Trial Attorney Willie Gary Teams Up with Famed Miami Lawyer Judd Rosen to Win $5 Million Verdict for Former University of Miami Football Player who Sustained Multiple Injuries and Brain Damage after being Struck Head-On by a UPS Truck

Hard Work and Creative Lawyering Produce Record Verdict when Defense Counsel Claimed No Causation because of 5 MPH Impact

Miami, Florida – Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary, along with associate attorney Glenn Crickenberger of the Florida-based law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., along with Judd Rosen and Brett Rosen of the Miami-based law firm of Goldberg and Rosen, P.A., were awarded a $5 million judgment on behalf of their client, Rasheed Ali, a former University of Miami football player. Ali is currently CEO of Timeless Records, a Miami-based record label that manages international Reggae/Dance Hall sensation, Shifta.

In 2013, Ali, who is now 30 years-old, was driving to a work-related meeting in North Miami Beach, Florida, when he pulled up to a stoplight. Without notice, a UPS truck was attempting to make a left turn, when it violently collided head-on with Ali’s vehicle. Ali’s vehicle was pushed backward nearly 20 feet.

Throughout the course of a week-long trial, Willie Gary and Judd Rosen, through hard work and creative lawyering, proved that as a result of the accident, Ali sustained significant injuries including brain damage. The defense claimed no causation because the truck was traveling 5 miles per hour.

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. 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.

Trial Attorney Willie E. Gary Honored with the Corporate Legal Award at Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. 40th Anniversary and Graduation Gala

Greenhope Applauds Gary for his Legal and Philanthropic Contributions

(New York, NY)  – Trial attorney Willie E. Gary was recently honored by Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. during its 40th Anniversary and Graduation Gala.  This highly anticipated event was held at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City and attracted hundreds of community leaders, elected officials and supporters of Greenhope.

During the program, Gary was recognized for his legal accomplishments and humanitarian efforts.  On behalf of Grennhope and the Board of Directors, Gary was presented with the Greenhope Corporate and Legal Award.  Other honorees included Stephanie Burns of Turner Construction Company; Wendy Oxenhorn of the Jazz Foundation of America; and Cheryl Wilkins of Columbia University’s Center for Justice.

During his remarks, Gary encouraged audience members to accept the task of supporting Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. by not only making a financial contribution, but by also lending their time and talents. “It is imperative that we reach back and help these women by providing them with resources and opportunities that will assist them during their integration back into society,” commented Gary.  “It is an honor to stand before you today as we shed light on this worthy cause and attempt to provide life-changing services to women who deserve a second chance,” continued Gary.

Greenhope endeavors to provide quality services to minority women who are working to reclaim their lives and reunite with their families after being incarcerated.  Located in East Harlem, Greenhope’s commitment to providing quality services to predominantly poor African American and Latina ex-offenders has made it a leader in working with women to address the problems that lead to a life of drugs and crime.  To date, Greenhope has helped over 4000 women.

Gary is well-known for his philanthropic endeavors. In 1994, he and his wife, Dr. 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.

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From left to right: Media Personality Déjà Vu, Wendy Oxenhorn; Mr. Gary; Melba Moore; Cheryl Wilkins; Stephanie Burns; Contessa Brewer
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From left to right: Mr. Gary and President of Greenhope, Alethea Simon

Trial Attorney Willie Gary Speaks to Members of the Democratic African-American Women’s Caucus (DAAWC) during Their Inaugural Conference

Gary Joins Senator Lena Taylor (WI) and Senator Nina Turner (OH) to Encourage Attendees to Get Involved in the Political Process

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Democratic African-American Women’s Caucus (DAAWC) recently welcomed Attorney Willie E. Gary along with Senators Lena Taylor (WI) and Nina Turner (OH) as the keynote speakers at the Inaugural Candidacy Training Workshop. The one day conference was held in Fort Lauderdale at the Bahia Mar Hotel. Gary shared words of encouragement with elected officials, prospective candidates, and community and business leaders. The workshop offered a series of lectures and workshops about leadership and political campaign skills.

Throughout the day, attendees were presented with the opportunity to learn the art and science of fundraising and political campaign strategies. The workshop also focused on leadership and professional development, while providing a platform for networking among leaders and hopeful candidates.

The conference culminated with a dinner featuring keynote remarks by Gary, Senator Taylor and Senator Turner. Gary spoke to the caucus members and shared his personal success story to shed light on the fact that there will be definite highs and lows. Gary stated, “I want to applaud the Democratic African American Women’s Caucus for the good that you do individually and collectively. You are in the business of making a difference! You are in a position to bring about positive change!”

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From left to right: Victoria Kirby York, Tezlyn Figaro, Wisconsin Senator Lena Taylor, Willie E. Gary, Ohio Senator Nina Turner, Karen Teegarden, Leslie Wimes, Jessica Byrd and Pam Keith
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Attorney Willie E. Gary (left) poses with Ohio Senator Nina Turner (right)

Trial Attorney Willie Gary Inspires and Motivates Churchgoers at Eagle’s Christian Center International Church in Raleigh

Gary Attended the Special Sunday Evening Service Focused on Rising Above

Raleigh, North Carolina – Attorney Willie E. Gary served as the keynote speaker at a special Sunday church evening service at the Eagle’s Christian Center International Church. The conference entitled “Rising Above,” brought together clergy and local business and community leaders. The purpose of the conference was to motivate attendees to push forward through difficult times. More than a hundred people listened attentively as Gary spoke about the importance of family and the church. Gary encouraged attendees to value their families and to worship together as often as possible.

“I want to applaud the remarkable work of Senior Pastor Harold Council and his wife Deirdre for their vision and foresight in putting together such a meaningful event.”

Senior Pastor, Harold Council and his wife Deidre founded the Eagle’s Christian Center International church in 2002. The congregation abides by the following scripture,

Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

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From left to right: Attorney Willie E. Gary (left) and Pastor Harold Council (right) are all smiles with Micah Council
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From left to right: Attorney Willie E. Gary and Senior Pastor Harold Council take time to speak with a group of young students following the event.

Trial Attorney Willie E. Gary Shares Words of Inspiration and Encouragement with Students at Pahokee High School

Gary Congratulates 25 Students on Induction into the National Honor Society

Pahokee, Florida – Trial attorney, Willie E. Gary recently visited students at Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida, to aid in the induction process of 25 students into the National Honor Society and to further inspire them to achieve academic excellence.  Gary, and his wife, Gloria have visited Pahokee on numerous occasions and always take pride in returning to the city where they were born, raised and met in the second grade.  Gary has not only visited Pahokee High School in recent years, but has also picked up the tab for the football team’s championship rings for three consecutive years beginning in 2007.

Gary was welcomed to Pahokee High School by Principal Adrian O’Campo, guidance counselor Machele Martin, the football team, members of the ROTC and inductees and current members of the National Honor Society. Gary praised the National Honor Society inductees for their remarkable academic achievements.  He emphasized the importance of hard work, dedication and striving to be the best person possible.  Gary also challenged the students to avoid becoming complacent with their success.  He challenged students to continue to work hard, finish high school, continue on to college and graduate school and to use their education to help shape society.  Gary’s remarks concluded as he revealed his struggles growing up as a poor migrant worker and the central role education played in his success. He urged the children to pursue their educational goals, despite obstacles.

“All of these students have important decisions to make about their future and they are undoubtedly on the right track,” commented Gary. “My intention was to motivate them to continue to make good decisions and to believe in themselves. Hopefully, they were able to identify with my story and it touched their lives enough to inspire them to finish high school and continue on to college.”

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25 Pahokee students are inducted into the National Honor’s Society
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Attorney Willie E. Gary (right) takes time to pose for a photo with a NHA inductee and Pahokee High School Principal Adrian O’Campo (left)

Trial Attorney, Willie E. Gary, Inspires Future Lawyers to “Be the Best” during University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Annual Scholarship Banquet

Little Rock, AR – Trial attorney Willie E. Gary recently visited the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Williams H. Bowen School of Law to serve as the keynote speaker at the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Scholarship Alumni Banquet.  The theme for the evening was “Moving Forward While Reaching Back: Roots to Wings.”  The event raised money for scholarships to benefit the law students and recognized individuals that have exemplified perseverance and dedication to community service.

Gary addressed a lively audience comprised of local lawyers, judges, public officials, law students, university professors and members of the community during the Banquet.  Gary encouraged the audience to give back to their community and to help support the educational goals of black law students.  Gary also challenged the students to continue the pursuit of academic excellence and to lead by example.

“Lawyers have a tremendous opportunity to bring about positive change in the lives of the underprivileged and downtrodden,” said Gary. “The responsibility to serve as a voice for the voiceless will ultimately rest on your shoulders, young people.  You are preparing to embark upon a career that can positively impact and make a change in one’s life – and you shouldn’t take this lightly,” commented 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.

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Attorney Willie E. Gar y (center) takes time to pose for a photo with members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

 

Attorney Willie E. Gary Celebrates Black History Month at Northport VPK-8 School

Gary Inspires Middle School Students and Challenges Them to

“Dream Big Dreams”

 

Port Saint Lucie, FL – Attorney Willie Gary was welcomed by energetic and talented young students of Northport VPK-8 School in Port St. Lucie, FL. Gary was recognized as a local hero and celebrity and served as the keynote speaker for Northport’s 8th Annual Black History Month Celebration.  Gary was greeted by the school’s cheerleaders, flag team, band members, student ambassadors and staff. Upon arrival Gary was escorted to the gymnasium and Gary was joined by Saint Lucie County School Board chairwoman, Dr. Donna Mills, Northport VPK-8 principal, Glenn Rustay, program coordinator, Diane Reynolds Crumpton, program emcee, Delacy Brown and student speakers.

The Northport jazz band and cheer squad delivered a spirited introduction of Mr. Gary.  Gary kept the students at the edge of their seats as he delivered his remarks about his humble beginnings and keys to success. Gary shared insight with students and inspired them to become the best version of themselves. His unwavering determination and focus on his dreams has led him to this point in his career, and by sharing himself he was able to relate to the young people. Given academic progress, Gary promised to reward students with a special lunch.

“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.

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. 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.

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Gary (middle) poses with student ambassadors, event coordinator, emcee and Principal Rustay (far left)

Judge Denies RJ Reynolds’ Request for New Trial On $23.6 Billion Verdict

Stuart, Florida (February 9, 2015) – Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry D. Terrell recently denied RJ Reynolds’ request for a new trial after Reynolds was hit with a landmark $23.6 billion verdict on behalf of the widow of a man who died as a result of a smoking-related illness.

Trial attorney Willie Gary, along with his law partner Donald Watson, of the Florida-based law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, & Watson, and Gary P.L.L.C., and Chris Chestnut of the Chestnut Firm in Atlanta, Georgia were awarded nearly $17 million in compensatory damages and over $23 billion in punitive damages on behalf of their client Cynthia Robinson. Throughout the course of a four-week trial, Gary and team proved that RJ Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the dangers of tobacco and therefore, caused the unnecessary and untimely demise of Michael Johnson, Sr. The trial team also proved that RJ Reynolds conspired with other tobacco companies to withhold critical information from the public. Johnson contracted lung cancer as a direct and proximate result of smoking cigarettes. Johnson, furthermore, became addicted to cigarettes and was unable to quit smoking despite numerous attempts.

After roughly 15 hours of deliberations, the Jury returned a verdict in favor of Gary’s client for nearly $17 million dollars in compensatory damages, and a landmark $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The Jury determined that RJ Reynolds was negligent and should have done a better job at informing consumers about the dangers of smoking and the physical dependency caused by nicotine. Judge Terrell recently reduced the punitive damages from $23 billion to $16 million, despite the Defendant’s request that the verdict be reduced to $2 million.

“It is our sincere hope to be able to resolve this matter as amicably and expeditiously as possible,” commented Chris Chestnut. “While we recognize that there is no amount of money that will ever be able to replace her husband, our client has suffered enough and we want her to be able to move forward with her life,” stated Willie Gary. “While we certainly respect the Judge’s decision, we thank God that we live in a country that allows us to fight for what we believe is right. We will continue the fight against Big Tobacco in an effort to eradicate unnecessary and untimely smoking related deaths,” 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.

Attorney Willie E. Gary and Team Obtain Multi- Million Dollar Settlement on Behalf of Family Severely Injured on Ride at North Carolina State Fair

Durham, North CarolinaProminent Trial attorney Willie E. Gary and his legal team recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of four clients that nearly lost their lives while riding an attraction at the North Carolina State Fair.

Kisha Gorham, Anthony Gorham, Justen Hunter (a minor) and Shykema Dempsey were severely injured on October 24, 2013 when they were forcefully thrown from the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair, after the ride’s safety harnesses were disengaged when they were disembarking from the ride. The ride suddenly and forcefully lurched back into operation, tossing the Plaintiffs to the metal platform below the ride. The malfunction resulted in major, catastrophic, and life-changing injuries to all the Plaintiffs.

Attorney Willie Gary and his team contended that the Defendants were negligent in operating the Vortex ride and they failed to correct and remedy problems identified with the ride. The lawsuit was filed against Amusements of Rochester, Inc., d/b/a Powers Great American Midways (incorporated and doing business in North Carolina), and Family Attractions Amusement, LLC (incorporated in the state of Georgia with an ownership interest in the ride known as the Vortex).

“The Defendants are guilty of the oldest sin known to man, and that is greed. More emphasis was placed on profits than the safety of people, and we want to make sure that this will never happen again at any amusement park, county, state or local fair anywhere in the United States,” said Attorney Gary.

“The Defendants are guilty of hiring people who were clearly untrained and unqualified to provide the safety patrons deserved,” commented Willie Gary. “As a result of their gross negligence, my clients have suffered devastating injuries. No amount of money can give them back what they have lost,” stated Gary.

Anthony Gorham, whose injuries were the most severe is blind in one eye and is in jeopardy of a possible loss of sight in the other eye.  He suffers from permanent brain damage, has experienced ongoing seizures, and will require medical care for the rest of his life.

His wife, Kisha Gorham, received severe neck, back and head injuries. Their son, Justen Hunter was diagnosed with having a subdural hematoma of the brain. Shykema Dempsey continues to suffer from the head and spinal injuries she received in this accident.

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.