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Gary S. Lesser

Gary S. Lesser is the President Elect Designate of the Florida Bar, after ten years of service 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 jury, 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. 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)

Honors

  • U.S. News and World Report “Best Law Firm” (2013 – present)
  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of legal ability and ethics
  • Recipient of the “I am Hillel Award” from Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach (2018)
  • Recipient of the Palm Beach County Bar Association “Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity 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”(2014)
  • United Way of Martin County, Character Counts “Business of the Year”(2013)
  • Recipient of the University of Miami School of Law “Alumni Leadership Award” (2012)
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition 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”(2010)
  • Recipient of Jewish Federation Annual “Young Leadership Award” (2001)
  • Recipient of “Israel Unity Award” State of Israel Bonds (1996)
  • Florida Legal Elite/Hall of Fame by Florida Trend magazine (Only 153 of 107,000 Florida attorneys have been selected for the Hall of Fame)
  • Florida Super Lawyers; Personal Injury Law

Legal Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar: Board of Governors Member (2011 – Present); Legislation Chair (2016 – 2019), Professional Ethics Committee (Chair for 2003 – 2004 and Vice Chair for 2001 – 2003), Advertising Committee (Chair for 2010 – 2011 and Vice Chair for 2009 – 2010)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association: Professionalism Committee (Chair for 1999 – 2002 and Co-Chair for 1998 – 1999), Medical Legal Committee (Chair for 2005 – 2008 and 2010 – 2011)
  • Florida Justice Association: Eagle Patron and former Member of the CLE Committee
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Former Vice President
  • American Bar Association, ABA Fellow (2016 – Present)

Community Leadership

  • Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Board Member (2010 – Present) and former PAC Chair
  • Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Board Member (1995 – 2021), Former Chair of Campaign Outreach, Former Chair of the Business & Professional Division, Former YLD President
  • 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)
  • Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Board Member (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) Co-Chair (2012 – 2014)
  • Trustee Member of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory, Board of Directors (1992-2012), former Fundraising and Legal Vice President

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

Education

  • B.A. in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1989; J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1992

Personal

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

Email: glesser@lesserlawfirm.com

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