Lorenzo Williams, Partner

Lorenzo-Williams

Attorney Lorenzo Williams, Senior Partner in the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., was born January 26, 1952, in Miami, Florida to Alvin and Rosa Mae Williams. The second of seven children, born to working class parents, Mr. Williams was raised in Goulds, Florida and Waynesboro, Georgia. Despite never attending college themselves, his parents ensured that each of their seven children received a college degree.

Education and Early Career

After graduating from high school, Mr. Williams continued his studies at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he majored in political science. Mr. Williams graduated from Shaw University with honors in 1974. In 1977, Mr. Williams earned his law degree from Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon and
was admitted to practice law in Florida on March 28, 1978. Mr. Williams began his career working as staff counsel for the Urban League of Dade County. In July 1978, Mr. Williams joined fellow Shaw alumnus, Willie Gary, at the Law Firm of Gary & Lewis in Stuart, Florida. Two years later, Mr. Williams became a Senior Partner in the Law Firm of Gary, Williams & Parenti, et al. For over 30 years, he has specialized in civil litigation including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability and commercial cases.

Professional Accomplishments

During his 30 years of practice, Mr. Williams has successfully litigated more than 100 cases with verdicts and/or settlements exceeding $1 million. Mr. Williams’ legal career has been one of many milestones and successes. In 1995, a jury awarded Williams and the Law Firm of Gary, Williams & Parenti a record-breaking, $500 million against one of the world’s largest funeral home chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Williams and his law partner, Willie Gary are noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for their clients, who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded The Law Firm of Gary, Williams & Parenti et al. a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch. In 2014, a Pensacola, Florida jury awarded the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., on behalf of their client, an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Another significant legal accomplishment was the $15 million arbitration award Mr. Williams obtained, on behalf of an African American computer distributor, against computer giant Hewlett Packard. This was the second largest arbitration award in Rochester, New York. By appointment of a Federal Bankruptcy Court, Mr. Williams also successfully represented the Federal Trustee against one of the leading multi-national military aeronautic contractors, Lockheed Martin, resulting in a $10 million settlement. Believing that the law can be a great counterweight to injustice, Mr. Williams continues to excel in his field.

Professional Boards

Mr. Williams’ commitment to excellence is reflected not only in his many professional accomplishments, but also in his commitment to community and social change. Mr. Williams served as the first African American President of the St. Lucie County Bar Association in Florida and the fi rst African American member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association (formerly the Florida Trial Lawyers Association). Mr. Williams is also the first African American to receive an invitation and become a member of the Palm Beach Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Williams is active in numerous professional and civic associations including the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees of Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN; the Board of Councilors, College of Dental Medicine of Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; the Board of Trustees of Shaw University, Raleigh, NC; the Treasure Coast Campus Advisory Board of Florida Atlantic University, Port St. Lucie, FL; and the Board of Visitors of Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR.; and the Advisory Board of Seacoast National Bank, Stuart, Florida.

Family

Mr. Williams and his wife of over 35 years, Jovita Williams, are the proud parents of four children; Rashondia Gaines, a dentist and clinical professor, Ayanna Williams, an attorney; and twin sons Akeem and Amar, who also followed in their father’s footsteps and are practicing attorneys.


Lorenzo Williams
Partner 
221 SE Osceola Street
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-8260
FAX: (772) 220-3343
E-MAIL: lw@williegary.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

• Personal Injury
• Wrongful Death
• Product Liability
• Civil Litigation
• Commercial Litigation
• Medical Malpractice

EXPERIENCE:

• Joined Firm, 1978
• Staff Counsel, Urban League of Dade County, 1977

EDUCATION:

• Willamette University School of Law, J.D., 1977
• Shaw University, B.A. with Honors, 1974

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS:

• Florida Bar, February 1978
• All State Courts of Florida
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
• U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth District
• U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

• American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2005 – Present
• American Bar Association – State Representative, 1999 – 2002
• Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
• Eagle Member, 1997 – Present
• Board of Directors, 1997 – 2003
• Long Range Planning Committee
• Hospital Lien Task Force
• Candidate Recruitment Task Force
• National Bar Association, Past Director, Region 11
• Association of Trial Lawyers of America
• American Trial Lawyers Association, Minority Caucus
• St. Lucie County Bar Association President, 1988 -1989
• 19th Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee 1999 – Present Vice Chairperson, 2000 – Present
• General Counsel, Florida Mortician’s Association, 1998 – Present

BOARD MEMBERSHIP:

• Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon – Board of Visitors, 2000 – Present
• Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee – Board of Trustees, 2001 – Present
• Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
• Board of Trustees, 1994 – Present
• President, Athletic Booster Club, 2000 – Present
• Chairman, Development Committee
• Executive Committee
• Presidential Search Committee
• Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
• Board of Councilors, College of Dental Medicine
• Florida Atlantic University, Port Saint Lucie, Florida
• Treasure Coast Campus Advisory Board
• Black Family Channel
• Board of Directors, 1999
• The Gary Foundation – Board of Directors, 1994 – Present
• Morehouse School of Religion Board of Directors – Feb. 2008 – Present

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

• National Public Radio, President’s Council, 2002 – 2005
• Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Committee
• United Way of St. Lucie County, Past Board of Directors
• St. Lucie County Chapter of American Red Cross, Past Board of Directors
• St. Lucie County High Speed Rail Commission, Past Chairman
• Fort Pierce Downtown Redevelopment Board, 1989 – Present
• St. Lucie County Code Enforcement Board, Past Member
• Fort Pierce Investors, Inc., 1998 – Present
• School Board Member for St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Past Member
• Florida Chapter of the National Guardsmen, 1980 – Present
• Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Life Member
• Rainbow Push Coalition/Wall Street Project – Board of Directors 1999 – Present
• NAACP, Life Membership
• Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church – Board of Trustees, 1980 – Present

HONORS:

• The Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Golden Eagle Award, 1998
• Honorary Doctorate, Dr. of Humane Letters, Shaw University, 1997
• The President’s Career Service Award, Shaw University, 1990
• St. Lucie County NAACP W.I.N., 1996