CK Hoffler Announces Creation of the Willie Gary Fellowship Honoring the achievement of the legendary trial attorney at the Gate City Bar Judicial Section Awards Dinner
Atlanta, GA (January 7, 2019). In collaboration with the Gate City Bar Association- Judicial Section Chair, The Honorable Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr.; Attorney CK Hoffler announced the creation of a “Fast Track” fellowship in honor of her mentor, the legendary Willie Gary of Stuart Florida. Hoffler worked with Gary and his commercial and international litigation department for over 13 years. Gary and Hoffler have successfully litigated numerous large verdict cases in The State of Georgia and nationally. “Willie Gary is the most extraordinarily talented trial lawyer. I had the distinct honor of trying so many life-defining cases with him and learned so much about trial work and passion. He and his wife Gloria Gary are also caring philanthropists. Every year they give to children and young adults in need of support, scholarships, training and gifts through the Gary Foundation. So, it was only fitting for me to start this fellowship in his honor when I opened my new office in Buckhead.” Hoffler said.
For the 5th consecutive year, Hoffler has made available over $35,000 in scholarship monies for deserving Atlanta-based minority law students. “It was a tremendous honor for me to partner with the extraordinary Gate City Bar judges here in Atlanta,” said Hoffler. “Initially partnering with the Honorable Kimberly Esmond Adams and the Honorable Myra Dixon, who chaired the 2013 scholarship programming, I humbly accepted the opportunity to work this august organization. In collaboration with the Chick-Fil-A Foundation and various local law firms, we have given out close to $175,000 in scholarships over the past several years.”
Attorney Gary is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. Judge Ramsey also received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University. The institution is known for its commitment to the law and training some of today’s top lawyers. As Chairperson of the Judicial Section, Judge Ramsey’s vision to assist fledgling lawyers with the nuts and bolts of trial practice and law office management, led to the historic collaboration between Hoffler and the Judicial Section. “I always wanted to help young lawyers and students to get the best training possible. Willie Gary was legendary even during my undergraduate years and his accomplishments and stellar reputation as a trial lawyer over the years has left an indelible mark on me. So, this collaboration with one of his stellar proteges, CK Hoffler, is a blessing,” said Ramsey.
Recipients of the Willie Gary Fellowship will be exposed to every aspect of trial work including the operations and leadership of running of a law office. “Through the fellowship, a young lawyer will learn the importance of hard work, trial strategies and other pearls of wisdom—Willie Gary-style.” Hoffler teamed with Gary and represented thousands of clients who had been victims of negligence, discrimination and corporate injustice.
“I am honored to have this fellowship named after me,” said Gary. “CK Hoffler and I have a long-history of trying cases and breaking down barriers in the court room in seeking justice. As my law partner, she was my right-hand person on some of our toughest cases. She is one of the most tenacious and toughest lawyers I know. I look forward to helping some of these deserving recipients of the fellowship in any way that I can.”
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About CK Hoffler and the CK Hoffler Firm: CK Hoffler is a seasoned trial lawyer and the CEO of the CK Hoffler Firm, a trilingual law firm (English, French and Spanish) based in Atlanta Georgia. She specializes in commercial litigation, opioid litigation, catastrophic injury, civil rights, global commercial transactions, medical negligence, wrongful death and employment cases. Ms. Hoffler is licensed in 5 states including Georgia and Florida and is no stranger to complex and tough litigation, having sued large corporations, governmental entities and municipalities over the course of her 32-year career. To date, CK Hoffler (and her teams) has settled and received verdicts totaling over $800 million. CK Hoffler and Willie Gary teamed up and represented thousands of clients that have been victims of negligence, discrimination and corporate injustice including baseball legend Roger Maris’ family, over 4,800 African-American and Latino civil servants in the State of New York, to name a few. Like Willie Gary, CK Hoffler is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of trial work, civil advocacy and branding. She is a philanthropist in her own right and has also won numerous awards for her trial work and philanthropy, including the recent naming of a scholarship award in her honor to benefit minority law students by The Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers’ Foundation (GABWA Foundation) on December 15, 2018. Visit the CK Hoffler Firm at www.ckhofflerfirm.comand Gary Williams et al. at www.garyfirm.com.
Trial Attorney and Humanitarian Willie E. Gary Selected into The RoundTable – America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers - by The Trial Lawyer Magazine
Stuart, Florida – Trial attorney Willie Gary of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., was selected by The Trial Lawyer magazine as a member of The RoundTable: American’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers. Gary was recognized for his landmark verdicts and settlements and significant achievements throughout his legal career. Gary is an internationally-known litigator who, for the last 40 plus years, has built an exemplary legal career in the practice areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, commercial litigation and product liability. Gary will be inducted into The RoundTable at the National Trial Lawyers Awards Luncheon in Miami, Florida.
Attorney Willie E. Gary and his legal team are no strangers to seeking justice. Mr. Gary is known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and 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.
The Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. and Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Sponsor and Serve Holiday Meals to Over 1500 Hungry Families for the 10th Consecutive Year
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Calls on Gary Law Firm to Help Continue the Undertaking of Feeding Disadvantaged Families
STUART, FL – Employees of the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C. recently partnered with Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart, Florida to provide holiday meals to disadvantaged families from the community. This is the 10th consecutive year that the two organizations have joined forces for this worthwhile endeavor. The Gary Law Firm sponsored the cost of the meal as well as assisted the employees from the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in preparing the delicious, down-home holiday meal complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dressing, dinner rolls, banana pudding and cake! Together, employee volunteers from the law firm and the child care center served the meals in celebration of the holiday season to families from the surrounding communities.Over 25 employees from the Gary Law Office donated their time for this worthwhile endeavor. Volunteers spent the afternoon cooking the food, packaging meals for take-out, replenishing food items, cleaning tables and serving those families who chose to dine-in. Families began to converge at the child care center early that afternoon in anticipation of the holiday feast. A line of people extended beyond the front door of the child care center into the adjacent parking lot. Over 1500 meals were served throughout the course of the afternoon. Nearly half of those meals were distributed during the first 90 minutes.
“My heart is always with the community,” commented Willie Gary. “I commend Gertrude Walden Child Care Center for their commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. Gertrude Walden works tirelessly to feed families in our community and I am just honored to play a small role in helping them to achieve this goal. Through this effort, we were able to provide dinners to families who, in many cases, might not have anything to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. With today’s needs so prevalent and so pronounced, I’m glad we were able to sponsor this very much needed event,” continued Gary.
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary 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.
Volunteers from the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C.
Volunteers from the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. help feed families in Stuart Florida
Children Enjoy Carnival Games, Rides, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Music, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos and a Visit from Santa Claus
STUART, FL – Prominent attorney, Willie E. Gary, and the Gary Foundation recently hosted the 18th Annual Kids Carnival at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. Hundreds of children from five counties were invited to attend the event to receive toys and enjoy food, Christmas music, carnival rides, games and a visit with Santa Claus. The Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C., along with Capitol Petroleum served as this year’s signature supporters, sponsoring the purchase of over 1000 toys. Other sponsors include Lorenzo Williams, Esq. and family, Gary Financial Group, Treasure Coast Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Michael Haygood, Esq., Chan Abney, Esq., Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bridges, Law Finance Group, Jimmie and Geraldine Young, Tommy and Carlotta Young and Nash and Associates. Many other local businesses, organizations and attorneys from the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. also made financial and in-kind contributions in support of this worthwhile event.
Volunteers from the Law Firm and the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Links, Inc., did a phenomenal job with toy and food distribution.Over 20 plus youth organizations from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were invited to bring kids to the carnival to pick out a gift of his or her choice and enjoy the festivities. The Kids Carnival is a highly-anticipated event on the Treasure Coast.
Since its inception over 18 years ago, the Gary Foundation Kids Carnival has been providing toys to disadvantaged youth who otherwise may not receive any presents during the holiday season. Attendees enjoyed snow-cones, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, multiple bounce houses and obstacle course, inflatable slides, a rock climbing wall, a video game truck, a bungee jumper, as well as numerous competitive rounds of musical chairs. Contest winners received bikes, skateboards and other hot-ticket items
“This is by far my favorite event of the year,” said Willie Gary. “The holiday season is about giving to others and making sure that children, who are less fortunate, can also enjoy the excitement and joy of the Christmas season. Given the current economic climate, we have found that there are more children in need than ever before. Kids being kids – that’s what the carnival is all about,” continued Gary. “Our job is to make sure they have fun, and don’t have any worries for the day.”
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary 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 pledge to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A child receives a toy of his choice donated by one of our many sponsors.
A young Child is all smiles on this year’s Bungee attraction
Attorney Willie Gary with local area kids enjoying the 18th Annual Kids Carnival in Stuart, Florida
Willie and Gloria Gary take a moment to pose with some of our happy Carnival goers after receiving their toys.
Attorney Donald Watson of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary P.L.L.C. Law Firm in Stuart, Florida addresses the importance of including uninsured or under-insured motorist coverage.
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