Attorney Willie E. Gary earned the reputation as “The Giant Killer” by taking down some of America’s most well- known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He has won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including cases valued in excess of $30 billion. Gary’s amazing success has earned him national recognition as one of this country’s leading trial attorneys.
In May 2002, he was featured in Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of the “Top 50 attorneys in the U.S.” Gary has been featured in many of the nation’s most respected media publications, such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Ebony, Jet, People, Black Enterprise, Fortune, The New Yorker and The National law Journal.
His remarkable legal career and tireless work on behalf of his clients have been well documented on “60 Minutes,” the “CBS Evening News,” and ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” He also made a guest appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and made a live appearance on CBS’s “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel. Willie Gary’s triumphant rise to the top is no overnight success story.
His vast appeal stems from his desire to be the best and a passionate work ethic he learned through his humble beginnings. One of 11 children of Turner and Mary Gary, Willie Gary was born July 12, 1947 in Eastman, Georgia and was raised in migrant farming communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
His unwavering desire to earn a college education ultimately led him to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina where the allstate high school football player would earn an athletic scholarship after being told there was no room for him on the team. Gary went on to become the cocaptain of Shaw’s football team during the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Gary went on to North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1974. Upon earning his law degree, Gary returned to Florida with his childhood sweetheart, Gloria, now his wife.
Gary was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1974 and opened his hometown’s fi rst African American law fi rm with the help of Gloria, who assisted him at his new practice. Gary’s practice has since grown into the thriving national partnership known as Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C., consisting of 37 attorneys, a team of paralegals and a professional staff of over 100. The firm operates out of three offices. Two of the three offices are located on the St. Lucie River in historic downtown Stuart, Florida; one of which is the former Pelican Hotel where Gary worked as a dishwasher during his teenage years. The third office overlooks the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Gary is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Association for Justice, Martin and St. Lucie County Bar Associations and the Million Dollar Verdict Club. He has tried cases in 45 states and is in great demand as a motivational speaker throughout the U.S., delivering speeches at law schools, universities, churches, chambers of commerce and to various groups throughout the country.
Gary often travels on his 32 passenger, custom designed Boeing 737, which carries a full flight crew and is appropriately named “Wings of Justice II.” The luxurious jetliner facilitates Gary’s extensive travel schedule, allowing him to handle more cases, while enabling him to get home faster so he can spend time with his family.
Known as a businessman, churchman, humanitarian and philanthropist, Gary is deeply involved in charity and civic work. He is committed to enhancing the lives of young people through education and drug prevention. In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria, formed The Gary Foundation to carry out this formidable task. The Gary Foundation provides scholarships, direction and other resources to youth, so they can realize their dreams of achieving a higher education. In 1991, Gary pledged $10.1 million to his alma mater Shaw University. He has also donated millions of dollars to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the U.S.
In addition to being a lawyer, philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gary continues to serve on the board of trustees of numerous universities and foundations. He has received honorary doctorates from dozens of colleges and universities. He is also active in numerous community organizations including the NAACP, National Urban League, Civitan International, United Way of Martin County, Martin Memorial Hospital Foundation and many others.
The Gary’s oldest son, Kenneth, is president & CEO of The Gary Foundation and Gary Enterprises, the family’s real estate management company. Sekou followed in his father’s footsteps and is a trial attorney. Ali earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is vice president of the Gary Foundation. The Gary’s youngest son, Kobie, is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and works with his father in the law practice.
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I chose the firm, and to work with Ricky in particular because I wanted someone with integrity, character and good standing in the community. I wanted to know that I could trust them and believe that they had my best interest at hand. They performed above my expectations in all areas. I felt that their consultations with me went beyond being a client and more like a family member. The communication was frequent, and it was clear to me that they cared about justice and helping me during this very difficult circumstance. I highly recommend Ricky, he did everything possible for my case, and I was very happy with the resolution.
Ricky Armand represented me. From the very beginning Ricky showed he was very professional, asking me all of the questions about the case to get a very clear picture. He helped me understand my options and kept me informed all the time. He would call or text me whenever there was an update, and if he was busy when I called, he would get back to me right away. I was very happy with the resolution and how Ricky handled everything from dealing with the insurance company to the results he was able to negotiate. I would highly recommend Ricky to anyone else that needs legal representation.
Nick Voglio was great. He was wonderful. He got to the point and got the job done.
Nick Voglio was quite wonderful. Every time I spoke with him he made sure I understood what was going on with my case. He was very pleasant.
Ricky's enthusiasm, passion, and level professionalism were second to none. What I love about the entire office is that it exudes a level of Excellence that I have not experienced before. I highly recommend Ricky and the firm to anyone, and 100% valid in my experience, more than words can express. Sometimes you don't see all the hard work behind the scenes and only see the end result, but Ricky shared with me case law and everything he had to file to get the results he did. He went above and beyond and provided full disclosure, I truly got everything I could ask for from my attorney and believe that to get the settlement he did, Ricky managed to squeeze lemonade out of a rotten apple. I hope I don't need any other attorney, but if I do, I will call Ricky and refer him, which is a big deal for me because I take referrals very seriously since my name is also on it.
At a point when perhaps the most significant event in my life happened (a life altering crash that left me permanently injured and completely vulnerable), I could not have been in better hands personally, emotionally, mentally and legally than with the help of Nick Voglio and the team at Willie Gary Law. When you are literally on your back with no idea what happened and what is going to happen next in your life and have tremendous anxiety and concerns about your current and future injuries, overall health, mental state, legal position and financial life, there is no better team to depend on.
Nicholas J. Voglio was so very helpful to my daughter and I. Mr. Voglio not only showed compassion but I believe he truly cared about our feelings and outcome of our case. I also know that the staff, especially Samantha made us feel like family and that is so important.