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CK Hoffler Announces Creation of the Willie Gary Fellowship Honoring the achievement of the legendary trial attorney at the Gate City Bar Judicial Section Awards Dinner

Attorney CK Hoffler

Attorney Willie E. Gary

Atlanta, GA (January 7, 2019).  In collaboration with the Gate City BarAssociation- Judicial Section Chair, The Honorable Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr.; Attorney CK Hoffler announced the creation of a “Fast Track” fellowship in honor of her mentor, the legendary Willie Gary of Stuart Florida. Hoffler worked with Gary and his commercial and international litigation department for over 13 years. Gary and Hoffler have successfully litigated numerous large verdict cases in The State of Georgia and nationally.  “Willie Gary is the most extraordinarily talented trial lawyer. I had the distinct honor of trying so many life-defining cases with him and learned so much about trial work and passion.  He and his wife Gloria Gary are also caring philanthropists. Every year they give to children and young adults in need of support, scholarships, training and gifts through the Gary Foundation.  So, it was only fitting for me to start this fellowship in his honor when I opened my new office in Buckhead.” Hoffler said.

 

For the 5th consecutive year, Hoffler has made available over $35,000 in scholarship monies for deserving Atlanta-based minority law students.  “It was a tremendous honor for me to partner with the extraordinary Gate City Barjudges here in Atlanta,” said Hoffler.  “Initially partnering with the Honorable Kimberly Esmond Adams and the Honorable Myra Dixon, who chaired the 2013 scholarship programming, I humbly accepted the opportunity to work this august organization.  In collaboration with the Chick-Fil-A Foundation and various  local law firms, we have given out close to $175,000 in scholarships over the past several years.”

 

Attorney Gary is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. Judge Ramsey also received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University. The institution is known for its commitment to the law and training some of today’s top lawyers. As Chairperson of the Judicial Section, Judge Ramsey’s vision to assist fledgling lawyers with the nuts and bolts of trial practice and law office management, led to the historic collaboration between Hoffler and the Judicial Section.  “I always wanted to help young lawyers and students to get the best training possible. Willie Gary was legendary even during my undergraduate years and his accomplishments and stellar reputation as a trial lawyer over the years has left an indelible mark on me.  So, this collaboration with one of his stellar proteges, CK Hoffler, is a blessing,” said Ramsey.

 

Recipients of the Willie Gary Fellowship will be exposed to every aspect of trial work including the operations and leadership of running of a law office.  “Through the fellowship, a young lawyer will learn the importance of hard work, trial strategies and other pearls of wisdom—Willie Gary-style.” Hoffler teamed with Gary and represented thousands of clients who had been victims of negligence, discrimination and corporate injustice.

 

“I am honored to have this fellowship named after me,” said Gary. “CK Hoffler and I have a long-history of trying cases and breaking down barriers in the court room in seeking justice.  As my law partner, she was my right-hand person on some of our toughest cases. She is one of the most tenacious and toughest lawyers I know. I look forward to helping some of these deserving recipients of the fellowship in any way that I can.”

 

About CK Hoffler and the CK Hoffler Firm:  CK Hoffler is a seasoned trial lawyer and the CEO of the CK Hoffler Firm, a trilingual law firm (English, French and Spanish) based in Atlanta Georgia. She specializes in commercial litigation, opioid litigation, catastrophic injury, civil rights, global commercial transactions, medical negligence, wrongful death and employment cases.   Ms. Hoffler is licensed in 5 states including Georgia and Florida and is no stranger to complex and tough litigation, having sued large corporations, governmental entities and municipalities over the course of her 32-year career. To date, CK Hoffler (and her teams) has settled and received verdicts totaling over $800 million.  CK Hoffler and Willie Gary teamed up and represented thousands of clients that have been victims of negligence, discrimination and corporate injustice including baseball legend Roger Maris’ family, over 4,800 African-American and Latino civil servants in the State of New York, to name a few. Like Willie Gary, CK Hoffler is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of trial work, civil advocacy and branding.  She is a philanthropist in her own right and has also won numerous awards for her trial work and philanthropy, including the recent naming of a scholarship award in her honor to benefit minority law students by The Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers’ Foundation (GABWA Foundation) on December 15, 2018. Visit the CK Hoffler Firm at www.ckhofflerfirm.com and Gary Williams et al. at www.garyfirm.com

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Awards & Achievements

CK Hoffler Scholarship Award

Scholarship award named after CK Hoffler to benefit minority law students by The Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers’ Foundation (GABWA Foundation) on December 15, 2018

Judicial Section Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association - Judicial Section Appreciation Award, 2018

Leah Ward Sears Award

GABWA (Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys) Leah Ward Sears Award for Distinction of the Profession July 21, 2018

Lifetime Achievement Award

Rainbow Push Peachtree Project 2016 Hope Is Alive Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice Award

American Bar Association Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice Award of Appreciation April 18, 2018

Judicial Section Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association – Judicial Section Appreciation Award 2017

Judicial Section Chair's Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association - Judicial Section Chair’s Appreciation Award 2017

Pinnacle Leadership Award

Fortitude Education & Cultural Development Center, Inc. Pinnacle Leadership Award (Delta Sigma Theta) February 11, 2017

Judicial Section Chair's Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association - Judicial Section Chair’s Appreciation Award 2015

Judicial Section Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association – Judicial Section Appreciation Award 2016

Judicial Section Chair's Appreciation Award

Gate City Bar Association - Judicial Section Chair’s Appreciation Award 2016

President's Award of Excellence

Gate City Bar Association President’s Award of Excellence February 25, 2016

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 List

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 2015

Mitt Lenix  Hero Fund Acknowledgement

Universal Martial Arts – Mitt Lenix Hero Fund Acknowledgment February 28, 2015

Gary Foundation Kids Carnival Generous Support Acknowledgement

14th Annual Gary Foundation Kids Carnival Generous Support – Stuart, Florida December 16, 2014

National Bar Association Presidential Award

National Bar Association Presidential Award for Outstanding Service July 28, 2014

National Bar Association Esquire Award

National Bar Association Esquire Award July 21, 2014

National Bar Association Judicial NBA Convention Award

The National Bar Association Judicial Council 89th Annual NBA Convention-Award Presented July 30, 2014 – Atlanta, Georgia

Support, Commitment, & Service Award

Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP (former law firm) Support, Commitment & Service Award April 30, 2014

National Bar Association Board of Governors Award

National Bar Association Board of Governors Award Presented 2013 - 2014

Recognition and Thanks Acknowledgement

Recognition and thanks for Supreme Court Justices Peggy Quince, Barbara Pariente and Fred Lewis for “Standing up for Justice and defending our Branch”

NAPW Women of the Year Ascknowledgement

NAPW (The National Associate of Professional Women) Women of the Year 2011/2012

Majestic Leaders Approaching Phillipi Award

The Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention 2008 Majestic Leaders Approaching Phillipi Award

Certificate of Silver Life Membership

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Certificate of Silver Life Membership July 2007

Commitment & Support Acknowledgement

Commitment & Support – Keynote Speaker Rev. J. L. Gary Day – Indiantown, Florida April 22, 2007

Presidential Award

Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the Association 80th Annual Convention – Orlando, Florida August 1, 2005

Presidential Award

National Bar Association Outstanding Contribution & Dedication to the Association 82nd Annual Convention – Presidential Award July 30, 2001 – Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Service & Contribution Acknowledgement

Outstanding Service & Contribution to the Theological Scholarship Foundation of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference June 15, 1998

Appreciation Award

YMCA of the Treasure Coast Appreciation Award

Appreciation Award

Fort Pierce Police Athletic League Appreciation Award 2005

Licenses & Certificates

Supreme Court of the State of Georgia

Admitted May 7, 2012

Northern District of Georgia

Admitted April 16, 2012

State of Georgia

Admitted by the Court to all privileges of an Attorney, Solicitor & Counselor February 16, 2012

Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court, May 8, 2000

Supreme Court of the State of Florida

Admitted November 29, 1999

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Admitted July 16, 1997

United State District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Admitted July 15, 1997

National Institute for Trial Advocacy Diploma 

June 4, 1997

Supreme Court of Virginia Certified to Practice

April 14, 1997 (inactive)

Supreme Court of Virginia

Licensed April 14, 1997 (inactive)*

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Admitted November 1, 1989*

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Admitted December 3, 1987 (inactive)*

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