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GARY S. LESSER

GARY S. LESSER

Managing Partner, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC

Gary S. Lesser is the Immediate Past President of The Florida Bar, after ten years of service on the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Gary was appointed Chair of the Florida Bar Legislation Committee three years in a row, and also served as Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Gary also served on the Rules, Disciplinary Review Committee and the 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.

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)

Experience

Managing Partner, May 1992 – present

Managing Partner 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.

Awards & Honors

• Sidney A. Stubbs Professionalism Awards from Palm Beach County Bar Association (2024)
• Iron Arrow Honor Society University of Miami (2023)
• Florida Trend Magazine Florida 500 (2023, 2022)
• AV” Preeminent Rating (2004 – Present)
• U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm (2013 – Present)
• Ed Tancer Distinguished Alumni Award from Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (2023)
• Luminary Award from Alpert Jewish Family Service (2023)
• Florida Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” by Florida Trend magazine (2006 – Present)
• Florida Super Lawyers Personal Injury Law (2006 – Present)
• Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2013 – Present)
• Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyer and Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders (2023)
• Boca Raton Observer Top Lawyer (2023)
• Tradition of Excellence Award from the Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section (2023)
• City & State FL South Florida Power 100 (2023)
• South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers (2023)
• National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2023)
• Community Leadership Award from In Jacob’s Shoes (2022)
• Florida Bar President Award (2022, 2017)
• LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America (2019 – Present)
• Palm Beach Illustrated Top 100 West Palm Beach (2019 – Present)
• 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)

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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 Rules, Communications Committee, Disciplinary Review Committee, Review Committee on Professional Ethics, Constitutional Review
  • Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee (2022) which produced the Bar’s Three Year Strategic Plan
  • Chair of the 4th DCA Judicial Nominating Commission Screening Committee
  • Designated Reviewer, 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Comm “E”
  • Chair of the 5th 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)

Media Coverage

Articles about Gary Lesser becoming President Elect:

  • New Florida Bar President-Elect is Palm Beach County Attorney — 
    The Palm Beach Post — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Lesser Becomes Florida Bar President-Elect — 
    The Florida Bar — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Gary S. Lesser to Succeed Dori Foster-Morales and Michael Tanner as Florida Bar President in 2022 — 
    The Vistek — READ ARTICLE ONLINE 
  • Attorney Gary Lesser Named President-Elect Designate of Florida Bar — Town-Crier — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser Named President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar — 
    Cision PR Newswire — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Personal Injury Attorney Elected Florida Bar President for 2022 Term — 
    Law 360 Pulse — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Personnel Note: Gary Lesser Elected Florida Bar President-Elect — 
    Florida Politics — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Gary Lesser Chosen to Lead Florida Bar for 2022-2023 — Florida Daily — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • This South Florida Lawyer Just Became President of The Florida Bar — Daily Business Review — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • WPBB Chamber Award
  • Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Presents Business  Awards —  The Palm Beach Post
Other News
  • Law Firm Limelight: Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith — 
    Lawdragon — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presented its 2015 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award to Gary Lesser — 
    ADL Florida — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Local attorney remembers Antonin Scalia — 
    ABC 25 WPBF — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Law firm Honored for Community Service — The Palm Beach Post
  • Law Firm Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith Celebrate 90th Anniversary and 12 Days of Giving — 
    What’s Trending Palm Beach — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »
  • Family of Teen Shot at Slumber Party Sues Friend and Homeowner — 
    Sun Sentinel — READ ARTICLE ONLINE »

 

ADL Award

Community Leadership and Involvement

• Jewish Lawyers Association of Palm Beach County, Founding President (2024 – Present)
• Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees (2023 – Present) Chair of the CLE Committee
• Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Board of Directors (2023 – Present) Co-Chair Pro Bono Nite 2014, 2015
• 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 (2023 – Present; 1995 – 2021), 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 (2023 – Present; 2015 – 2022)
• West Palm Beach Library Foundation, Board Member and Of Counsel (2018 – 2024)
• 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)
• 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; Investment and Fundraising Committees (2011 – 2017)
• Trustee Member of the Stuart Martin County Chamber of Commerce
• Trustee Member of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
• 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
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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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