50-year members of The Florida Bar 1951-2001.
Congratulations to The Florida Bar's 50-Year Members--Class of 1951! Of the 189 lawyers marking their 50th year as a Florida Bar member, 136 of you have chosen to celebrate the occasion and, in your own words, share your stories with us in the following pages.
Among you are former judges, legislators, law professors and 17 past Board of Governors members, including one past Bar president. Also prominent in your numbers are veterans of World War II and the Korean War, as well as founders of prominent law firms.
The entire membership of The Florida Bar celebrates your service to the profession, service to the community and service to individuals by protecting their rights. We collectively thank each of you!
JOHN W. ACHOR, Naples
Family: Wife - Louetta; Children (sons) Roger, John, Jr., Philip, Steve, Earl; (daughters) Sarah Speer, Amy Gardner
Career Highlights: My greatest joy is that I was a trial lawyer for 50 years.
OWEN S. ALLBRITTON, Clearwater
Family: Wife - Peggy; children (sons) David E. and Steve; (daughters) Patti Chatleain and Mary Barnett
Career Highlights: After graduation from law school in 1951, I was in the general practice of law until I was elected to the bench for the 6th Circuit Court, 1984. I served as municipal judge for the City of Clearwater. I also served as assistant city attorney and prosecutor in Clearwater. I later was city attorney for Indian Rocks Beach for 12 years. While I was city judge, I was elected president of the Florida Municipal Judges' Association. I retired in January 1997, after serving 12 years. I am presently a senior circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit, Clearwater.
ZELL H. ALTMAN, Lake Worth
Family: Wife - Benilda L. Altman; children - (daughters) Cherie A. Pagett and Deborah M. Griffith
Career Highlights: Graduated from University of Miami Law School in 1951, began practicing law in Lake Worth and continue at present time. Early in career, became deeply involved in municipal, civic, fraternal and religious affairs of community. Twice appointed attorney for City of Lake Worth and elected as one of the city commissioners. As lieutenant colonel, was commanding officer of Group V of Florida Civil Air Patrol. president of Palm Beach County League of Municipalities and co-founder and past president of Tri-County League, comprised of elected/appointed municipal and county officials in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties which was instrumental in bringing about reapportionment of the Florida Legislature. Co-founder and seven-year president of TempleBeth Sholom in Lake Worth and past president of Palm Beach County B'nai B'rith. Past president of Lake Worth and West Lake Worth Kiwanis clubs. Co-founder and president of Family Counseling Center of Palm Beach County and co-founder and director of Palm Beach County Funeral Society. Co-founder of Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach County and co-founder and director of Palm Beach County Association of Religious Organizations and cofounder and officer of Emergency Medical Assistance of Palm Beach County. Also served on Lake Worth Code Enforcement Board for over eight years. Was six-year member of board of directors of Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce and for several years have served as president of Lake Worth Democratic Club. Further, recently completed two-year term as chair of Salvation Army Advisory Board. Over the years, served on many other committees relating to civic and charitable organizations. Since 1951, have been member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and The Florida Bar. Admitted to practice before federal courts of the United States.
RICHARD BAIN AUSTIN, Miami
Family: Wife - Gwen; children - Richard, Teresa, Lisa and Earl
Career Highlights: In looking back at 50 years of practicing law, I marvel at the radical changes that have occurred, both in the way the law is practiced and viewed by the public. I am impressed with the way the profession, as a whole, has adopted to the social and economic pressures that have changed the state from a Southern backwater to a major population center. I remember the intense struggle we faced in developing and building the Palmetto Expressway, Florida's first limited access highway. At the time it was created, it was located in the unpopulated regions of West Dade and was attacked as the "road to nowhere." For many years it has been a major north-south artery in Dade County.
The courts have become more sophisticated under the pressure of ever increasing litigation. Sometimes I miss the humor of simpler times. Once at the Florida Supreme Court, in a case preceding mine, a justice sought procedural clarification from a lawyer as to how the case arrived at the court. The lawyer responded that he rode the train to Ocala and then rented a car. The waiting lawyers bolted through every door in the courtroom.
During the early days of relaxation between the U.S. and USSR relations, I participated in an investigation of the legal systems of the USSR. We met with a group of Soviet lawyers there to exchange information on the differences in the courts and legal profession. I remember there were more lawyers in Dade County than in the USSR and, their primary complaint was that all lawyers were paid at the same rate regardless of experience. I returned to the U.S. with a greater appreciation of our system and the role lawyers play in maintaining democracy. My practice areas were general practice with an emphasis on administrative law, transportation law and insurance law, at trial and appellate levels, for both plaintiff and defendant at state and federal courts and agencies. Corporate law and arbitrator with American Arbitration Association, approximately 40 years.
GENE H. (HOOVER) AUVIL, Brooksville
Family: Wife - Shirley Mixson Auvil; Children - Mary Leslie Olive, Gene H. Auvil, Jr., and Jonathan Lee Auvil; a member of The Florida Bar practicing in Dade City
Career Highlights: Most of my career I was engaged in general practice, with emphasis on real property, estate planning and estate administration. Currently, my practice is limited to estate administration and representation of the county tax collector. I am a third generation lawyer. I graduated from Pasco High School in Dade City, where I was born and raised. I served in the U.S. Army in the latter part of WWII, was trained as a parachute demolitionist and saw duty in the Philippines and Japan. I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1951. Upon graduation I began practice in Dade City, was twice elected as county prosecuting attorney, and from most appearances over the next few years was a successful young attorney. In fact, after about eight years I had, without anyone else's help, made a thorough mess of my personal and professional careers. I truly "cratered." Recovery was hard and slow and I could never have accomplished it except that in 1962 I had the good fortune to meet the lady who has now been my wife for 38 years. I owe so much to Shirley for her devotion, dedication and hard work. And during those tough times we had the assistance of some very gracious Bar members. Looking back, I can truthfully say that I have for many years enjoyed professional success about any way it can be measured. My most valued personal achievement is that my peers seem to think that I am very good at the work I do. In the course of my career, I was president of the Pasco County Bar Association, a member of the Fifth Circuit's first professionalism committee and a master in the charter class of the Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court. Probably my most interesting legal work has been my representation of the Hernando County Tax Collector for over 20 years.
JULIAN BENNETT, Panama City
Career Highlights: Born in Panama City, March 3, 1929; admitted to Bar, 1951, Florida. Education: John B. Stetson University (LL.B., 1952). PhiAlpha Delta. Young Man of the Year, Panama City, 1957. Elected State Representative, Florida Legislature, 1960-66. Attorney, Bay County School Board, 1960-79. Recipient: Jaycees, Good Government Award, 1963; Debate Award, Florida Legislature, 1963. Member; Bay Count Bar Association, president, 1953-54; The Florida Bar, member: Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation, 1965-66: Advisory member, Legislation Committee, 1965-66; The Florida Bar member: board of directors, Junior Bar Section, 1954-55; Rotary Club; board of directors, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce; member, Board of Regents, 1993-99.
RICHARD ANTONIO (DICK) BIANCO, Temple Terrace
Family: Wife - Frances E-Bianco; children - Patricia B. Wilson
Career Highlights: I graduated from John B. Stetson University College of in 1951 and was admitted to the Bar that same year. In 1952 I entered private practice and was a sole practitioner until I retired in 1999. I was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida in 1953.
WARREN A. (BISH) BISHOP, New Smyrna Beach
Family: Wife-Betty; children-Jessica, Barbara and Warren
Career Highlights: Served as a pilot in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was discharged with the rank of captain, 1945. Served as special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C. Attended the University of Connecticut and later received my J.D. from the University of Miami Law School. I was in general practice, 1959-1990. In Hialeah, I practiced real property and trust law. Served as an organizer, general council and president for 26-years with the Community Federal Savings and Loan. Past president, Hialeah-Miami Springs Chamber of Commerce; past president, Miami International Airport Kiwanis Club; member, Oleeta Lodge and the Scottish Rite Shrine. Have traveled extensively by motor-home, visiting every state of the United States, including Alaska. Additionally, I have visited Mexico and every Province of Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador, since semi-retirement.
JACK R. BISSELL, Sarasota
Family: Wife -- Suzanne; daughter -- Cady Ferguson
Career Highlights: Since admission to The Florida Bar my practice has been with small firms, first, in Gainesville then Sarasota. Prior to retirement in 1997, I had a solo practice in which I did estate and trusts, real estate and corporate law, for twenty-seven years. I have been active in community-and church work during my residence in Sarasota.
WILLIAM C. BLAKE, JR, Tampa
Family: five children
Career Highlights: I was in the U.S. Navy. I have been a partner in the Tampa law firms of Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly; Corcoran, Hinson & Blake; Blake & Ford; and Blake and Associates. I practiced as insurance counsel doing litigation of medical issues for physicians and hospitals; served on hospital institutional review board.
I am active in one-design yacht racing and yacht club organization; Commodore, Florida Sailing Association North American Yacht Racing Union. Retired from active practice in 1996, to the North Carolina mountains and tennis.
You may telephone me at 813/251-0292 or 828/743-1092. My email address is email@example.com.
JOHN WESLEY BOOTH, Leesburg
Family: Wife -- Marie Booth; Children -- Rebecca Booth Hill and Suzanne Booth
Career Highlights: I was born in Gainesville on January 13, 1924. Attended and graduated from P. K. Yonge in Gainesville in 1941 and the University of Florida, 1941-42. I served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 until 1946, then returned to the University of Florida, where I graduated with a degree from the College of Business Administration, 1949. I attended John G. Stetson College of Law, 1949-51 where I received my LL.B. I was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1951. From 1951-66 I had a general practice in Palatka, Ocala (briefly) and Leesburg. In 1996, I was appointed county judge for Lake County, by Governor Haydon Burns. In 1967, I was elected without opposition. In 1968, I was elected to the 5th Judicial Circuit Court where I served until I retired in January 1997. I have been senior judge in the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and 18th circuits, but served primarily in the Fifth and Eighth circuits. I am honorary and charter member of the Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court. I am judicial leader in the 2001 National Judicia l College Assembly.
CHARLES W. BOSTWICK, Jacksonville
Career Highlights: Received my LL.B. University of Florida, June 1951. Member of the Florida and Jacksonville bars, member of the Environmental and Land Use Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Trial Lawyers sections of The Florida Bar. I have been in general practice for 49 plus years.
GEORGE EARL BROWN, Miami
Career Highlights: Born the day Calvin Coolidge was elected president, November 4, 1924, in Oak Park, Illinois because there was no hospital in my family's hometown of Glen Ellyn. Attended public schools in Illinois until my family acquired a winter home in Miami Shores in 1939. Completed high school at Miami Edison Senior High. Served in Europe with the Army Air Corps and completed both undergraduate and law school studies at the University of Florida. Studied international law at the University of London's City College of Law.
Upon graduation, was appointed as special assistant attorney general and opened the Attorney General's first branch office in the state, in Miami. In 1954, formed a law firm with Thomas B. Duff, who passed away in 1985.
I am an avid sailor and raced sailboats in various regattas throughout the United States, Germany and Switzerland. I continue to practice under the firm, Duff & Brown, in Miami.
JOSEPH JOHN BRUNE III, Las Vegas, Nevada
Family: Wife -- Barbara; children (daughter) Lee, (sons) William and Joseph John
Career Highlights: I have been gifted with both great love and health, any other highlights would be redundant. My practice was in tax law.
HENRY BURNETT, Miami
Career Highlights: I have been a member of Fowler, White, Burnett P.A. and its predecessors since 1950, beginning as an associate and concluding my active practice as president of the firm. I currently continue an active of-counsel status.
Throughout my professional practice, I have been active on both a trial and appellate level in all phases of insurance defense law, including but not limited to, automobile, admiralty, aviation, products liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and general liability in both state and federal courts. Commencing in the late 1950's, I was counsel for Jackson Memorial Hospital, our local public hospital, and later the teaching hospital for the University of Miami Medical School. Starting in 1970, I became counsel for the University Medical School in the defense of its medical malpractice actions and remain so.
Professionally I have served in: 1950 Virginia Bar; 1951 - The Florida Bar; U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court; American Bar Association; Dade County Bar Association; Dade County Defense Bar (president 1966-67); Florida Defense Lawyers Association (president 1967-68); International Association of Insurance Counsel (president 1976-77); American College of Trial Lawyers.
JAMES (JIM) D. CAMP, JR., Ft. Lauderdale
Family: Wife - Sue; children - Dorothy, Marie, Jim III, Bill and Suzanne
Career Highlights: Member, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Section Board of Governors; first president, Young Lawyers Section of Broward County Bar Association; vice-chair and co-chair, The Florida Bar Probate & Guardianship Rules Committee; member, Florida Board of Bar Examiners; chair, Probate Law Committee of Broward County Bar Association; fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; lecturer, Florida Bar CLE courses on probate topics; chair, Board of Broward National Bank; chair, Board of Century Banks, Inc.; member, Board of Sun Banks, Inc.; member, Board of Sun Trust Banks, Inc.; Knight of St. Gregory.
JACK SMITH CAREY, st. Petersburg
Family: Wife - Delight Carey; children - Jack Carey, Jr., Joy Carey and Jill Marie Hill
Career Highlights: I practiced estate planning, probate and real estate law. My greatest pleasures have been my personal contact with the clients and the feeling of having made a positive impact on their lives.
The opportunity of being a part of a noble profession and having made a small contribution to its growth has been worth all the hard work.
JOHN SHARPE CROWNING, Coral Gables
Family: Wife - Fritzi; children - Cathy Javech (son-in-law, Nestor J. Javech, M.D.), Elizabeth Jane (Lisa)
Career Highlights: Finals, moot court competition; attended University of Virginia Law School. Joined the law firm of Shutts & Bowen, Miami, where I represented Gar Wood and the Miami Children's Hospital. Retired. from Shutts and Bowen, 1994. My areas of practice were: real property; probate, corporations and hospital law.
JOHN V. CHRISTIE, Hobe Sound
Family: Wife-Mary H. Christie
Career Highlights: I was born in Miami; admitted to The Florida Bar, 1951. In 1971, I was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; in 1976, admitted to the U.S. Southern District Court of Florida. In 1957, I was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. I received my preparatory education at the University of Miami (BB.A., 1949) and my legal education at the University of Miami (J.D., 1967 - replaced LL.B. conferred in 1951). I was in Phi Alpha Delta fraternity. Served as judge of Industrial Claims, 1955-60; member Dade County and American Bar Associations, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and The Florida Bar.
JAMES E. (JIM) CLAYTON, Micanopy
Family: Wife - Nicky; children - James (Jamey) E. Clayton, Jr., John (Buddy) M. Clayton, Joye M; Clayton
Career Highlights: Practice with the law firm of Clayton-Johnston P.A. in Gainesville. Alachua County since 1951. Most significant accomplishment was the rearing and educating of three great children. Still practicing law part-time. I am a former Florida Bar Board of Governors member; served on various Bar committees, including chairman of the Client Security Fund; served as president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. Practice areas included: wills, estates, probate and commercial residential real property transactions.
ALLEN CLEMENTS, JR., Bradenton
Family: Children - Mary, Jill, Bryan and Allen III
Career Highlights: I was the city attorney for West Miami, 1956-93; city attorney for South Miami, 1969-72; village attorney, Biscayne Park, 1972-75; attorney, Dade County League of Cities, 1966-72; served in U.S. Army, 1943-48; decorated with the Bronze Star. I served on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association, 1984-86 and as legal advisor for the Dade County Counsel for Mayors, 1964-72.
MACK N. CLEVELAND, JR, Longwood
Family: Wife - Mary Anne Cleveland; children - Darvin Boothe, Rebekah Boothe Corley and Robert Boothe
Career Highlights: Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during WWII, 1943-46. I earned my BS/BA in 1949; J.D. from Stetson University, 1951; served as county attorney for Seminole County, 1954-61; Florida House of Representatives, 1952-63; elected: speaker pro-tem, 1956-58; Florida State Senator, 1963-66; member and past president of Stetson Lawyer's Association: founding member of the Volie Williams Inns of Court, 1969; Florida State Racing Commission and attorney for the St. Johns Indian River Canal District. Jaycee's Good Government Award, 1965; past president and member of Seminole County Bar Association from 1951 to present; admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, June 1968; received Ben Willard Memorial Award, Thomas E. Whigham Pro Bono Service Award in 1991; presented Justice Vassar B. Carlton to Florida Supreme Court at his investiture, January 1969; member of Stetson University's Board of Overseers, Stetson College of Law; member, board of trustees for Stetson University, 1986-96; general counsel to Stetson University from 1988 to present: former member of 18th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission; 50-year member of Masons; appointed by Gov. Bob Graham to Governor's Central Florida Transportation Study Commission.
MARSHALL M. CRISER, Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Paula (married, April 1957); children Marshall M. Criser III, Edward H. Criser, Mary Criser Loveland, Glenn L. Criser * Kimberly Criser-Pate, Mark J. Criser * (* member of The Florida Bar); grandchildren - 14
Career Highlights: Chairman, Florida Land Sales Board, 1963-64; member Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, 1960-69; president, The Florida Bar, 1968-69; member, House of Delegates, American Bar Assn., 1968-72; chairman, Florida Council of 100, 1979-80; chairman, Academic Task Force on Insurance and Tort Reform, 1986-88; chairman, Federal Court Advisory Group for Middle District of Florida, 1991-96; member, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, 2001-; member, Board of Regents from 1971-81, chairman 1974-78; president, University of Florida, 1984-89.
Former director of Bell South Corporation; FPL Group, - Inc.; Barnett Banks, Inc., Perini Corp., and Emerald Funds, Inc. Currently, chairman of CSR America, Inc.; director of Flagler System, Inc.; Shands Healthcare, Inc.; Shands Jacksonville, Inc., University of Florida Foundation, Inc.; president of Alliance for World Class Education, Duval County; director, M.E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc. Partner, Gunster Yoakley Criser & Stewart, Palm Beach, 1953-84; chairman, Mahoney Adams & Criser, Jacksonville, 1989-97; and of counsel, McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe, Jacksonville, 1998-March 1, 2000. Current status: retired.
CHARLES EVANS DAVIS, Orlando
Family: Wife - Patty K Davis; Children - Deborah Davis Black, Charles E. Davis, Jr., George R. Davis
Career Highlights: Served in the U.S. Navy, 1943-47. Achieved my BS/BA from the University of Florida, 1949; LL.B, 1951; and received my J.D., 1967. Worked on the University of Florida Law Review. Affiliated with Fishback, Davis, et al., in Orlando from 1951-1989. Sole practitioner, 1989 to date. I am a charter member and director of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (it's predecessor); trustee of Howey Academy; director of the United Growers & Shippers; trustee of the C. V. Griffin, Sr., Foundation. Deacon and trustee of the Central Christian Church in Orlando.
JAMES BOYD DELOACH, New Smyrna Beach
Family: Wife - Barbara Southard DeLoach (married 50 years on 3/3/01); children - Deborah D. Peterson (wife of Sid C. Peterson, Jr.) and Robin Bates (wife of Gary T. Bates). Grandchildren - Trey Peterson, Christian Peterson, Jamie Peterson, Matthew Peterson, Kevin Bates, Cameron Bates, Christopher Bates and Kelli Bates. We have one great granddaughter and a great grandson due to be born soon.
Career Highlights: After graduating law school in 1951 from the University of Florida, I accepted an appointment as an FBI special agent and served three years in the Oklahoma City and Cleveland, Ohio offices. I returned to New Smyrna Beach in January 1954 and started practicing law with a general office practice, doing primarily real estate, probate, wills and trusts. I practice with my son-in-law, Sid C. Peterson, Jr., and his brother Phil Peterson.
In addition to my practice, I have given back to my profession and community by serving 24 years seven as chairman of the Volusia County School Board, municipal judge; city attorney, president of the Volusia County Bar Association and trustee of the Volusia County Law Library - 10 years. I am an original organizer of the Duvall Home for Retarded Children through the United Presbyterian Services and remained on its board of many years.
Civically, I have served as president of the New Smyrna Beach Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, local American Red Cross, and was recognized as the 1959 Young Man of the Year in Southeast Volusia County.
ANTHONY (TONY) J. DE LUCCA, SR., Dunnellon
Family: Wife - Jane K. De Lucca; children - Anthony J. Jr., Michael, Garrett, Donald, Robert, Nanette and stepchildren, Sam, Laurel, Valerie, Stephen, Bruce, James; grandchildren - 13
Career Highlights: Active in the real estate, probate and corporations sections of the law. The last 15 years, real estate and probate. I served in the early 1960s on the North Miami Charter Review Board and re-wrote the charter which is still in effect to this date. Served six years on the City of North Miami City Council.
Very active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks: Serving on the Florida Elks State Association Board of Directors, state president 1994-95, visiting over 100 Elks Lodges in State of Florida. Vice-president two years and president two years of the Florida Elks Children's Hospital, 15 years on the State Association Judiciary Committee and 10 years, attorney pro-bono Florida Elks Charities averaging supervising 76 estates per year. Presently serving ninth year on directors of Harry-Anna Trust Fund and fourth year as president and chairman. I am a 41 year member of the North Miami Elks Lodge 1835.
Currently I am serving the Grand Lodge of the BPOE, on the Committee on the Judiciary, representing Area 3 consisting of eight states, Panama and Puerto Rico.
I enjoy golfing, fishing and our horse farm in the hills of Ocala. I am sincerely grateful for the privilege of being an attorney and a member of The Florida Bar.
GEORGE A. DIETZ, Sarasota
Family: Wife - Fran Dietz; children - George A. Dietz, Jr. (Pepper), Alison Dietz Ross
Career Highlights: Following graduation from law school in 1951, I served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, including service in Korea with the First Marine Division. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, I began practice in my home town of St. Petersburg. Observing greener pastures across the bay, I moved to Sarasota in 1955 and joined the predecessor law firm to what has become Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen (which included classmates Davis Parker and Bill Harrison). The current firm was formed in 1958.
My primary practice has involved a broad range of real estate matters including land planning, rezoning, and other administrative procedures pertaining to the development and sale of real estate. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of representing a number of developers, including Arvida Corporation (subsequently Arvida/JMB) in the development of lands on Longboat Key, and a U.K. Developer, Taylor Woodrow Homes Ltd., in the development of a sizable planned unit development in northern Sarasota County.
Bar-related activities have included serving as an officer (including president) and member of the board of directors of the Sarasota County Bar Association, as well as chairman of the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee and Grievance Committee. I also served two terms on The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 12th Judicial Circuit.
In addition to other civic service, I have served on the City of Sarasota Charter Review Board and on the advisory board for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. I also served as chair of the board of directors of the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce.
Service on charitable boards has included Hospice of Southwest Florida, United Way and United Way Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Foundation, Human Services Center of Sarasota, First United Methodist Church and a number of other charitable organizations.
MONROE DIXON, Miami
Family: Wife - Elaine Dixon
Career Highlights: The primary focus of my general practice was on construction law, real property, marital, corporate and probate law. I obtained a charter for Fidelity National Bank of South Miami in 1964. I was chairman of the board and attorney for the bank for 10 years and president for one year.
MURRAY HARRINGTON DUBBIN, Miami
Family: Wife - Helene Shonbrun Dubbin; children - Dr. Clifford B. Dubbin, Samuel J. Dubbin, Esq., David C. Dubbin and Dr. Eric S. Dubbin; grandchildren -10
Career Highlights: 1984 to present, city attorney, North Bay Village; 1995 to present, city attorney, Miami Beach; 1976-1982, general counsel, Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency; lead counsel in validation of $300,000,000 in redevelopment bonds (Miami Beach Redevelopment Agency vs. State of Florida); lobbyist before the state legislature for Redevelopment Agency, Florida Podiatry Profession, Center for Health Technologies, and numerous private and public entities. 1963-1974, member of Florida House of Representatives; 1967-68, chairman of House Committee on Constitutional Revision (1968 Florida Constitution); 1970-74, chairman of House Committee on Rules and Calendar; 1971, Florida Times Union (Allen Morris) Award - Most Valuable Member of the House; 1977-84, member of Florida Board of Regents; 1983-84, chairman of board. My areas of practice have been local government, administrative law, environmental and land use, real estate, corporate, civil litigation, mediation (certified by State Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Articles: "Urban Redevelopment Regulations: Florida Environmental and Land Use Law," Volume II 1989; The Florida Bar Journal; "Administrative Law: Access to Review of Official Action - Standing Under the FLA APA;" University of Miami Law Review, Volume 35 #5 (September 1982) (with Samuel J. Dubbin); 1994 recipient of Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award.
IRVING DUNN, West Palm Beach
Family: Wife - Marlene Hecht, married in 1954; children - (daughter) Nancy and (son) Steven, and five grandchildren
Career Highlights: Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, April 2, 1925. Moved to North Florida in 1928 and West Palm Beach in 1931.
Graduated in February 1943, from Palm Beach Senior High School, West Palm Beach. Enlisted in the United States Navy, February 1943. Eventually assigned to Fleet Air Wing 15 in North Africa. Discharged in 1946. Attended Palm Beach Junior College from 1946 to 1948, graduating with an A.A. degree. Attended the University of Miami School of Law, graduating with a J.D., February 1951.
Established a private law practice in Miami from 1951 to 1954. Thereafter, formed a partnership in 1954 with Thomas C. Johnson, now semi-retired. Partnership has existed for 45 years. In 1985, son, Steven, became a member of the firm. Specialties include general trial work, personal injury, wrongful death, admiralty and workers' compensation law. The firm represents the State of Florida.
Have been semi-retired for the past four years. Interests include grandchildren, charitable functions and national as well as international travel.
JOHN ROBERT (BOB) EAGAN III, Maitland
Family: Wife - Sarah Scheimer Eagan; children - (daughters) Margaret, Mary, Shannon and Eleanor, (sons) Sean and Aaron
Career Highlights: I served 20 years as state attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Assigned by the governor to prosecute a Florida sheriff for second degree murder of a county jail inmate. I obtained a change of venue for the grand jury hearing and change of venue for trial, a privilege rarely afforded the state. The trial judge was the late Hon. James Adkins, Florida Supreme Court justice, per voluntary recusal of all local circuit judges. I cross-examined sheriffs defense witness Dr. Milton Helpern, author of "Trauma," the bible of forensic pathology, by reading to him passages from his book which contradicted his testimony. His response, "Well, son, I've learned a lot more about it since then." The sheriff, after lengthy jury deliberation, was acquitted. Of Justice Adkins, Dr. Helpern, the sheriff, his fine attorney and me, only I remain.
I served on various Florida Supreme Court and governors' committees to develop procedures and rules to institute the new court systems according to amended Judicial Article V, phasing out the multitude of JP courts and county courts then existing.
GUS EFTHIMIOU, JR., Coral Gables
Family: Wife - Lola Efthimiou; children - Nicholas (Nick) Efthimiou and Anne Efthimiou-Valdesuso
Career Highlights: Assistant attorney general, State of Florida, 1965-71; general counsel for clerk of the circuit and county courts, 1973-90; city attorney of South Miami, 1981-85; city attorney of West Miami, 1984-95; city attorney of Sweetwater, 1993-98.
GEORGE T. EIDSON, JR., Orlando
Family: Children - Sue Ann Eidson; William Randall Eidson and Frank McCoy Eidson
Career Highlights: After obtaining my law degree from the University of Florida in 1951, I joined the Orlando firm of Akerman, Dial & Akerman, as its fifth lawyer. I was the associate whose job it was to make the partners look magnificent. It was a large firm under the standards of the day. My salary was $125 per month and I was glad to get it. While there have been many fascinating cases over the years, and even more fascinating people, the focus of my career was doing my share to build Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson. I was honored to serve as chairman of the firm in the 1980s, when the decision was made to expand to Miami and truly become a statewide firm. I am proud it has accomplished that goal, as it approaches 400 lawyers in size. Now, I am largely retired from the practice, and primarily manage investment partnerships. As a consumer of legal services, I find I must pay what was a month's salary to obtain an hour of a young lawyer's time. But, it has always been the young lawyers who have done a great job making this old one look more magnificent than I ever deserved. The highlight of my career has been knowing, working with, and litigating against so many brilliant and wonderful people who chose the law as a career.
GENE ESSNER, Miami
Family: Wife - Rita; children - Richard Essner
Career Highlights: The unparalleled growth of the state and in the law during the past 50 years has provided great opportunities for service to the public and the Bar. I have been privileged to serve as counsel to clients who have contributed much to the enrichment of the community.
I have also enjoyed the opportunity to serve my community as a member of the Metropolitan Dade County Historical Board, hearing examiner for the Dade County Human Resources Department; board of directors of the Legal Services, Inc. Of Greater Miami; counsel to the Dade Heritage Trust, Inc.; parliamentarian to the National Board of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
It has been a privilege to have the friendships and to have worked with so many outstanding members of the profession, as member of the Dade County Bar Association, and member of its board of directors; member of the Dade County Grievance Committee; and chairman of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar; member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and contributor to The Florida Bar OLE publications.
THOMAS P. (TOM) EVANS, Tampa
Family: Wife - Betty D. Evans; children - (one daughter) Jana Lucille Evans, (three sons) Thomas D. Evans, Stephen L. Evans and Mark D. Evans
Career Highlights: Associate with law firm of McFarland, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly, 1951-53. Member, Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans, P.A., 1953-95. Past chairman, Hillsborough County Charter Study Committee; member and past chairman, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Chairman, steering committee, Florida Real Property Practice, 1961-62. Hobbies include hunting, reading, golf and gardening.
I am a member of the Hillsborough County and American Bar Associations and the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program. Director, Builders Association of Greater Tampa, in which I have been a member for over 30 years. Member of, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Carrollwood Golf and Tennis Club, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church (elder), Downtown Tampa Rotary Club and the University Club of Tampa.
W. RICHARD (DICK) EVERY, Daytona Beach
Family: Children - Kelly Every, Langford Van Every and Christie Every
Career Highlights: Although I've had what others say are outstanding accomplishments, I would say the highlights of my career would be the self satisfaction that I've had as a sole practitioner that I never took a default on any of my fellow attorneys; never put anyone in jail (nor have I gone to jail); never foreclosed on anyone's home; never took anyone's child away from them and I still made a respectable living. Also, I never fired a secretary. I've had three secretaries who have worked with me for 28 years each before retiring and another for 18 years. Looking back, my career has been very rewarding and, if I had the choice, I would do it again.
EARL DRAYTON FARR, JR., Punta Gorda
Family: Wife - Paula Blackwell Farr; children - Leland Farr, Shannon Farr
Career Highlights: On the night of graduation from the University of Florida College of Law on June 11, 1951, I was promptly sworn in by Circuit Judge W. T. Harrison. Thereafter, my wife, Paula, and I with our oldest son moved back to Punta Gorda for me to practice law with my father. Charlotte County had a population of 4,286 people according to the 1950 census and there had only been four new houses built in Punta Gorda since World War II. Punta Gorda already had five lawyers, so the picture was not too bright from a financial point of view. However, Punta Gorda had the most beautiful unspoiled harbor in Florida, on which I had grown up, so the choice was clear. Business was slow so I did what a lot of young lawyers do, I was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce for two years, president of the Kiwanis Club, president of the Charlotte County Bar Association, appointed city attorney and served four years. However, in 1959-60, new developers moved to Charlotte County. I became general counsel to Punta Gorda Isles, Inc. and they, thereafter, developed approximately 15,000 lots in Charlotte County and about that many more in Lee, Hernando and Citrus counties combined. We also represented First Federal Savings and Loan Association, which was growing and expanding throughout the county. The community started growing at a rapid rate, as did the firm. The county now has a projected population of approximately 135,000 people and the firm is the county's largest. I was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors and served from 1970-74 and I consider that experience to be one of the most enriching of my life. After 50 years, the firm Farr, Farr, Emerich, Sifrit, Hackett & Carr, P.A. is building a new law office in Punta Gorda to start the next 50 years and Paula and I are building a new house.
WESLEY AUGUST FINK, Ormond Beach
Family: Wife - Patricia; children - George Karl Fink, Laura Ann Leffler, Gretchen Lydia Fink
Career Highlights: In the beginning, I was a sole practitioner. So I should be able to say "I made it" on my own. However, I owe the success I've had to my mentor, to the trial judges and to the multitude of lawyers who referred their cases to me for trial. My mentor, Jack Wayman of the Jacksonville Bar, let me carry his books to the courtroom in the early 50s. He paid me $50 per week -- I should have paid him for the "learning." He was simply the best of the best in court.
I started my practice in Daytona Beach where I had the luck and the pleasure to appear regularly in trial before circuit judges like P.B. Revels, Howell Melton and later, Horace Reigle, James T. Nelson, etc. My experience in other jurisdictions proved they were the best of the best in or out of the state. In those days, it was fun to oppose such excellent defense lawyers as John Graham, Al Green and Leon Handley. When they gave their "word," I slept well.
Now, judges are too harassed, I guess, arid defense lawyers appear to be stockholders in the paper manufacturing companies. The fun is gone, so I quit. Between the beginning and the end, I served as city attorney for Daytona Beach, 1956-57; general counsel, Halifax Hospital Medical Center, 1965-72; member, Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, 1965-71; member executive council, Florida Trial Lawyers Section, 1967-68; fellow, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (member, board of directors, 1962-68; 1971-73) and member, Volusia County Bar Association (president 1972-73).
H. EUGENE "GENE" FISCHER, Alachua
Family: Wife - Catherine F. Fischer
Career Highlights: Practiced trial law in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, 1951 - 1973. Served as circuit judge, 17th Circuit, Broward County from 1973 to 1991. Retired with senior status.
JAMES (JIM) A. FISCHETTE, Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Dorothy C. Fishchette; children - Susan F. Wallsteadt and Mary F. Blackstock
Career Highlights: Helping people resolve financial problems and the great relief it brings to them. Meeting and assisting a client in her business, which client became my wife, and whom I might never have met if I were not an attorney. My practice areas were: bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and creditor/debtor rights.
DAVID W. (DINK) FOERSTER, Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Margaret Foerster; children - David W. Foerster, Jr., Margaret F. Bratton, Michael C. Foerster, Amy F. Lyerly and Caroline V. Foerster
Career Highlights: Born in Jacksonville and educated at Washington & Lee University with B.S. and J.D. degrees. Served as Naval aviator during WWII. Practice area has been limited to eminent domain trial practice in trial and appellate courts throughout Florida. Co-author: "Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure," published by The Florida Bar. Author: "Condemnation Attorneys' Fees," The Florida Bar Journal. "The Expert Witness and the Hearsay Rule," The Appraisal Journal. "Condemnation: The Landowner's Rights," Florida Realtor. Served as legislative assistant to the Governor of Florida; member, State of Florida Land Acquisition and Eminent Domain Task Force. Listed in "Who's Who in American Law, 3rd Edition." President, Jacksonville Bar Association, 1959-60 and member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 1961-64. Honored by The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee in 2000 for significant contribution in the field of Eminent Domain Law in Florida.
GERALD (JERRY) FORMAN, Weston
Family: Wife - Phyllis Forman; children - Susan Cooperman, Lisa Gitlin and Robert Forman
Career Highlights: I graduated with honors from the University of Miami in June of 1951, but the chances for employment were slim and none. This launched me in a career that required that I be receptive to any and all challenges that presented an opportunity to practice and earn. As a result, I have had the privilege and opportunity to be involved in many, many facets of the practice. So, I developed into a general practitioner and enjoyed the experience of being exposed to a vast variety of matters. I handled matters from admiralty to zoning and most always challenging, new and different. I got to know a little of everything rather than the experience of a specialist who learns a great deal about very little. The highlight of my career was the career itself.
ALAN ROBERT (BOB) FRYE, Melbourne
Family: Wife - Lois L. Frye, 55 years; children - Jana L. Johnson; six grandchildren - five great grandchildren
Career Highlights: My military service from 1944-47 included: Enlisted in U.S. Army Air Corps - age 17. Transferred to infantry, received commission. Served as company commander, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, Korea. I received my education, 1947-49; pre-law, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, 1949-51; College of Law, University of Florida - LL.B./J.D. I was employed from 1951-58 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - special agent. Assigned to Albuquerque, St. Louis and New York City offices. Involved in investigations of highjacking cases and Greenlease Kidnapping case. Served in New York City as a field supervisor for over 125 special agents on espionage surveillance matters. From 1958-61, I served in Civil Service with the USAF as a security inspector, Air Force Missile Test Center, Patrick AEB; 1961-65, Chief, Security Police, Pan Am World Airways, Cape Canaveral; 1965-68, Director of Security, TWA, Kennedy Space Center; 1968-92, The Wackenhut Corporation, Coral Gables, served as vice pr esident, physical security; senior vice president, proposal development; and president, Wackenhut Services, Inc. Responsibilities include management of major protective services contracts at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Manned Spacecraft Center; the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site and Savannah River Site; and the Alaskan pipeline. Also performed contract management functions in eight African and Mid-Eastern countries entailing over 20 trans-Atlantic flights. Retired in August 1992. Survived Hurricane Andrew, with wife, in residence. House severely damaged. My memberships/affiliations have been: American Society for Industrial Security; Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc. - Space Coast Chapter (secretary/treasurer - 1995 to present). Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Melbourne. Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne. Inveterate golfer. Achieved long-term personal goal - at age 72, shot my age. Final note: grandson Joshua J. Pope, member of The Florida Bar, practices with the firm of Cobb Col e Bell, Daytona Beach.
HARRY C. GEISSLER, Miami
Career Highlights: Served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Graduated from the University of Florida School of Law in 1951 and took employment with the Claims Department of the Travelers Insurance Co., from which I retired in 1991, as head of the Travelers Miami Claims Office. Since that time, have been practicing as a certified mediator in Miami.
FRANK H. GETTER, Wynnewood, PA
Family: Wife - Charlotte; children - Matthew, Gordon
Career Highlights: I have practiced law in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg areas for 50 years. In addition, I have served as counsel for a major financial institution in Philadelphia and as a counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I have recently retired and am doing volunteer work in community enterprises in order to remain active.
FLOYD S. GLICK, Salt Lake City, UT
Family: Wife - Frances; children - two daughters, Patricia and Elaine
Career Highlights: Born June 11, 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA. Served in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 with service in the European Theater of Operations. After returning from my duty, earned a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, 1948. In 1951, received an LL.B. from the University of Miami (J.D. 1967). Practiced law in Miami, then in Clearwater, until 1990. Currently, semi-retired.
MANDELL (MENDY) GLICKSBERG, Gainesville
Family: Wife - Joyce Glicksberg; children - Jodye G. Clark, Susan G. Hilton, David H. Glicksberg
Career Highlights: I attended elementary, junior high and high school in Miami Beach; graduated from Miami Beach Senior High in 1945; B.A., University of Florida, 1949; LL.B. (J.D.), University of Florida, 1951; LL.M., New York University, 1958. Practice of law, Miami Beach, 1951-52. Active duty with U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General's Dept., 1952-53; lieutenant colonel, USAFR (retired). Member of faculty, College of Law, University of Florida, 1953-97. Visiting associate professor of law, New York University, spring 1959. Currently retired as professor of law emeritus, Levin College of Law, University of Florida. Served as faculty athletics representative, University of Florida, 1965-90, and as secretary of the Southeastern Conference, 1986-90. Member of executive council, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, 1967-97. Real Estate Certification Committee of The Florida Bar, 1986-94. Supervisor of the Uniform Title Standards Project of the University of Florida Law Review, 1975-97 . Honorary member, Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Recipient of Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice Section of The Florida Bar, 1997.
RONALD B. GOERLER, Cutchogue, New York
Family: Wife - Anne Marie; Children - Steven, Candace, Michael, Ron, Jr., Matthew and Philip
Career Highlights: Since leaving law school, I have spent most of my time in businesses, acquiring and doing several leveraged buyouts. A high point was being the white knight in a leveraged buyout that resulted in owning a vineyard and winery in Long Island, NY. This was accomplished by putting the winery and vineyard through a Chapter 11 reorganization in 1988.
The family still owns the Jamesport Winery on the North Fork, which has now become a prime growing area, and is highly respected in the wine world.
While, I still maintain my Florida license, I have only done pro se work in New York in the surrogate area, having won a unanimous decision in the second district, on appeal. Needless to say, my legal training has stood me in good stead, especially with the ever growing litigation that seems to follow us with everything we do in business and personal life.
I am chairman of the board of Crest/Good Mfg. Co., Inc., a plumbing manufacturer and chairman of the aforementioned Jamesport Vineyard. I am also, past treasurer of the Long Island Wine Council, and presently a director of same, a group representing the wine industry in New York.
I still fly my own Beach V Tail Bonanza, which helps keep track of all of the above, as well as many enjoyable hours flying from New England to Florida, and points west.
Looking forward to the 50th and expect to see friends of my law school days that I see are still active.
MITCHELL M. GOLDMAN, Bradenton
Career Highlights: Undergraduate studies, the University of Miami, Coral Gables and received J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, 1951. Completed Florida Supreme Court divorce mediation training as a certified family mediator, 1995. My professional experience is: Did litigation practice, concentrating in criminal law and contested dissolution matters, as a sole practitioner in the firm of Mitchell M. Goldman, P.A., 1951-87. State of Florida special assistant attorney general, 1954. Became general master in the family division in the 11th Judicial Circuit, in Dade County, 1987-96. My responsibilities included conducting hearings and trials and making written findings of fact and recommendation on all aspects of family law, 1987-1996. Associate administrative general master, 1995-1996.
Family: Wife - Joyce; children - Two sons, Allen and Leonard
I lectured extensively from 1958 until 1995. I was the Miami Police Academy training instructor on search and seizure, 1958; speaker on pre-trial publicity at the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Montreal, Canada, 1966; participated in an educational program for attorneys on issues surrounding the award of fees and costs for the Dade County Bar, 1989; featured speaker on child support enforcement on community access program sponsored by SALAD for WLRN Channel 17, Miami, 1988; and co-authored "Florida Dissolution of Marriage," (4th Ed. Chapter 2), for The Florida Bar.
I have been president of the Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Florida Statewide Committee for Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Dade County Bar Association, Family Law Committee. I have served on The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Committee and Civil Selection Committee. Have chaired The Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Local Committee. I am a life member of the Dade County Bar Association; a member, The Florida Bar, the U. S. Supreme Court, and founding member of the First Family Inns of Court in Dade County.
JOHN (JACK) MAGNUS GOODMAN, Miami
Family: Wife - Florence (Babe) Goodman; Children -- Scott Goodman, Dale Goodman, John C. Goodman, Valerie Roschel, Scott Cline, Oakley Cline III and Susan Ewell
Career Highlights: I attended the University of Miami Law School where I received my LL.B. degree, 1951. I later served as adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School and was with the International Association of Insurance Counsel. I have been associated with two law firms: senior partner with the firm of Carrey, Goodman, Terry, Dwyer and Austin; and the Miami firm of Goodman and Peterson. I have been a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association. My areas of practice were trial, architect, medical and legal malpractice, plaintiff, and personal injury representation.
HAROLD (HAL) L. GREENE, Miami
Family: Daughters - Dorothy D. Greene, Cathy Greene VanDyken and Michele Greene VerBeek
MARGARET BERG GROWNEY, St. Petersburg
Career Highlights: Admitted to practice: United States Supreme Court, Federal Circut Court of Appeals-11th Circuit, Federal District Court-Southern District. Life member of DAde County Bar Association, member, Lawyer's Title Guaranty Fund. Practice areas were real estate, probate, banking and general trial practice.
Family: Husband - Honore S. McKeown (deceased); children - H. Mary McKeown and Honora McKeown Gathings; Husband - Laurence M. Growney
FRANK D. HALL, Arcadia
Career Highlights: I have enjoyed a multifaceted career in law and business. Prior to attending college, I served in World War II as a civilian in Army counterintelligence. In 1944, I enlisted in the WAVES working with Naval Intelligence. While working in Naval Intelligence, the personnel in my unit were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Award. After being honorably discharged from the WAVES, I attended Stetson University and Stetson College of Law. I was the first women elected to membership in a law club at Stetson College of Law. In 1951,1 began my legal career as a general practitioner in West Palm Beach in partnership with my husband, Honore S. McKeown. After his death, I moved to St. Petersburg, where I specialized in the area of probate. Due to my area of practice, I observed the need for a quality, skill ed nursing care facility. In 1968, I built, owned, and operated the Alhambra, a skilled nursing facility. The Alhambra remains today a family owned and operated facility. Throughout the course of my career, I have been active in civic, legal and professional organizations and associations. In 1971,1 was presented the keys to the City of St. Petersburg. I have been recognized in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of Florida, and Personalities of the South. I have been privileged to serve as a chairmen's advisor on the United States Congressional Advisory Board, a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, and on numerous boards including banks. I have been a member of The Florida Bar, Committee of 100 of Pinellas County, National Association of Women Lawyers, American Nursing Home Association, St. Petersburg Bar Association, The Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Florida Nursing Home Association, the DAV, Altrusa International, and Phi Alpha Delta.
Family Wife - Rebecca Jo Hall; child-Laurie D. Hall
M. LEWIS HALL, JR., Miami
Career Highlights: Served during Korean War with Army JAG for 2 1/2 years. Thereafter, practiced with father and two brothers (two Florida Bar 50 Year Members and one soon to be) as Hall & Hedrick. "In House" vice president and general counsel, Howard Johnson Company for five years. Subsequently, was in partnership with Richard (Max) Swann (Hall and Swann). Merged with national firm of 250 plus partners for about five years. Upon Max's retirement in 1990, returned to solo practice in Coral Gables and Arcadia. My Florida Bar service included Junior Bar Board of Governors; director, Real Property Division, RPP&TL Section; chair, Florida Bar Agricultural Law Committee; Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission; executive council and chair, General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section (received ABA General Practice Section "Project of the Year Award" for most outstanding project nationally among GP groups - Jerry Currington of Tallahassee deserves t he credit). Honored by the section's "Award of Excellence" for service to general practitioners, the community and The Florida Bar. American Bar service included General Practice Section's Executive Council; chair, Real Property Transactions Committee; chair, Franchise Law Committee. Received ABA General Practice Section's "GP Link Loader of the Year" award in 1995. Member of American and Florida Bar Foundations, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, and Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Member of or served on Coral Gables Methodist Church; "thirty year" Kiwanian; chair, City of Coral Gables Board of Adjustment; director, Bank of Coral Gables; president, University Club; New York Athletic Club; several hunting and fishing clubs, including Prairie Creek Hunt Club. Appointed honorary consul general of Thailand for Florida by King of Thailand.
Family: Wife Muriel Fisher; Children - Miles Lewis Hall III and Don Thomas Hall; Grandchildren - five
Past and present civil activities include service as: chairman of the Dade County Chapter American Red Cross, 1964; president of the Orange Bowl Committee, 1965; president of the Ransom School Parents Association, 1966; president of the Dade County Bar Association, 1967; president of the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center Association, 1969-71; secretary of Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, Inc., 1988-present; president of The Miami Club, 1990-91; trustee, 1990-94 and vice chairman, 1995-96 of the Board of Trustees, St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida and president of The Miami Foundation for Cancer Resarch, Inc., 1998-present.
Career Highlights: I am a native Floridian and a veteran of World War II where I served as 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. degree, and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. degree. Am a partner in the Miami law firm of Hall & Hedrick.
Am active in the legal profession and am a member of the Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. I am a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation. Founding vice chairman of the Florida Council of 100 and wrote both the original charter and the original bylaws of this organization. Was selected as the 1991 Dade County Outstanding Man of the Year by the Taxpayer's League of Miami and Dade County.
WARREN D. HAMANN, Gainesville
Family: Wife - Martha; children - Richard Hamann, Rebecca Frickett, Janet Austin, Glenn Hamann and Charles Hamann
Career Highlights: Trial practice primarily defense - with Kimbrell & Hamann
LEON HUNTER HANDLEY, Orlando
Family: Wife - Mary Virginia Wolfe; children - Leon Hunter, Jr., Mary Ellen Adams, Laura Catherine Tappan, Leann Virginia Handley
Career Highlights: Born Lakeland, fourth-generation Floridian. Married former Mary Virginia Wolfe, native of Orlando, also fourth-generation Floridian. We have four children, six grandchildren. Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Sunday school teacher for 45 years. Graduated Lakeland High School, valedictorian; complete BS/BA, with honors, in two years, law school in two years, University of Florida. Member, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi; Alpha Kappa Psi; Beta Gamma Sigma, Hall of Fame; president, Alpha Tau Omega; president, Florida Blue Key. President's Council. Warrant officer, U.S.M.S., 1945, Italy, sergeant, USA, 1946-48, Korea, cadet colonel, USAF, ROTC captain, USAFR. President, Gurney & Handley, member, Florida Defense Lawyers' Association, International Association of Defense Counsel; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel; Trial Attorneys of America; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, American Board of Trial Advocates (1996 Trial Lawyer of the Year), past president, Orange County Ba r Association; past member, Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, and president, Junior Bar Section of The Florida Bar. Listed The Best Lawyers in America. Member, Travelers Century Club, (visited 217 countries). Past president, Central Florida Fair; Paul Harris Fellow and past president, Orlando Rotary Club. Member, University Club, Citrus Club, Country Club of Orlando, trustee, Chesley Magruder Charitable Trust, past chairman, WMFE (public TV and radio). Former chairman, Beneficial Savings Bank; former president and chairman, Mine and Mill Supply, Lakeland, and Bert Lowe Supply, Tampa; owner, operator of Riverbend Ranch, Sumter County. Listed, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. A Mason, Knight Templar, Shiner, 33rd degree, inspector general honorary, Scottish Rite. Grand orator, 1982, 1986, Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Florida. I am a fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.
RAYMOND J. HARE, Fort Lauderdale
Family: Children - Melissa M. Jones, Melanie R. Hare
Career Highlights: Served in the U.S. Army, 1943-46 undergraduate study at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. after WWII: University of Miami LL.B, J.D., Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. General practice of law in Fort Lauderdale unit appointed to the Court of Record by Governor Leroy Collins in 1959. Elected to the circuit court for the 17th judicial circuit, 1973-90. Supreme Court certified mediator and federal court mediator, 1991 to present, and continue to serve throughout Florida as a senior judge. The law has been an outstanding and rewarding career for me.
WILLIAM T. (BILL) HARRISON, JR., Sarasota
Family: Wife - Kitty Harrison; children - Susan Harrison Hendrick, William T. Harrison III, Robert N. Harrison and Nancy C. Harrison
Career Highlights: Immediately following admission to the Bar, I served for 21 months in the Army. I served in the 981st Field Artillery Battalion of the 40th Infantry Division in Korea. I have practiced continuously with my present firm since March 1953. In 1954, became counsel for the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which is the owner of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and have served in that capacity ever since. I served as counsel for the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority from 1956 until 1977.
During the first 20 years of practice, I spent considerable time doing real estate work and handling charter applications for First Federal Savings & Loan of Sarasota. I served as president of the Sarasota County Bar Association in 1968-69, served two terms as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second District Court of Appeal and I am a life member of the American Law Institute. My practice areas were: trust and estates, real property and health (hospital) law.
Among civic activities, I served as president of the local Boy Scout Council and as president of the Sarasota Opera Association.
STEPHEN HESSEN, Melbourne
Family: Wife - Virginia Leslie Hessen; children - Steve, Jr., Virginia Ann, Andrew J.
Career Highlights: My practice focused in real estate development law; planning and zoning; land rezoning; Dade County's first chairman of the "Zoning Appeals Board," 1955-66. Practiced in Coral Gables, 1951-60; South Miami, 1961-85.
WILLIAM M. HOEVELER, Miami
Career Highlights: Born in Paris, France, August 23, 1922; received education from Temple University, 1941-43; Bucknell University, 1943-44; 1946-47, B.A.; Harvard University (Class Co-Marshal), 1947-50, LL.B.
Involved in trying U.S.A. v. Barone, et al., Longshoremen's Union case. In days in trial, it continues to be one of the longest cases tried in the Southern District of Florida, of which I am a judge.
Other cases of interest: U.S.A. v. Reilly, et al., Trial of Zion Coptics - for marijuana violations; Cruz v. Ferre - case involving the question of city censorship of cable T.V., Zamora v. CBS, et al., - suit against networks for so-called T.V. Intoxication; two cases involving Omega 7 terrorist group, U.S.A. vs. Arocena, et al., handling of constitutional claims against Dade County Jail, Broward County Jail and Monroe County Jail, U.S.A. v. Noriega, and U.S.A. v. State of Florida, SFWM, et al., (Everglades pollution).
Was a founding director and incorporator of Youth Industries, Inc., established in cooperation with the Church of the Resurrection, 54th Avenue, Liberty City. Dedicated to training drop-out youths in marketable vocational skills. Active for a number of years in the Liberty City and 79th Street areas - no longer in existence.
Community involvement, honors and recognitions include: Incorporator and board of directors, Youth Industries; board of trustees, Transition, Inc., assisting in the transition from prison life to outside life; and trustee board and reader, Recording for the Blind, Miami Unit. Appointed to Federal bench, April 1977; American Bar Association - occupied various positions of responsibility such as chairman of committees, program chairman, member of governing council (four years), and in year 1981-82, chairman of Section Torts and Insurance Practice (about 19,000+ members). Chairman, 1989-90, Executive Committee of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association; St. Stephens Episcopal Church, member since 1953, vestryman for several three-year periods, Senior Warden, 1982 and 1983, member of Vestry, 1986-89; Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer. Was again member of Vestry and Senior Warden, 1990-91. Former member of Florida Bar Tort Litigation Review Com mission, also member of Commission in 1985-86; member of American Law Institutute; American Bar Association; The Florida Bar; Dade County Bar Association; honorary member of Phi Alpha Delta, Legal Fraternity of University of Miami; Judicial Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; received the Miami Beach Bar Association's Award of Merit, 1983-84; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Judicial Distinction Award, 1986-87; named best district judge in Eleventh Circuit by The American Lawyer, 1983. Former member of Governing Committee, forum Committee on the Construction Industry of American Bar Association; listed in Who's Who in America; received Silver Medallion Award for Brotherhood from National Conference of Christians and Jews, February 1991; received Law Enforcement Award from Sons of the American Revolution, September 1990; chairman, Standing Committee on Professionalism, The Florida Bar, 1992-93, 1993-94; member 1994-present. Served on the board of directors, Metro YMCA.; hon orary diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Lifetime Achievement Award, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, November 1991; Distinction in Chosen Profession Alumni Award, Bucknell University, 1992; and was elected honorary fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, February 1993; contributed to numerous publications and other legal contributions for American Bar Association and others. Lectures on legal and other subjects include: Florida Bar CLE Trial Advocacy Seminar, (frequent contributor on closing argument practice; for Florida Bar and Dade Bar, talks on Federal Rules, cross examination, trial techniques (aviation), discovery and abuse, damages, professionalism, ethics and constitutional law (1st Amendment); 1986-87 Jefferson Town Hall Meetings planning and participated in one of meetings in Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution. Spoke on various occasions before Rotary, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce organizations and different bar associations on different subjects including the Constitution, professionalism and the independence of lawyers, etc., also guest lecturer at University of Miami Law School; speaker at City of North Miami Annual Prayer Breakfast, 1985; Commencement address at Bucknell University, May 30, 1993; senior lecturing fellow, Duke University Law School, January 1995; one week seminar on Judicial Process; adjunct professor University of Miami Law School, 199596 Semester Course on Judicial Process; seminar lecturing fellow Duke University Law School, January 3-6, 1996, 20-hour course on Judicial Process; Commencement address, University of Miami Law School midyear graduation, December 1995; 1996-98 chairman, American Bar Association Resource Team for High Profile Trials; Dade County Bar Association, David W. Dyer Professionalism Award, 1998; Humanitarian of the Year Award YMCA of Greater Miami, 1998; appointed to Supreme Court of Florida Committee on Professionalism, 1999; and Pontifical Medal Benemerenti bestowed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, 2000.
WILLIAM MEREDITH HOLLAND, Lake Park
Family: Wife -- Margarett E. Holland; children - William M. Holland, Jr., Maurice V. Holland, Gian M. Holland, Gaelim M. Holland and Shakira M. Holland
Career Highlights: Episcopalian, born in Live Oak, then achieved my primary, elementary and high school education in Orlando, where I graduated from Jones High School. I subsequently gained the BA degree from Florida A&M and Boston Universities, and the J.D. from Boston University Law School. I am a veteran of WWII, during which I served in both European and Asiatic Theaters, and have since traveled extensively through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Hobbies are: tropical and marine fish, electronics and photography.
Responsible for or contributed to considerable achievements, notably in the field of civil rights and constitutional law. Admitted to practice law in Florida in 1951, followed by admission to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 1952 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1956. Served as municipal judge in Riviera Beach from 1972-77; member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Civil Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association and the American Judicata Society. A member of the Board of Directors of Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., and director of The Florida Municipal Judges Association. Among the civic achievements in which I have played a major role are: the integration and nondiscriminatory transportation to and from Palm Beach International Airport; integration of municipal golf courses, swimming pools, parks, playgrounds, libraries, cemeteries and other municipal facilities; integration of the public schools of Palm Beach County; employment of minorit ies in department stores and in the public-utilities companies in Palm Beach County; desegregation of facilities of county beaches and on Florida's turnpike; and achievements in fair housing and employment. I was an attorney in the case establishing "Totten Trusts" in Florida. Awarded the Phi Beta Sigma Achievements Award, National Business League Outstanding Services Award, Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service Award, Human Resources Award of American Bicentennial Year, Florida Alumni Association Award and Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award for an Outstanding Contribution in Civil and Human Rights, Distinguish Service Award of State of Florida, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Social Action Award, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Award for Memorial Service to Education and Children, Urban League's Martin Luther King Award, 1979; Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award, Florida A&M University Honor Award. Received the NAACP Community Service and Equal Justice Award, National Business League Civil Rights Award, Harriette S. Glasner Freedom Award for Lifelong Devotion to Civil Liberties. Olympic torch bearer for the 1996 Olympics. In 1996, the Palm Beach County School Administration complex was named in his honor. Received the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Distinguished Community Service Award in Law.
Biographical listings are in: Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Dictionary of International Biography of Community Leaders of American, National Social Directory, Who's Who Among Black Americans, Who's Who In American Law, Two Thousand Men of Achievement, Who's Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who in Society, Who's Who In America, and others.
J.B. HOPKINS, Pensacola
Family: Wife - Stella Grubbs Hopkins (married Sept. 8, 1949); children - four daughters: Delrene Lou Vassaur (Elmer); Holly Jean Odom (Wally); Julie Trey Hopkins; Teresa Hoyt Langham (Steve)
Career Highlights: Assistant county solicitor, 1951. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1954 and was re-elected in 1956. While in the legislature, recognized as one of 10 outstanding legislators (95 House, 38 Senate) in each of the two sessions served. Retired from general law practice, February 1, 2001, after a 50-year career.
S. NEIL HOSENBALL, Arlington, Virginia
Family: Wife - Gitta G. Hosenball; children - Son, Mark, reporter with Newsweek, daughters, Robin a pilot with Northwest Airlines and Kim, a human resource officer with McKesson
Career Highlights: Received my B.S. degree in chemistry, from the University of Michigan, 1948 and my LL.B. from Harvard Law School, 1951. Served in the U. S. Army, 1943-46. Private general practice in Cleveland, Ohio, 1951-61. On joining NASA in 1961, my practice focused on administrative law and government contracts. Attorney adviser, 1961-63, chief counsel, 1963-66, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Lewis Research Center (now the John Glenn Research Center), Cleveland, Ohio. Assistant general counsel, 1966-67, deputy general counsel, 1967-75, general counsel (senior executive service), 1975-85, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. I have been awarded the: NASA Exceptional Medal; two NASA Distinguished Service Medals; National Civil Service League Award; and the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award. Have served as adjunct professor of air and space law at George Washington Law School, 1970-80; University of Colorado Law School, 1985-86; and as the U.S. delegate and head of del egation to United Nation Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, 1970-80. I negotiated three international space law treaties. Partner in Washington, D.C. office of Denver Colorado firm of Davis, Graham and Stubbs, 1986-90.
Recalling my trip to Tallahassee in October 1951 to take The Florida Bar exam brings fond memories. I was surprised by the small number taking the exam, about 25-30, all male. Only those attending out-of-state law schools were required to take the bar exam. Those graduating from Florida law schools were admitted to the Bar by certificate. The exam was held in the Senate chambers and consisted entirely of essay questions.
I discovered two statutes in the Florida Code that were unique to Florida and probably other Southern states. They were statutes dealing with consanguinity and miscegenation. I memorized these two statutes just on the chance they would appear on the bar exam. There were at least 10 questions dealing with conflict of laws which required knowledge of one or both statutes. I passed the exam and was admitted to the Bar. I am proud to have been a member of The Florida Bar for 50-years.
FLOYD V. HULL, JR., Fort Lauderdale
Family: Wife - Jeanora R. Hull, 53 years; children - four children, eight grandchildren
Career Highlights: University of Florida B.A., 1949; LL.B. with honors, 1951, replaced with J.D. 1967. I was actively engaged in the practice of law from 1951-98, semi-active now, which includes three years of service in the military, 1951-54.
Fraternities: Delta Tau Delta; Honorary Legal Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta (president, 1951); Phi Kappa Phi; Scabbard and Blade (honorary military fraternity).
Membership and activities: Broward County and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Family Law Committee of Broward County Bar Association, chairman, 1972-73; American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators; Fort Lauderdale Bicentennial Committee; Broward County Minutemen-General, chairman of July 4, 1976 "Salute to America"; Federal Little League of Fort Lauderdale president, 1960-98; chairman, Little League World Series, Big League Division, Committee and Tournament Director, 1970 advisory board chairman; Broward County Municipal Judges Association (secretary 1973-74, vice president, 1974-75, president 1975-76); Rio Vista Civic Association (president 1974-75, director). Former member of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, 1969 to 2000; Broward County Citizens' Athletic Advisory Counsel, 1974; director Brian Piccolo Chapter National Football Hall of Fame; co-chairman for development of Little Yankee Stadium, 1963-98 (now known as Floyd Hull Stadium) by City Commission Resolution, 1979; chairman of Political Screening Committee for the Counsel of Fort Lauderdale Civic Homeowners' Association, Lauderdale Lethal Yellowing Program, 1975; one of five members of Accountability for 1996, $35 million Fort Lauderdale Parks Bond Issue, 1996 to date.
Former member: Ethics Committee of Broward County Bar Association; Jaycee; Elks Lodge No. 1517; Downtown Kiwanis Club; American Legion; Little Yankee Football League; War Memorial Advisory Board chairman; Southside Kiwanis Club.
Military Service: U.S. Army (Infantry), 2nd lieutenant, 1951; Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1st lieutenant, 1951-54 (Pentagon and Germany).
Admitted: The Florida Bar, 1951; United States Court of Military Appeals, 1952; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1954; United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1955.
Judgeships: City of Fort Lauderdale Municipal Court assistant municipal judge, 1955-63; associate municipal judge, 1963-77.
Awards: Exchange Club Citizen Award, 1965; Miami Herald-Broward County Citizen Sportsman's Award of the Year, 1965; Downtown Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award, 1970; Fraternal Order of Police Citizen of the Year Award, 1974; Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month Award, April 1975; Brian Piccolo Chapter of National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Contribution of Amateur Football Award, 1975; Broward County Certificate of Appreciation; Jaycee Citizen of the Year, 1977; WINEZ Citizen of the Day, 1979; Distinguished Service Award - Baseball Association of Taiwan, 1977; Medal of Award Amateur Sports Association of Taiwan, 1977; George Washington Metel Award from Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1979; Outstanding Service Award presented by the Minister of Education of Taiwan - Medal and Citation, 1980; Outstanding Service Award for Community Involvement from Fort Lauderdale Junior League, 1981; 12-year Service Award - Parks & Recreation Advisory Board from City Commission, 1980; Plaqu e of Appreciation, Sante Fe Springs, California; Certificate of Appreciation Rotary Club; Certificate of Appreciation, Fort Lauderdale Oral School; Fraternal Order of Police - Citizen of the Year, 1981; Distinguished Volunteer Department, Youth Sports Advisory Counsel; Recognition of Outstanding Achievement Development from the Alan A. Morton Center from the Parks & Recreation and Advisory Board, 1986; Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Fort Lauderdale, 1989; special recognition by the Broward County Sheriffs Office, 1986; special recognition from Governor Martinez in 1989 - was selected from 750,000 in 1991 as International Volunteer of the Little League Baseball Youth Program; I have been chosen one of the three recipients of the Citizen of the Year Recognition by the City of Fort Lauderdale, 1992; currently part-time Code Master for the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Watauga Vista: I have owned and vacationed for approximately 10 years, now residing off and on about half of each year.
Trusteeship: In 1991, I established and have been serving as a trustee of a $10,000.00 (per selected scholar) scholarships for Canadian children in Petrolia, Canada. My wife and I travel annually with residents of Watauga, Richard A. Mills and Chris Mills, to Canada to award these scholarships, and at this point we have funded 175 students from the Nicol Scholarship Fund.
DONALD W. HULMES, Fort Lauderdale
Family: Wife - Nancy; children - Donna Lee, Jeffrey, Lori, Gail and Beverly
Career Highlights: Graduate of Fort Union Military Academy, 1944; U.S. Navy, 1944-45; graduated from the University of Miami Law School, with a J.D., February 1951. Practiced with the law firm of Hulmes, Dreiling, Pollock & Weber and was an attorney for Broward Public Schools, 17 years; attorney for Broward Community College, 15 years; attorney for Citizen's Bank, Atlantic Bank and First Union. I am a member of the board of directors of Citizens and Atlantic Bank; president of Hollywood Jaycees; member of the Board of Trustees, South Broward Hospital district; city councilman, City of Lauderhill; eagle scout, assistant scoutmaster Troop III, Hollywood.
JOHN J. HURTAK, Miami
Family: Wife - Jeanne E. Hurtak; children - Janine H. Bosley, James M. Hurtak, Jerome J. Hurtak, John A. Hurtak
Career Highlights: How can I possibly describe one client experience when in 50 years of practice there were so many? The one thing that stands out as giving me the most satisfaction might be described in this manner: As I look back over these many years, it does indeed give me great satisfaction to know that the people who came to me for legal assistance during those early years, must have greatly appreciated my efforts on their behalf and the manner in which I set my fees. It was pretty much interrelated or friends of people who had come to me in the first place. As I reflect on this now, I realize how it affected my whole legal career. I was able to establish my own office and I remained an independent practitioner concentrating in real estate and probate estate work.
MARTIN (MARTY) J. KABCENELL, Sarasota
Family: Wife - Pauline Kabcenell; children - Dirk Kabcenell, Andrea Kabcenell and James Kabcenell
Career Highlights: I served two years as a municipal judge and 35 years as a corporate officer.
DAVID (DAVE) JACKSON KADYK, Palm Harbor
Family: Wife - Beverly Duggar Kadyk; children - (sons) B. James Kadyk, Peter L. Kadyk, Daniel S. Kadyk, Christopher L. Kadyk
Career Highlights: I attended Dartmouth College where I earned my A.B. in 1947 and Stetson University College of Law where I received my J.D. in 1951. I was associated with the Maritime Law Association of he US - proctor, 1969; Federation of Insurance Counsel - vice president, 1972-73; board certified civil trial lawyer, 1983; National Board of Trial Advocacy - civil trial, 1985; American Board of Trial Advocates, 1986; Florida Defense Lawyers Association, president, 1975-76; the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989; circuit, county and federal mediator, 1996. I practiced with MacFarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly, 1951-97 and with Smith, Clark, Delesie, et al., 1997-date.
CLARENCE KALENIAN, Philadelphia, PA
Family: Wife - Marian Najarian Kalenian, who had a Master's Degree in Music (deceased on Sept. 8, 1999); Son - Dr. Mark Hagop Kalenian, who is employed at the Alabama Asthma & Allergy Clinic in Dothan, AL
Career Highlights: I worked about a year in Coral Gables. I then joined Philco-Ford Corporation as a technical representative and senior contract administrator for 19 years. My work assignments were in Japan, Washington, D.C., Georgia and Pennsylvania. I later worked for Conrail (a freight railroad) in Philadelphia, PA as a senior contract administrator. In 1994, I decided to retire in Philadelphia, PA.
I was a bit more successful in my hobby of playing in "chess" tournaments. I won the Miami and Florida chess titles o/a 1951. In Pennsylvania, I won the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania chess titles o/a, 1964. In 1971, I won the U.S. Amateur chess title.
HAROLD H. KASSIN, Weston
Family: Wife - Delores Jean Kassin; Daughter - Kimberly Ann Kassin
Career Highlights: Litigation attorney with the law firm of Unger & Kowitt, 1801 No. Pine Island Road, Plantation. Phone: (954)370-9999. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Listed in Marquis: Who's Who in American Law. Florida real estate broker and instructor for the Florida Real Estate License.
FRANCIS (FRANK) X. KNUCK Hialeah
Family: Wife - Esther Clark Knuck; children - Terry Knuck Andrews, Francis X. Knuck, Jr., John Joseph Knuck; Grandchildren - Kenneth E. Andrews, Ronald Clark Andrews, Sandra Denise Andrews, Francis X. Knuck III, Kara Knuck, John Carey Knuck; Great Grandchildren - Beth Roberson, Ethan Andrews and Emily Andrews
Career Highlights: Assistant state attorney; county judge, Dade County; Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, 1965-88. I retired with senior status.
MARSHALL LANGER, London, England; St. James, Barbados
Family: Wife - Carole Wien Langer; Children - Andrew Langer (Berkeley, CA), Jeffrey Langer (Hollywood, FL)
Career Highlights: I practiced law in Miami for over 30 years and have lived and worked in Europe since 1985. I am now of-counsel to Shutts & Bowen's offices in London, England and Miami. I continue to consult with private clients and governments on matters relating to the migration of individuals from one country to another, economic citizenship and residence programs, passports, residence, domicile, wealth preservation, international tax planning and the use of tax treaties. I currently serve as a consultant to the Grenada government and as Grenada's Trade and Investment Commissioner. I have written extensively on subjects relating to international tax law. In addition to writing several other books, I have been co-author since 1980 of Rhoades & Langer, U.S. International Taxation and Tax Treaties, a six-volume set which I update quarterly. I taught for many years at the University of Miami Law School, serving as an adjunct professor until 1985. I have chaired and spoken at numerous tax institutes and semin ars throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, and the Caribbean. I have testified several times by invitation before subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In 1990, I was selected Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year by the Tax Section of The Florida Bar. I serve on the executive committee of the International Tax Planning Association and I am a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
THOMAS (TOM) E. LEE, JR., Tequesta
Family: Children - (daughter) Lynn Cruse; (sons) Thomas, John, David and James
Career Highlights: General practice of law, 1951-61; 1974-96; director, State Beverage Department of Florida, 1961-63; circuit judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1963-74; chief judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1972-74; faculty, National Judicial College, eight years. I am now a retired senior circuit judge and Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and arbitrator.
JULIAN F. LEONARD, Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Tommie B. Leonard
Career Highlights: My practice focused in the area of real property.
WILLIAM F. LEONARD, Ft. Lauderdale
Family: Wife - Elizabeth Roberts Leonard (married in 1949); children William Robert Leonard, C. Glenn Leonard, and Elizabeth Leonard Booth. (All three of my children are lawyers.)
Career Highlights: Leonard received his law degree from the University of Florida in 1951. After a two-year Army tour of duty in Korea, he began practicing law in Ft. Lauderdale in the areas of probate and general business. I am senior partner in the Ft. Lauderdale law firm of Leonard & Morrison. Served as president of the Broward County Bar Association from 1974 to 1975, as member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1975 to 1979, on the Fourth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission since 1987, and is current chairman.
In 1982, Gov. Bob Graham appointed me to the Florida Board of Regents, for a five-year term. Graham later appointed me to the Council of 100, a gubernatorial advisory board.
I have served on numerous civic and professional organizations. I have served as: former chairman of Holy Cross Hospital; past chairman, Holy Cross Foundation; former member of the board of directors, Citizens and Southern National Bank; former member and chairman, Southeast Bank of Broward County; former member, board of governors of Nova Law School; former director, Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society; and former director of the Bonnet House. I am also director emeritus of the Broward Community College Foundation. I have served as a member of the University of Florida Foundation Board of Directors and the leadership committee of the Foundation's Embrace Excellence campaign. Also, selected as a distinguished alumnus by the University of Florida.
JERRY M. LINDZON, Miami
Family: Wife - Elena Gomez del Campo de Lindzon
Career Highlights: Former partner of the following firms in Miami: Bernstein & Hodsdon, Heller & Lindzon; and Williams, Salomon, Kenney & Lindzon. Former member of the board of directors of the following corporations: Bacardi Corporation (a Delaware corporation); Bacardi International Limited (a Bermuda corporation); and Bacardi Limited (a Bermuda corporation). Former trustee of the Miami Art Museum. Currently member of the board of directors of the Bacardi Family Foundation, a non-profit corporation. Inactive member of The Florida Bar since 1970. My areas of practice were: real estate; corporate; wills & trusts; and taxes.
C. DONALD (DON) MACLEAN, JR., Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Georgia M. MacLean; children - Melanie M. Cross, Melissa M. Turner, Charles D. MacLean III, J. Paul MacLean, M. Jan MacLean, Marjorie M. Ajamia
Career Highlights: General practice in Jacksonville, 1951-2001, with emphasis on real estate, probate and banking; trustee, Lawyers Title Guaranty Fund; attorney for Duval County Legislative Delegation, 1962-63; elected to First City Council of Consolidated Government of the City of Jacksonville, 1968-1972; appointed State of Florida Commission on Ethics, 1977; officer and board member of civic, service, nonprofit and religious organizations, including American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps, Boy Scouts, Rotary, Food Bank of Jacksonville, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Catholic Charities.
BERNARD S. MANDLER, Miami
Family: Wife - Ellen Mandler; children - Mitchell W. Mandler, Jeffrey L. Mandler and Lori Winters
Career Highlights: Scholastically, I graduated cum laude from the University of Miami Law School. I was a member of the Miami Law Quarterly. I was instrumental in trying the case of Chamberlain v. Dade County, which was the lawsuit that declared Bible reading and other religious practices in the Dade County public schools unconstitutional; this case went up to the U.S. Supreme Court. I am an av-rated attorney and have been certified as a commercial trial lawyer by The Florida Bar and by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
I am past president of Little River Lions Club and past director of the Dade County Bar Association. I have tried approximately 75 commercial litigation cases, both jury and non-jury, in state and federal courts.
ROBERT TRASK MANN, Belleair
Family: Wife - Elizabeth Brown of Tampa, 1947; children - Robert T. Mann, Jr., Margaret Elizabeth Mann. One grandchild.
Career Highlights: Born in Tarpon Springs, June 5, 1924. Received my B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida, 1946; M.A. in Government from the George Washington University, 1948; J.D. from the University of Florida, 1951; LL.M. from Harvard, 1953; LL.M., Yale 1968, LL.D. (Hon.) Stetson University, 1979. Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University, 1951-53, private practice, Tampa, 1953-68. Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 1968-74 (chief judge, 1973-74); professor of law, University of Florida, 1974-86, professor emeritus, 1986 - present.
Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 1956-68. Florida Public Service Commission, 1978-81 (chairman 1979-81); St. Petersburg Times award as outstanding representatives, 1967 session. Tampa Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year, 1958.
District lay leader, the Methodist Church, 1956-66; member various Methodist boards.
SAM H. MANN, St. Petersburg
Family: Wife - May Joan Mann; children - Vivian Louise Mann, Sam H. Mann III and Wallace B. Mann
Career Highlights: Attended Yale University, 1943-48, including service in the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of lieutenant (j.g.) upon discharge, and with a B.A. degree, with honors, in 1948. Thereafter, attended and graduated from University of Florida College of Law with LL.B. in 1951 and J.D. conferred in 1967. Am a member of First Presbyterian Church, Bay Area Yale Alumni Association and University of Florida National Alumni Association. From 1951 to 1984, I was a partner in Harrison, Greene, Mann, Rowe, Stanton & Mastry and currently am a member of Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew in St. Petersburg. I was admitted to practice before all Florida courts, Middle and Southern Districts (U.S.) and Fifth and 11th circuits (U.S. Court of Appeals) and the United States Supreme Court. Member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and member in good standing of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. I am currently a member of Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Defense Research Institute and International Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, I am a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar Foundation, and is currently emeritus member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. My practice areas were in civil litigation, defense generally products liability, specifically and probate/trust.
MARK MARKS, Miami
Family: Wife - Beatrice; Children - Kimberly S. Marks, Gary H. Marks (a practicing Ft. Lauderdale attorney) and Dr. Lawrence Marks, D.M.D.
Career Highlights: I was fortunate to successfully handle one of the first wrongful death claims in the country of a two-year old child against a Pompano Beach pharmacy when the child died of an overdose, after having ingested medication pills prescribed for the mother which were toxic to children. The theory of negligence was based on the fact that the pills were dispensed in a small plastic container secured with a non-safety lock cap, as was the custom at the time, which allowed the child to easily open the container and ingest the pills. There was no case law or safety regulations in effect anywhere at the time. Soon thereafter, it became an industry practice and standard to put safety caps on all prescribed medications. Second, the most memorable case that I ever handled was when I was a young lawyer. I was summoned on an emergency basis by one of my personal injury clients. I was attending services at temple on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days of the year in the Jewish religion, to fill in as crimina l defense counsel at his probable cause trial in which he was charged with first degree murder. Of course, it was on a pro bono basis but I left services and handled the defense successfully, the credit for which I do not take, but give it to an authority higher than myself. My practice areas were: personal injury; workers' compensation; and general practice.
M. MINNETTE MASSEY, Coral Gables
Career Highlights: I have served as Professor of Law for the University of Miami; member of the American Law Institute; American Bar Association, Sections on Individual Rights and Litigation and Legal Insurance; American Judicature Society. Senior warden and chancellor, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, 1972-79; Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedure, 25+ years; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Admission to the Bar Examination; Dade County Bar Association, Courts Committees.
JOHN MATTHEW MCCORMICK, WinterPark
Family: Wife - Doris Ward (June 1945); children - Five children and 11 grandchildren
Career Highlights: Born in Gary, Indiana on September 21, 1922; was in the Army Air Corps for five years in World War II; four-engine bomber pilot in Italy; prisoner of war of Rumanian government. Entered University of Florida in February, 1947, received LL.B. in February 1951.
Associate in law firm of Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, 1951-53; assistant counsel, Florida Real Estate Commission, 1953-54; associate attorney, Anderson & Rush, 1954-57; law partner, Edwards & McCormick, 1957-68; law partner, McCormick & Hitt, 1968-70; single practitioner, 1970-present.
Secretary, Orange County Bar Association, 1953; chairman, law library, 1954-60; chairman, Orange County Grievance Committee "A" Unit, 1970.
Have practiced law in Orlando since graduating from law school. My office has been located at 501 East Church Street, Orlando 32801 since June 1968 where my practice focused on real property, wills and estates and family law.
WILLIAM C. (MAC) MCLEAN, JR., Tampa
Family: Wife - Rutheanne; children - Susannah Collins (Shubin), Cynthia Louise (Baran), William Campbell IV
Career Highlights: Admitted to practice in all Florida courts and the U.S. Court, Southern District and have been engaged in the general practice of law in Tampa since 1951. Began prosecuting noncapital felonies and misdemeanors under Hillsborough County Solicitor, 1952-1957; served as legal aid to Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation, 1953, 1955 and 1957 sessions. Served either as an assistant Hillsborough County attorney, or as a consultant attorney to Hillsborough County, focusing in eminent domain litigation. Appointed as general counsel to the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority, concentrating in eminent domain litigation, and have served from 1972 to the present. General private civil practice has included real property and commercial transactions and litigation; wills, trusts and probate practice and family law. Beginning in 1951, practiced in partnership with father and brother; and have been a sole practitioner since 1972; and as William C. McLean, Jr., P.S. since 1979. In 2000 merge d practice with the Tampa firm of Gray Harris Robinson Shackleford Farrior and serves Of Counsel to the firm. Additional professional involvements have been: president - Community Concerts Association, 1960-1970; director of Pan American Bank of Tampa, 1964-1986; YMCA director, 1964-1988; president and chairman of YMCA-YWCO, 1972-1974; founder and director of St. Andrews Society of Florida, Inc., 1976-1984; president, 1980-1982; director of Quality Fruit Growers, Inc., 1965-1982, president, 1978-1980. My civic involvements have included: ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., since 1965; currently president and trustee of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Inc., Tampa; former chairman and trustee of Westminster Presbytery and its Council; member, Tampa Rotary Club, since 1988; member of Tampa Exchange Club, 1970-1989; social memberships in: Tampa Yacht & Country Club, Tampa Club, University Club and Ye Mystic Krew of Gasparilla; member, Technical Advisory Committee, Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP), 1987 to date.
FRANK SIMEON MEADOW, Woodbridge, Connecticut
Family: Wife - Martha MacKenzie Meadow; children Todd MacKenzie Meadow and Craig Gardiner Meadow
Career Highlights: Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, Notre Dame University, 1944. Served in the Pacific Theatre. Graduated Tufts University, 1947. Attended Tufts Medical School for Master's Degree. Attended University of Connecticut Law School, 1948. Transferred to University of Miami Law School, J.D., 1951. Associate of Roth & Faber Law Offices, Miami, 1951 to 1952. Admitted to State of Connecticut Bar, 1952. Associated with Hersey, Garber & Williams Law Firm, 1952. Appointed prosecuting attorney for the City of New Haven, 1957. Appointed corporation counsel, City of New Haven, practicing both in firm of Meadow & Reynolds. Nominated Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut, 1983. Still serving as trial judge (retired).
MAC MERMELL, Miami
Family: Wife - Peggy; Children - David Mermell, Steven Mermell, Debra Miller, Randolf Mermell, Clifford Mermell
Career Highlights: While I was still in undergraduate school, I enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps for a four and a half year stretch, culminating in a 17 month tour of duty as a pilot in India, traversing the Himalaya Mountains between India and China (Over the Hump!) Upon returning to the states and discharge, I finished my studies and received a BB.A. from City College of New York. With the BBA and three years employment for a CPA, I sat for the CPA exam, passed all four parts at the first attempt. Taxation and the ways to reduce it was always my preferred practice. I enrolled in the University of Miami School of Law at night and in 1951 acquired my law degree, allowing me to combine the two disciplines to better serve my clients. I was a founder and elected to the first board of directors of The American Association of Attorney CPAs. I was elected treasurer of the national organization. I then organized and became the president of the Florida chapter of the same organization and retained that office for the first ten years. In the beginning, we were all general practitioners struggling to make a livelihood, but with the growth of Miami and the opportunities that the city brought, my practice finally resolved to the fields I enjoyed. After years of meeting deadlines, I became in house counsel for an over-the-counter corporation and, as time wore on, I began to lose clients to Heaven and ended my career in probate practice. As an aside, my wife, Peggy, and I operated Camp Universe, a summer camp for children for 40 summers. We have an alumni of counselors who went on to become attorneys all over the state.
HARRY LEWIS MICHAELS, Tallahassee
Family: Wife - Lajuana; Children - Harry, Jr., John, Melissa and Charles
Career Highlights: Served as assistant prosecuting attorney (county solicitor) for Palm Beach County, 1955-1958; president of Tallahassee Bar Association. Served as chair of Florida Bar committees: Delinquency & Crime Prevention, Student Education and Admissions to the Bar; author, The Investigating Officer, CLE publication; served on Board of Governors, The Florida Bar, 1974-77.
JOSEPH (JOE) M. NADLER, Miami
Family: Wife - Francine; children - David and Susan
Career Highlights: General civil practice. Commenced practice of law, June 11, 1951; associate municipal judge, 1958-1960, North Miami Beach; elected circuit judge, 1980, Dade County; re-elected circuit judge, 1986. Served in the civil division for 10 years and the juvenile division two years. Recipient Nova University, Distinguished Community Service Award for leadership in establishment of the Elaine Gordon Treatment Center for youthful sexual offenders, 1988.
EMERY J. NEWELL, North Palm Beach
Family: Wife - Jane; children - Susan Jaffee, Shelley Sayre and Jane Bogan
Career Highlights: Immediately upon graduation from Florida, I drove to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey to begin the exciting life of a 2nd lieutenant, U.S. Army, with later assignments in Virginia and Inchon, Korea. Though not officially a part of JAG, I was very fortunate to be assigned to them for my entire tour of duty. As a JAG friend of mine once remarked, "Newell was so far behind the front lines, he had to go forward to get his supplies."
Returning home to Palm Beach County, I joined my father for a brief period, until he retired from the active practice. I hung out my shingle as a sole practitioner, and then formed a small partnership with two long time friends.
At this stage of my life, I was devoting considerable time to various civic, charitable and church activities with my greatest pleasure derived from youth work -- coaching little league, officiating high school football and acting as advisor to the Kiwanis Key Club. It was in this last capacity that I first met Key Clubbers Bob Graham and Bill Nelson.
Thus, with this background and interest, it seemed a natural move to accept the appointment as the first judge of the newly created juvenile and domestic relations court. Then around 1972, all us common folk became part of the circuit court where I served until my retirement some 10 years ago. There are many adjectives to define judicial life, but boring is not one of them. Along the way, I had the honor to serve as chief judge for the 15th Circuit and enjoyed being a member of a select Bar committee to draft the first Rules of Procedure for Juvenile Courts.
I got lucky and found a wonderful lady to be my wife and best friend for the past 42 years. We have three lovely daughters who, over time, have presented us with seven grandchildren. They now provide all the joy and excitement this old boy can handle.
Retirement has certainly been good to us. Our travels have covered the U.S.A., China, Australia, Great Britain (several times), all of Europe at different times, Egypt, and various other locales. The travel, a little golf, reading for pleasure, spectating at the kids ballgames and some volunteer work with the local historical society fill the days quite nicely.
WILLIAM (BILL) E. NODINE, Belleair
Family: Wife - Chris; children - Thad and Bruce
Career Highlights: Senior partner - Richards, Nodine, Gilkey, Fite, Meyer and Thompson, 1951-1972. President, chair and CEO of Clearwater Federal Savings and Loan Association and Pioneer Savings Bank, 1972-90. Of counsel, McMullen, Everett, Logan, Marquardt & Cline and Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, 1990-to date. Past member, Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit; past chair, Clearwater Bar Association; past chair, Florida Savings and Loan League (Florida League of Financial Institutions); past executive committee member United States Savings and Loan League; chair, PAC Foundation for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall); past director, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
ROBERT J. (BOB) NOVAK, Elmhurst, Illinois
Family: Wife - Vivian; Children - Mila and David; Grandson - Bert
Career Highlights: Returned to Chicago in 1953 and worked for Spiegel mail order in marketing for five years. I then worked 12 years for. Westchester (IL) Savings and Loan. In 1971, I opened my law office in Oak Brook, IL. In 1992, I joined my daughter Mila's law office in Melrose Park, IL. While her practice is almost all Spanish speaking, both my daughter and I belong to the Bohemian Lawyers Association, and for the last two summers have entertained Bohemian law students from the Czech Republic. My practice areas are: real estate, estate and general.
VINCENT PHILIP NUCCIO, Tampa
Family: Daughter - Leslie L. Freeman
Career Highlights: Received Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lafayette College, Easton, PA and Juris Doctor Degree from John B. Stetson College of Law, then in Deland. Served in the United States Army as a 1st lieutenant with service in Korea. Engaged in the practice of law as sole practitioner of law having previously engaged in the practice with the former law firm of Bertoch, Nuccio, Thornton and Estes. Served as district secretary/ treasurer of Lions Clubs. Served as assistant city attorney, City of Tampa and road board member of the State of Florida Road Board (now known as Department of Transportation) under the administration of Governor Haydon Burns. My area of practice is in real estate, business law, corporation, wills and probate.
JAMES L. O'DONNELL, Sarasota
Family: Children -- Michael B. O'Donnell (software examiner, Boston), Julie S. O'Donnell (teacher, Ocala); 2 granddaughters who are also teachers
Career Highlights: A highlight of my solo practice in general practice was the freedom and independence it allowed me, after three very restrictive years in the Army. Another highlight was the variety of office practice and court work that I encountered - life was seldom dull. Yet another was the privilege to mingle with lawyers, a fine, bright group, many of whom commonly shared my interests both inside and outside the practice of law. Was born in Soo, Michigan and raised in Niagara Falls, New York. Achieved my college credits before, during and after WWII. Served in the S.W. Pacific Theater. I have been a Florida resident since 1949, Sarasota resident since 1951. I am a past member of the Interalia, Civitan Club, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and various Florida Bar groups.
GEORGE ONOPRIENKO, Jensen Beach
Family: Wife - Doris C. Onoprienko
Career Highlights: Retired as a full-time professor, teaching law at the University of Miami School of Law for 46 years. Law courses taught: family law; appellate law; research & writing. Author of two Florida Bar OLE publications: Cases and Materials on Florida Domestic Relations and Cases and Materials on Florida Appellate Practice and Procedure - Civil, Criminal, Administrative. First chairman of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar. Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Served on many law committees: Dade County Bar Association; Florida Bar; American Bar Association. Visiting professor of law at University of Florida Law School.
JAMES (JIM) ROBERT PARKS, Cooper City
Family: Wife--W. Jean (deceased); children -- Cheryl J., Florence M., James R., Jr., Mary-Ellen L., Katherine M,. Sweeney T. and William P.
Career Highlights: I served in the U.S. Army from May 1942 until January 1946, in Europe from 1944-45. Took undergraduate work at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. I then entered the University of Miami School of Law, graduating in 1951. 1 was in private practice until 1958 and then took employment with what was then the Florida Industrial Commission. I worked for the State of Florida until 1983 when I retired. After retirement, I returned to private practice for a few years, until electing inactive status.
CLIFFORD S. PERLMAN, Miami Beach
Family: Wife - Nancy Hutson Perlman; Children - Jason, Clayton, Ivy, Henry William & Robin
Career Highlights: Born March 30, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA; attended primary and high school in Philadelphia.
In 1943, joined the U.S. Army, stationed at Camp Blanding, FL and subsequently joined the 86th Infantry Division. Shipped to the European Theater, 1944, and served through the end of the war. Was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, three Battle Stars and the Bronze Star.
Enrolled at the University of Miami, 1947, and the University of Miami School of Law, 1948. Founding member of the Bar and Gavel Legal Society and editor of the first law school newspaper, "The Barrister." Admitted to federal and state bars, 1951. Practiced law for nine years under the firm name Perlman, Litman and Sponder.
In 1966, with my brother Stuart, founded LUMS, Inc., a restaurant chain that grew into 450 units. In 1969, through LUMS, Inc., purchased the stock of Desert Palace Inc., the corporate owner of Caesars Palace, a 500 room hotel on the Las Vegas strip. In 1971 the company changed its name from LUMS to Caesars World. Caesars Palace was developed to a major hotel containing 1,750 rooms and world class amenities. Subsequently Caesars Palace, Tahoe, and Atlantic City were built.
In 1990, assumed the chairmanship and CEO of the MGM Grand Hotels in Las Vegas.
Served as a regent at the University of Nevada and was director of the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Founder and CEO of the CSP Educational Program for the Boys and Girls Club of America. This program brought disadvantaged children between the ages of 8 and 12 together with a teaching instructor so that they might be able to compete in their schools and gradually be able to enter society with a strong educational foundation. This program operated both in Miami and Los Angeles.
Was the first recipient of the U.S. Olympic Man of the Year Award.
CECYL (CEC) LAMAR PICKLE, Miami
Family: Wife - Mary Jane (Maggie) Pickle; children - Dr. Bruce H. Pickle and Jean Hester
Career Highlights: Associate Flowler, White; partner and senior partner - Peters, Pickle, Robertson, et al.; member American Bar, The Florida Bar; vice chair continuing legal education, co-chair civil rules and procedure committee; member Dade County Defense Bar - director, treasurer, and president; member International Defense Counsel; av-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
ALTON (AL) G. PITTS, Orlando
Family: Wife - Thelma Pitts; children - Conrad C. Pitts, member of The Florida Bar, Neal P. Pitts, member of The Florida Bar, and Jeff Pitts
Career Highlights: I have practiced law continuously in Orlando since 1953. From 1953 until 1968, I was an associate and later a partner at the Orlando firm of Maguire, Voorhis and Wells. From 1968 until 1988, I was a partner of the Orlando firm of Pitts, Eubanks and Ross. Since 1988, I have practiced under the name of Alton G. Pitts, PA. I am now semi-retired. I am a fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, a member of the Defense Research Institute, and a member of the Orange County Bar Association. Formerly, I was a member of the International Association of Insurance Counsel, the Federation of Insurance Counsel, the American Counsel Association, the American Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
GILLIS EDWARD POWELL, SR., Mary Esther
Family: Wife - Avis M. Powell; children - two sons, Avis E. Powell, Jr. and Dixie D. Powell; one daughter, Ava A. Powell
Career Highlights: Major and squadron commander, WWII. Served various positions throughout career: Circuit judge, retired, First Judicial Circuit; assistant state attorney, First Judicial Circuit; city attorney for the cities of Niceville, Crestview and Mary Esther. Served as general counsel for: Okaloosa Gas District; First Bank of Crestview; First National Bank of Niceville; Barnett Bank of Northwest Florida; Okaloosa Title & Abstract Company, W. C. Raspberry Enterprises, and the Okaloosa Hospital Board. Have served as local counsel for: AmSouth Bank of Okaloosa County and John Hancock Life Insurance. Appeared on NBC Today Show for winning United States Supreme Court decision with Robert Bork as opposing counsel. I am a life-long member, supporter and officer of the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview and am active in numerous civic organizations. Finally, I am a substantial owner of two area National Banks and have served on the boards of directors of both banks.
FREDERICK C. (TED) PRIOR, Palm Beach
Family: Wife - Arlo Godwin Prior; Children - Nanet McKinley, Jennifer Prior and Frederica Gray
Career Highlights: I am a native of West Palm Beach and a product of its public school system. I graduated from Princeton University with an AB degree and hold an LL.B. (JD) from the College of Law at the University of Florida where I was elected to Florida Blue Key. I am a Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
I was employed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in its Florida office as senior advisor. I have been with the foundation since 1978. Recently retired, now with John C. Bills Enterprises located in Palm Beach Gardens.
A long time member of the West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Commission; past president of the West Palm Beach Jaycees, former president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Life member of the local Heart Association and was chair of the board of the Florida Heart Association for three years. I am a communicant of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
SOL H. PROCTOR, Jacksonville
Family: Children - Terri Proctor, Sandra Eaton, Maria Rich and Pam Litwin
Career Highlights: Practice representing trucking compliance before various federal and state governmental agencies. Former director of the Motor Carriers Lawyers Association. Serve as officer in JAG with the U.S. Army. Served on the Jacksonville Bar Legal Committee for over 20 years. Served on the American Health Association and American Cancer Association Boards. Past president of the Jacksonville Jewish Synagogue. Greatest achievement: running marathons.
LOUIS W. PUTNEY, Tampa
Family: Wife - Jeanie T. Putney (married 52 years); children - Louis D. Putney and Patricia M. Tope
Career Highlights: Native of Tampa. BS/BA, 1949; LL.B. (JD), 1951, University of Florida; USAF Security Service, Russian language specialist; assistant state attorney; private practice Hillsborough County; board member, treasurer and president, Hillsborough County Bar Association; board certified civil trial lawyer; chair, 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; chair, 13th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission; admitted to practice U.S. District Court and U.S. Supreme Court; member, Hillsborough County Local Government Study Commission; chair, Hillsborough County Charter Commission; Boss of the Year, Tampa Legal Secretaries Association; elder, Bel Mar Presbyterian Church; member, Sons of the American Revolution; member, The Federalist Society; presently retired and owner-with wife-of Blue Dolphin Beach Front Apartments, Englewood Beach. Six grandchildren: Devin, Jeff and Dana Putney and Kristen, Kendall and Carolyn Tope.
JOSEPH JOE REISMAN, Coral Gables
Family: Wife -- Norma Reisman; children -- daughters, Sharon D. Marcus and Laura J. Dennis and son, Stephen H. Reisman
Career Highlights: Looking back over 50 years of practice, I find among the highlights of my career my service as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Opportunities Legal Services Program of Dade County; the fact that I have practiced in the same firm in Miami for 50 years and that my son joined our firm and became a partner; and my continued representation of clients who I began to represent early in my practice. My areas of practice are: real property transactions and litigation; construction law; development of residential communities and commercial, office and industrial projects; commercial leasing; formation and operation of business entities; wills and trust; and probate.
RICHARD W. ROBINSON, Homer, Alaska
Career Highlights: I was admitted to The Florida Bar in February 1951 after graduation from the University of Miami Law School. I was born in Miami in 1922 and educated in Miami public schools. I served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the War in combat, flying on B-29 Bombers against Japan, until 1945.
After the War, I attended the University of Miami and the University of Miami Law School and subsequently, practiced law in Miami for over 20 years. In 1972, my wife and I decided we would be happier in a more relaxed atmosphere than Miami and made a radical move to Homer, Alaska, a rather remote fishing village on the Kenai Peninsula. We found this change in our lives challenging but interesting and rewarding. We engaged in new business ventures, survived the cold winters and the Alaskan oil boom and pipeline. Alaska has been a magic place for us for 30 years.
We still call Alaska our home, but do have a winter home in Steinhatchee, on the river and Gulf of Mexico, south of Tallahassee. I still maintain my membership in The Florida Bar, but do not actively-practice law. I am 79 years old now and have no regrets about changing my career. I have been fortunate to have been able to have a successful career, a profitable and interesting business experience and happy retirement. I will be back in Florida in the fall and go boating on the beautiful St. Marks River and go shopping at Governor's Square Mall in Tallahassee. I wish all of the 50-year members well.
WILBUR (WIL) C. ROLLINS, Spring Hill
Family: Wife - Jeannine Roy Rollins; children - John M. Rollins, Scott A. Rollins, Tiffany M. Rollins Career Highlights: General office and civil trial practice, including appellate with emphasis in areas of commercial, real estate, bankruptcy, probate, estate planning and U.S. Tax Court.
Rollins, Peeples and Meadows, P.A. Served as Florida special assistant attorney general, 1957-81; Special Attorney for Florida State Comptroller's Office Department of Revenue, 1956-81. Member of The Florida Bar and served on numerous committees, including lector for CLE. Member of the Dade County Bar Association, 1956-80; and served on many committees, including over 10 years on each of the following radio, family law, economics, and speakers committees. Member of South Miami Bar Association, president, 1976-77 and served on various committees. Member of the American Bar Association, 1961-92. Charter member of the Dade County Bar Building Committee and The Florida Bar Building Committee. Catholic National Retreat Board, 1964-72. Served as a permanent deacon from 1979-90.
ROBERT L. ROWE, JR, Jacksonville
Family: Wife -- Jennie B. Rowe; children -- R. Lee Rowe III, Julia R. Lawless, Thomas B. Rowe
Career Highlights: My active practice includes: firm, 1951-58; individual practice, 1958-71; partnership, 1971-81; shareholder Rowe and Rowe, P.A., 1981-present. Legal activities included: Jacksonville Bar Association chair, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1975-76; Jacksonville Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee, 1975-85; Jacksonville Legal Aid volunteer, 1966-67; Volunteer Lawyer Panel, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1968; Florida Bar Review Committee, Uniform Probate Code, 1973-74; and was a CLE probate lecturer, 1970-76; Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1966-69. My civic activities included: board of directors, Baptist Medical Center, chair, 1983-86; board of directors, Baptist Towers of Jacksonville; board of directors, Paraguay BMC Foundation; and Civitan Club of South Jacksonville - president, 1962-63.
ELLIS STUART RUBIN, Miami
Family: Wife: Barbara Storer Rubin; children: Peri Laura Newman and Kimberly Anne Rubin, I. Mark Rubin and Guy Bennett Rubin
Career Highlights: My highlights include: attending the College of the Holy Cross, the University of Miami Law School, Florida special assistant attorney general, and being a retired Navy JAG commander.
Remembering the counsel of experienced practitioners 50 years ago, while offering pointers to those newly admitted. Phone calls in the night: "Can you please help me?" Those thrilling words, "May it please the court" and "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury."
Losing the first-ever televised jury trial; winning the first-ever jury acquittal introducing the battered women defense. Doing 37 days in the slammer for contempt by refusing to continue representing an accused murderer about to commit perjury. Setting free three factually innocent inmates, one initially sentenced to death.
Calling home and the office to tell everybody, "We won;" forgetting to call when we lost. Losing elections for Florida Supreme Court, attorney general and others, while garnering over a million votes. Making more than a few wives upset by lifting TV blackouts of sold-out NFL home games.
Having bombs mailed to my office twice, confirming that to lead a full life, one must live dangerously. Sustaining a civil rights victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, overturning two death penalties on the same morning before the Florida Supreme Court.
Usually representing the underdog and those with no other voice. It is a career highlight to thank God every day for being born in, raising children in, and practicing law in this blessed land.
Sometimes it's tough giving clients what they want in their lawyer -- honesty, courage, confidence and competency; and it's equally challenging adhering to the Bard's admonition: To thine own self be true. With the help of my wonderful bride, Barbara, my two beautiful daughters, Peri and Kimberly, my two attorney sons, Mark and Guy, their mother, Irene, and the best partner ever, Bob Barrar, I might make it in the next 50 years!
SAMUEL (SAM) LEON SAADY, Rockville, MD
Family: Wife - Rose; children - Rebecca, Joyce, Donna and Deborah
Career Highlights: Went to work for F.C.C. in 1952 started in radio branch. Subsequently a trial attorney involving hearings between competing applicants for spectrum. Transferred to television branch, ultimately becoming chief of TV branch. I was liaison between F.C.C. and various government agencies involved with educational television, its allocation, funding, etc. Retired from government service and became a consultant to a number of clients and representing them before the F.C.C. During tenure of ECS, participated in rulemaking - also, made special presentations to Congress and participated in international conferences.
RUSSELL E. SEAY, JR., Davie
Family: Children B. William, Richard and Jacqueline
Career Highlights: I was born in Lakeland in 1926. Served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre, 1943-46; graduated from the University of Miami Law School, 1951; served as we mayor of Dania, 1958-60. My civic work has been as commander of the American Legion, president of the Optimist Club and little league baseball and football. I served as the judge, Court of Record, Broward County from April 1963-73; and judge of the circuit court, Jan 1973-91. I am now RETIRED!! No more law!
MARTIN P. SHACHAT, Miami
Family: Wife - Jewell; children - Linda, Gary and Beth
Career Highlights: Served in the U. S. Army, 1943-45; received honorable discharge. Fulfilled undergraduate work at Rutgers University and the University of Miami, 1946-48; received J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, 1946-48. Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1951; and the AAA National Board of Arbitrators, 1951. I served as city judge for the City of North Miami Beach; 1953-55 and 1958-60; practiced law as a sole practitioner from 1951-63 and 1969-89. With mediation and arbitration background I have served as chairman of the Civil Service Board of North Miami Beach, 10 years. Additionally, I have represented collection agencies, business people and insurance companies, with approximately 90 percent of my time doing litigation.
RICHARD K. SHEPARD, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Boca Raton
Family: Wife - Annette N. Shepard; children - Mark Aaron Shepard, Barbara Korine Shepard and Craig Loring Shepard
Career Highlights: Prior to the enactment of comparative negligence in the State of New York, I was the trial lawyer in a motor vehicle personal injury action. My client, a Mr. Berringer, made a sudden stop on the highway, was struck in the rear and subsequently struck other vehicles. Comparative negligence was charged and the verdict for the plaintiff was appealed. The case was quoted in the legislative discussions, prior to the enactment of comparative negligence in place of contributory negligence. A civil action in Nassau County Court was tried by me. The action was Tom Smith vs. County of Nassau - False Arrest and Negligence. A substantial recovery was made and case appealed. It changed the law in New York and was the lead case in the New York Law Journal.
BENJAMIN (BEN) T. SHUMAN, Zellwood
Family: Wife -- Loretta; children -- Francis Talbert, John Thomas and Mary Florence
Career Highlights: From 1951-57 was in private general and criminal law practice in Winter Garden, where I also served as municipal judge from 1952-53. I served as city attorney for the Town of Oakland from 1954-56, for the City of Ocoee from 1953-55, and the City of Winter Garden from 1953-56; served as the general counsel for the Florida Real Estate Commission, 1957-66. From 1966-69, I was in private practice with the firm of Waterhouse, Reiss & Shuman and from 1969-2001, I have done general practice, real estate, probate, wills and trusts, business contract work.
GILBERT A. SMITH, Bradenton
Family: Wife -- Alpha; children -- Kembra, Gilbert, Jr., Brooks and Kace; grandchildren - four
Career Highlights: Born and raised in Arcadia, DeSoto County, Florida. Attended public schools in DeSoto County, where I graduated high school in 1942, at which time I entered the U.S. Navy. I served in the Navy until February 1,1947. I then attended the University of Florida and the School of Law, graduating in February 1951.
I began working for the State Road Department. Worked for Road Department and Florida State Turnpike Authority for 10 years. I entered private practice in 1962 in Bradenton. In 1971, I was appointed as circuit judge and served in that position until I retired at the end of 1991. Served as chief judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit for eight years.
I am an elder and chairman of deacons at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Bradenton. Have served on the board of directors of The National Conference of Metropolitan Courts since 1984. Served as president of NCMC in 1987. I am a former Boy Scout leader and have served on the board of directors of Sunnyland Council Boy Scouts of America.
In 1949,1 married the former Alpha Shuler. We have four children, three of whom attended law school, two practice. These are the highlights of my career.
RICHARD (DICK) C. SORGINI, Lake Worth
Family: Wife - Christine; children - Robert C. Sorgini, attorney; Vicky Sorgini Bidwell
Career Highlights: During World War II, I served in the United States Air Force with rank of captain. Being recalled for the Korean War, I was assigned to the air command and staff college, and after graduation, served in the Judge Advocate General Department.
My admissions include the Federal Communication Commission, the Tax Court of the United States, United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
I have served as president of the Palm Beach County Municipal Judges Association; member of the advisory board of Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund; and The Florida Bar committees for the Armed Forces, Fee and Probate.
Civically, and socially, I was chair of the Downtown Development Authority, received a life membership in Kiwanis, and served on the board of governors for the Sailfish Club of the Palm Beaches, Old Guard Society of Palm Beach Golfers, and the Salvation Army advisory board.
Sorgini & Sorgini, P.A. was formed in 1980 upon admission to The Florida Bar of my son, Robert.
My wife and I delight in traveling and have taken our grandchildren on globe circling trips.
G. ANDREW SPEER, Sanford
Family: Wife - Audrey B. - Speer
Career Highlights: President of Seminole County Bar Association, 1960-61; member of 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 1969-73; member of 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 1976-79; member of The Florida Bar Designation Committee, 1974-76; president of Seminole County Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1956-57; and president of Kiwanis Club of Sanford, 1963. My practice areas: general civil litigation, real property and probate.
J. B. SPENCE, Coral Gables
Family: Children - Mark, Martha, John and Gary
Career Highlights: I served as president of: the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; Dade County Bar Association and the Dade County Trial Lawyers. Served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar and the board of directors for the American Trial Lawyers. Received the Perry Nichols Award and the Al Cone Award.
HUGO M. SPITZ, Charleston, South Carolina
Family: Wife - Barbara Steinberg Spitz; children - Jack G. Spitz, Jill S. Levy, Sally Spitz
Career Highlights: Former special assistant attorney general for the State of Florida; founder and past president of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association; former associate judge and chief municipal judge of the City of Charleston; former chair of Trial Franklin C. Fetter Health Center; founding sponsor of the Civil Justice Foundation; former member of the Charleston Substance Abuse Commission; former chair of the Trial and Appellate Section of the South Carolina Bar; former member of the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar; fellow of the South Carolina Bar; honorary life board member of the South Carolina Claimants' Attorneys Association; former board member of the South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association; former committee chair of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; president and life member of the Hebrew Orphan Society; past president and life member of the Hebrew Benevolent Society; past president of the Charleston Jewish Federation; recipient of the community ach ievement award from ORT; listed in Marquis Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in the World; Who's Who in the South and Southwest; and Who's Who in Business and Industry.
STANLEY A. SPRING, Pensacola Beach
Family: Wife - Rosemary Gaffney Spring; children - S. Stephen Spring II, Susan Jane Breedlove, Deborah Ann Smith, Melissa Leigh Spring
Career Highlights: Consultant Organized Crime; Lawyer Discipline; Police Procedures; Education: Dartmouth College; College of The Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; University of Miami, J.D., 1951. Principal legal advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville Division. One of ten special agents selected nationwide to discuss FBI problems with the Attorney General of the United States during 1977. Lecturer - Federal Criminal Law and U.S. Justice Department Organization and Operation, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL., Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy Reserve, 1944-55. Staff counsel, director, Legal Division, The Florida Bar, 1978-84. Private practice Spring & Associates LLC. Monitor, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.
FRED R. STANTON, Miami
Family: Wife - Barbara Wetherell Stanton; children - Elaine C. Stanton, Diane B. Stanton, Fred R. Stanton, Jr., Edmund R. Stanton
Career Highlights: I was admitted to The Florida Bar on February 3, 1951, having already been recalled into the Marine Corps to serve in the Korean War, although I was a veteran of WWII. I joined the firm of Copeland, Therrel Baisden & Peterson in June 1952 as an associate and have been with the same firm for the past 48 1/2 years. During my legal career, I have been a member of the Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, and American Bar Associations since 1952. I was a director of the Miami-Dade County Bar in 1969, 1971 and 1980. I chaired the Legal Ethics Committee for the Miami-Dade County Bar, 1970-71. I chaired the Charity Drive Committee of the Miami-Dade County Bar, 1969-70, member of the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar, 1972-80 and I am a life member of the Miami-Dade County Bar. I was a director of the United Cerebral Palsy Association from 1962-71 and president from 1971-73. I served as president of the Miami Beach Kiwanis in 1961 and was the lieutenant governor of the 16th division of the Florida District of Kiwanis in 1966. The Miami Beach Kiwanis Club established a scholarship fund in my honor with the Miami-Dade Community College funding it originally with $30,000. I served as chancellor of the Episcopal Dioceses of Southeast Florida for 19 years and was honored by being the first layperson appointed as an Honorary Canon of Trinity Cathedral. I served as a director of the Miami Chapter of the American Red Cross from 198090 and was secretary and vice-chair of the board. I was honored with a proclamation from the City of Miami Beach on December 1980 and a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade County in March 1981. I was the recipient of the United Cerebral Palsy Association Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1981. I received a lifetime membership in Kiwanis International in 1980 and have been in the Miami Beach Kiwanis Club for 48 years I was a director of the Miami-Dade Community College Foundation from 1984-99.
ARTHUR B. STARK, Coral Gables
Career Highlights: A.B., University of Miami, 1948; J.D., University of Miami Law School, 1951; member of The Florida Bar; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida 1951; 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court; member of the American Trial Lawyers Association; president of the Florida Criminal Lawyers Association, 1968-69; attorney for the Dade County Deligation, Florida State Legislature special session on reapportionment, 1963; coauthor of "state attorneys and county prosecutors"; Florida Law and Practice 1960; and maintain my private practice in Coral Gables, Florida.
A. OBIE STEWART, West Palm Beach
Family: Wife - Lucy Ann; children - Bill and Linda
Career Highlights: Born in Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State College (now Mississippi State University) in 1940 with a B.S. in Business Administration (Department of Accounting). Served for four years with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Received L.L.B. in 1950 from the University of Virginia School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the states of Florida, Mississippi and Virginia.
Prior to coming to Palm Beach, served as research clerk to the late Justice Glenn Terrell, Supreme Court of Florida. Has been engaged in the practice of law for over 40 years, current Of Counsel to the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., in its Palm Beach office.
Formerly served on various committees of The Florida Bar: member of original steering committee that produced the Florida Probate Practice Manual published by the CLE of The Florida Bar; Board of Certification, Designation and Advertising; the Executive Council of the Corporate, Banking, and Business Law Section, and the Special Committee to Study Probate Fees.
Former member of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners serving for eight years; former president of the East Coast Estate Planning Council, West Palm Beach; former member of the editorial board of Florida Law and Practice, published by Harrison Company, Atlanta, Georgia; former speaker at Florida Bar sponsored Continuing Legal Education programs on probate and estate planning subjects; former member of the Legislative Probate Code Commission created by House Bill 2070, 1972 Florida Legislature that rewrote the Florida Probate Code; and member and former Florida State Chairman of The American College of Probate Counsel.
DWIGHT SULLIVAN, Coconut Grove
Career Highlights: It's been quite a trip!
He was something, my first boss. It all began in Deland, where legends still abide regarding the late, colorful, former under-secretary of the Navy, Frances P. Whitehair.
Fresh from Harvard, I joined three other neophytes in the Whitehair firm. Despite their Yale degrees, we got along fine, working primarily on an antitrust case.
Then it was on to Orlando for more pick and shovel work on the same case. Since it seemed likely to outlive me, I moved to Miami to join what is now Steel, Hector, Davis. It was a rewarding 27-year sojourn where I did mostly commercial litigation.
Venturing out on my own, I have since undertaken some intriguing cases, including working with other attorneys on matters requiring more than one lawyer.
Highlights of a long career: I began trial work defending the trustees of the Florida East Coast Railway, not the most beloved corporation in town.
Another chapter of my life began defending libel cases for, among others, The Miami Herald, The Readers Digest and Wometco. Having been a member of the Press Club at Princeton, I found this fun as well as work.
Most outstanding case: Probably Florida Power and Light vs. Westinghouse in which FPL sued Westinghouse for breach of a uranium contract. We ended up as part of a successful, multi-district federal court case in Richmond, Virginia with a nine-month trial in front of Judge Robert H. Mehrige, one of the best.
Envious thought: I envy new lawyers their starting salaries. The good old days: I regret that the profession is so much more industrialized and impersonal. Final observation: I look back with amazement at the way the judicial system has adapted and evolved in order to function in an ever more complex world. Fifty years: It's been a good trip!
EUGENE W. SULZBERGER, Bay Harbor Islands
Family: Wife - Beverley R. Sulzberger; children - two sons who are members of The Florida Bar: Gene C. Sulzberger is vice president and trust administrator for Sun Trust Bank, Bal Harbour, and Eric W. Sulzberger is my law partner.
Career Highlights: I was appointed municipal judge of Surfside, Dade County, in 1952 at the age of 26. At that time, I was the youngest judge serving in the State of Florida and I served in that position for a period of 20 years. Among the past services and positions that I held were the following: board of directors of Boys Scouts of South Florida; board of directors American Cancer Society; president of North Shore Kiwanis Club, Miami Beach; trustee Miami Country Day School; trustee and chair of the board of St. Thomas University; board of governors of Dade Foundation; board of trustees Miami Heart Institute; endowment committee, University of Miami; chair of the board of La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach.
Honors received over a period of time are as follows: 1954,1 was honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the 10 Outstanding Men in the State of Florida. I received the Outstanding Service Award from the Recording of the Blind, and was recipient of the Chiefs Award presented by the presidents of all the universities and colleges in the State of Florida as a champion of high independent education in the State of Florida for the year 1983.
I had the privilege of serving on a select committee under Judge Frank Dowling in drafting the initial Florida Probate Code. This was an adaptation of the Uniform Probate Code, as proposed by the American Bar Association.
In addition to the drafting, I was selected as one of the attorneys to orally argue the section on trusts before the committee of the Florida Senate that eventually recommended its enactment to the full legislature.
DWIGHT D. TAYLOR, San Francisco, CA
Career Highlights: I left practice for the corporate world after only a brief time as an attorney.
CLAYTON M. TITTSWORTH, Brandon
Family: Wife -Alice F. Tittsworth; children -- Michael W. Tittsworth, Elaine G. Love
Career Highlights: I was born in Tampa on November 8, 1920, and attended Hillsborough County schools. In June 1938, I graduated from H.B. Plant Senior High School. I attended the University of Tampa from 1939 to September of 1942 when I entered the U.S. Army. As a sergeant, I trained men in the infantry until going to France in 1944 where I served in combat in the 29th Division, 115th Infantry. I was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in ground operations against the enemy, the German S.S. Troups, at Brest, France, on or about the 25th of August 1944.
I graduated from John B. Stetson Law School in DeLand on June 4, 1951, and began practice with my father, R.G. Tittsworth, with the name of Tittsworth & Tittsworth. We handled and tried all types of cases from first degree murder and rape down to the smallest misdemeanor cases. We also handled all types of civil cases. My father and I lived and practiced in Tampa. We opened a law office in Brandon, 1962. In 1965, we closed the Tampa office and practiced only in Brandon where we both lived. My father retired from practice in 1971. I continue in private practice in Brandon, at 1021 Hollyberry Court. I was certified as a circuit court mediator on May 10, 1996, in all judicial circuits of the state. My areas of practice are incorporation, real estate, wills, probate and inter vivos trusts.
Having been elected post commander of the American Legion Post #5 in Tampa, for the 1952-53 term, I am now a lifetime member. In addition, I served as a member and officer of the Elks Club #708 in Tampa. I am a member of the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Valrico, having served on the Vestry and various committees. I am a charter member of the Brandon Kiwanis Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Brandon, where I was very active. I recommend to all young lawyers that they know, understand and practice their Oath as Attorneys and that they be compassionate and understanding with everyone with whom they deal. Above all, they should remember to observe and practice the highest ethical conduct at all times.
HAMILTON D. UPCHURCH, St. Augustine
Family: Wife - Susan Elizabeth Upchurch; children Hamilton D. Upchurch, Jr., Tracy Wilson Upchurch, Bryan W. Upchurch, and Dr. Susan Upchurch Wager (1949-1999)
Career Highlights: Senior member of the firm of Upchurch, Bailey & Upchurch, P.A. (1951-present). Mayor-Commissioner, City of St. Augustine (1967-73). Member, Florida Bar Board of Governors (1968-70). Member, Florida House of Representatives (1978-88), and chaired the Judiciary Committee of the House for eight years. Member, Florida Ethics Committee, 1990-93. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Recognized in 1987 as a University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus. Life member of the University of Florida Foundation and member of the President's Council of the University of Florida. Member of Flagler College President's Council and member of the Distinguished Alumni Society of the Webb School.
VINCENT J. VELELLA, Bronx, New York
Family: Wife -- Carmella Velella, deceased, 1977; children -- Concetta Tudisco, Maria Collura, Guy J. Velella, Esq. (New York State Senator and Republican County Leader of the Bronx), and Valerie M. Velella, Esq. Two of my children are attorneys, one is admitted in New York and Florida. I have 10 grandchildren -- two of whom are attorneys -- and 12 great grandchildren.
Career Highlights: I am senior partner of the law firm of Velella, Velella, Basso & Calandra with over 50-years of practical legal experience. Graduated from St. John's Law School in 1942 and admitted to the New York State Bar the same year. Appointed by the New York Supreme Court as guardian ad litem to a committee for in competents and as court examiner to verify accounts of guardians for incompetents. Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1951. Subsequently, admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U. S. Southern and Eastern districts.
Since my admission, I have engaged in general practice with emphasis on litigation, especially in the areas of personal injury, both for plaintiffs and defendants, and real estate. Have tried numerous cases in these areas to verdict in New York and Bronx counties. Have represented a number of physicians and pharmacists before the New York State Department of Education and have advised a number of accountants and dentists on matters before the New York State Department of Education. Have also represented a number of-clients on excess coverage in cases arising out of motor vehicle accidents. Served as a single arbitrator in New York and Bronx County Civil Court arbitrations covering personal injury and construction claims.
Some of my former appointments include: New York State Deputy Attorney General, counsel to New York City Board of Elections and New York State Senate Wire Tap Commission. I am still active in community and political matters, having been a Republican district leader in East Harlem, New York in 1985. I served in World War II and am still active in veterans affairs, having held various offices in the American Legion, including New York State vice commander, post commander and county commander. My law firm handles the defense of insureds who are represented by New York State licensed insurance companies.
ROBERT (BOB) E. VENNEY, Coral Gables
Family: Wife -- deceased; children -- Ann Quinlan, Elizabeth, Robert Jr., and James
Career Highlights: Military: U.S. Coast Guard, 1951-53, retired reserve lieutenant commander; partner: Gaun Venney & Buhler, Miami, 1965-83; partner: Shutts & Bowen, Miami, 1983-96; solo practitioner, Coral Gables, 1996-present. My areas of practice are: General civil, emphasis on creditor/debtor and bankruptcy.
WINIFRED L. (WINNIE) WENTWORTH, Tallahassee
Family: Children -- Sara Wentworth Crane, Christopher Dean Wentworth, Daniel Lee Wentworth, Benjamin Thomas Wentworth; grandchildren - Brendan and Maira Wentworth
Career Highlights: A.B. cum laude FSU, 1948; J.D. high honors University of Florida, 1951; case editor Florida Law Review; Phi Beta Kappa. Law clerk for Justices Sebring, O'Connell, Drew and Roberts, Florida Supreme Court; private practice, Tallahassee, 1976; assistant Florida attorney general, 1969-76; general counsel, Florida Board of Education and Board of Regents, 1976-77; Commissioner of Florida Industrial Relations, 1977-79; Florida First District Court of Appeals Judge, 1979-91; senior judge, 1991; guardian ad litem for children' in courts, 1991-98; numerous civic organizations and bar committees. Published contributor to volume of Essays in Legal History, 1965; also Fla. Bar CLE volumes Civil Practice After Trial -- 1966, and Florida State and Local Taxes, 1984. Member of National and International Association of Women Judges.
WARREN S. WEPMAN, Barnardsville, NC
Family: Wife -- Marquita R. Wepman; children -- Steven Gibbons, Lisa Simmons, Bruce Alexander, Todd Gibbons, Laura Wepman
Career Highlights: I was a partner in the law firm of Wepman and Wepman with my father, Herman Wepman. In 1976, I became city attorney for the City of Hialeah Gardens where I worked through 1981. I am the founder of Crime Stoppers of Dade County and served as chairman of the board of the Greater Miami Citizens Crime Commission from 198 1-82.
A. E. N. WESTCOTT, Palm City
Family: Children -- Robert and Arthur
Career Highlights: After 10 years of general practice in Miami, I decided to relocate to Brevard County, and join the apace boom then in progress.
A further general practice for six months in the Melbourne area when I was offered a position as supervisory attorney advisor, real property with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the title work and closings on the acquisition of approximately 75,000 acres of land from 3,500 owners on Merritt Island. A large number of the owners were non-Florida residents with many being residents of Europe and South America. The land was to be used by NASA for the Moon Launch Landing Program. This was considered a high priority acquisition so that the employees on this project worked six days a week, nine hours a day. It was a drastic change from the general practice in that I received a paycheck every two weeks. I continued with the salaried position for 16 years and worked on projects such as Biscayne National Park, enlargement of Everglades National Park by acquiring the hole in the donut and N.W. extension consisting of 80,000 acres and Canaveral National Seashore in Volusia County. I did various smaller acquisitio n projects from the west branch of the Susquehanna in Western Pennsylvania to Baltimore, the District of Columbia and South to St. Johns Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Working these various projects required considerable travel and sometimes I forgot where my home base was. By 1978. I was tired of constant travel and took early retirement. Returned to Miami and purchased a 25 ft. sailboat and sailed lower Biscayne Bay for two years before returning to general practice in Southwest Miami.
ROBERT H. (BOB) WILLIS, SR, St. Petersburg
Family: Wife -- Elizabeth (Betty) M. Willis, R.N.; children Elizabeth (Betsy) Willis, D.V.M. and Robert H. Willis, Jr.,
Career Highlights: I practice with the law firm of Skelton, Willis, Bennett & Wallace, St. Petersburg (formerly Skelton, Willis Bennett, formerly Skelton, Willis & Rice, formerly Skelton & Willis) concentrating in probate law and general civil practice.
I have been a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, 1953-to date, serving as president, 1972-73. I was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 1975-81, and served as board liaison to numerous committees, including: Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee and Subcommittee; Florida Bar Client Security Fund; Integration and Bylaw Committees; Family Law Section; and the Disciplinary Procedures and Ethics Committee. Served as board liaison to various Florida Bar sections including the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, chairing the Scholarship & Awards Committee, 1973-97 and the Liaison Committee from 1997 to date. I have been a member of the American Bar Association from 1953 to date, serving on the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. I was elected fellow, American College of Probate & Trust Law Council, 1977.
ROBERT V. WOLFE, Miami
Family: Wife -- Trudy Wolfe; Children -- Robert E. Wolfe, Cheryl L. Lachance, James D. Wolfe, Gail D. Wolfe, Richard I. Wolfe; Grandchildren -- six grandchildren; Great grandchildren - one (Grandson Robbie is an attorney, grandson Justin is in law school at the University of Florida, and my granddaughter Lauren is a veterinarian.)
Career Highlights: Served in U. S. Navy, World War II in the South Pacific. After entering the practice of law, my general practice focused in the areas of family, probate/real estate, wills, estates, trusts and guardianship. I had the pleasure of sharing office space over the years with three, now deceased, 1951 University of Miami classmates. They were: Charles L. Seaman; Edward J. McBride; and Stephen F. Bazzano; all great guys and close friends. The secret to my success was having a smart legal assistant. Thanks Ellen.
JOHN R. WOOD, Sarasota
Family: Wife -- Sadie; children -- Ann, John and Susan
Career Highlights: Opened office in Sarasota in June 1951; municipal judge, 1955-60; president of the Sarasota County Bar, 1961-62; The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 1965-70. My years of service on The Florida Bar Board of Governors has to be the high water mark of my career getting to know and working on behalf of Florida lawyers with such legal giants as Chesterfield Smith, Bob Ervin, Mark Hulsey, Fletcher Rush, Marshall Criser and Marshall Cassedy had to be my best years.
THERON ALEXANDER (ALEX) YAWN, JR., Gainesville
Family: Wife -- Sonja K Yawn; children -- James (Jimmy) Caldwell Yawn, Laura Dianne Yawn-Mullins, Karin Eva Yawn-Tiffin, Lila Elizabeth Yawn, Bongi and Theron A. Yawn, III
Career Highlights: Received my LLB degree from the University of Florida College of Law, February 1951. That degree was replaced by the Juris Doctor, December 1967.
I was elected county judge of Bradford County, 1952 and served continuously from January 1953 until January 1973. In 1973, I was elevated to the circuit court of the Eighth Judicial Circuit by the elections of 1972.
In December 1988, I retired from the circuit bench. Since retiring, I have continued to serve as senior judge. In 1964-65, I served as president of the Florida County Judges Association and also served as chairman of the Florida' Conference of Circuit Judges in 1982-83.
ROBERT D. (BOB) ZAHNER, Coral Gables
Family: Wife-Eleanor C. Zahner; children-Robert A. Zahner Career Highlights: I was born in Beacon, NY., March 30, 1919. I graduated from Beacon High School in 1937. Following high school, I served in the U. S. Air Force from 194246, serving in the China-Burma-India Theaters from 1944-46 as link trainer instructor. Following my military service, I received my BBA from the University of Miami in 1950 and my J.D. in 1951.
I am a founding member and second president of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Coral Gables Rotary Club from 1983-90. Professionally, I served from 1959-61 as municipal judge for Miami; 1961-63, as city attorney for Miami and from 1967-94, as city attorney for the City of Coral Gables.
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