Monthly Archives:' June 2014

Trial Attorney Willie Gary Shares Words of Encouragement and Challenges Students to Strive for Academic Excellence at 29th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community

Jacksonville, Florida– Willie E. Gary, trial attorney and philanthropist addressed over 300 middle and high school students during the 29th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community, in an attempt to motivate them to stay in school and strive for academic excellence.  The event is held annually for children from various organizations and clubs from around the state of Florida.  Participating youth groups at this year’s conference included the Urban Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues and various church groups.  The conference was a collaborative effort sponsored by community organizations and hosted by the Florida Office of the Attorney General.

Gary was welcomed to the stage by a longtime friend, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office retired lieutenant Beverly Morrison.  Over 500 middle and high school students eagerly awaited Gary’s arrival.   Gary spoke to the students about his struggle to overcome what seemed like insurmountable odds and growing up as a poor migrant worker in south Florida.  He described the integral role education played in his ability to achieve success. He then challenged the students to pursue their educational goals, despite obstacles they may encounter along the way.

“All of these students have important decisions to make about their future. My intention was to motivate them to make good decisions and to believe in themselves,” said Gary. “Hopefully, my story touched the lives of these boys and girls and inspired them to finish high school and continue on to college.”

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. 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 donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Attorney Willie Gary (center) poses with Community Outreach Youth Program, Inc. from Fort Pierce, Florida after the event

Trial Attorney Willie Gary and Team File Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit against City of Greensboro for Discrimination, Breach of Contract and Bad Faith Dealings after City Reneges on Approved Loan

Greensboro, N.C. – Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary along with his legal team James Leonard Brown of Los Angeles, California and Michael Jones of Durham, North Carolina announced today the filing of a multi-million dollar discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit on behalf of Michael and Ramona Woods and Black Network Television against the City of Greensboro, North Carolina. The lawsuit was filed today in Guilford County.

The lawsuit details the irreparable damage and harm that the City of Greensboro’s bad business dealings caused Michael and Ramona Woods and Black Network Television. The Woods are suing the City of Greensboro for discrimination and losses related to an economic development loan from the City that was approved on June 18, 2013, and then reneged on one month later by a City Council vote of 6 to 3. The lawsuit outlines the claim for damages caused by the denial of the promised funds. The loan was slated for network operations, including production of a new national comedy series titled, “Whatcha Cookin’?”

“The City of Greensboro’s discriminatory acts crushed our client’s dream,” said Gary. “Michael and Ramona Woods discussed with various city officials what a successful minority owned Greensboro-based television network would mean to the community in terms of job creation, skills and training and economic development. As a result, the Woods’ put full trust and confidence in the City’s promise to grant the economic development loan, only to be misled, misguided, deceived and discriminated against,” continued Gary. “It isn’t right and we will not stand for it!”

Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants, including the funeral industry. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.

“Black Network Television is a strong voice in this community, and we must address the injustice of this situation,” said Michael Woods. “Black Network Television tells stories that other stations don’t tell and focuses on people and communities that are often overlooked on other network and cable media outlets.” Longtime business owners in the Triad region, Woods and his wife launched the television network in 2011.

Black Network Television’s mission is to be a voice of a people that has not been heard, show a picture of a people that has not been shown, and tell a story of a people that has not been told. Currently, the network serves 28 counties in North Carolina and Virginia, reaching more than 4.2 million viewers. For more information, visit www.blacknetworktelevision.com and follow the story online at www.twitter.com/BlackNetworkTV using the hashtag, #bntnews.

Attorney Willie E. Gary

Attorney Willie E. Gary

Trial Attorney Willie E. Gary Serves as the Keynote Speaker at Diamond Community School’s Celebration of Dr. Doreatha Fields “Celebrating 20 Years of Transforming Lives through Education”

Palm Bay, FloridaTrial attorney and humanitarian, Willie E. Gary recently served as the keynote speaker at the Diamond Community School’s “Celebrating 20 Years of Transforming Lives though Education” dinner in Palm Bay, Florida; a retirement celebration for the school’s founder, Dr. Doreatha Fields.  Gary honored the work and accomplishments of Dr. Fields and applauded her for her tireless efforts to preserve and cultivate academic excellence in students enrolled at Diamond Community School. Diamond Community School is the first African American private school in Brevard County.

Gary addressed over 300 community leaders, educators, elected officials, clergy and friends of Diamond Community School.  He applauded Dr. Doreatha Fields, the school’s visionary and founder for her exceptional community service and challenged audience members to continue Dr. Fields’ legacy.  Gary was pleased to return to Diamond Community School, where he first spoke in 1997.

“Mr. Gary is a wonderful choice for our guest speaker because he represents the success that can be achieved and the support we should lend others,” said event coordinator, Karen Fields Brown.  “We are extremely honored and excited to have Mr. Gary return to Diamond Community School in recognition of the accomplishments of our founder and leader, Dr. Doreatha Fields.

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.  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.

Dr. Fields and spouse Willie Gary and spouse

Photo Caption: Ronnie Fields (far left), Dr. Doreatha Fields (second from left), Gloria Gary (second from right) and attorney Willie Gary (far right) pose for a group picture

Trial Attorney Lorenzo Williams Named 2014 South Florida Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association

Fort Lauderdale, FLLorenzo Williams has been named 2014 South Florida Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association.   Each year, the American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council honor 100 men from across the country as outstanding fathers and community leaders.  The Father of the Year award is the highest and most prestigious award which can be awarded to a man for the dual roles he plays in the lives of his children and his community.

Williams was selected by the National Father’s Day Council, based on his unparalleled accomplishments as a litigator and his unwavering commitment to his children and family.   Williams is also applauded for serving as a role model, while making a positive impact in his community.  Mr. Williams will be recognized and presented with the award on Friday, June 13th at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Williams to this group of exceptional fathers, who have so admirably balanced the role of being a father with successful careers and local philanthropy,” said Dr. Karan Munuswamy, 2014 South Florida Father’s Day Council Chair.

Williams was born in Miami, Florida and is one of seven children who were raised in a household where hard work was valued. His father instilled in him that there are some things in life which could not be compromised.  These values focused on hard work, telling the truth, and being a good citizen. Despite never attending college themselves, his parents ensured that each of their seven children earned a college degree. Lorenzo and his wife Jovita instilled these very same ideals in their four children: Rashondia Gaines, a dentist; Ayanna Williams, an attorney in Philadelphia; and twin sons Akeem and Amar, who are also both attorneys.

The tradition of Father of the Year began in 1937 in New York City, and this year’s honorees join the ranks of luminaries such as Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Malcolm Forbes, Larry King, Russell Simmons, and Bill Clinton.

The 2014 honorees are:

 

  • Stephen G. Mehallis: Trustee Harry T. Mangurian Foundation, former CFO of the Buffalo Braves and Boston Celtics
  • Ted Morse: CEO Ed Morse Automotive Group
  • Patrick Taylor, MD, MBA: President and CEO Holy Cross Hospital
  • Gregg Wallick: CEO Best Roofing Inc.
  • Lorenzo Williams, Esq.: Senior Partner Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.

Founded in 1940, The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, call your local American Diabetes Association at (954) 772-8040, x3053 or visit http://diabetes.org/FortlauderdaleFOTY. More than 70 years old, the National Father’s Day Council has raised more than $25 million in 10 years for a cure for diabetes.