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About Gary Lesser

Gary S. Lesser, the 74th president of The Florida Bar,  is the managing partner of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith in West Palm Beach. Lesser 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. He 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 served for 10 years on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, was appointed chair of the board’s Legislative Committee three years in a row, served as chair of the Professional Ethics Committee, and served on the Strategic Planning, Disciplinary Review, Communications and Board Review on Professional Ethics committees. He has also taken active leadership positions in his community, including 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. Lesser 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. He has received many awards and honors for his Bar and community service (see his firm profile).

Lesser  graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, where he served as president pro tempore of the Student Senate, associate editor of the school newspaper, and the editor-in-chief of the GW Journal, a monthly political opinion publication. He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, where 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.

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Bar launches civics education resource for Floridians

The Florida Bar today launched its updated Benchmarks program, an initiative that provides civics education presentations to Florida community groups and encourages Florida lawyers to become advocates for civics education. The refreshed program is being unveiled ahead of Constitution Day, an annual observance on September 17 aimed at increasing access to and emphasizing the importance…

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Mentoring initiative, rules revisions are on the Board of Governors’ September agenda

When it meets September 30 on Amelia Island, the Board of Governors will  consider a host of proposed rule revisions, progress reports, and an update on a key Bar initiative. The Special Committee on Mentoring New Lawyers, a major priority of President Gary Lesser, is expected to deliver a progress report. Lesser announced the committee…

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Special Committee on Greater Public Access to Legal Services study underway

The task is tall and time is short as the Bar’s Special Committee on Greater Public Access to Legal Services races to meet a deadline to provide recommendations to improve the delivery of legal services to Florida consumers while continuing to assure lawyers play a proper and prominent role. Reporting to the Board of Governors…

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