Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and theme parks, and is home to over 21 million people, making it the country’s third most populous state and a growing business powerhouse. Headquartered in West Palm Beach is Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, a third-generation legal firm that has specialized in personal injury law since 1927. The boutique firm handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases with extraordinary success under the leadership of Gary Lesser, who took the helm as managing partner in 1995 and has been fighting the good fight for the last 30 years—just as his father did, and his grandfather before him nearly a century ago, when he fought for his clients, including farmers, who sometimes paid in bushels of corn.
Today, with a litany of industry awards stretching back over two decades—including Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America by LawDragon 500 and Florida Legal Elite "Hall of Fame" by Florida Trend magazine—Gary leads a thriving firm that serves injured clients and their families across the state through four offices, delivering significant verdicts and settlements in the millions, all while maintaining the highest possible AV ratings for ethical behavior and legal ability. “My grandfather used to say that every person is born owing a debt to their community, their church or synagogue, and their country, and nobody should die leaving that debt unpaid. This is what I believe,” he shares. “We have a responsibility to help our clients, and we have a responsibility to help our community and our country. This serves as our guiding principle.”
It is this steadfast value that drives the firm’s team of award-winning attorneys, who bring more than 275 combined years of litigation experience handling car accident cases, medical malpractice, negligent security, and nursing home litigation. And while they work tirelessly on behalf of their clients, Gary and this group of passionate lawyers see it as a privilege to serve them, and their clients feel it. Throughout its storied history, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith’s clients come to the firm by word-of-mouth recommendations and referrals alone have made it one of the most enduring law firms in the area with a reputation for good, old-fashioned customer service. “My grandfather got into law because he wanted to help people and the community. That’s why I became a lawyer. I looked up to him, and I wanted to be just like him and my father. That’s what’s always motivated me, to help clients and community.”
While many law firms eventually sacrifice the client experience for volume and profit, Gary continues to lead with a client-centric approach. “We’ve had the privilege of forming long-lasting relationships with our clients, and oftentimes stay in touch long after we’ve helped resolve their cases,” he shares. And while his career is marked by countless accolades, it’s not the spotlight that drives him, but his devotion to serving people, whether mentoring the next generation of legal minds as president of the Florida Bar or working pro bono with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. “I feel really lucky to be a lawyer and I’m grateful that I can help other people,” he says.
Gary holds a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
Managing Partner — Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith