Federal Lawsuit Charges Six Prominent Attorneys with Racketeering, Fraud & Legal Malpractice

NEW YORK - March 16, 2015 - PRLog -- On March 13, 2015, a complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The lawsuit charges six prominent attorneys from the Stuart, Florida based law firm, Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, P.L.L.C., including law firm partners Willie E. Gary and Lorenzo Williams and former law firm partners, Tricia Hoffler (now a partner in the Atlanta law firm, Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler) and William Campbell, the former mayor of Atlanta, with federal and state racketeering, fraud, legal malpractice and unjust enrichment.

Plaintiffs in the case have retained the services of New York City based Corporate Campaign, Inc., headed by noted labor and human rights advocate and campaign strategist Ray Rogers, and the highly-respected team of attorneys from The Griffith Firm.

Lead plaintiff Leonard Rowe wrote The Florida Bar on March 14, 2014, stating that "Attorney Gary has a pattern and practice of defrauding his own clients out of their settlements to enrich himself... Mr. Gary has engaged in this same type of fraud and behavior on numerous occasions... The question that keeps coming to my mind is why attorney Willie Gary is still allowed to practice law... he should have been disbarred and imprisoned years ago for the destruction of lives he has caused."

In regards to former Atlanta Mayor William Campbell, Mr. Rowe says, "When Bill Campbell became involved with the Gary Law Firm, he was already under investigation by federal authorities and corrupt behavior had become an integral part of his life."

Scandalous issues embroiling the defendants are well-documented on the website http://TheClientKiller.org. According to the site, "Attorney Willie Gary likes to promote himself as the 'Famed Willie Gary' someone widely known and honored for his achievements. To many of his former clients, the 'Infamous Willie Gary' would be more appropriate, someone who is disreputable, immoral and a disgrace to his profession."

Both the website and the lawsuit highlight The Ford/Visteon Case in which Gary et al were charged with defrauding 42 women out of millions of dollars in a gender discrimination case. After the court denied the Gary lawyer's motion to dismiss and granted the Ford Clients' motion to compel discovery, the Gary lawyers entered into a confidential settlement with the Ford Clients.

Atlanta attorney Tricia Hoffler was implicated as a defendant in that case and accused of serious legal malpractice in other cases described on the website.

Prior to the site launching, a letter from Ray Rogers was sent to each defendant on February 17, 2015 giving them the opportunity to refute and correct any information contained on the website. In his letter, Mr. Rogers states "It is our belief that your outlandish behavior against many of your clients merits your disbarment and imprisonment." None of the defendants responded.

Defendants Located in Stuart, FL:
Gary,Williams, Parenti & Watson, P.L.L.C.
Willie E. Gary
Sekou Gary
Maria Sperando of The Law Office of Maria P. Sperando, P.A. and former Gary Law Firm partner
Lorenzo Williams

Defendants Located in Atlanta, GA:
William Campbell, former Mayor of Atlanta and former Gary Law Firm partner
Tricia Hoffler, Partner in Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler of Atlanta and former Gary Law Firm partner

Leonard Rowe & Rowe Entertainment, Inc. of of Johns Creek, GA
Lee King & Lee King Productions, Inc. of Ridgeland, MS

Rowe Entertainment et al vs. Willie E. Gary et al
Case 1:15-mi-99999-UNA Document 490 Filed 3/13/15
United States District Court For The Northern District Of Georgia
Jury Trial Demanded


1. This is an action for civil liability under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-68 ("RICO"), the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Ga. Code Ann. §§ 16-14-1, et seq. ("Georgia RICO"), common law fraud, and legal malpractice. This action seeks to recover damages arising from the Gary Defendants' fraudulent conduct in connection with their representation of Plaintiffs and other black concert promoters in a civil action to redress, inter alia, violations of civil rights laws committed by prominent talent/booking agencies and concert promoters controlled by white persons, Rowe Entertainment, Inc., et al. v. The William Morris Agency, Inc., et al., 98 Civ. 8272 (RPP) (S.D.N.Y.)

2. As set forth in more detail below, the individual defendants managed, operated and conducted the affairs of their law firm, defendant Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, P.L.L.C. (the "Gary Law Firm"), through a pattern of racketeering activity by using the mail and interstate wire communication networks to defraud Plaintiffs and other clients....

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