Attorney Willie Gary
Willie Gary Joins Panel Discussion with World Renown Litigators during ABA’s Annual CLE Conference
Trial attorney Willie Gary recently participated in a panel discussion with some of this nation’s most talented and well-known litigators during the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Conference. Known for delivering top-notch panels, seminars and great attendance, the conference is often referred to as the premier CLE event for litigators. This year’s conference took place at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.
Gary, along with attorneys Robert S. Bennett, Hogan & Hartson, LLP; David Boies, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP; and, Robert Morvillo, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello& Bohrer, P.C., joined forces for a panel discussion entitled: “Great Openings and Closings-By the Lawyers Who Gave Them.” The Honorable Denise Cote, U.S. District, Southern District of New York, served as the moderator for the seminar. The panel was assembled and organized by attorney David Soley, Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, P.A.
A crowd of nearly 1,000 litigators from all over the country filled the ballroom. David Boies talked briefly about the hallmarks and pitfalls of opening statements and then gave an excerpt from an actual opening statement he delivered. Boies was followed by Robert Bennett, who described the United States v. Helio Castro-neves tax evasion trial against the famous race car driver in Miami and gave a short citation from his opening statement during the trial.
Judge Cote then switched the focus of the panel to closing statements, and Robert Morvillo spoke about his well-known lawsuit wherein he represented Martha Stewart in United States v. Martha Stewart.
Gary closed out the program and discussed key points in delivering an excellent closing argument, including the use of visual aids. The crowd was in awe as Gary recited a ten-minute passage of the actual closing argument he delivered in the O’Keefe v. Loewen Group, Inc. case-which rendered a half-billion dollar jury award.