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Gary S. Lesser, Managing Partner of LLL&S

Gary S. Lesser

Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith has lawyers, not paralegals, handling personal injury cases. We litigate our cases. We provide superior communication and client service with a focus on getting the best results possible. Our firm has been around for more than 88 years, and we have 265 years of combined experience. Hire an experienced attorney you know you can trust.
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
(10 Attorneys)
www.lesserlawfirm.com

AREAS OF LAW:
Injury and Accidents
Malpractice

LOCATION:
101 Northpoint Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
West Palm Beach

YEARS OF PRACTICE:
26 years

PHONE:
561-655-2028

FAX:
561-655-2033

Why did you become an attorney?

I became an attorney because when I was young, my grandfather taught me that lawyers help people. I believed that then and I still believe that now. After 23 years of practicing law, I know that an attorney helps by pushing cases forward to get the best possible result…but also by communicating with and listening to clients and helping then through the process while fighting to get the best result on the case.

What makes your law firm unique?

Our personal injury law firm is unique in that we do no TV ads or other formal advertising. The firm's strength has always been from referrals from clients and people in the community. This means that we are not a "bulk law firm” with paralegals running our cases, but rather lawyers handle cases and speak directly to our clients on a regular basis as the case proceeds forward. Because we selectively choose our cases that are referred to us, we are able to focus on client service and communication. This enables us to successfully resolve many cases, and allows us to be able to aggressively litigate cases when necessary. We had a significant litigation and trial record, which makes us a well-known and respected opponent to the insurance companies and their lawyers.

Describe your ideal client.

Our ideal client is someone who has been injured and  their life has been adversely affected, and are looking for help, not just with the case, but with all of the related issues. We spend time and help clients deal with issues involving property damage, wage loss, payment of medical expenses and other ways a client's life can be affected by unexpected injuries arising from an accident. Our job is to help the client through the entire process as well as focusing on winning the case with the best possible result.

Describe your charitable activities.

1.       The Florida Bar, Board of Governors Member (2011-present); Professional Ethics Committee (Chair for 2003-2004 and Vice Chair for 2001-2003)

2.       Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Board Member 2013-Present.

3.       Parent Television Council, National Board Member (2014-Present)

4.       Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County: Board Member (1995-Present), Former Chair of Campaign Outreach; Former Chair of the Business & Professional Division

5.       Trustee Member of Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce; President’s Council Member of Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce

6.       Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board Member, 2011-Present; Member of Investment Committee and Development Committee.

7.       Economic Council of Palm Beach County, PAC Chair. 

Injury and Accidents
  • Accidents
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Dangerous Products
  • Intentional Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Premise Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts and Class Actions
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Work-related Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
Malpractice
  • Malpractice by professionals-medical/legal
  • Medical Negligence
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Wrongful Death
Degree

George Washington University
BA, 1989

University of Miami School of Law
JD, 1992

Bar Association Membership

Palm Beach County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association

Accomplishments

We use our skill and experience to aggressively fight insurance companies and make sure they pay what is fairly owed.  Our lawyers have been able to obtain significant settlements and judgments over the years that total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  We do not limit our practice to “million dollar” cases. 

The Firm’s lawyers are respected both in and out of the courtroom. Lawyers in our Firm have received a wide variety of honors and accolades in their careers, including

180+ years of experience practicing law
1,500+ trials
40+ years of prior employment by insurance companies

We use our skill and experience to aggressively fight insurance companies and make sure they pay what is fairly owed.  Our lawyers have been able to obtain significant settlements and judgments over the years that total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  We do not limit our practice to “million dollar” cases. 

The Firm’s lawyers are respected both in and out of the courtroom. Lawyers in our Firm have received a wide variety of honors and accolades in their careers, including:

The Best Lawyers in America
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America
Florida Super Lawyers
Florida’s Top Lawyers
Florida’s Legal Elite
Chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
Board Certification as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar
Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
“AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in both ethics and legal ability
Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Board positions with a wide variety of legal, civic, charitable, and religious organizations

Court Admissions

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

Board/Committee Membership

The Florida Bar Board of Governors Legislative Committee Chair Elect
The Florida Bar Board of Governors Professional Ethics Committee past Chair and Vice Chair
The Florida Bar Board of Governors Advertising Committee past Chair and Vice Chair
The Florida Bar Board of Governors Professionalism Committee Member
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee past chair
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee Past Chair
Florida Justice Association, Eagle Patron and Member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee
Florida Development Chair, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Economic Council of Palm Beach County, PAC Chair
Parent Television Council, National Board Member
Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board Member
Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Member of Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Member of Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
President’s Council Member of Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, Board Member

Bar Admission Date

1992-01-01

Licensed In

Florida (1992), #967017

Significant Cases

See http://www.lesserlawfirm.com/past_cases.php for full results.

Some of our case results are below:

$6.3 Million Verdict - Motorcycle Wreck
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a boutique law firm that utilizes a team approach to its cases. We are small enough to provide the personal touch, yet large enough, and with sufficient resources, to effectively represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injury or death. In this case, Josh, age 23, was wrongfully killed when an elderly driver turned directly in front of his motorcycle. The jury found the elderly driver completely at fault for causing the wreck and awarded $6.3 million in damages. We were successful in obtaining justice for Josh's parents by utilizing a team approach that involved many of the firm's attorneys. Our attorneys have considerable jury trial experience and do not hesitate to use that experience, when needed, to obtain justice for our clients.

$5.33 Million - Loss of Son
Joey Bartolucci was the kind of son any mother would be proud of.  A graduate of the University of Florida - and a huge Gator fan - Joey was murdered by a convicted felon.  When a prominent local attorney referred Joey's family to Firm partner Mickey Smith, he wanted to help.  Both Joey's Mother, Gina Bartolucci, and his sister, Jennifer Bartolucci Moyles, were hurting and needed to know everything possible would be done to avenge Joey's death.  While the felon confessed to second degree murder in his State criminal case, was there anything that could be done in the civil courts?  After all, the felon's multi-million dollar assets had been seized by the Federal government in connection with related charges. Regardless, Mickey simply refused to allow this injustice to stand and immediately filed a lawsuit against the felon.  He  recently presented the case to a Palm Beach County jury.  After an emotional trial, the jury awarded Gina over $5.33 million - to the penny what Mickey requested.  Thereafter, a petition was filed with the Federal government seeking remission of the felon's assets to compensate Gina for her loss.  We are currently awaiting a response from the government on our petition.  It continues to be our honor and privilege to represent such a wonderful family.

Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Death
Often, the survivors of loved ones retain our services not only to seek vindication for the negligence of others, but also to determine the true cause of their loved one's demise. The son and daughter of Mrs. Smith are a perfect example. After Mrs. Smith fainted at her home, she was transferred to St. Mary's Hospital and discharged to an area nursing home where she died nine days later. An autopsy was performed and the medical examiner determined Mrs. Smith died of natural causes. Fortunately, a private medical examiner was retained for litigation purposes. After the expert performed a detailed autopsy, he determined the true cause of death - skull fracture. After conferencing with the expert, and in conjunction with his records review, we determined that Mrs. Smith fell in her home and struck her head, thereby resulting in a skull fracture. The skull fracture went undiagnosed in the nursing home. During her stay at the nursing home, Mrs. Smith complained of worsening, excruciating headaches. Despite the complaints of the resident and her children, the nursing home did nothing. We determined that the complaints were due to swelling of the brain which destroyed tissue and was the sole cause of death. Furthermore, if the condition was timely recognized, life saving medication could have been used. Shortly thereafter, a significant, confidential settlement was obtained.

$3.6 Million - Insurance Bad Faith/Personal Injury 
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith has been honored to co-counsel cases involving insurance bad faith issues with lawyers throughout Florida. Several of our attorneys and staff worked for insurance companies before joining the Firm. Accordingly, we have a unique insight into how insurance companies work. In this case we were pleased to handle the bad faith aspects of a case that resulted in a a pre-trial settlement that was 144 times the $25,000 policy limits. Insurance bad faith cases are complex and hard fought. We have the knowledge and experience to hold insurance companies accountable when they violate Florida law and act in bad faith.

Denial of Coverage Results in Settlement Over 250 Times Policy Limits
In Florida, insurance companies are governed by a set of rules they must obey. When they arrogantly ignore these rules and operate in a bad faith fashion, there are consequences. Jack's insurance company wrongly decided that he had no coverage for the claim made against him. By not providing him the defense and coverage he was entitled to, we were successful in forcing the insurance company to satisfy the entire judgment entered against Jack -- even though it was over 250 times the coverage amount. Our attorneys have had decades of experience defending insurance companies. We know both the rules and the tricks insurance companies sometimes use to try to break them. We handle cases throughout Florida when insurance companies break the rules and operate in bad faith.

$3.25 Million - Insurance Bad Faith/Motorcycle Wreck
Henry’s wife needed help. Her husband was in a coma at St. Mary’s Hospital as the result of a terrible motorcycle accident. She retained an attorney who, after doing some research, discovered there was only minimal insurance available from the at-fault driver. The attorney told Henry’s wife she did not need to incur the expense of retaining an attorney since the $10,000 in coverage should immediately be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. When Henry came out of the coma, his wife began to wonder when the family would receive the $10,000 in coverage. She again contacted the attorney who, disgusted by the insurance company’s failure to settle, immediately filed a lawsuit against the negligent driver. The attorney then contacted us to pursue an insurance bad faith claim against the driver’s insurance company. We were successful in convincing the insurance company to mediate the entire dispute before Henry’s injury claim went to trial. The result? A settlement of 325 times the $10,000 policy limits. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is available for consultation throughout the State of Florida on insurance bad faith matters.

Construction Site Accident - Confidential Settlement
When John Doe arrived at the new building construction site, he could never have imagined that in the following minutes the building, and subsequently his life, would begin to crumble around him. Due to one error after another by the general contractor and its subcontractors, the building literally collapsed underneath him while Mr. Doe was performing drywall work. The multiple defendants and the insurance companies worked together to fight Mr. Doe and his attorney for years. When Mr. Doe was on the verge of giving up hope, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith took over the case. Within months, the defendants' united front crumbled like the building's floor and a confidential settlement was reached which will provide young Mr. Doe with financial security for the remainder of his life.

$2.1 Million - Policy Limits Recovery/Motor Vehicle Accident
When Hubert’s family came to Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, they felt as though their life was falling apart. Just days earlier, Hubert was involved in a horrific motor vehicle crash which broke his neck and left him paralyzed. The hospital was already threatening to discharge him and they did not have insurance to pay for the cost of his post-discharge care, nevertheless rehabilitation. Moreover, the insurance company for the other driver had already hand delivered a check for $100,000.00 and claimed that was the only available insurance coverage. Unfortunately for Hubert’s family, this policy was far less than his outstanding medical bills. After accepting representation, we immediately declined the policy limits and filed suit against the other driver. Thereafter, we proved that the driver was in the course and scope of his employment, entitling Hubert to his employer’s coverage as well, resulting in a 2.1 million dollar policy limits recovery. During the course of the litigation, we were able to arrange for Hubert to be admitted to an in-patient, spinal rehabilitation facility. After several months of rigorous therapy, Hubert regained his ability to walk. It is incredibly gratifying that our efforts assisted not only with our client’s financial recovery, but also with recovering his health.

$2 Million - Policy Limits Settlement/Construction Site Accident
Veny was living the American dream. A white collar worker in his native country, he readily accepted a blue collar job here until he could find something more suitable. On the day of his untimely death, he was simply following orders. His boss told him to assist a driver unloading date palm trees. Tragically, the trees had shifted in transit, but the driver released the straps holding them before walking around the truck to see if it was safe to do so. The trees suddenly and unexpectedly rolled off the truck, crushing Veny’s skull. The insurance company for the trucking company refused to settle with Veny’s family attorney, who contacted our firm to assist him. We retained an expert to quantify the family’s economic loss. A compelling video was also presented to the insurance company to demonstrate the devastating suffering Veny’s wife had suffered and would suffer for the rest of her life. The insurance company promptly offered the $2 million policy limits after seeing our presentation. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is here to help those victimized by the wrongful death of a loved one.

 

Summary of Firm

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC focuses on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. All of our clients are referred to us by our current and former clients, lawyers and other professionals and our friends in the community. As all of our clients are referred to the Firm, this allows us to work hard on pushing our cases forward and focus on service to our clients. We have been able to obtain significant settlements and verdicts over the years. and we hope to be of service to you and your family.

The Firm's lawyers have significant trial experience, having tried hundreds of cases. We are well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers, and we have a reputation for working hard and pushing our cases forward to get the best possible result. The Firm and its partners are all "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. The Firm's Partners have been recognized as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" one of the Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine and Board Certified by the National Board of Trial both Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar.

The Firm's lawyers have significant leadership within the Florida Bar and the personal injury legal community. Gary S. Lesser has served as Chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, and Mickey Smith and Joe Landy have served on the Board of trial lawyer organizations. The Firm has donated significant time and money to a variety of charitable endeavors, including the Florida Bar Foundation, the Jewish Federation, the Salvation Army and many other charities and important causes.

As we are a referral based personal injury practice, please feel free to call the Firm, or review the Firm's Website for more information about the type of cases the firm can handle and for more information about our lawyers' experience and areas of practice. We handle cases all over the State of Florida, with offices in Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Stuart.

All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not receive any fee unless we recover money damages on your case. We will also initiate the investigation of your case without any cost to you. No retainer is required and all of the expenses for the case are advanced by the Law Firm. Costs are not recovered by the firm unless we recover money damages on your case.

The firm has expanded to 10 lawyers, and we handle all personal injury cases including car accidents, premises liability ("slip and fall"), wrongful death, nursing home liability/neglect, defective product injuries and related matters. We have obtained significant monetary recoveries for our clients over the years. Let us see if we can help you with your case.

Summary of Previous Employment

My grandfather, Joseph H. Lesser, is the founder of our firm. He 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 clients' needs, as well as setting the finest example of the importance of community service.

The attorneys at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith have continued this tradition of service to our clients, community involvement and dedication to professionalism.

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Gary S. Lesser was born in West Palm Beach in 1967. After graduating from Forest Hill High School, Gary attended George Washington University, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs. Gary 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 University of Miami School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate. He was a member of Bar & Gavel Society, and served as Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of Res Ipsa Loquitur, the law school’s newspaper.

Gary has continued the Firm’s tradition of community involvement. He serves on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and has also served as the Chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee and Chair of the Advertising Committee. 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 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 cases, important ethical/legal issues, and his service to the community.

Gary S. Lesser is the Firm’s Managing Partner and concentrates his practice in personal injury law, and has handled numerous high profile cases. He has handled a large number of personal injury cases over the years, including automobile injury, wrongful/accidental death, premises liability (slip and fall), negligent security, product injury and other related injury cases.

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