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Wake Forest University School of Law's Black Law Student's Association's 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet

Trial Attorney Willie Gary Delivers Keynote Address at Wake Forest University School of Law Black Law Students Association’s 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet

The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted its 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Trial Attorney Willie Gary was featured as the keynote speaker at the Wake Forest Black Law Students Association’s 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

According to Ashlee Johnson, BLSA member and event chair, his speech was called “Fulfilling the Dream,” and was an eloquent reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech of 1963.

Mr. Gary reflected on what people are doing today to fulfill Dr. King’s dream, especially in the vein of on-campus movements, student protests, and presidential elections.

The Black Law Students Association request Mr. Gary to speak with these students to empower them to become stronger leaders and voices to the voiceless. Third year law students and members of BLSA, “BLSA holds a special place in my heart,” commented Mr. Gary, “it is important that lawyers and judges serve as mentors and role models for law students and while practicing law is important it is just as meaningful to offer my time, talent and resources to young people, specifically BLSA.”

The speech finished with a rousing ovation by the crowd, giving testament to Mr. Gary’s efficacy as an orator in the courtroom, as well as his ability to inspire young professionals of the future.

Attorney Willie E. Gary is no stranger to seeking justice.   Mr. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.  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.

Attorney Willie Gary poses with Wake Forest University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) members and advisors

Attorney Willie Gary poses with Wake Forest University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) members and advisors

Prominent Trial Attorney and Humanitarian Willie E. Gary, Serves as Keynote Speaker for the Florida Department of Transportation’s 13th Annual Black History Month Program

Trial attorney Willie E. Gary recently served as the keynote speaker for The Florida Department of Transportation’s 13th Annual Black History Month program in Bartow, Florida.

Gary addressed an audience of over 200 business leaders, educators, legal professionals, elected officials and clergy on the topic of “David vs. Goliath.”  Audience members listened attentively as Gary spoke about the importance of making a positive impact in our respective communities, and reaching back to help the underserved and downtrodden.  Gary also enthusiastically encouraged attendees to provide job and internship opportunities for young boys and girls.  He challenged everyone to play a role in the success of future generation by equipping them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed in life.

Gary was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the State of Florida Department of Transportation for his contributions to Black History.  The program concluded with City Commissioner Leo Longworth proudly presenting Mr. Gary with a Key to the City.

“Many great men and women have sacrificed and fought hard for our civil rights,” said Gary.  “Today, we celebrate those leaders and legends who have paved the way.  Thanks to their foresight and perseverance, we have been afforded opportunities our grandparents only dreamed of having.  While I am pleased that we have made substantial strides; I am also reminded of the fact that we have a long way to go,” continued Gary..

Attorney Willie E. Gary is no stranger to seeking justice.   Mr. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.  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.