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UF Law grads honored with 2010 Young Alumnus Awards

The University of Florida Alumni Association, Inc. has established the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. The Levin College of Law is proud to announce two UF Law graduates, J. Grier Pressly III and Gregory S. Weiss, recognized this year as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Grier Pressly J. Grier Pressly III (JD 99), who was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, is a litigation and trusts and estates attorney with his family’s West Palm Beach firm, Pressly & Pressly, P.A. Pressly, his father, James G. Pressly Jr. (JD 72), and his uncle, David Pressly (JD 79), are all double Gators and long-time supporters of the University of Florida and the Levin College of Law.

Pressly graduated with honors from UF Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1999. Among his many accomplishments during his college career at UF, Pressly was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Florida Blue Key (and a producer of Gator Growl in 1997), and he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed on undergraduate students.

Pressly continues to serve his profession, community and the University of Florida. He has served as a member of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, and currently serves on the Gator Boosters Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and is a past-president of the association’s Young Lawyers Section. Pressly also is a member of The Florida Bar, is a director on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, and is a director on the board of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Pressly co-authored updates to Florida Estates Practice Guide (LexisNexis), and the chapter, “Removal of the Personal Representative and Surcharge,” in Litigation Under the Florida Probate Code, 2000. He also co-authored the journal article, "Payment of the Student Athletes: Legal and Practical Obstacles," Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, 2000.

Greg Weiss Gregory S. Weiss (JD 98) is a partner at the Palm Beach Gardens firm, Leopold~Kuvin, P.A. He focuses his practice on business, antitrust, commercial and corporate litigation, as well as select product defect, automotive crashworthiness and personal injury litigation.

Weiss is a double Gator who completed the Army R.O.T.C. program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army following earning his undergraduate degree in 1995. During law school, Weiss served as the chairman of the Justice Campbell Thornal National Moot Court Board and was selected to the Order of the Barristers.

Following graduation from law school, Weiss served as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps at the 82d Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, U.S. Army Forces Command, Ft. McPherson, Georgia, and the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif. In addition, Weiss completed a one-year deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, serving as the Chief of Military Justice for the 13th COSCOM in central Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.

Before joining Leopold~Kuvin, Weiss practiced for several years as a commercial litigator, focusing on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in both state and federal courts. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the California Bar, and the bars of the U.S. district courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern districts of Florida. Weiss is the chairman of the Martin County Bar Association Litigation Committee, is president-elect of the University of Florida Law Alumni Counsel and is an active member of the American Inns of Court.