Phyllis M. Gillespie, Esquire, has more than 27 years combined nursing and legal experience. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career as a critical care nurse at St. Louis University Medical Center. After working at St. Luke’s Hospital, Houston, TX, as a cardiac care nurse for several years, she was named Assistant Nurse Manager for the Cardiac Care Unit.
Ms. Gillespie attended law school at Memphis State (now The University of Memphis) Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law. She continued to work as a critical care nurse while in law school. She received an American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts II and Entertainment Law and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Copyright.
While in law school, she clerked with the Honorable James Swearingen at Shelby County Circuit Court. After graduating, Ms. Gillespie interned with AC Wharton (the current Mayor of the City of Memphis) in his private practice, Wharton & Wharton.
Ms. Gillespie joined the medical malpractice department at The Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., in Stuart, Florida in June of 1997. She now manages the Medical Malpractice Department and handles complex medical negligence, breach of contract and personal injury cases for clients all over the country. While at the firm, she has participated in numerous multi-million dollar jury trials and settlements.
Ms. Gillespie serves on the board of directors of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center as chair, on the board of Pace Center for Girls, Inc., as chair and on the board of Helping People Succeed Foundation, Inc., as vice-chair. She has served on the Student Advisory Committee at Stuart Middle School and currently serves at Jensen Beach High School. She is a member and chair of the Social Action Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (Ft. Pierce Alumnae Chapter), chair of the Health and Human Services facet for the Links, Incorporated (Treasure Coast Chapter), the National Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Chapter of the National Bar Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She is the fourth vice president of the Martin County Chapter of the NAACP.
Phyllis is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Florida and has been granted special permission to practice in more than 10 other jurisdictions. She is published in Causes of Action 2nd, 18 COA2d West Group, Causes of Action Against a Physician for Laparoscopic Negligence.
Ms. Gillespie has 2 children, Harry, who received a BA in MIS from Old Dominion University and daughter, Mallory who graduated with honors from the University of Florida and is now pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Florida A & M University.