LaDray Gilbert, Esquire is a well-known attorney from the Florida Panhandle. He was first African-American to establish a firm in his county straight out of law school. In a mere 7 years, Gilbert built The Gilbert Firm from his mother's kitchen table to a lucrative personal injury practice. As an attorney, LaDray has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40: Nation's Best Advocates by the National Bar Association in 2016. In addition, he was named a member of The National Top 100 Black Lawyers and Lawyers of Distinction, both in 2016 as well. He was recognized as 'Mr. Integrity' by The Florida Bar William Reece Smith Leadership Academy.
LaDray has also served as the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's (FAMU) College of Law Alumni Alliance President since 2015. During his tenure, LaDray has been a steady force in raising the organization to national prominence. He helped increase membership in the organization by over 500%. Also, he has assisted in efforts that have raised well over $100,000 dollars in scholarships for students at the law school. While president, Gilbert has been to numerous prestigious institutions such as Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill speaking on behalf of FAMU College of Law.
In the community, Gilbert created the Jackson County Omega Lamplighters. The Lamplighters are a mentoring group for males sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. In his work in building this program, Gilbert has taken young males from the rural farms of North Florida to The White House in Washington, DC. Each year, the kids are treated to a cross country trip that teaches them about The Civil rights Movement as well as introduces them to college campuses. Several of his Lamplighters have excelled in the program and were invited to participate in the New England Science Symposium sponsored by Harvard Medical School.
Attorney Gilbert is a native of Malone, Florida. He was the first African-American to sign a Division One baseball scholarship out of his high school. He graduated from FAMU's School of Business and Industry in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing before graduating the school's law program in 2008.
LaDray is in high demand as a keynote and motivational speaker. He has traveled all over the country delivering addresses to various crowds at a myriad of events. Gilbert centers his messages on: Dreaming, Faith, Perseverance, and Community Involvement.
2018 Distinguished Alumni in the area of Law' by the FAMU National Alumni Association. Also, he was named, 'National Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys' for North Florida.