Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith dedicates its practice to helping individuals and families who have experienced life-changing trauma due to the careless or negligent behavior of others. The Firm does not represent corporations or insurance companies, instead dedicating all of its time and resources to helping regular people who have sustained serious injuries.
Beginning in 1927, the Firm has spent the last 90+ years earning the experience, skill and reputation necessary to represent you and your family during this difficult time.
Our team of experienced trial attorneys offers personalized service and superior communication, as we guide clients through each step of the legal process. This attention to detail, along with a proven track record of success, has earned the Firm an unparalleled reputation. As a result, the Firm is able to rely solely upon referrals from satisfied clients and professionals in the community. The Firm does no formal advertising because its members truly believe that a job well-done, and a client well served, is the best way to generate new business and grow a firm.
Our Credentials and Experience
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith have the credentials and experience to deliver exemplary results for our clients. Our skilled attorneys represent our clients from the beginning to the end of their cases, explaining the processes and working as a team to obtain the best results for their case.
Instead of flashy billboards or slick tv ads, our firm’s clients are referred to us by our current and former clients, attorneys, other professionals, and our friends in the community. We have more than 92 years of experience handling serious personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases across the state of Florida. We are here to help you rebuild your life after you have suffered serious personal injury or loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another.
Our Credentials Include:
- We have over 300 years of combined experience
- Our attorneys have decades trial experience
- Our firm’s attorneys’ credentials include being “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability
- We have obtained significant verdicts settlements that total in the hundreds of millions of dollars
- We have tried thousands of cases and are eager advocates with extensive courtroom experience
- We have firm attorneys with Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
- We have firm attorneys with Board Certification as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar
- Many of our attorneys spent years defending the insurance industry before representing the interests of the injured and their families
- Our attorneys serve on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and leadership of many other legal and non-legal organizations.
- Many of our cases are referred by other attorneys who handle other types of law or practice law in other jurisdictions.
- The firm has always received many referrals from our current and former clients, other professionals, and our friends in the community when their friends and family need a personal injury attorney
Awards and Honors
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith also receives recognition for our integrity, ethics, client satisfaction, and leadership in the legal community. These awards recognize our Firm’s hard work as a team as well as our attorney’s individual accomplishments in personal injury and insurance law.
Our awards and honors include:
- U.S. News and World Report; Best Law Firm
- The Best Lawyers in America; Personal Injury Litigation and Insurance Law
- The Lawdragon 500; Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America
- Florida Super Lawyers; Personal Injury Law
- Florida Trends; Legal Elite Hall of Fame
- The National Trial Lawyer; Top 100 Trial Lawyer
- Daily Business Review; Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
- Top 10 Nursing Home Trial Association; Top 10 Nursing Home Trial Lawyer for the State of Florida
- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys; 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction
We have been representing injured plaintiffs and their families in and around the West Palm Beach, Stuart, and Boca areas since we opened our doors in 1927, and we understand just how difficult this process can be. Our experienced West Palm Beach Injury Lawyerswill be at your side throughout the entirety of your matter, and our lawyers will be there to provide personal communication to you at every step as we guide you and your family towards recovery. Below is a brief overview of what the road to your injury recovery may entail.
Investigating the Accident
The investigation of a injury accident should ideally occur as soon as possible after the accident. Once you retain our firm’s services, we will begin investigating the facts of the accident and the resulting injuries. This can involve examining the accident scene, analyzing physical evidence related to the scene (e.g. damaged vehicles), discussing the accident with you and any eyewitnesses, and speaking with any defendants and their lawyers and insurance companies.
Building Your Injury Case
As we investigate the facts of your accident, we will begin building the legal case for why you are entitled to monetary damages. In Florida, this often requires showing that a defendant breached a legal duty owed to you by acting wrongly or failing to act. For example, motorists and boat operators have a legal duty to operate their vehicle in a reasonable manner so as to prevent injury to bystanders, passengers, and other foreseeable plaintiffs. Likewise, property owners in Florida have a duty to guests to inspect their property for potential dangers and make the property safe.
Once a legal duty and breach of that duty have been established, we will work to show that the defendant’s actions were the legal cause of your injuries. In many cases, proving causation may be straightforward, but in other cases it can be more challenging. Defendants will often to try to argue that another party caused the accident, and frequently will attempt to place blame on the plaintiff. Importantly, in Florida, even where the plaintiff may be partially at fault, the plaintiff can often recover at least a portion of the compensation owed.
Finally, our focus will be on proving the full range of your damages. As an injured plaintiff in a successful injury action, you should be entitled to recovery for all of your damages, including past and future medical bills, lost income and reduced earning potential, pain and suffering, and so on. Proving these damages in court before a jury can be challenging, but our attorneys have decades of experience in arguing for and winning the full damages owed to a plaintiff.
Settlement and Trial
Throughout the time we are investigating and building your case, our lawyers will be working to obtain recovery for you as soon as possible. In many cases, a defendant will agree to a settlement without trial based on the strength of your case. If the defendant is unwilling to provide a reasonable settlement, the case may proceed to trial, at which evidence will be presented before a judge and jury, who will make a determination regarding your claims. We have extensive courtroom experience, and will fight for every penny you are owed.
Joseph H. Lesser graduated from the University of Georgia in 1917. He moved from Rome, Georgia to West Palm Beach in 1926 and began selling real estate. Joe Lesser began practicing law in West Palm Beach in 1927, and the Firm has continued in active practice throughout Florida since that time. Joseph Lesser set the Firm’s standards of practicing law with professionalism, hard work, and attention to client service that are still adhered to today.
Joseph Lesser quickly became very involved with numerous organizations in town. He was a founder and the first President of Temple Beth El, Palm Beach County’s first Conservative synagogue. He was the founder and one of the first Presidents of the first local B’nai B’rith chapter, and he was a regional President of and a volunteer for the Lion’s Club for most of his life. Joseph Lesser was also very involved with the Salvation Army, at one point serving as General Counsel. He was recognized by a number of organizations for his community involvement and leadership, most notably receiving the Ben Gurion award from the State of Israel Bonds. Mr. Lesser stayed very active in the community and continued to practice law until his death in 1982.
Joseph Lesser established the Firm’s beginnings, both in terms of professional service, hard work and dedication to our clients’ needs, as well as setting the finest example of the importance of community service.
The lawyers at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith have continued this tradition of service to our clients, community involvement and dedication to professionalism.
The Firm’s 90-year Legacy of Helping Families in Florida
Back during the age of the Flagler Era that ushered in the “Land Boom” expansion in Palm Beach County, my grandfather Joseph H. Lesser cultivated the beginnings of the law firm now known as Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, which is celebrating its 90th Anniversary in March 2017.
“Joe,” as he was called by his friends and clients, graduated from the University of Georgia and began practicing law there. He moved from Rome, Georgia to West Palm Beach in 1926 during the height of the growth of the area and began selling real estate, but was drawn back to practicing law in 1927, and the Firm has continued in active practice throughout Florida since that time.
When Joe Lesser started out as a young lawyer, he quickly became very involved with numerous organizations that helped create the fabric of the community in Palm Beach County. He was a founder and one of the first Presidents of Temple Beth El, he served as the regional President of and a volunteer for the Lion’s Club for most of his life. My grandfather was also very involved with the Salvation Army, at one point serving as the local General Counsel. He stayed very active in the community and continued to practice law until his death in 1982. In continuation of his legacy and in the spirit of inherently caring about the community, the Firm, its lawyers and staff continue this strong commitment to community service.
In 1960, Joe’s son, my father Shepard Lesser joined the firm, turning it into a family-run operation, and “Lesser & Lesser” was born. “Shep” as he is known, expanded the practice by adding real estate and probate law to the firm’s general practice established by his father. To continue the legacy of giving back, Shep served as Vice President of the Gulfstream Council of Boy Scouts of America, President of the Family Services Agency, in addition to his involvement in numerous other charitable endeavors. “Shep” Lesser is currently the Firm’s Senior Partner and is a distinguished member of The Florida Bar for over 55 years.
The firm’s family legacy continued in 1992 when I joined my grandfather’s firm, missing the opportunity to work with my grandfather by ten years. I expanded the firm’s practice into personal injury law, and in 1992, the firm consisted of two lawyers and one assistant. In my 25 years at the firm, I have had the fortune of two great partners, Joe Landy and Mickey Smith, joining the firm and together we have expanded the personal injury practice to 11 lawyers and 25 staff members. Staying true to my grandfather’s values of practicing law with professionalism, hard work and attention to client service – Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith still does no formal direct advertising, getting cases by word of mouth, reputation, and referral.
It’s 90 years later and the Firm is still growing. What started out as a small office on Narcissus Avenue has turned into a third generation firm that has helped thousands of personal injury clients throughout Florida. On the eve of its anniversary, the Firm honor’s Joe’s memory and the foundation that he established.
A Look Back at 90 Years
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We are committed to providing equal access to justice for all. As a result, every personal injury and wrongful death case is handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will never write a check to our firm or come out of pocket for any expense. Instead, our fee is taken from the amount that the insurance company pays, and it is based solely on the amount that you recover.
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith handles cases throughout the State of Florida, ranging from personal injury and wrongful death to nursing home abuse, product defects and medical malpractice. Our team of eleven attorneys has the experience, resources and ability to help you obtain justice as you work to rebuild your life. Please feel free to browse our website, fill-out the contact form or simply call our offices at any time if you have additional questions or if you would like assistance with your legal matter.