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Trial Attorney Willie E. Gary Delivers Keynote Address at Jacksonville Mayor’s 2nd Annual Trailblazer Awards Ceremony

Jacksonville, FloridaTrial attorney and humanitarian Willie E. Gary recently honored the work and mission of 14 African American pioneers in the Jacksonville, Florida community.  Gary was invited by Mayor Alvin Brown, to serve as the keynote speaker for the occasion.  He was welcomed by an audience of nearly 500 guests.

The highly anticipated event garnered an audience of educators, legal professionals, clergy and members of the business community.  Audience members listened attentively as Gary applauded the 14 honorees for their untiring commitment to youth, education and community service.  Gary spoke about the importance for men and women to lead by example and become role models for young boys and girls.  Furthermore, Gary strongly encouraged the adults assembled to provide opportunities for youth.  He challenged everyone to play a role in the success of the future generation by providing them with opportunities and resources to succeed in life.

During his remarks, Gary challenged audience members to remember the obligation to help those who are less fortunate.  “It is imperative that as leaders in our communities, we reach back and help those who need a little motivation,” commented Gary.  “It is also up to us to provide employment opportunities for young boys and girls as they graduate high school and college.  None of us made it to where we are today on our own.  It was because we stood on the shoulders of others that we are where we are today and we don’t have the right to not help one another,” Gary continued.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies – winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Also known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Dr. Gloria Gary, founded the Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have pledged millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including $10 million to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trial Attorney Willie E. Gary Honors the Life, Legacy and Accomplishments of Trial Attorney H.T. Smith during Florida International University’s School of Law Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) Banquet

Miami, Florida – Trial attorney Willie E. Gary recently traveled to Miami, Florida to serve as the keynote speaker at Florida International University’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Banquet.  BLSA invited Mr. Gary to deliver the keynote address and speak about his longstanding relationship with H.T. Smith as a friend and colleague.  The Florida International University BLSA chapter highlighted the work and accomplishments of H.T. Smith and commemorated the evening by renaming its chapter to the H.T. Smith Black Law Students Association. BLSA is comprised of African American and other minority students who attend Florida International University School of Law in Miami, Florida.

Gary addressed a lively audience comprised of lawyers, judges, public officials, law students, university professors and members of the community. Gary enthusiastically spoke about Smith’s infectious spirit and charismatic oratorical skills often displayed in the courtroom.  Gary also recounted several instances in the courtroom when Smith was able to immediately capture the attention of jurors and onlookers to the point when one could hear a pin drop in the room.  At the conclusion of his remarks, Gary presented Smith with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It is with great humility that I stand before you today to speak about a man who has done so much for so many, my brother and my friend, H.T. Smith,” commented Gary.  “H.T. is a pillar in the legal community and, without question, is one of the most talented and dynamic trial attorneys this country has ever seen.  More importantly, H.T. Smith is a man who cares about the academic advancement of young people and helping future lawyers succeed,” Gary continued.

Gary, who is best known in legal circles as “The Giant Killer,” is noted for taking on some of America’s most powerful companies–winning billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  Also known for his philanthropic endeavors, he and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have pledged millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Following the event, Professor H.T. Smith (middle) is given the BLSA Constitution for renaming the Chapter by attorney Willie Gary (center) with other BLSA members

Following the event, Professor H.T. Smith (middle) is given the BLSA Constitution for renaming the Chapter by attorney Willie Gary
(center) with other BLSA members