Harriet Gair who founded our personal injury law firm with her husband Harry Gair is among several powerful women attorneys that are featured in the New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) Legacy Project. The project is a series of short videos about NYWBA’s history.
The first set of these videos was presented last Thursday night at a reception and special screening. Our partner NYC Personal Injury Attorney Anthony Gair who is the son of Harriett and Harry Gair, spoke on behalf of his deceased mother in a video, was also present at the reception.
Harriett started to work for her late husband, the noted trial attorney Harry Gair at the age of 15. She attended high school and college at night, earning her Bachelor degree in 1938. She was married to Harry Gair after that and then attended Law School and obtained her LLB in 1940. In 1945 she became a managing partner in the personal injury law firm of her husband which was thereafter named as “Gair & Gair”. Harriett managed the firm while her husband concentrated on achieving eminence in the court room as a trial attorney.
A fervent defender of Justice, Harriett was the president of the Women’s Bar Association in 1972 and 1973. She was also a Town Justice of the Town of Putnam Valley, NY, and a member of the Town Board of Putnam Valley. Harriett believed in education and reading accessible to all and sponsored the creation of the Putnam Valley Free Library. She was on the Board of Trustees of the library and a president of the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Harriett believed in giving back and during her tenure as a managing partner of our firm she helped numerous employees finance their education.
In the documentary, Tony Gair remembers his mother as a highly driven professional and a fighter for justice for the less fortunate.