Local attorney Gary Lesser was sworn in as President of the Florida Bar Association

Gary S. Lesser is sworn in by Florida Superior Court Justice Alan Lawson during the ceremony in Orlando.

Attorney Gary S. Lesser, Managing Partner of West Palm Beach-based Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC, was recently sworn in as the 74th President of the Florida Bar. More than 500 bar members attended the ceremony, which was held at the bar’s annual convention at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria.

Lesser is a longtime leader of the Florida Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors for more than a decade. He served as Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Bar Association for three years, as a member of the Executive Committee for four years, as Chair of Strategic Planning and as Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee.

“It is an extraordinary privilege to work on behalf of Florida attorneys, the court system and the public we serve,” Lesser said. “My number one priority is to support and protect the independent judiciary and legal profession. We are making great efforts to improve good access to legal services, which is a national problem, and are launching a nationwide mentoring program for younger lawyers that will be very beneficial to their career paths. These initiatives are already underway and will provide practical outcomes for newer attorneys to help Florida citizens obtain professional legal counsel for important matters in their lives.”

Lesser outlined his priorities for the 2022-23 Florida Bar Cycle as follows:

• Protect the well-funded, independent judiciary and the vibrant independent legal profession.

• Creation of the country’s best mentoring program for junior lawyers working as sole proprietorships or in small firms.

• Increase access to legal services for Floridians who may have felt they couldn’t afford or need legal representation for life’s legal challenges.

• Promoting professionalism and ethics in the legal profession.

“I’ve known Gary personally and professionally for decades, and I’m proud that he’s achieved this leadership position for Florida attorneys and judges,” said Tod Aronovitz, Lesser’s former employer and frequent co-attorney, who served as the Florida Bar’s president from 2002 -03. “He has been a member of the Florida Bar for 24 years and is committed to serving Florida attorneys and the public we serve.”

Lesser received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and his law degree from the University of Miami, where he was editor-in-chief of the law school newspaper. Lesser has held leadership positions with the Economic Council, the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, and the Parent Television Council. He was admitted to the Florida bar and became a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association in 1992.

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a third-generation law firm with a 95-year dedication to helping people who have experienced life-changing trauma due to the negligence or negligence of others. The firm’s team of experienced litigators, operating out of four offices in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, including one in Wellington, practices law with professionalism, integrity, ethics and a commitment to personal customer service. The firm represents the needs of clients statewide in personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, consumer class action lawsuits and wrongful death cases, guiding them through every step of the court process and delivering the best outcomes for their case. Learn more at www.lesserlawfirm.com.

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