Greg Palmer Tackles Challenges In and Out of Court

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Greg Palmer cycling in the mountains of Colorado

Greg Palmer cycling in the mountains of Colorado

Taking to the trails on a mountain bike may sound like a leisurely pursuit, but Greg Palmer, a partner in the Miami office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, has traveled great distances to tackle an elevated version of the sport. A former road cyclist, Greg switched to mountain biking about eight years ago. “Miami is one of the most dangerous places in the country for road cyclists and walkers. I really enjoy cycling and felt that keeping to Florida’s trails would be much safer,” said Greg. “What I didn’t know at the time is that mountain biking can be just as dangerous. Encounters with fallen trees and massive roots have led to many more bruises than I ever received on a road bike.”

Greg Palmer

Greg Palmer

Despite the occasional mishap, Greg has become a proficient mountain biker, logging anywhere from four to 10 hours a week on the trails. In addition to exploring bike trails all over the state of Florida, Greg has also taken cycling trips in various areas of the country including Colorado and his most recent trip to Utah, where he had the opportunity to cycle in some of the most remote parts of the country. “The scenery in Utah was just spectacular. There is really nothing like mountain biking for taking away the stresses of everyday life,” he said. “It forces you to focus on the moment – truly a great escape. I especially enjoyed the Colorado trip. Riding in the mountains when you aren’t accustomed to the thinner air at higher elevations is very challenging. The first time I rode I had to stop after 15 minutes because I just couldn’t breathe. It always takes me a couple of days to acclimate my lungs to the environment – then I have a great time.”

Greg takes on the challenging trails of Utah

Greg takes on the challenging trails of Utah

Greg, who has been recognized as one of South Florida’s “Most Effective Litigators” by the Daily Business Review, likens his time on a bike to his legal practice, “I find that approaching a challenging bike ride is very much like taking on a challenging legal case – detailed preparation is necessary to achieve a successful outcome. And, when you’ve reached the summit there is a great sense of fulfillment, just as there is when we successfully litigate a case for a client.”

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