"When Chad joined Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith over four years ago, he brought his unwavering commitment, experience and passion for helping injured clients and their families," said LLL&S Managing Partner Gary Lesser who nominated Hastings for the award. "The Firm encourages and gives its attorneys great latitude to give back to the community, and Chad immediately looked for ways to get involved, embracing and demonstrating the values of ALL the United Way’s six pillars from day one. Chad has always demonstrated deep dedication to his clients, and responsibility and trustworthiness that far exceed your typical lawyer. My partners and I believe Chad can be trusted to always do what is right for his clients and the firm."
Lesser added that the fact that Chad is an AV Rated lawyer means he is respectful, respected and fair. "To achieve this”, noted Lesser, "a lawyer must be well respected by fellow lawyers and judges in the community for his professionalism and ethics. Chad’s AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell attests to his legal ability and professional ethics based on the candid feedback and opinions of other lawyers. This is the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, providing potential clients with the most credible and comprehensive view of a lawyer or law firm to help them choose the right one for their legal matter. Chad could not have achieved this amount of respect from lawyers and judges without being respectful and hard working. Furthermore, he received the recognition at a very young age."
Hastings joined Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in 2007, bringing more than nine years of legal and trial experience to help direct and manage the Firm’s Stuart office, and represent injured clients and their families in auto negligence (including commercial trucking), premises liability cases and related liability injury cases. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and Georgia Bar Association and able to handle cases throughout both states. Hastings has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as one of the 2010 Rising Stars of Florida. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers in which membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
Hastings earned his Juris Doctorate at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2001 and the Florida Bar in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science from University of Central Florida in 1997 where he majored in Finance.
Hastings works and is very involved in the community in Martin County where he has held leadership roles and has been an active member of the Martin County Bar Association, the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Martin County member); United Way of Martin County, the Justice B. Major Harding Inn of Court and Whole Child Connection of Martin County. Born in New Teaneck, New Jersey, he and his family moved to Port St. Lucie where he graduated from Port St. Lucie High School.
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for more than 80 years focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. LLL&S (www.lesserlawfirm.com)
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