serving as president 1989-90. She died unexpectedly in 2005 at the age of 62.
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  • The painting of the Oriental Warrior shows the ship that caught fire in 1972 off the coast of St. Augustine and was brought into port at Blount Island while still burning, against the objections of the ship’s owner. Gabel represented the owners, who ended up with a government settlement when a fire department mishap sank the ship. It later became an artificial reef.
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  • A gift from a Chinese shipping company.
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by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Jacksonville lawyer George Gabel Jr.’s recent honor as International Business Leader of the Decade by the JAX Chamber is one symbol that sums up his years, actually decades, of effort to bring international trade to town.

It’s only one of many achievements.

Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1964, the University of Florida College of Law graduate has a list of honors and awards, memberships, court admissions, published articles and books as well as speaking engagements that prints out on two pages of very small type. And that’s the abbreviated list.

“What I’ve really enjoyed doing is practicing law and it’s been the right thing to do,” Gabel said from his offices near the top of the 42-story Bank of America Tower Downtown.

“One person can make a difference in all kinds of ways,” he said.

Gabel knows those ways.

For example, as the national litigation practice development partner for Holland & Knight LLP, Gabel works with more than 400 lawyers in more than 20 practice groups.

His practices comprise almost a dozen areas, and he is best known as a maritime lawyer and a communications counsel.

Piracy laws? He helps write them. Communications law? Why, yes. The First Amendment? Of course.

Genteel, attentive and determined, Gabel knows his way not only around the courtroom, but around the globe.

Gabel started forming his world views from the Murray Hill neighborhood in West Jacksonville where he grew up. He was the second child and the oldest boy of five children. His dad was in the water pump business.

Gabel attended John Gorrie Junior High School and Robert E. Lee High School, serving as a student council president at both and co-captaining the swim team his senior year.

He also was head percussionist of the high school band and played with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra his last year in high school.

An English major, Gabel attended Davidson College in North Carolina on an academic scholarship and was on the swimming team. He also was president of his fraternity.

He went on to earn his law degree at the University of Florida.

Asked for three priorities as he nears his 50th year of practicing law and serving the community, Gabel, also a member of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, said that one is to “help globalize Jacksonville.”

Another is to continue developing the national litigation practice throughout the Holland & Knight system.

The other isn’t business. “I spend a lot of time with our family and taking family trips,” he said. He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.

He also continues to swim, at least five days a week. He walks two miles and swims a quarter-mile at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, which features a large heated indoor pool.

He is a lifelong member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder and chair of a $12 million capital campaign.

Gabel is an outspoken advocate for logistics opportunities and port development, especially dredging the St. Johns River to accommodate larger ships and correcting the Mile Point navigational problem.

“We need to make every effort we can for deeper water,” he said. “It’s an opportunity that may never come again.”

kmathis@baileypub.com

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