Jonathan R. Gdanski


A trial attorney with Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., Jonathan Gdanski focuses on catastrophic personal injury cases, tobacco litigation, and products liability lawsuits. Jonathan handled numerous cases that were established after the Engle Tobacco Class Action. He managed more than 1,250 claims that resulted in more than 10 million dollars in recovery on behalf of his clients. In fact, he has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts for clients in the wake of the Engle Tobacco Class Action. Jonathan has successfully handled cases in both State and Federal Court. Additionally, Jonathan is lead Plaintiff’s liaison counsel in Broward County. He also manages and oversees all the tobacco lawsuits that are pending in Broward County.

Notable Case Results

Along with Crane Johnstone, Scott Schlesinger, and Steven Hammer, Jonathan obtained a $75 million verdict against four major tobacco companies in the U.S. This landmark case, Marvine Calloway as Personal Representative of the Estate of Johnnie Calloway vs. R.J. Reynolds, et. al., is the first in which punitive and compensatory damages were demanded from all four tobacco companies. This is one of the largest awards in tobacco litigation history.

Another notable case involved a national class action against Toyota Motor Sales. Along with Scott Schlesinger, Jonathan served as lead counsel in a case involving a substantial defect in the 2007 Lexus ES350. A national settlement that affected more than 100,000 vehicle owners was the result of this certified class action.

Education and Personal Life

Prior to joining Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., Jonathan was a clerk at Stanley Rosenblatt P.A. in Miami. He graduated with honors from Yeshiva College before obtaining his J.D. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Jonathan is fluent in Hebrew.

Jonathan and his wife, Rachel, are parents to Eliora, Caleb, and Ezekiel. The family lives in Miami Beach.

Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Stars
  • $157,000,000 -

    Tobacco Product Liability

  • $20,000,000 -

    Tobacco Product Liability

  • $10,500,000 -

    Tobacco Product Liability

  • $9,154,198 -

    Tobacco Product Liability

  • $6,000,000 -

    Tobacco Product Liability

  • $4,500,000 -

    Tobacco Product Liability


  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2006
    • J.D.
  • Yeshiva University, 2003
    • B.A.
  • Genesis Jerusalem Institute, 2000
    • B.A.

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2014 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Broward County Justice Association
  • Attorney Information Exchange Group
  • B'Nai B'rith Justice League
  • American Association of Justice

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