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Panama City, FL

Gerard M. Virga

Founder | The Virga Law Firm, P.A.

Gerard M. Virga has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional.

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Gerard M. Virga is a renowned Panama City, Florida, divorce lawyer and the founder of The Virga Law Firm, P.A. With nearly a decade and a half of experience under his belt, Mr. Virga leads a team of talented attorneys in offering industry-leading representation in a range of divorce, child custody, and family law matters. Known for his sensitive and effective around-the-clock representation, he has earned numerous awards and honors over the years, including the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ 10 Best as well as The National Trial Lawyers™’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Virga earned his B.A. in History from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from Samford University Cumberland School of Law. Mr. Virga founded his first firm in 2005 and has since helped hundreds of clients find peace of mind in trying times. With offices in Pensacola, Fort Walton, Panama City Beach, and Orlando, The Virga Law Firm, P.A., offers same-day appointments to ensure that their clients get top-rated legal assistance when they need it most. Understanding that divorce can be one of the most emotionally-charged legal processes to work through, Mr. Virga and his team take the utmost care to listen to and address clients’ concerns and inform them of their options with compassion and consideration.

Whether clients are experiencing a domestic violence situation, child custody dispute, or a complex, high net worth divorce, no case is too complex for Mr. Virga and his skilled team of advocates. His unique ability to be simultaneously empathetic with clients and fierce in the courtroom has earned Mr. Virga Avvo’s 10.0/10.0 "Superb" rating, the highest possible, for client satisfaction and professionalism, as well as a laundry list of loyal clients and recommendations.

Before forming The Virga Law Firm, P.A., in 2015, Mr. Virga was awarded the honor of serving as a legal advisor to former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' staff in Washington, D.C. He later had the privilege of representing the people of Florida as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Charlie Crist.

A clear leader in his field with a proven track record of success both inside and outside of the courtroom, Mr. Virga pays careful attention to changes in his area of practice. Recently, he has been paying attention to how developments in Washington may affect his practice in Florida. He notes:

The big question right now has to do with the new tax bill: how it may affect the taxability of the alimony, and who gets to write it off.

With a wealth of experience in complex family law matters, Mr. Virga plans to take any changes coming down the pike in stride with the goal of helping as many families as possible in their time of need. Looking forward, he anticipates working hard to develop his out of state practice while continuing to offer Floridian families the attentive and knowledgeable service for which his firm has become known. He noted:

I think hard work is the cornerstone of being successful. You have to really reach down inside yourself and find your passion and drive to keep fighting the good fight. You have to do what you love—or don’t do it at all. My passion for my work and my clients is what keeps me going.

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Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Supreme Court (2007 & 2008)
  • Avvo, 10.0/10.0 "Superb" Rated
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™, 10 Best (2016)
  • The National Trial Lawyers™, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Advocates™, Top 100 Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates, Rising Star (2018)

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Federal District Court, Northern District Court of Florida
  • Florida, Family Law Section

Education

  • University of Florida, B.A., History
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D.

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