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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 Immediate Past President of The Florida Bar and Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, a third-generation law firm with nearly a century of experience successfully fighting for injured clients and their families.  

Gary is one of Florida’s foremost personal injury attorneys, leading a team of skilled trial lawyers who practice law with professionalism, integrity, ethics and a commitment to personal client service. 

Gary’s dedication to The Florida Bar is longstanding, with 25 years of service, including more than a decade on the Board of Governors, chairing the Legislation and Professional Ethics committees, and serving on the Strategic Planning, Disciplinary Review, Communications and Board Review on Professional Ethics committees. Gary is highly respected in the legal field and often serves as a guest lecturer and media commentator on the topics of personal injury and professional ethics. He is a dedicated community servant and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, the Executive Board of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and Young Singers of Palm Beach County.  

Gary also served as chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism and Medical Legal committees.  A native of West Palm Beach, Gary graduated from Forest Hill High School before earning a degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a member of the Bar & Gavel Society, and he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law school’s newspaper. 

Gary is happily married to his wife, Jennifer, with whom he shares three daughters, Lillian, Josie and Rebecca. 

 

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)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Personal Injury Law (2006 – Present)
  • Florida Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” by Florida Trend magazine (2006 – Present)
  • U.S. News & World Report; Best Law Firm (2013 – Present)
  • Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2013 – Present)
  • LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America (2019 – Present)
  • Palm Beach Illustrated Top 100 West Palm Beach (2019 – Present)
  • Palm Beach Illustrated Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders (2023)
  • City & State FL South Florida Power 100 (2023)
  • South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers (2023)
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2023)
  • Ed Tancer Distinguished Alumni Award from Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (2023)

·        Florida Bar Tradition of Excellence Award from the Solo & Small Firm Section (2023)

  • Luminary Award from Alpert Jewish Family Service (2023)
  • Florida Trend Magazine Florida 500 (2022)
  • Florida Bar President Award (2022, 2017)
  • Community Leadership Award from In Jacob’s Shoes (2022)
  • I Am Hillel Award from Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach (2018)
  • Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award from the Palm Beach County Bar Association (2017)
  • Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League (2015)
  • Harriet Goldstein Award from Families First of Palm Beach County (2014)
  • Judge Learned Hand Award from AJC Global Jewish Advocacy (2014)
  • Small Business Person of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches (2014)
  • Character Counts Business of the Year Award from the United Way of Martin County (2013)
  • Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami School of Law (2012)
  • Supporter of the Year Award from Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County (2010)
  • Businessperson of the Year Award from the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce (2009 – 2010)
  • Young Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation (2001)
  • Israel Unity Award from the State of Israel Bonds (1996)

Legal Community Involvement

 

The Florida Bar, Admitted 1992

  • President, June 2022 – June 2023
  • President-Elect, June 2021 – June 2022
  • 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
  • Chair, the 4th DCA Judicial Nominating Commission Screening Committee
  • Designated Reviewer, 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Comm “E”
  • Chair, 15th Circuit Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Committee
  • Board Liaison, Health Law Section
  • Board Liaison, Constitutional Judiciary Committee
  • Board Liaison, Unlicensed Practice of Law Standing Committee

National Conference of Bar Presidents

  • 21st Century Lawyer Committee (2023 – Present)

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)

 

Community Leadership and Involvement

  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees (2023 – Present)
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors (2023 – Present)
  • Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee (2023 – Present); Board Member (2018 – 2023)
  • 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 – 2020), Former Campaign Outreach Chair, Former Business & Professional Division Chair, Former President of the Young Leadership Division, Former Attorneys Division Chair
  • Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors (2015 – 2022)
  • Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, Board Member (2014 – Present)
  • 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)
  • Parent Television Council, National Board Member (2014 – 2021)
  • American Heart Association, Executives with Heart Chair (2019 – 2021)
  • Palm Beach Medical Society, Medical Services Board (2018 – 2020)
  • Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Board Member and served on Investment and Fundraising Committees (2011 – 2017)
  • Trustee Member of the Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee Member of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
  • President’s Council Member of Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School, former Fundraising Vice President, former Legal Vice President, and Board Member for over 20 years

 

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
  • Professionalism and The Florida Bar
  • State of The Florida Bar
  • Mentoring New Lawyers
  • Servant Leadership: A Mindset for Success
  • Greater Access for Legal Services

 

Education, Academic Honors & Activities

 

University of Miami School of Law

1992, Juris Doctorate

  • 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

George Washington University

1989 B.A., International Affairs

  • Associate Editor, George Washington Hatchet 1988 – 1999
  • Editor-in-Chief, George Washington Journal 1987 – 1988
  • Senate President Pro Tempore 1988 – 1989
  • Contributor WRGW Radio Station 1987 – 1988

 

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


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