Gerry has been involved in the construction industry since the day after he graduated from high school when he went to work with a civil engineering consulting firm. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering and Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor societies. Gerry is a licensed professional engineer.
After graduation, Gerry worked in Washington, D.C. and Arcadia, California, as a project engineer for a construction engineering firm where he was involved in the design of the Washington Metro and Atlanta's MARTA subway systems, as well as in preparing an estimate for the World Bank for the construction of the Yacyretá Hydroelectric Power Station across the Paraná River in Paraguay.
Gerry later was employed as a project manager for a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm in Nashville and Louisville where he was responsible for the design of foundation and retaining systems, and the foundation inspections and materials testing for several large construction project throughout the southern United States. He attended law school at night while working as a senior geotechnical engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Gerry entered into a new phase of his professional career.
As an attorney, Gerry assists clients with all phases of a construction project, from selection of the appropriate project delivery systems, preparing and negotiating the contract documents, through project administration and closeout, to resolution of disputes that can arise on a construction project, including arbitration and litigation.
Gerry was an adjunct professor the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering, teaching management law to engineering and business school graduate students. He often provides lectures on construction law and design professional licensing, ethical, and liability issues.
In 2007, Gerry was invited to be a Fellow in The American College of Construction Lawyers.