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Great Legal Storytellers

Our Storytellers

Held annually, the Trial Advocacy Program brings to FIU Law a nationally-recognized trial lawyer to engage our students in a presentation on the art, science, and importance of great legal storytelling.  Inspired by Cicero, the Great Legal Storyteller, our famed trial-lawyer-guests spend the afternoon with our students, first in our ceremonial courtroom for their main presentation, and then, in our small courtroom, where they conduct a private trial advocacy workshop provided specially for our Trial Team and Trial Advocacy students.

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Storyteller Brief Biography Date
Monique Pressley Television analyst and commentator,
and former trial counsel for Bill Cosby
February 2, 2017
Benjamin Crump Former President of the National Bar Association
and counsel for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown,
Tamir Rice, and Martin Lee Anderson families, and
the Oklahoma City police rape victims.
March 17, 2016
Willie E. Gary Willie E. Gary, our Billion Dollar Storyteller,
is known in legal circles far and wide as
“The Giant Killer” for taking down some of
America’s best-known corporations. On behalf
of clients he has won some of America’s largest
jury verdicts and settlements, including
$23.6 billion against R.J. Reynolds
February 5, 2015
Mark O’Mara Best known for his defense of George
Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial,
MARK M. O’MARA, of the O’Mara Law
Group in Orlando, takes pride in
“helping good people through difficult
Situations.
February 6, 2014
Tom Mesereau Best known for his defense and acquittal of
the King of Pop, MICHAELJACKSON, in the
most watched trial in legal history, TOM
MESEREAU, a partner with Mesereau & Yu, LLP ,
in Los Angeles, specializes in the defense of
high stakes criminal, civil, and administrative
cases.
February 7, 2013
Roy Black February 2, 2012
Fred D. Gray

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