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.