by Spencer McClenty
Nationally renowned attorney and philanthropist Willie E. Gary will be the guest speaker during the Jackson State University College of Business’ 28th Annual Awards Banquet to be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Student Center Ballroom on the university’s main campus.
The awards banquet will honor the college’s students, administrators, faculty and staff for their outstanding accomplishments and express appreciation to its corporate partners. Additionally, this event serves as the college’s major fundraiser for generating scholarship funds for business students.
Gary is senior partner with the Gary, Williams, Finney, Lewis, Watson and Speranda Law Firm. He earned his 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 more than 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each.
Additionally, Gary has been 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.” He also has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, 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 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.