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Gary Lesser

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC
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Gary Lesser
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC
West Palm Beach,
 FL

Gary S. Lesser is the President of the Florida Bar, after having served for more than a decade on the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Gary was appointed Chair of Florida Bar Legislation three years in a row, and also served as Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee, and served on the Strategic Planning, Disciplinary Review, Communications and Board Review on Professional Ethics Committees.

Gary is the Firm’s Managing Partner and is one of Florida’s leading personal injury attorneys, handling a large number of high profile personal injury cases over the years, including automobile injury, wrongful/accidental death, premises liability, gun liability, negligent security, product injury, and other related injury cases. Gary has lectured at seminars all over Florida on the topics of personal injury and various ethics issues. He has been interviewed by local and national media regarding personal injury cases, important ethical/legal issues, and his service to the community.

He has continued the Firm’s tradition of community involvement, taking active leadership positions with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Jewish Federation, and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Gary also served as the Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and Chair of the Medical Legal Committee for many years.

Gary was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. After graduating from Forest Hill High School, Gary attended George Washington University, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs, and was named to the Dean’s List and served as President Pro Tempore of the Student Senate. He was Associate Editor of the GW Hatchet, the school newspaper, and the Editor-in-Chief of the GW Journal, a monthly political opinion commentary. Gary attended the University of Miami School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate. He was a member of Bar & Gavel Society, and he served as Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of Res Ipsa Loquitur, the law school’s newspaper.

Admitted

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1992)

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (1992)

The Florida Bar (1992)

Awards & Honors

“AV” Preeminent Rating (2004 present)

Best Lawyers; Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2013 present)

LawDragon 500; Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America (2019 present)

Florida Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” by Florida Trend magazine (2006 present)

Florida Super Lawyers; Personal Injury Law (2006 present)

Palm Beach Illustrated; Top 100 West Palm Beach (2019 present)

U.S. News & World Report; Best Law Firm (2013 present)

“I Am Hillel” Award from Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach (2018)

Recipient of the “Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award” from the Palm Beach County Bar Association (2017)

Recipient of Florida Bar President “Kitchen Cabinet” Award (2017)

Recipient of the “Jurisprudence Award” from the Anti-Defamation League (2015)

Recipient of the Families First of Palm Beach County “Harriet Goldstein Award” (2014)

Recipient of the AJC Global Jewish Advocacy “Judge Learned Hand Award” (2014)

Recipient of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches “Small Business Person of the Year Award” (2014)

Recipient of the United Way of Martin County Character Counts “Business of the Year” Award (2013)

Recipient of the University of Miami School of Law “Alumni Leadership Award” (2012)

Recipient of the Healthy Mothers Coalition Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County “Supporter of The Year” Award (2010)

Recipient of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year Award” (2009 2010)

Recipient of Jewish Federation Annual “Young Leadership Award” (2001)

Recipient of “Israel Unity Award” State of Israel Bonds (1996)

Legal Community Involvement

The Florida Bar, Admitted 1992

President Elect, June 2021 present

Board of Governors, June 2011 June 2021

Member of Executive Committee for five years

Legislation Committee Chair for three years

Florida Bar Advertising Committee, Chair for 2010 2011 and Vice Chair for 2009 2010

Professional Ethics Committee, Joined Committee in 1998, Vice Chair for 2001 2003 and Chair for 2003 2004

Served on the: Communications Committee, Disciplinary Review Committee, Review Committee on Professional Ethics, Constitutional Review Commission Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee

The 4th DCA Judicial Nominating Commission Screening Committee Chair

Designated Reviewer, 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Comm “E”

Chair, 15th Circuit Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Committee

Chair, 4th DCA JNCV Selection Committee

Board Liaison, Health Law Section

Board Liaison, Constitutional Judiciary Committee

Board Liaison, Unlicensed Practice of Law Standing Committee

Palm Beach County Bar Association, November 1992 present

Professionalism Committee (Chair for 1999 2002 and Co-Chair for 1998 1999)

Medical Legal Committee (Chair for 2005 2008 and 2010 2011)

Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow

Board Member and served on Investment Committee (2005 2008)

Florida Justice Association, Member since 1993

Eagle Patron

Former Member of the CLE Committee

University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association

Former Vice President

Board member for many years

American Bar Association

Longtime member, ABA Fellow (2016 present)

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

The Attorneys Division Chair

Martin County Bar Association

Professionalism Committee

Media Coverage

Articles about Gary Lesser becoming President Elect:

New Florida Bar President-Elect is Palm Beach County Attorney — The Palm Beach Post

Lesser Becomes Florida Bar President-Elect — The Florida Bar

Gary S. Lesser to Succeed Dori Foster-Morales and Michael Tanner as Florida Bar President in 2022 — The Vistek

Attorney Gary Lesser Named President-Elect Designate of Florida Bar — Town-Crier

Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser Named President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar — Cision PR Newswire

Gary Lesser Elected President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar — Historic City News

Personal Injury Attorney Elected Florida Bar President for 2022 Term — Law 360 Pulse

Personnel Note: Gary Lesser Elected Florida Bar President-Elect — Florida Politics

Gary Lesser Chosen to Lead Florida Bar for 2022-2023 — Florida Daily

This South Florida Lawyer Just Became President of The Florida Bar — Daily Business Review

Other News

Law of Hope — In Florida

Florida Bar to Honor Seven Attorneys on Treasure Coast for 50 years in the Legal Profession — TC Palm

Attorney Gary Lesser Sworn In To Bar Board Of Governors — Boca News Now

Gary Lesser named Attorney of the Month by Attorney at Law magazine — MyDigital Publication

Law Firm Limelight: Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith — Lawdragon

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presented its 2015 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award to Gary Lesser — ADL Florida

Local attorney remembers Antonin Scalia — ABC 25 WPBF

Law firm Honored for Community Service — The Palm Beach Post

Florida Man Keeps His Grandfather’s Memory Alive Thanks to Friend’s Surprise Hanukkah Gift — People — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »

Law Firm Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith Celebrate 90th Anniversary and 12 Days of Giving — What’s Trending Palm Beach

Family of Teen Shot at Slumber Party Sues Friend and Homeowner — Sun Sentinel

WPBB Chamber Award

Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Presents Business Awards — The Palm Beach Post

ADL Award

ADL Honors Legal and Law Enforcement Officials — ADL Florida

Community Leadership and Involvement

Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Board Member (2010 present) and former PAC Chair and Executive Committee

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Board Member (1995-2021), Former Campaign Outreach Chair, Former Business & Professional Division Chair, Former President of the Young Leadership Division, Former Attorneys Division Chair

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (2018 present)

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors (2015 present)

Parent Television Council, National Board Member (2014 2021)

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, Board Member (2014 present)

Palm Beach Medical Society, Medical Services Board (2018 present)

American Heart Association, Executives with Heart Chair (2019 2021)

Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Board Member and served on Investment and Fundraising Committees (2011 2017)

Hillel of Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Board Member (2012 2015), Honorary Board (2015 present)

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Business & Professionals (B&P) Cabinet (2012 2014), Co-Chair, Breakfast Networking Series Co-Chair (2017-2021)

Trustee Member of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

President’s Council Member of Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce

Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School, former Fundraising Vice President, former Legal Vice President, and Board Member for over 20 years

Trustee Member of the Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce

Anti-Defamation League, Jurisprudence Award Winner and multiple Jurisprudence Event Chair

Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Former Trustee

Florida Chamber of Commerce Member

Former Board Member of the Mandel Jewish Community Center Board of Directors

Former Member of the Temple Beth David Board of Trustees

Former Member of Challenging the Future, benefitting UB Kinsey Palmview Elementary School of the Arts.

Seminars Presented

The Intersection of Ethics and Technology

Legal Ethics

Ethics: Advertising

Ethics: Letters of Protection

Litigation Auto Negligence Cases: Ethics and Discovery Process

Personal Injury: Mediation and Ethical Issues

10 Most Common Issues for Auto Litigation

Diversity and the Path to the Bench: The Appointment and Election Process

Education

University of Miami School of Law

1992, Juris Doctorate

The George Washington University

1989 B.A., International Affairs

Academic Honors and Activities

University of Miami School of Law

Editor in Chief, Res Ipsa Loquitur 1991 1992

Associate Editor, Yearbook of International Law 1991 1992

Bar & Gavel Society, 1990 1992

Phi Alpha Delta 1989 1992

Roger Cerino Award Finalist 1992

Summer Honors Program/Florida Bar Iota Fellowship 1990

The George Washington University

Associate Editor, George Washington Hatchet 1988 1999

Editor-in-Chief, George Washington Journal 1987 19881

Senate President Pro Tempore 1988 1989

Contributor WRGW Radio Station 1987 1988

Experience

Managing Partner, May 1992 present

Managing Partner of 10 lawyer firm focusing on personal injury cases with an emphasis on aggressively moving cases forward and providing good client service and communication. The firm’s practice areas include motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect/abuse, product liability, and premises liability. Oversees the firm’s daily operations, directs the firm’s community involvement, and handles an active caseload.

Law Clerk, Aronovitz Trial Lawyers, 1990 1992

Worked directly with Managing Partner Tod Aronovitz, one of Florida’s leading trial lawyers and a former President of the Florida Bar, on all aspects of legal research preparation of correspondence and pleadings and assisting with all aspects of trial preparation.

Miami Dade County Homeless Legal Project, 1990

As part of the Summer Honors Program, I was placed at the Miami Dade County Homeless Legal Project, now known as the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Conducted legal research and drafted Memos of Law on the issues of overbroad city ordinances affecting the homeless population.

Intern, Senator Lawton Chiles, 1986 1987

Handled mail, conducted research and drafted correspondence and position met with visiting constituents and community leader’s papers at the direction of Senate staff.

Notable Verdicts and Settlements

Confidential Settlement High School Student Killed by Tractor Trailer

Significant Confidential Settlement Minor Sexual Abuse Case

Confidential Settlement Pedestrian Death Case

$6.3 Million Verdict Motorcycle Accident Death Case

$5 Million Verdict Wrongful Death Motor Vehicle Accident

Confidential Settlement Shooting Death of Minor Child

Confidential Settlement Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Case

$3.1 Million Car Accident case with partial paralysis

$2.1 Million Policy Limits Recovery/Motor Vehicle Accident

$1.2 Million Golf Cart Negligence

Personal

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida; Married to Jennifer since 1994; Three children: Lillian, Josie, and Rebecca


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