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Misconduct Report: August 2014

Alan Gold

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Alan Gold
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #7T
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   7/1/1997 - 1/10/2011
Senior:   1/10/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Jose Gonzalez
Succeeded by:   Robin Rosenbaum
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Florida, B.A., 1966
Law School:   Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1969

Alan Stephen Gold is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. After 13 years on the bench, Gold decided to assume senior status in 2010.[1]

Early life and education

A native of New York State, Gold graduated from the University of Florida with his bachelor's degree in 1966 and from the Duke University School of Law with his juris doctoral degree in 1969. Gold later graduated from University of Miami Law School with a Master in Laws degree in 1974

Professional career

After, graduating from Duke Law, Gold was a Research assistant for state appeals judge Charles Carroll in the Florida Third District Court of Appeals from 1969 to 1970. In 1970, Gold spent one year as a private practice attorney in the State of Florida in 1970 before starting his prosecution career as a Assistant County Attorney for Dade County from 1971 to 1975. From 1975 to 1993, Gold served again as a private practice attorney in the stat of Florida before becoming a circuit court judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court briefly from 1992 to 1993 as an interim judge before being permanently hired in 1993 till 1997.

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Gold was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 12, 1997 to a seat vacated by Jose Gonzalez as Gonzalez went on senior status. Gold was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 27, 1997 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 1, 1997. Gold later assumed senior status on January 10, 2011. Gold was succeeded in this position by Robin Rosenbaum.

Notable cases

UBS Bank secrecy case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (United States, v. UBS AG; Case unavailable, this link will lead to eventual settlement agreement between UBS, and U.S. IRS, 09-cv-20423)

On July 13, 2009, Judge Gold conducted a hearing whether to enforce a civil summons from the IRS seeking customer information on UBS customers.[2]

The Justice Department said it will insist on information on a large number of UBS customers in any settlement between the American and Swiss governments over a high-stakes, bank-secrecy dispute in which UBS allowed customers to set-up off-shore accounts to dodge taxes.[2]

On July 31, 2009, Judge Gold announced a settlement between the United States and Switzerland governments and UBS. The settlement includes that UBS must disclose 52,000 names of individuals that have bank accounts offshore. This will allow for the US Government to start tax evasion investigations on those who try to avoid paying US taxes.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Jose Gonzalez
Southern District of Florida
Seat #7T
Succeeded by:
Robin Rosenbaum