Ethics Trial Begins Tuesday for Noted Lawyer Willie Gary

Mr. Gary is known as "The Giant Killer" in Palm Beach, Florida for his success in extracting settlements from large corporations, such as Microsoft, Coca Cola, and Disney. He is also known for "living a flashy lifestyle that includes a 50-room Sewall's Point mansion, a private 737 jet and a circle of celebrity friends."

However, "on Tuesday, Gary, 56, and [his law partner Madison] McClellan, 36, are scheduled to stand trial in Ocala on allegations including falsifying evidence, making false statements, using profanity, improperly appealing for the jury's sympathy and insulting opposing attorneys." It's quite an appalling story.

Those ethics charges stem from a trial against beer giant Anheuser-Busch in which Mr. Gary represented the family of baseball legend Roger Maris, who accused the brewer of "unfairly canceling their beer distribution franchise in the Gainesville area in 1997."

Details here from The Palm Beach Post. (via How Appealing)

UPDATE (1/7): "Judge dismisses ethics case against Willie Gary"

Ethics complaints against prominent attorney Willie Gary and his partner were dismissed Wednesday by a judge because of a lack of evidence.

Circuit Judge Brian Lambert threw out the case against Gary and Madison McClellan on the second day of a three-day hearing. The case had been brought by the Florida Bar over the attorneys' behavior during a 2001 trial pitting the family of late baseball star Roger Maris against brewing giant Anheuser Busch.