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Robert V. Parenti

Robert Parenti, a trial lawyer for over fifty (50) years, became interested in writing after his discovery of letters written in 1943-44 as a young soldier from the battlefields of Europe. The recipient was his sweetheart, Laurie, who saved the letters which were to become the inspiration and foundation for his recently published book, “A Story of Love and War”.

He was born in Chicago, IL, on April 19, 1925 and has lived in Stuart, Florida, raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He entered military service in 1943 upon graduation from high school and served in the Army in France, Holland, Belgium, and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service there.

Upon his return from Europe he married Laurie Sullivan of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, whom he had met during his military service. He began to raise a family and completed his education on the “G.I. bill”, a program offered to returning veterans for financing their interrupted educational opportunities. In 1951 he graduated from the Detroit College of Law, now merged with Michigan State University and was admitted to the practice of law in Pontiac, Michigan. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1958.

In 1965 he was elected President of the Oakland County Bar Association and to the Board of the State Bar of Michigan in 1978. He was appointed chairman of the Oakland County Selective Service System by President Lyndon Johnson and served for ten (10) years on that board. He served on numerous civic and veteran’s organizations and represented various corporate and municipal entities during his tenure. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1958.

In 1978 he was admitted to the Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court.

In 1980 he opened an office in Stuart, Florida. In 1985 he joined Willie Gary and Lorenzo Williams, noted Florida trial attorneys, and formed the litigation law firm of Gary, Williams & Parenti and, for the next twenty (20) years engaged in multiple jury trials throughout the country.

Practice Areas

  • Civil trial practice


  • Joined firm, 1985
  • Partner: Reese & Parenti, P.A. Pontiac, Michigan
  • Partner: Parenti, Treinen, Breenlees & Bunting, Lake Orion
  • Municipal Attorney, City of Orchard Lake, MI 1970-1985
  • Municipal Attorney, Lake Orion School Dist., 1970-1985
  • Board of Directors & General Counsel – Oxford Bank, Oxford, MI
  • State Board of Bar Commissioners, 1975-1979
  • Chairman, U.S. Selective Services Board, Pontiac, MI
  • President, Oakland County Michigan Bar Association, 1965-1966
  • U.S. Army, 1943-1946


  • J.D., Michigan State University Law School, 1951
  • B.S., University of Detroit

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan Bar, 1951
  • Supreme Court of Michigan 1951
  • Florida Bar, 1978
  • Supreme Court of Florida, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978

Professional Involvement

  • Florida Bar, Practice & Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Martin County (Florida) Bar Association
  • Oakland County (Michigan) Bar Association


  • Michigan, 1951 Florida, 1978


Community Involvement

  • St. Lucie Power Squadron, Law Officer, 1991-1995
  • Board of Directors, Chapman School of Seamanship, 1993-1995


  • Everything was handled so well and felt so easy, although I know it’s not an easy process. From the very beginning Ricky gave me everything I needed with regards to insurance information and getting help from a chiropractor. Ricky made it a point to check in on me periodically and keep me posted on the progress of the case. I was very happy with the resolution. When anyone asks me if I know a lawyer I give them Ricky’s name. Thank you so much!

    Cassandra N.
  • I heard about Ricky through a friend. When I first got his number, I called right away and he was very helpful the whole time. If I had to give him a rating from 1 to 100, I would give him 100! Rick was very respectful, someone that is easy to talk to and relate to. I didn’t have to call, he always kept me informed and everything was right on. I highly recommend him. I feel grateful.

    Temecia O.
  • I was referred to Ricky Armand through a mutual acquaintance. I was overly happy with the resolution. Ricky was always easy to reach and he answered all my questions. As far as the case, I feel it was handled very well. I would definitely refer him to someone else, it was high quality work. I can’t think of anything that could have been improved upon. Ricky and everyone at the firm treated me top rate right from the start.

    Ralph B.
  • Attorney LeRonnie Mason took the time to sit with me and give a complete explanation of all my options. It was a stressful time and I felt overwhelmed. LeRonnie served as my advocate and helped to ease the pain of a very traumatic experience. His care and concern and his skill in the courtroom are unmatched.

    Jennifer G.

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