50-year members of The Florida Bar 1952-2002.
Among you are former judges, legislators, law professors, and Florida Bar leaders. 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!
JUDGE ISRAEL N. ABRAMS (IZZY), Aventura
Family: Wife - Evelyn, deceased September 22, 2000; Children - Jerry Abrams Berger, Susan Helms, Mindy Fernandez, and Jeffry Scott Abrams.
Highlights: Earned my J.D. from the University of Miami in 1952; Judge of Industrial Claims, 1955-60; Judge of Industrial Claims, Pro Hac Vice, January 1992-February 1992; practice limited to workers' compensation; Bar Workers' Compensation. Rules Committee; chair, Program Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference; chair, Program Friends of 440.
JUDGE ELWYN MITCHELL AKINS, Nashville, GA
Family: Wife - Ruth Henderson Akins.
Highlights: Born July 19, 1927, Trenton. Served in U.S. Transportation Corp., 1944; served in U.S. Merchant Marines; served in U.S. Army, 1945, Aleutian Islands. Graduated from high school after service; entered University of Florida, where I received my A.A. degree and later received my LL.B. County judge, Gilchrist County, 1953; deputy commissioner Florida Industrial Commission and/or judge of industrial claims, until July 31, 1992. Member, The Florida Bar.
GUARDO MEDOLAGO ALBANI, San Juan, PR
Family: Children - Olga, Ariel, Johanna, Adrianne.
Highlights: Born April 1, 1926, New York, NY. Admitted to Florida Bar and Puerto Rico Bar. Shortly after being admitted to the Puerto Rico Bar on May 7, 1956, I joined the brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith as a stockbroker and vice president for 20 years. In 1976, I became general manager and vice president of Prudential Bache for approximately a year-and-a-half.
Late 1977, I returned to Merrill Lynch as general manager and resident vice president for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands until retiring in 1991.
After four years of traveling and golf, two banker friends and I started a brokerage and investment boutique in 1995 called TCM Capital Markets of Puerto Rico. In December of 2000, we were bought out by Banco Bilabao Vizcaya, the second largest bank of Spain. At present, I'm a managing director in charge of special accounts with this institution (BBVA).
During these years, I was associated with various civic and professional organizations, being elected president of the San Juan chapter of the Jaycees and life senator. Also, president of the Santurce Rotary Club, president of the financial analysts of Puerto Rico, member of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and last, but not least, secretary of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico during the Nixon era.
Without a doubt my legal training has been of unquestionable help in achieving the goals I set out to accomplish and to avoid the many pitfalls that one finds on the road of life.
GEORGE J. ALBOUM, Miami Beach
Family: Wife - Mildred T. Alboum; Children - Lili Ann, Joel, and Ronald.
Highlights: I was born August 21, 1920 in Newark, N.J. Graduated Columbia High School, South Orange, N.J., 1937, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. College and Law School, 1941; Rutgers University Law Review Board; and was adjunct professor of real estate at the University of Miami. Member, the Dade County Bar Grievance Committee. Member, Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity. I was admitted to the following bars: New Jersey, 1943; Florida, 1952; New Jersey Federal, 1943; and the Florida Federal, 1952.
JUDGE EMERSON ALLSWORTH, Plantation
Family: Wife - Shirley Allsworth, married 50 years this December; Children - four sons, Scott Allsworth - attorney; John Allsworth - school administrator; Terrance Allsworth - ski instructor; and Mark Allsworth - attorney; Grandchildren - five.
Highlights: Served as Broward County prosecuting attorney (county solicitor) for four years, having been elected county-wide. Served eight years in the legislature, having been elected as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from Broward County. Served four years part-time as a municipal judge. Served as a member of the 1967 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, having been appointed by the governor. Served for 15 years as a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Served as president of the University of Miami General Alumni Association; and president of the alumni association. Past president of Broward County United Way; past chair of Broward County United Way Annual Campaign. Past exalted ruler of Ft. Lauderdale Elks Club; past president of the United Cerebral Palsy in Broward County. Graduate accountant.
ISHAM LAFAYETTE ANDERSON (IKE), Monticello
Family: Wife - Mary Catherine Anderson; Children - Isham Lafayette Anderson II, Joseph Duff Anderson, Sheffield Ayers Anderson.
Highlights: Born in Monticello, November 18, 1925. My practice area was general practice. I have enjoyed it all. Great profession.
L. JULES ARKIN, Miami
Family: Wife - Shirley Arkin; Children - Richard and Gary.
Highlights: Born March 19, 1929, New York, NY. One of my greatest highlights is that both my sons are members of The Florida Bar. I am a member of The Florida Bar, U.S. District Court, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. I am now retired.
EDWARD ARONS, Pahokee
Family: Wife - Raquel; Children - Norman Arons and Leslie Snider.
Highlights: Upon graduation from University of Miami Law School, I was accepted for membership in The Florida Bar. However, before I could begin practicing law, I was called to duty in the Korean War. After serving two years, including Korea, I was discharged with the rank of 1st Lt.
In the interim, I decided that I was no longer interested in pursing a career in law and also Miami was no longer the small, friendly community that I had previously known. Still wishing to remain in South Florida, I finally located in the small farming community of Pahokee, on the shores of Lake Okeechobee.
I opened and operated a small department store for more than 40, years. The law work that I did was mostly incidental to, and benefitting my customers, who were exclusively African-American, and consisted of divorce, legal papers, and wills. It was just a sideline to keep my hand in and cover my dues to the Bar.
I did have a "vast and extensive" practice of giving free advice and legal assistance to those unable to afford the same.
Upon retiring from my mercantile business, I quickly became bored and, wishing to contribute something back to the community, I became a substitute teacher. I have been at this for the past three years and, if my temper and mental health allows me, I hope to continue in the endeavor.
Although it has not been a particularly adventurous life, devoid of the action and glory of the courtroom, I have been satisfied with my role in society.
JOY CHARLOTTE BARKAN, North Miami Beach.
Family: Children - Bernard Roth, Jesse Roth, Shari Glixman, Larisa Greenfield.
Highlights: Graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in 1947; University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Business Administration, 1948; and the University of Miami with a J.D. cum laude in 1952. Was in the first group of women admitted to a legal fraternity. Member of the North Dade Bar Association Board of Directors, Florida Association of Women Lawyers; YM-YWHA Board of Directors; member of presidium of America Mizrachi Women; board of directors of Temple Or Olom; board of directors, Young Israel of North Miami Beach; board of directors, AMIT. Panelist - medical mediation-circuit court; arbitrator, American Arbitration Association. My career highlights include appearing before the United States Supreme Court as co-counsel with Arthur Roth. I was privileged to have the opportunity to be a member of The Florida Bar.
JUDGE GERALD S. BERKELL, Pembroke Pines
Family: Wife - Mildred Berkell; Children - Fran Berkell Rafferty, Susan Loewenstein.
Highlights: Judge, City of North Miami Beach, 1969-71. Past president of North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Past president of the North Dade Exchange Club, past chair of Planning and Zoning Board of North Miami Beach.
JUDGE EUGENE N. BETTS (Gene), Pompano Beach.
Family: Wife - Anne.
Highlights: Born August 30, 1922 in Washington, D.C. Former attorney for the City of Pompano Beach and the City of Parkland, attorney for Hillsborough Improvement and Maintenance District; former judge of industrial claim. I have practiced in the private sector since 1967. My practice was in workers' compensation and probate.
JUDGE EARL C. BRANNING, Zephyrhills.
Family: Wife - Janet.
Highlights: Born July 12, 1923, North Chinchilla, PA.
Member: The Florida Bar and the Federal Bar. Main area of practice: workers' compensation.
Upon returning to the states after serving in the European Theater with General Patton's Third Army and in the Battle of the Bulge, I attended Siena College, Loudonville, NY for two years. In 1948, I transferred to Stetson University undergraduate school for one year, after which I entered Stetson College of Law, DeLand, from which I was graduated in 1952. I began my career as an insurance claims adjuster, but left to establish a private practice of law in Venice. After two years, I returned to the insurance field in West Palm Beach, but left to return to private practice in Lantana until 1967, when I became executive director for the Legal Service Program of the Office of Economic Opportunity in Ft. Pierce. In 1968, I received an appointment as a hearing examiner (in 1973 name changed to administrative law judge) with the Office of Hearings & Appeals of the Social Security Administration, serving in Birmingham, AL, Tampa, and Jacksonville. In 1980, I was appointed to the Appeals Council of the Office of Hear ings & Appeals. I remained an administrative law judge until I retired in May 1986. My greatest satisfaction during my career was as an administrative law judge. I was able to help so many people who would otherwise have suffered physically and financially if they had not had this court to appeal to for help.
JUDGE CECIL H. BROWN, Rockledge.
Family: Wife - Ruth S. Brown; Children - Howard L., Andrew E., C. Rodney, and Celesta E.
Highlights: Elected dean of law fraternity as freshman at University of Florida in 1950. Graduated from Florida State University, February 3, 1951. Admitted to practice law, February 1952.
Elected circuit judge in the Ninth Circuit at general election, 1972. Re-elected at general election of 1978. Re-elected at general election, 1984. Retired March 30, 1990.
On March 19, 1990, the Osceola County Commission declared March 30, 1990 Cecil H. Brown Day for years of continuous active service on the circuit court bench in that county.
MICHAEL BRUMER, Miami.
Family: Wife - Dorothy Dweres Brumer; Children - Marc L. Brumer and Pamela D. Brumer.
Highlights: I was admitted to the Bar in New York in 1951 and employed by Allstate Insurance Company as an adjuster. In 1952, I moved to Florida and was admitted to The Florida Bar. I went back to work with Allstate Insurance Company until 1957. As claims manager with Allstate, I witnessed the growth of our South Florida office from a three man staff to 50 people over three counties. I then opened a law firm with Richard S. Fuller (now deceased), former 11th Judicial Circuit Court judge. Son is now trial attorney with present firm Brumer and Kaufman. Granddaughter is taking Florida Bar exam this June.
MEREDITH J. COHEN (MORTY), Oviedo.
Family: Wife - Jacqueline E. Hartt; Children of former marriage Audrey E. Cohen; Robert Cohen, Wendy Cohen, Jennifer Cohen, and Arthur Cohen.
Highlights: Am admitted to The Florida Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Received my B.S. degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1950 and graduated the University of Florida Law School in 1952. Served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, in Korea and Japan from 1952 to 1955. Served as assistant prosecuting attorney in Orange County for nine years. I was in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer and then as a board certified marital and family lawyer with an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America under family law.
I am past chair of the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and chaired the Academy of Special Concerns of Children Committee which wrote "Representing Children - Standards for Attorneys and Guardians Ad Litem in Custody and Visitation Proceedings."
In 1991, I was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family, circuit and county mediator. I am a practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. In 1997, I closed my litigation practice to become a full-time mediator. I mediate court-ordered family mediations in Orange County as a panel mediator with Upchurch Watson White and Max, for divorcing couples without attorneys, and for the United States Postal Service Redress program. Authored "Divorce by Mediation - See a Mediator Before Seeing Attorneys - Save Thousands," published in 2001.
I am past president of Congregation Ohev Shalom and Temple Israel, was a member of the Adult Literacy League, Lions Club, and Toastmasters International. Was a founder of a Great Books Discussion Group and the Lawyers Literacy Society in Orlando.
JUDGE PHILIP COOK Miami.
Family: Wife - Florence Cook; Children - Jill K. Altman, Vicki E. Henry, Michael R. Cook.
Highlights: I had the good fortune of practicing law as a partner with dedicated lawyers Jep Marchant, Joe Perkins, Joe Caldwell, and Lewis Fogle, Jr., until my appointment to the county court bench in 1982. I retired in 1995 and have been serving as an assigned senior judge ever since. During my tenure on the bench, I was an instructor at Miami-Dade Community College, University of Miami, and Florida International University paralegal programs, and was the administrative judge of the civil division of the country court in Dade County. It has been a privilege and honor to have practiced law and presided as a judge with our outstanding members of the bench and bar.
JUDGE LAWRENCE EVANS CRARY, JR. (EVANS), Stuart.
Family: Wife - Sara; Children - Lawrence E. Crary III, R. Michael Crary, Ann Webb.
Highlights: Served in the U.S. Air Force - active duty, 1952-54; county judge, Martin County, 1958-64; I am admitted to the Florida, Federal, and U. S. Supreme Court bars. My areas of practice were in real property, probate, trust, and corporate and business.
JUDGE FRENCH C. DAVIS, Daytona Beach.
Family: Wife - Bettye R. Davis; Children - Sandra K. Krisko.
Highlights: Born June 18, 1922, Clendenin, W.VA. Graduated John B. Stetson College of Law, Deland, 1952. Admitted before U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, and Federal Court Southern District of Florida. Qualified to practice before Florida Supreme Court, five district courts of appeal in Florida, all Florida circuit and county courts. Was admitted to Bar in West Virginia; presently inactive. Between the municipalities of South Daytona and Ponce Inlet, I have been a city judge for 15 years. I've handled thousands of misdemeanors and DUIs in my 15 years as a private attorney.
One of my more interesting cases involves a Polish national in the underground who became a spy for U.S. Intelligence Service. He was discovered by German Gestapo and imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was hit in the chest by a rifle butt breaking several ribs on the left side of his chest, splinters from which pierced the pericardium of his heart causing it to become enlarged. After he was liberated by the U.S. armed forces, he was taken to a U.S. Army hospital where they removed several sections of his ribs on the left of his chest, giving his enlarged heart room. He immigrated to the U.S. and became a citizen. Although plagued by ill health, he was not eligible for disability or medical treatment from the Veterans Administration, since he was never a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. I introduced a bill into U.S. Congress for monetary help or medical treatment. I argued his case before a House Judiciary Subcommittee, who awarded him prescription, dental, and medical benefits.
Another was a DUI case in which our client took a breath test and demanded a blood test. He was denied; we filed a Motion to Suppress the breath test results, which was also denied. After numerous decisions against our client, we took the case to the Florida Supreme Court. They came back with a 5-2 decision in favor of our client! This affected every law enforcement agency in the State of Florida. They had to change the procedure for DUI arrests. To read more about Unruh vs. State, check any law library.
JUDGE HAROLD W. DEMOPULOS, Bristol, R.I.
Family: Wife - Frances S. Demopulos; Children - Amelia H. Demopulos, Washington, D.C., attorney with Equal Employment Opportunties Commission, and Abigail M. Demopulos, Treasury Department.
Highlights: Received my B.A. from Brown University, 1948; my Doctor of Law from the University of Miami Law School, 1952; and attended a tax program at Boston University. The summer session of 1947, I attended the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University of London, England, as a special student in 1948, taking Contemporary English Literature.
I served in the armed services joining the U.S. Army during World War II, where I served more than three years of active duty with 20 months of that in the European Theater. I earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. After the war I received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve as 2nd Lt.
I practiced law in Florida, 1952-53, and joined The Florida Bar. From 1953 to date, I have been a general practitioner in Rhode Island; a member of Rhode Island Bar Association; and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association serving on numerous panels. My legal positions have been: former probate judge - Town of Bristol, R.I.; former general counsel to the director of labor, State of Rhode Island; former counsel for R.I. Labor Relations Board; former clerk of Rhode Island State Senate, Judicial Committee; and former attorney for Bristol Housing Authority.
I have been involved extensively in numerous governmental, civic, fraternal, religious, political, and educational organizations throughout my career. I have been a member of the Supreme Court Committee to study rules of professional conduct and professional ethics, and have received a citation from Rhode Island's Constitutional Convention for services rendered to the Judicial Section as unpaid legal advisor.
JOSEPH DiBARTOLOMEO (DiBART), Miami.
Family: Wife - Rose (married 57 years); Children - Dennis, Glenn, Sherrilyn, Dean, Tawny, Duane, Wayne, Desiree, and Dawn.
Highlights: Born New Haven, CT. Making it for 50 years in our wonderful profession. My 57-year marriage to a wonderful wife and mother; having nine great children; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; anticipating anxiously my 60th year in the Bar.
Member: South Miami Bar, The Florida Bar, Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. District Court of Southern Florida, US Tax Court. Main areas of practice: real estate, probate, general practice.
C. HARRIS DITTMAR (DITT), Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - Anice; Children - Christine Dittmar Cushman and Charles H. Dittmar, Jr.
Highlights: I was born January 2, 1926 and grew up in Gainesville. I served in the U.S. Army from July 1943 to May 1946. In 1948, I received a pre-medical degree followed by my J.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1952, I was editor-in-chief of three issues of the University of Florida Law Review and graduated with high honors. Before graduating, I went to work in December 1951 as a clerk with the firm of Bedell and Bedell in Jacksonville, where I stayed until my retirement from active practice on October 31, 1996. Retired as senior partner of the firm, then named Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault and Pillans, P.A. My practice was limited to the representation of litigants in civil and criminal cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. I served six years as a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, two years as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and four years as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. I was a fellow of the International Association of Trial Lawyers and of the International Society of Barristers.
JOHN HENRY DUHIG, Miami Beach.
Family: Children - Alice Duhig, M.D.
Highlights: It was a cold and windy night and we were awaiting publication of the morning papers so we could sell them. Fred Parks, in the basement of The Houston Post, and I in the trash pile of The Houston Chronicle. There were many cold and windy nights for us as during the day we had to study and attend South Texas School of Law. Somehow we made it and in 1937 we were licensed to practice law by the Texas Supreme Court with an L.B. Degree in Law. We went our separate ways and I became a criminal defense attorney.
Along came the war and the 36th Division was called to Ft. Sam Houston. I was assigned to the Air Corp. and sent to the basic training center in Miami Beach, where I taught the cadets what law I could during three-week periods for the next 18 months. I purchased a home on my $66 a month with the help of my working wife.
There was a wartime crisis called the "Bulge" and every man with prior infantry training (36th Division) was sent to Europe, where I enjoyed a tour of France and Germany in a Sherman Tank. At the time, some of the ovens at Buchenwald and Dachau were still burning. Before returning to the states, I took a course in international law at the University of France.
My next 10 years were occupied teaching at the University of Miami and working for international airlines. I picked up a Juris Doctor at the university, and, in my spare time, I built a home in Coral Gables and was licensed to practice law by the Florida Supreme Court in 1952.
My two hardest decisions were to give up my international practice and a steady income for private practice and to start fresh in Texas or Florida. I chose to remain in Florida and was senior member of a small law firm in Miami and as the members passed on, I was a sole practitioner in general practice with probate as my specialty.
While recovering from a mild stroke I suffered in 1998, I was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent radiation and chemo therapy. By this time I built another home on an island connecting Miami and Miami Beach where I beat the "Big C" and still smell the roses in my garden when I pick up the morning paper.
JUDGE E.L. EASTMOORE (GENE), Palatka.
Family: Wife - Jeanine Eastmoore; Children - Kathi Eastmoore Giddings-Tallahassee, Ted Eastmoore-Sarasota, CW3 John Riley Eastmore-U.S. Army, Japan. Grand-children - 10.
Highlights: Born May 22, 1929, Jacksonville. Commissioned U.S. Army, 1951; served on active duty until June 1954, with service in Korea. Practiced law in Palatka from 1954 until 1972, serving as president, Putnam County Bar Association, 1959-1960. Elected circuit judge and served until 1991. Have served as senior judge since then. Served in the Florida National Guard from 1954 until I retired as Col. in 1982, with more than 30 years service. Chief judge, Seventh Circuit, 1975-1977; chair, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1979-1980. Member of The Florida Bar, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Main area of practice: Judiciary.
Selected by Jaycees as "Young Man of the Year," 1955; awarded "Good Government Award," 1981; Kiwanis, president, 1963 and lieutenant governor, 1967.
Married 50 years, administered Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar for son, Ted, and daughter, Kathi, and swore-in son, John Riley, as warrant officer, U.S. Army helicopter pilot.
FRANK FERNANDEZ, Orlando.
Family: Wife - Nancy Fernandez; Children - John, Ralph, Larry, and David Fernandez.
Highlights: I just represented clients to the best of my abilities. My practice areas were real estate; probate and guardianship. I am a member of the Orange County, Florida, and American bars.
A. ALSTON FISHER, JR., Naples.
Family: Wife - Dorothy Jane Fisher; Children - Frances F. Harnage, Katharine H. Fisher, Jane E. Khoury, A. Alston Fisher III. Grandchildren - 11.
Highlights: Born August 3, 1928, Pensacola.
Following graduation from the University of Florida Law School in 1952, I was called to active duty in the U.S. Army where I served in the infantry and in the Judge Advocate General's Corp. Upon release from active duty, I joined the Miami law firm of Evans Mershon Sawyer Johnson and Simmons where I practice for 25 years. I participated in the organization of Arvida Corporation and the establishment of several of its early Florida condominiums. In 1979, I moved to Naples, where I practice law. I served on Florida Bar grievance committees in both Dade and Collier counties; and as a member of the Dade and Collier County Bar associations and the American Bar Association. I am presently of counsel to the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, P.A. My main areas of practice are primarily acquisition and development of real property and banking transactions. I enjoy fishing and hunting and am a senior member of Prairie Creek Hunt Club.
AARON A. FOOSANER, Palm City.
Family: Wife - Marcia; Children, Lynn Foosaner-Olsen and David E. Foosaner, M.D.; Grandchildren, four
Highlights: I am proud to have been a member of The Florida Bar for 50 years. I have attempted to practice ethically and honorably and trust that my efforts have had a positive impact on my clients and others I came in contact with over the years. I was honored to serve as chief assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for five years. My time in that office shaped the direction of my private practice by affording me the opportunity to work with an outstanding federal bench, bright assistant U.S. Attorneys, and being influenced by a great attorney, the late William A. Meadows, Jr., the U.S. Attorney. Private practice has been equally rewarding. My partners and associates at the Miami Beach/Miami firm of Smith & Mandler and later at Ruden, McClosky, Smith Schuster & Russell, all enhanced my growth as an attorney. After my first wife passed away and my children were on their own, I remarried and moved to the Stuart area and began a new legal career on a less hectic scale. I became of counsel to the Stuart firm of Warner, Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Seeley, Sweet & Beard and still hold that position. To my provincial friends in South Florida, know that the bench and bar here is the equal of, and in some areas stronger than what you live with. I was and still am, active in community and bar matters. My work as president of the Dade County Mental Health Association and later as president of the Florida Mental Health Association was rewarding. Presently, I am a trustee of the Martin County Arts Foundation and have been active in the Martin County Bar Association. I retired as a Lt. Col. in the U. S. Air Force Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Department.
WILLIAM A. FOSTER (BILL), Amelia Island.
Family: Children - Jennifer L. Kevic and Patrick M. Foster.
Highlights: Born in Colwell, Ga., March 17, 1927. I have had a half-century relationship with the same law firm, Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., in West Palm Beach. I have had 35 years trying jury cases; 25 years bar work; a 50-year marriage blessed with a daughter and son; 75 years of good health. I have truly been blessed beyond all expectations and am extremely grateful.
I am admitted to The Florida Bar, the Southern District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Areas of practice: civil trial; negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death.
GINO G. GALLI, Pennington, NJ.
Family: Wife - Rose M. Galli; Children - David V. Galli and Gina E. Galli.
Highlights: Legal programmer with the Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; worked on creation of the Division of Drug Abuse in 1964. I was instrumental in writing the Controlled Dangerous Substances Act with the U. S. Congress and the New Jersey Legislature. I taught at the Drug Training Institute for 14 years at Rawlings College of New Jersey in Glassboro. I was a member of the Kiwanis for 36 years. I established the Camelot Nursery School in 1969 with my wife. I have been the president and CEO of New Horizons Drug Treatment Clinic in Trenton.
IRWIN S. GARS (STRETCH), Coconut Grove.
Family: Wife - Dianne; Children - son Jan Gars, daughters Mindy Dolandis and Shari Notowitz.
Highlights: Born January 21, 1928. U.S. Signal Corps (cryptographer); served in Italy, 1947. Professional photographer on Miami Beach while attending University of Miami Law School. University of Miami Law Review. Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society. Early career was predominantly civil and criminal litigation. Last 20 years have primarily been real estate development and business transactions. Currently involved in sale and lease-back transactions and personal investments. Litigated in federal courts: San Antonio, Dallas, New York, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico in addition to Florida. Areas of practice: Civil and criminal litigation; complex real estate transactions and commercial development.
ROBERT R. GILBERT (RUBE), Aventura.
Family: Children - Leslie M. Rosenbluth; Grandchildren - Lisa N. Rosenbluth and Erica A. Rosenbluth.
Highlights: I was born in Atlantic City, N.J., attended primary school there and graduated from Atlantic City High School in June of 1941, just six months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and before long, volunteered for submarine duty. After extensive training, was shipped out to Guam in the Mariannas, in the Western Pacific. I was later assigned to the attack submarine, U.S.S. "Trutta," engaging the enemy deep in their waters off the Coast of Japan and in the Yellow Sea. We were awarded the Navy's Submarine Combat Medal for completing a successful war patrol sinking a total of 17 enemy ships. After the war, I enrolled at the University of Miami, completed my undergraduate studies and law school, thanks to the G.I. Bill of Rights. I started my practice in Miami Beach, then moved to the downtown area of Miami. My practice was general, but drifted toward the field of personal injury, wrongful death, and workers' compensation. A career highlight though, was i n the field of maritime criminal law, defending a group of men charged with piracy on the high seas, a crime punishable by life imprisonment upon conviction, with no discretion on the part of the federal trial judge. Credit, however, must be given to my lead counsel, the late Aram P. Goshgarian, also of The Florida Bar, for a successful outcome to this case. Though not positive, I believe I am the only living attorney to have tried such a case. I am a member of The Florida Bar, the American Bar, and the Miami Beach Bar associations.
NED GOOD, Pasadena, CA.
Family: Wife - Margaret.
Highlights: I am lucky to represent wonderful clients who have needed help and lucky to have a wonderful office staff who cares about our clients and works hard as a team and delivers good settlements and verdicts for our tort victims. I have enjoyed every bit of my first 50 years of law practice and look forward to the second 50 years. I am currently active as the president of the Inner Circle of Advocates. I am enjoying the speed and efficiency of the Internet and e-mail networking ideas with other attorneys and enjoying being on the cutting edge. The best part of my life is living and working every day with my bride of 35 + 10 years. Margaret works in our office every day and is an active participant in our law firm. I am still piloting my turbo prop twin engine plane every week and enjoying it every bit as much as when I first started flying many years ago. Although my office is in Pasadena, I continue to have as good friends, lawyers who I first met when I started practicing in Miami in 1952.
JUDGE SAM GOODFRIEND, Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - widower; Children - daughters Judith May Davis - English teacher, Michael Weiler - homemaker, and Susan Goldberg - home-maker; sons-in-law Stephen Davis - attorney, Daryel Weiler - computer analyst, and Michael Goldberg - lawyer and acquisitions expert.
Highlights: Born in South River, N.J. on March 7, 1920. I am admitted to the Jacksonville and Florida bars. Was a senior circuit court judge; practiced in all areas, civil, criminal, and juvenile. I am past president of the Jacksonville Bar, served three years on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, have been senior circuit judge. Past-times are archeology, collecting ancient coins, and music.
CLIFF B. GOSNEY, JR., Port Orange.
Family: Wife - Patricia Gosney; Children - Sondra, Steven and Clifford III. Grandchildren - Two.
Highlights: Born July 29, 1928, Alexandria, KY; admitted to the Bar, 1952, Florida; 1960, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Cincinnati; Stetson University, J.D., 1952. Phi Alpha Delta. Church deacon. Founder and chair, Benevolence Through Education, Inc.; member, Rotary International. Vice chair, Florida-State Retirement Commission. Former officer and director: Daytona Beach Jaycees; Daytona Beach Little Theatre. Founder: Big Brothers of Volusia County; Daytona Beach Claims Association. Former president, Tiger Bay of Volusia County, trustee, Cape of Good Hope Foundation. Member - Volusia County (officer and director), Federal, American (member, Trial Lawyers and Economics Sections), and International Bar Associations; The Florida Bar, member of grievance committee; Federation of Insurance Counsel; Florida Defense Lawyers Association, charter member; International Association of Fire Investigators; Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention, charter board member.
Firm Profile: Mr. Gosney has been active in South Africa and the non-violent movement in opposition to apartheid. He has been a legal advisor in the U.S. for political, social, and corporate leaders. Activities throughout Africa included a significant amount of time and energy with chairing a non-profit corporation, Benevolence Through Education, Inc., that provided schoolbooks for children of need. Mr. Gosney has served on boards with The Florida Bar and with the State of Florida. Mr. Gosney has been a civil trial litigator from 1957 until 1992 at which time he ceased his litigation activities to direct his full attentions to volunteerism.
TRAVIS A. GRESHAM, JR., Fort Myers.
Family: Children - Travis A Gresham III, Glenn H. Gresham, Gregory L. Gresham, Thomas W. Gresham.
Highlights: Florida State Senator, 1958-62m, Lee, Hendry, Collier and Monroe counties; 1964-81 chair, Edison Community College Board of Tustees; one-year president of Lee County Bar Association. My practice areas were real estate and probate. Admitted to The Florida Bar and the United States Supreme Court.
PETER N. HANNA, Ft. Lauderdale.
Family: Wife - Virginia M. Hanna; Children - Peter N. Hanna, Jr., Bonnie M. Mawby.
Highlights: Born May 4, 1928, Woonsocket, RI. I began my practice in June of 1952 and haven't closed my doors since. Member of The Florida Bar and the Broward County Bar Association. Main areas of practice: civil, probate, and family law.
BURTON HARRISON, Miami Beach.
Family: Wife - Lydia Harrison.
Highlights: Born August 30, 1927, New York, NY. Member: All Florida courts, trial and appellate federal courts. Main areas of practice: banking, real estate, trusts and estates, presently pretty much retired.
I graduated from the University of Miami Law School in June 1952. After being admitted to The Florida Bar, I spent three years in the Judge Advocate General's Office of the U.S. Army, mainly prosecuting and defending in general courts martial. I first thought I would specialize in criminal law, but became a bank lawyer instead. To a certain extent it turned out to be the same thing, I got involved in the organization, purchase and sale of national and state banks, representing both local and out-of-state banks from time to time. My practice covered all aspects of real estate and commercial law, together with any litigation involved in such work. When I started, we did without fax machines, copy machines, word processors and cell phones. Times have changed. I've been fortunate to have enjoyed my 50 years in the practice of law. All in all, it's been a rewarding and satisfying Life and career.
WILLIAM O.E. HENRY, Maitland.
Family: Wife - Mary Goode Henry; Children - Carol Henry Lee, Robert Dawson Henry, Jean Henry Theobald; Grandchildren - four.
Highlights: I am a true Central Floridian. I was born in Ocala, received journalism and law degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, worked for a weekly newspaper in Ocala. Joined Senator Holland's law firm in Bartow, then Lakeland, and now Orlando. At Ocala High School, served as president of the senior class, a cheerleader for football, basketball manager, and conference champion in the mile and quarter-mile relay in track. Selected "most intellectual" senior year in high school. Served as hospital corpsman in the U. S. Navy between high school and college; was later commissioned and served a total of 20 years, retiring as a commander in Naval Intelligence. At the University of Florida, edited the All American 1949 Seminole Yearbook and the 1950 Summer Gator newspaper and produced the Gator Growl. Served as president of SAE social fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma scholastic fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. Was inducted into the Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key and in 1972 was reco gnized as a Distinguished Alumnus. Have been active in the American Bar Association, serving in the House of Delegates, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Section Officers Conference and became the first Floridian in 50 years to serve on the Council of the Section of Business Law. Was president of the Florida Bar Foundation and received its 1996 Medal of Honor, Served as president of The Florida Bar, 1983-84. Areas of practice have been corporate, tax, health, ADR, and trusts and estates.
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WILLIAM J. HORNER, Titusville.
Family: Wife - Joan; Children - Hillary, Mark, Shannon, Kit, Matt, and Jennifer.
Highlights: Born December 11, 1925, Jacksonville. World War II, U.S. Air Force, B-17 crew, Europe, shot down over Germany and missing in action for six weeks in Italian Alps; special agent, FBI; special agent, FDLE; NASA Kennedy Space Center, launch team, 1960-81, that put the first man on the moon; NASA Exceptional Service Medal, pro bono legal services, 1981-2000. Member: The Florida Bar, U.S. District/Middle District, U.S. Military Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court. Main areas of practice: general and pro bono.
JUDGE RUFUS OLNEY JEFFERSON (JEFF), Tallahassee.
Family: Wife - Barbara; Children: Daryl Louise, Caryl Ann, Susan Lynn, Laurel Estell, and Barbara Ruth.
Highlights: Special assistant attorney general to Richard W. Ervin, 1952-53; associate in Meginnis Thompson & Morrison, 1953-63; legal aide to Gov. Leroy Collins, 1955-57;juvenile court judge, 1957-72; received Distinguished Service Award from Tallahassee Junior Chamber of Commerce, also served as a board member; served several terms as board member of Tallahassee Bar Association; private practice, 1972-present. President, North Central Florida Division of Children's Home Society; president of Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency; president, Florida Council of Juvenile Court Judges; chairman, Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee; member, Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee; author, Juvenile Court Law (Harrison 1972); president, Tallahassee Civitan Club; president, Rickards High School Band Parents Association; helped organize local Easter Seals Chapter; served in many capacities of local mental health association as charter member and served more than 20 years in same; teacher, men's Bible class, 25 years. Vice president of Florida State University National Emeritus Alumni Association, 2001-02. Supported by a good wife, five daughters, and eight grandchildren.
JUDGE E.E. JORDAN (DUKE), Davie.
Family: Born June 26, 1926, New Haven, CT.
Highlights: Served in invasion of Iwo Jima; served as a municipal judge. There is no more honorable profession than being an attorney and judge. Member: The Florida Bar, U.S. District, Appellate and Supreme Courts. Main areas of practice: divorce, real estate and probate.
NORMAN KAPLAN, Miami Beach.
Career Highlights: Born in Fall River, MA, January 1925. Interested in scouting and athletics, "All County Team," baseball pitcher, played football on high school team. U.S. Army, Combat Engineers, World War H, 1943-46; five battle stars, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. Honorable discharge from Army 1946 as Sgt., radio technician. Graduated from the University of Miami with my BB.A., 1948 and law, LL.B.- Juris Doctor, 1952. Admitted to The Florida Bar and the Federal Bar in 1952. Formed partnership, Goldman and Kaplan, 1952. Registered real estate broker, 1957. Worked in business, central a/c, and security. Currently trying to get my golf score down and enjoy walking and swimming at the beach. Member, Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity.
JUDGE MURRAY Z. KLEIN, Miami.
Family: Wife - Yoko Klein.
Highlights: Graduate of John B. Stetson University with a B.A., 1949; University of Miami Law School, LL.B., 1952. Served in World War II for three years. Received three battle stars in European Theater of War. Landed in Omaha Beach Invasion. I am admitted to The Florida Bar. Have been a Dade County judge since 1983, 11th Judicial Circuit.
ROBERT A. KOPPEN (BOB), Delray Beach.
Family: Wife - Betty J. Koppen; Children - R. Daniel Koppen, Donna L. Wilson, Nancy J. Hass.
Highlights: Born September 17, 1925, Kansas City, MO. Having my son, R. Daniel Koppen, and my son-in-law, Warren R. Wilson, follow me into the practice is one of my greatest highlights. Celebrated 57 years of marriage on May 25, 1993. Established partnership Koppen & Watkins with J. Herbert Watkins, Jr., June 9, 1952, to continue until retirement. Firm is now known as Koppen Watkins, Partners & Associates and remains active. My wife, two daughters, and daughter-in-law all taught school in Dade County. Director, First State Bank. Several million dollar litigation results. Admitted to The Florida Bar and the American Bar. Main area of practice, general.
JUDGE FREDERICK J. KRIM (FRED), Ocala.
Family: Wife - Gwen M. Krim; Children - Nancy K. Pasteur and Frederick J. Krim (Joe).
Highlights: Prior to July of 1962, the Municipality of Ocala did not have a judicial prosecutor. The city commission enacted an ordinance requesting the Florida Legislature to establish one, which it did. I was the first appointee. After six years in this office, I was appointed Ocala's last municipal judge.
The Florida Legislature, in all of its wisdom, revised Article V of the Florida Constitution (The Judiciary) effective January 1, 1973. This, in effect, consolidated all existing trial courts into circuit and county courts, thereby doing away with all municipal courts. Anecdotal: It took a special act of the Florida Legislature to get me into civic duty and a constitutional revision to get me out.
ALLAN S. KUSHEN, New Vernon, NJ.
Family: Wife - Betty (deceased January 2000), current wife Natalie; Children - Annette and Robert.
Highlights: My entire professional career, until retiring in1994, was spent at Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical corporation. I began my legal career specializing in food and drug law. I became general counsel and senior vice president for public affairs, with responsibility for law, patents, trademarks, federal and state legislative advocacy, risk management and insurance, corporate communications, community affairs, and corporate philanthropy. My outside interests have centered in the arts. I am presently a trustee of the Montclair (N.J.) Art Museum, and was formerly a trustee of the Newark Museum and the Morris Museum for 10 years. I was a trustee of the Arts Council of the Morris, N.J., area and chaired it for four years. For more than 20 years I was a trustee of the Food and Drug Law Institute (whose fellowship for LL.M. study at New York University started me on my career) and am now a trustee emeritus. My proudest achievements are my two children, Annette and Robert. Annette is an artist. R obert, a non-practicing attorney, is executive director of Doctors of the World, an international medical relief and human rights organization.
BURTON A. LANDY (BURT), Coral Gables.
Family: Wife - Eleonora M. Landy; Children - Michael S. Landy, Alisa A. Landy.
Highlights: Practice: Currently chair emeritus Akerman Senterfitt's Statewide International Practice Group (I enjoy practicing law with my daughter and partner, Lisa Landy); partner, Ammerman and Landy, 1955-63; founding partner, Paul, Landy, Beiley and Harper, 1964-94; co-chair, International Practice Group, Steel Hector & Davis, LLC, 1994-97.
Bar associations: President, InterAmerican Bar Association, 1982-84; American Bar Association, Commission on International Affairs, 1984-85; ABA Foundation - fellow; Florida Bar, vice chair, Administrative Law Committee, 1965, and chair, Aeronautical Law Committee, 1968-70.
Organizations: Chair, U.S. Department of Commerce and Agency for International Development, Latin American/Caribbean Business Promotion Advisory Council, 1991-92; chair, Florida Council of International Development, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1991-92; chair, Commercial Dispute Resolution Center of the Americas, 1996-99; founding general counsel and lifetime board member, Florida International Bankers Association, 1988-; chair, Beacon Council (Miami-Dade Economic Development), 1991-92; president, World Trade Center, 1981-82; member, District Export Council, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1985-; chair, Miami International Trade and Development Commission, 1984-86; chair, Florida Delegation, Southeast U.S./Japan Association, 1990-92; member, U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Council on Private International Law, 1986-.
Consular: Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Miami, 1983-88, 1998-; founding chairman, Southeast U.S./Korea Economic Cooperation Committee, 1986; awarded Heung-in (Order of Diplomatic Service Merit) by the Government of the Republic of Korea, 1986.
Teaching: Graduate course on Latin American Commercial Law, University of Miami School of Law, 1986-89.
Awards: "Lawyer of the Americas" award, Inter-American Law Review of the University of Miami, 1984; "Diploma de Honor" and the "Roy Valiance" awards from the Inter-American Bar Association, 1988; Florida International Business Person of the Year, 1986, FCID; "Volunteer of the Year" award, 1993, Florida Economic Development Commission.
Military: U.S. Air Force JAG, active duty, 1952-54; Chunchon (K-47) Korea, 1953-54; retired Major, USAF Reserve.
Published Works: "Cooperative Agreements Involving Foreign Airlines;" "Tax Planning for Latin American Investors in U.S. Income-Producing Realty;" Economic Developments (contributing editor), Lawyer of the Americas; "Constraints on Aqua Culture Projects,' "Foreign Trade Zones in Florida;" "La Financion de la Compra-Venta de Aeronaves."
ROBERT J. LEWISON (BOB), Miami, and Las Vegas, NV.
Family: Wife - Lorraine; Children - Lorena Blonsky, Cantor Kimberly Komrad, Todd Lewison, and Tami Shulman; Grandchildren - six.
Highlights: My sweet wife; my children, and the privilege to practice law have been the highlights of my life. I was 22 when I began the practice of law. To paraphrase the late Justice Cardozo, I consider the right to practice law as "a punctilio of an honor of the most sensitive." I am honored to belong to such an elite fraternity, and to have met so many wonderful people from all walks of life. Friendships developed during those years continue today. My one regret is that the "Honorable" does not precede my name. Such regret is tempered with the knowledge that my wonderful deceased father knows that I never disgraced his name. I am satisfied with that. I did get to sit in the swivel chair many times while serving on the Dade County Bar Association Attorney-Client Arbitration Committee. I served as a committeeman on the Dade County Democratic Committee, served as co-chair, along with the late Mayor Robert King High and Judge Sam Silver for Adlai Stevenson during his campaign for president. Served as presiden t of Sholem Lodge, B'nai B'rith, (50 year member) and was active in The Dade County Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Pythias. My first job as an attorney was in. the office of the late Baron deHirsch Meyer, benefactor of the University of Miami Law School. My second job was in the office of the late Mayor Abe Aronovitz and the late Honorable Sidney Aronovitz of the federal bench, who is the father of Bar President-elect Tod Aronovitz. I have practiced criminal and trial law, real estate, mortgages, and business transactions, and family law. My thanks to the Bar and to my fellow members, departed and present, for this wonderful moment.
JUDGE ARTHUR E. MAGINNIS, Miami.
Family: Wife - Teruko Kawamura-Maginnis; Children - Nancy Gilmore, Fortuna, CA, and Susan Monpettit, Central Islip, NY.
Highlights: Patrolman for City of Miami Beach Police Department. Assistant public defender, Dade County from November 1, 1955 to June 1960, under Honorable J. C. Henderson and Honorable Robert L. Koeppel, public defenders. I served as an assistant state attorney under the Honorable Richard E. Gerstein, state attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit for four years, until I was appointed to the Metropolitan Court of Dade County. I was appointed to the Metropolitan Court of Dade County in June 1964 and served in that capacity until grandfathered in as a state court judge after Constitutional Revision. Retired after 26 1/2 years and presently serve as a senior judge in Dade County. My life highlight is persuading Teruko Kawamura-Maginnis to become my wife.
ROBERT G. MAXWELL, Fort Myers.
Family: Wife - Colleen R. Maxwell; Children - Kathleen Lani Hilliard and Patricia Jean Macy.
Highlights: I am admitted to the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Hialeah-Miami Springs Bar Association. My present practice area is consultation with cemeteries and funeral homes on the Florida Statutes Chapters 497 & 470.
At age 15, I operated a 125-acre farm in Ohio, worked in steel mills, production shops, shell casing factory, served in the U.S. Navy in WW II, completed law school at the University of Miami night law school. I have been a sole practitioner my entire legal life, president of Hialeah-Miami Springs Bar Association, president of Hialeah-Miami Springs Chamber of Commerce, president of Miami Springs Optimist Club, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Dade County Local Government Study Commission, Task Force on Abandoned & Neglected Cemeteries, Comptroller's Legislative Advisory Board. I accomplished the establishment of the first code provisions for the constructions of mausoleum buildings within cemeteries which have become a part of the new Florida Building Code. Served with the Legislative Committee of the Florida Cemetery Association for more than two decades. Greatest life highlight - met my wife - wed her years ago - and together we produced two great children. No more needs to be said.
JUDGE DONALD G. MILLER (DON), Winter Park.
Family: Wife - Mary L. Miller; Children - Kathy M. G1emmons-Gainesvi11e, GA, Judi M. Boggs-Dawsonville, GA, Sandra M. McCluskey-Winter Park.
Highlights: Born March 7, 1918, Chicago. I was a municipal judge serving the City of North Miami Beach, in 1953. In 1955, I was president of the North Dade Bar Association. Main areas of practice: real estate, contracts, probate, general practice other than criminal. Member, The Florida Bar. I have been retired from the practice of law since 1958.
E. ROBERT MILLER, JR., Temple Terrace.
Family: Wife - ViJeanne Ellis Miller; Children - E. Robert Miller III and John G. Miller.
Highlights: I grew up in upstate New York, served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was awarded two battle stars (Leyte Gulf and Okinawa). I graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., 1949. Attended Cornell Law School for one year and then moved to Florida with my parents. Graduated from the University of Florida Law School, February 1952, and was then admitted to The Florida Bar. I practiced in Jacksonville for 13 years, eight years with distinguished lawyers Jack Mathews, Raymond Ehrlich, John McNatt, Jr., and others. Opened my office in Tampa in January 1966 and had as long-time partners George Archie McKendree, Clifford L. Somers, Kenneth L. Olsen and our son, John. I have tried to a conclusion more than 500 circuit civil cases. Now of-counsel to The Law Firm of Kenneth L. Olsen. It's been a great trip.
JAMES E. MILLER, Jacksonville.
Family: Married; Children - four; Grandchildren - eight.
Highlights: Born December 30, 1924, Lancaster, PA. Member, The Florida Bar. Main area of practice: Federal tax law. I am grateful for the distinction and privilege of being in the legal profession for 50 years.
JOEL MILLER, Tamarac.
Family: Wife - Marsha; Children - Meredith and Robert.
Highlights: I earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and my J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami. I won one of my first cases against AT&T to allow foreign attachments in Michigan Public Service Commission. Past chair of Broward County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and past chair of the Broward Chapter of American Civil Liberties Union. I practiced corporate law, real property, and civil rights. I am presently engaged in mediation.
WILLIAM T. MOORE, JR. (BILL), Daytona Beach.
Family: Wife - Kay Moore; Children - Molly, William T. III, and Beau.
Highlights: Born July 29, 1928, Beattyville, KY. Admitted to The Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar. Main areas of practice: probate, health.
JUDGE ROBERT H. NEWMAN (BOB), Miami.
Family: Wife - Gail; Children - four; Grandchildren - eight.
Highlights: Born September 28, 1927, New York.
Education: College, University of Miami, 1950 and University of Miami Law School, J.D., 1952. Mediation negotiation: mediator with Mediation, Inc., a group of former judges and experienced trial attorneys providing neutral third-party intervention to settle major pending litigation throughout the U.S.; certified circuit court mediator, State of Florida.
Law practice: 1952-59, private practice; 1952-61, assistant state attorney; 1961-63, assistant U.S. attorney; 1963-78, private practice. Judicial history: Appointed to the county court, 1978; appointed to the circuit court, 1982; administrative judge probate and guardianship division.
Professional: U.S. Supreme Court (admitted to practice before), secretary, National Board of Trustees, Leukemia Society of America, Inc., and chairman, Planned Giving Committee and By-Laws Committee; past president, Temple Beth Am; past member of the faculty of Florida New Judges College; instructor at Dade County Community College Paralegal Program; chief special hearing officer, city of Miami Beach; commissioner of the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust Miami-Dade County; member, The Florida Bar, admitted 1952.
HENRY NORTON, Miami.
Family: Wife - Jenny Norton, married June 21, 1946; Children - daughters Rita F. Norton (also a member of The Florida Bar), and Susan M. Norton.
Highlights: Prior to my military service, I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. I then entered the Army and took basic training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. I graduated from Officer Candidate School in Ft. Sill, OK, and Military Intelligence School at Camp Ritchie, MD. Now known as Camp David. Served as an intelligence officer during WW II with the Fifth Army G-2 in Italy and the Seventh Army G-2 in France and Germany. Received the Bronze Star. After the war, I served as commanding officer of the U. S. Army Reserves Military Intelligence Detachment in Miami. After my military service, I attended the University of Miami where I received my J.D. degree in 1952. My brother, Jack Norton, graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1951.
I am engaged in the practice of law with my daughter, Rita F. Norton, who is also a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. I am admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Member of the American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc.
I have been active in numerous civic, fraternal, religious, and veteran's organizations, including serving as past Florida State Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Also served for many years as president of the Continental Friendship Club and the Chevra Fellowship Club of Miami, Inc.
The past 50 years have given me a great deal of satisfaction by honorably representing the legal profession.
WALTER F. NOVAK, Dade City.
Family: Wife - Jean F. Novak; Children - W. Thomas Novak (San Francisco), Jerry J. Novak (Harrisburg David D. Novak (San Jose, CA), Cheryl L. Gotcher (Dade City), Bonnie J. Brown (North Miami Beach).
Highlights: In addition to my law practice, which was a normal development, I've had several businesses; (a) Ocean Front Motel in North Miami Beach; (b) building contractor and developer with a Florida state real estate and insurance licenses; (c) buying and selling real estate. All of these interests have kept me very busy. My wife and I celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary this year. Of our children, three are college graduates and all are successful in employment and/or businesses. I am thankful to everyone including my clients for the last 50 years; which was an interesting experience full of joy, fun, and worry at times.
CHARLES A. NUGENT (Chuck), Lake Worth.
Family: Wife - Barbara A. Nugent, Children - Michael Nugent, Tim Nugent, Beth Burroughs, Scott Nugent, Tracy Harmon, Barbara Nugent, Paul Nugent, and Jenifer Mills.
Highlights: Born in New York, July 3, 1925. Seventy-year resident of Florida; U.S. Air Force, 1943-46. Graduated from the University of Miami Business and Law Schools, 1952. Appointed by Gov. Leroy Collins and then elected to the office of county solicitor. Served four years as prosecutor in the criminal court of record in Palm Beach County. Later resigned and joined the law firm of Miller, Cone, Owen, Wagner and Nugent. Retired from that law firm in 1990. My wife and I love to travel extensively. It was a great ride.
JUDGE THOMAS G. O'CONNELL (TOM), Palm City.
Family: Wife - Jacqueline; Children - Donna Schwartz, Leslie Bradley, Dawn McKenna, Kim Greiner; Grandchildren - eight.
Highlights: Was born in New York City, NY, on August 29, 1926. Graduated in 1944 from Far Rockaway High School. From 1944-46 I served in the U.S. Navy. Following my service in the Navy I became a policeman for New York City, NY, 1951-52. Earned my degree from the University of Miami, 1952 and worked as a policeman in Miami, 1952-54. I became a Hialeah city judge, 1954-55; assistant city attorney, Miami, 1955-57; assistant state attorney, Miami, 1957-59; judge for the Metropolitan Court for Dade County, 1959-70; county judge for Dade County, 1971-90; and senior judge, 1990-2000. In 1956, I authored the City of Miami Traffic Code, which was later adopted by Dade County, and subsequently adopted by the Florida Legislature for the State of Florida.
JUDGE R. HUDSON OLLIFF, Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - Ronnie Brogden Olliff; Children - Sharon Olliff Pittman, R. Hudson Olliff III.
Highlights: In 1943 I quit Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville and volunteered for the Army paratroops. After jump training at Ft. Benning, GA, was awarded my jump wings and shipped to England; from there to France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemberg, and Germany. I fought in the Battle of the Bulge and other combat areas. Awarded three Battle Stars, an Invasion Arrowhead, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Bronze Star. After the war, returned to Jacksonville, earned my high school diploma, attended Jacksonville Junior College where I was captain of the basketball team. Received the distinguished Alumni Award in 1984 from Jacksonville Junior College.
Certified lay speaker - spoken to religious, civic, social meetings. I am a 32[degrees] Mason, KCCH Scottish Rite and a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
I then attended the University of Florida where I was a member of the Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity and graduated law school in 1952. I then returned to Jacksonville to engage in the practice of law until 1957, when I became an assistant county solicitor/assistant state attorney, until 1964. I then formed the law firm of Olliff, Homer and Meers. In 1971 I was elected, without opposition, judge of the Duval Criminal Court. Then in 1973 by legislative act, I became a circuit court judge where I served exclusively in the felony division for 25 years. In 1995, at the age of 70, I retired from my previous position and was appointed senior court judge by the Florida Supreme Court, where I try only murder cases and other serious felonies.
JUSTICE BENJAMIN F. OVERTON (BEN), Tallahassee.
Family: Wife - Marilyn S. Overton (51 years, June 9, 2002); Children Judge William H. Overton, Robert M. Overton, Catherine Overton Mend.
Highlights: Born December 15, 1926, Green Bay, WI. Senior Justice Ben F. Overton was the first Florida Supreme Court Justice to be selected under the merit selection process. He was a judicial officer of this state for more than 34 years and a justice of the Supreme Court for more than 24 years. He served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978. While chief justice, was a member of the executive council of the Conference of Chief Justices. Before his selection as justice, he served for nearly 10 years as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial. Circuit, and was the chief judge of that circuit for three and one-half years. In 1973, he was chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.
Justice Overton has also been involved in a number of governmental, legal educational, bar, historical, and professional activities. His most recent activities include having been chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, 20002001 that focuses on the use of mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes. He was also recently chair of the Florida Courts Technology Commission, 1996-99 and during his tenure he was directly involved with improving technology in the court system and with putting the court's opinions and the court itself on the Supreme Court's Internet site.
Justice Overton has received multiple awards including The Florida Bar Foundation's highest award, the Medal of Honor as well as the Outstanding Jurist Award from the Florida Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; the Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice Section; the Selig I. Golden Award from the Criminal Practice Section; and the Earle Zehmer Award for Major Contributions to Technology in the Courts.
Member: The Florida Bar, U.S. District Court Middle District, 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court..
Judge Overton is presently on senior judge status and working as a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White and Marx as well as teaching at University of Florida Law School.
JUDGE GEORGE BARTON POMEROY (BART), Boca Raton.
Family: Wife - Dianne M. Pomeroy; Children - Gregg Pomeroy, Wayne Pomeroy, Janice Stephen; Grandchildren - Christopher, Glenn, and Adam Pomeroy, Sarah Atherton.
Highlights: Born July 7, 1924, Somerville, MA. Municipal judge, Margate; city prosecutor, North Miami Beach; general counsel Southern Indemnity Insurance Co.; special hearing counsel for Port Everglades; appointed Master. Broward Circuit Court; president Plaza del Mar Condominium; trial attorney 40 years in South Florida; board of directors Esplanade Homeowners; University of Texas and Miami medical seminars in neurology and orthopedics; American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators; hobby - travels to Europe, Asia, Africa, Japan, and Hong Kong; presently serving as arbitrator and certified mediator in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Member: The Florida Bar and American Bar Association (1970-1979 only). Main area of practice: civil, all areas.
RICHARD LLOYD RANDLE (RANDY), Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - Beverly J. Randle; Children - Jodie Handle Smith, Catherine Handle Hurst.
Highlights: First Lt. JAG, U.S. Army, 1952-54 - Certificate of Merit presented by Gen. Richard W. Mayo; private practice, Osborne, Copp & Markham; Marks Gray, Yates & Conroy; Robinson & Handle; Slater & Randle. Largest plaintiffs award, at that time, in Duval County - the same for Nassau County. Represented numerous large insurance companies - Winn-Dixie, Union Oil, Florida Rock, K-Mart, Humana, and the Florida State Board of Dentistry for 17 years, award for outstanding service. Served on the Jacksonville Bar Association and Aviation Committee of The Florida Bar. My areas of practice were: negligence trial law, workers' compensation, and medical malpractice. Was admitted to The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the American Bar Association, U.S. District Court (Middle District), U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and 11th circuits, and the Florida Supreme Court.
FRANKLIN REINSTINE, Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - Shirley A. Reinstine; Children - Dr. Jonathan H. Reinstine, Franklin Reinstine, Jr.
Highlights: Born March 11, 1928, Jacksonville, and attended local/secondary schools, then the University of Virginia and received my law degree from the University of Miami Law School. Admitted to practice, 1952. After serving in the Army as First Lt. during the Korean War, returned to Jacksonville in 1954 to begin practice in the law firm of Reinstine, Reinstine and Panken, 1954-1995. After the firm was dissolved in 1995, maintained the practice of law until 1998. Served on the executive committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association, was a member of the American Arbitration Association, and president of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Society.
Engaged in various community activities serving on the advisory board of St. Vincent's Hospital, board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, Salvation Army, and a member of the South Jacksonville Rotary Club. Served as president of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Travelers Aid Society, Duval County Taxpayers Association, and was a member of the Jacksonville Consolidation Commission and the Duval County School Board. Member of The Florida Bar and the Federal Bar. Main areas of practice: general practice, real estate, probate, wills, trusts, trial work, and appellate work.
AVRON C. RIFKIN, Stuart.
Family: Wife - Gene C. Rifkin, commissioner of the City of Stuart; Children - daughters are Frances D. Bollmann and Kim D. Pieretti, sons Richard F. Davis III and Clifford B. Rifkin; Grandchildren - Jesse Davis, Theodore Bollmann, Jennifer, Bollman Mollica, Laura Bollmann, Lawrence Pieretti, Christine Pieretti, and Andrew Rifkin; Great Grandchildren - Christina Mollica, Lena Mollica, Vincent Mollica, and Robert Mollica.
Highlights: U.S. Air Force as staff judge advocate, Iwakuni Air Base, Japan, 1952-54. U.S. delegate and chair, U.S./Japan Inter-Relations Council for Yamaguchi Prefecture, Iwakuni, Japan, 1952-54; longest serving member of the executive committee, Stuart Air Show, from 1992. Sole practitioner in South Florida after military service, through 1979; sole practitioner in Stuart, through 1986; shareholder, Fields, Wilkinson, Rifkin & Aiken, 1987-89; shareholder, Kohl, Bobko, McKey, McManus & Higgins, 1989-93; shareholder, Higgins, Rifkin, Wood & Norman, 1993-96; of counsel, Gunster, Yoakley & Steward, 1996 to date.
CLARENCE RILEY (CHUCK), Tampa.
Family: Wife - Shirley A. Riley; Children - Kathryn Riley Drake (Orlando), Karyn Riley Elkins (Tampa).
Highlights: Born February 13,1922, Louisville, KY. Coral Gables Bar, charter member, president, board of directors; Coral Gables First Presbyterian Church, elder, president board of trustees, elder, supt. Sunday school; Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables, past president, board of directors and various committees; Country Club of Coral Gables, member; Century Club of Coral Gables, vice president, board of directors; member, The Florida Bar, Coral Gables Bar, and the Dade County Bar. Main areas of practice: probate, estates, trusts and real property.
DOYLE ROGERS, Palm Beach.
Family: Wife - Barbara Massey Rogers; Children - Rachel Kate Rogers, Sean Elliott Rogers, Rebecca Rogers Schramm; Stepchildren - Beth Clark Poe, George Daniel Clark; Grandchildren: seven as of April 15, 2002.
Highlights: Born August 27, 1928, Ocilla, GA. Member: The Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Main areas of practice: business and real estate, estates and trusts and probate and appearances before town council and commissions. Former business and professional activities: Director, Sun Trust Bank/South Florida, N.A.; director of Bank of Palm Beach Trust Company, attorney for town of Jupiter Island; Chair of the Board, Community Televison Foundation of South Florida, Inc. (WPBT Public Television Channel 2, Miami); U.S. Army active duty during Korean Conflict, as- signed to JAG as legal officer; director of Gibraltar Growth Fund, a national mutual fund; chair, Architectural Commission for Town of Palm Beach.
Current Organizations: Chair emeritus, Palm Beach Civic Association, Inc.; lifetime director, University of Florida Foundation, Inc.; Society of the Four Arts Board of Trustees (Palm Beach); president, Hospice foundation (Palm Beach Guild); member, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida. Past positions: President, University of Florida Foundation, Inc.; president, University of Florida National Alumni Association; chair, Board of Trustees University of Florida Law Center Association Inc.; chair, Palm Beach Civic Association; director, Palm Beach County Community Foundation; president, Palm Beach Kiwanis Club; president and director, Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way; president, American Lung Association of Palm Beach County; co-chair, Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Palm Beach Chapter; member, Economic Council of Palm Beach County; chair, Town of Palm Beach Charter Review Commission.
Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Palm Beach, former member of Vestry and former Senor Warden, Junior Warden and Chancellor. General chair, Diocese of Southeast Florida for "Venture in Mission," 1981 campaign. Honors: University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award; Bethesda Vestry Silver Cross Award; Bethesda Wardens Community Service Award; Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award; The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Annual Award. Clubs: United States Seniors' Golf Association (USSGA); Seminole Golf Club, former Board of Governors; several golf and social clubs in Palm Beach and Nashville, TN.
JUDGE HAROLD ROSEN (TIGER), Miami Beach.
Family: Wife - Judith Rosen; Children; Rocket Rosen, Debra Friednash, Ellen Smith.
Highlights: Born December 30, 1925, Syracuse, NY. Achievements include: Former mayor, City of Miami Beach, former commissioner, City of Miami Beach; past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, City of Miami Beach; past president Kiwanis Club; past president, Civic League, City of Miami Beach; Miami Beach Bar Association Community Service. Award; former municipal judge, City of North Miami Beach; member, The Florida Bar and Miami Beach Bar Association; American Arbitration Society since 1965, Association of Trial Lawyers of America since June 1,1966 and Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, since June 22, 1968; past chairman of the Miami Beach Planning Board and Zoning Board. Veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Received the Prime Minister's Medal from the State of Israel.
Currently serves as attorney for the City of Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority. Main areas of practice: governmental and administrative law, construction litigation.
Licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida since April 14, 1952, and the Supreme Court of the U.S. since November 9, 1959.
Also, an avid motorcyclist and have been so for many years.
S. BLAIR ROSS (SAM), Coral Gables.
Family: Wife - Dinorah Ross; Children - Marlisa Shapiro.
Highlights: Born October 20, 1920, Philadelphia. Director of Lawyers Credit Union; past state commander, Military Order of Purple Heart; legal counsel for Mahi Shrine Center; board of directors, Century Club. Member of The Florida Bar. Main areas of practice: probate and real property.
JUDGE MICHAEL H. SALMON (MIKE), Coconut Grove.
Family: Wife - Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, Ph.D; Children John, Melinda, Randye, and Richard.
Highlights: Born October 21, 1927, New York, NY. Judge Salmon is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School, cum laude. In the general practice of law, he specialized in real estate, corporate., and general litigation with several partners, the last being the firm of Brown, Malmon and Salmon, with offices in Miami and New York.
Appointed to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in 1981, Judge Salmon primarily served in the Criminal Justice Division. He was nominated three times by the Judicial Nominating Commission to be a judge on the Third District Court of Appeal. Recognized particularly for integrity and respect for civil liberties, his awards include "Most Outstanding Jurist" (1989) given by the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; and the first Carl Clyde Atkins Award (2000) presented by the Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union; Judge Salmon served on the Education Committee of the State Circuit Court Conference; The Florida Bar Law Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program; The Florida Bar Special Committee for Gender Equity and he was an early member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. As Miami-Dade Jury Management Judge, he revamped the jury system and in 1998 became founding chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust. He served as moot court judge f or the University of Miami School of Law and participated in many other activities associated with legal education.
Judge Salmon taught courses on Constitutional Law, American Legal History, and Law and Literature in the departments of Political Science, History and English at Florida International University, and is a Ph.D student in history at the university.
Judge Salmon has served as senior judge since his retirement in 1994 and as a mediator in the firm of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services and he is an associate of the American Arbitration Association.
His leisure occupations include adding to his law library, playing tennis, walking, viewing films, attending concerts, reading, and spending time with friends and family, including grandchildren Michelle, David, Emma, Nathaniel, and Noah.
MELVIN D. SHRILLER (MEL), Coral Gables.
Family: Wife - Gladys J. Shriller; Children - Donna J. Shriller, Sandra L. Huguenot (deceased 9/11/01).
Highlights: To The Florida Bar; to the Dade County Bar; to my professors; to my colleagues; and to all other persons who have touched my life - "Thanks for the Memories."
I am admitted to The Florida Bar and to the Dade County Bar. My areas of practice were: real estate, taxes, probate and administration.
WILLIAM SCHUCK (BILL), DeLand
Family: Wife - Nancy H. Schuck; Children - Gail L. Schuck, teacher; William Paul Schuck, lawyer; Jason Harrison Schuck, lawyer.
Highlights: I was drafted into the U.S. Army immediately after graduation, where I served two years as an enlisted man with JAG. I then practiced two years in Miami and moved to Connecticut where I worked in a claims office for Allstate Insurance Company. Served as a scout executive for a year on the Delmarva Peninsula during the race riots in the area. I became an underwriter for Nationwide Insurance Company in Connecticut from where I retired. I was involved in Scouting for 25 years, 16 as Scout Master. Was very active in Freemasonry.
HENRY ROBERT SCHULER, JR. (BOB), Sea Ranch Lakes.
Family: Wife - Caroline B. Schuler; Children - Caroline B. Buchholz, Pamela L. Wilson, Doris Susan Haga.
Highlights: I was assistant county solicitor, 1954-55; city attorney for City of Sea Ranch Lakes, 1959-61. I was active in the Broward County Lawyers Purchase of Abstract Company to protect real property attorneys' access to title information, which was needed, at that time, to write title insurance fund policies. Am a member of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association; was an active member of the Broward County Estate Planning Council, until retirement. Member of Broward County Bar, until age 65.
S. HAROLD SKOLNICK, Pinecrest.
Family: Wife - Shirley Marshall Skolnick.
Highlights: Attorney, War Department, Washington, 1940-42; Admitted to Bar in Rhode Island, 1940, and the District of Columbia Bar, 1947; the U.S. Supreme Court, 1946; The Florida Bar, 1952; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1953; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1960, and the Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit in 1981. Assistant general counsel, assistant chief, legal department, Office of Chief of Ordinance, Dept. of the Army, Washington, 1947-50. Served to Lt. Col:, U.S. Army, 1942-47; graduate of Command and General Staff School, 1943; perpetual member of Military Order of World Wars; life member of National Defense Industrial Association.
NORMAN SMITH, North Miami Beach.
Family: Wife - Maridee Smith; Children - Steven Robin Smith, Jon Randall Smith, Cathi-Anne Menton.
Highlights: My 50 years as a sole practitioner in the areas of civil law-real estate, wills and trusts, probate, jury and nonjury trials, appeals-court of appeal, Supreme Court have been a pleasing and rewarding adventure. It has been a most intriguing experience following the ever-changing law. I have been a member of the North Dade Rotary Club for 35 years and served as president in 1966-67.
MALCOLM L. STEPHENS, JR, St. Augustine.
Family: Wife - Georganna Stephens; Children - Susan S. Conway, Lisa A. Reddock, Malcolm L. Stephens III; grandchildren - Ashley R. Conway, Miles S. Conway, Margaret G. Stephens, and Duke A. Reddoch II.
Highlights: Admitted to all Florida courts, plus U.S. District Courts in Florida. Practice areas: probate, estate planning, elder law and real property law. Attended Princeton University and Stetson University and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1952. Member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and served as justice, 1951-52. Served in U.S. Army, 1946-47; Following graduation from law school, I served as legal research assistant to the justices of the Supreme Court of Florida, 1952-53. Commenced active practice of law in St. Augustine in 1953 and practiced continuously thereafter in St. Augustine, and St. Augustine Beach until retirement in 2001, during which time I served as president of the St. Johns County Bar Association. Member, Board of Governors of the Junior Bar Section of The Florida Bar.
Lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church of St. Augustine and served as a member of its vestry and as both junior and senior warden. Civic endeavors include: President of the St. Augustine Kiwanis Club and served as lieutenant governor for division four of the Florida District of Kiwanis International; commander of the St. Augustine Yacht Club; chairman of St. Augustine's Committee for the National Bicentennial; vice-chairman of the board of trustees of Flagler Hospital; member of the board of trustees of Jacksonville Episcopal High School; chairman of the St. Johns County Chapter of the March of Dimes; president of the St. Augustine Association for Retarded Citizens; president of Florida's Cross and Sword.
PAUL J. STICHLER, Orange City.
Family: Wife - Julia Lee Stichler; Daughter - Barbara S. Bonapfel.
Highlights: Born September 5, 1913, Kutztown, PA. Member: The Florida Bar and American Bar Association. Main area of practice: real property. Past president of Lawyers' Title Guaranty Fund, now Attorney's Title Insurance Fund. Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
EDWARD P. SWAN (EDDIE), Coral Gables.
Family: Wife - Jeanne W. Swan; Children - Pat, Kathy, Michael, Tim, Maureen, and Sharon.
Highlights: I was born in Coral Gables on March 21, 1927. Attended the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. Have been married to my wife Jeanne for 26 years. I have been the deputy clerk, E.B. Leatherman's office, clerk of the circuit court, Dade County; assistant attorney general, State of Florida; judge advocate, United State Air Force, First Lt.; assistant county solicitor, Dade County; assistant state attorney for Dade County, appointed by Gov. Leroy Collins, served under the late George Brautigam, reappointed by the late Richard B. Gerstein. Have been grand jury legal advisor for three grand juries; served four years in the Homicide, Rackets and Fraud Division, State Attorney's Office; former United States Commissioner for the Southern District of Florida. I now practice law in Coral Gables. I have served as past president of the Miami Junior Chamber of Commerce; was voted "Outstanding Young Man in Miami" - 1958; was awarded "One of the Five Most Outstanding You ng Men in the State of Florida" - 1959. I am a member of The Florida Bar and American Bar Association, member of the Dade County Bar Association and former member of the board of directors of Dade County Bar Association. Former member of board of. directors of the University of Miami AlumniAssociation; past president of Miami Mid-Town Kiwanis Club; member of the board of trustees, Barry University for 14 years; president, Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County, civilian member for past nine years, former vice president and legal advisor for past nine years: past president. Ben Sheppard Foundation, a non-profit Florida corporation; member and past president of Miami Shores Country Club Foundation, member of The Miami City Club; Riviera Country Club, Golf and Social Membership; member of Committee of 200, member of Committee of 100 in Miami Beach, member of Beach Colony Club, and have been an attorney at law in Florida for the past 50 years.
WILLIAM A. SWANN, JR. (AL), Pensacola.
Family: Wife - Ida Hull Swana (married 40 years); Children - Laura SwannAllen - teacher, Arlington, VA; William A. Swann III - computer education, Columbus, OH.
Highlights: Served U.S. Army, two years active duty and six years active reserve; captain JAGC. Thirty eight years in general practice.... Grievance committee, First Judicial Circuit. Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary.. International. District 29 governor, Toastmasters International. District vice-president, University of Florida Alumni Association; president, West Pensacola Civitan Club. While in college, I was in the Kappa Alpha Social Fraternity and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
JOHN R. TAMM (JACK), Daytona Beach.
Family: Wife - Mary Louise Nichols-Tamm; Children John E. Tamm, Patricia Ann Tate, Robert E. Tamm, Gary R. Tamm, and Ronald B. Tamm.
Highlights: Admitted to the following bars: Florida, 1952; North Carolina, 1983; Federal-District, Florida Middle District; 11th Circuit Appellate Court; U.S. Supreme Court, 1955. Practice areas: Real estate, probate and estate planning, aviation, general practice, and mediation.
Mayor and city commissioner for the City of Daytona Beach and assistant state attorney. Graduate of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Awarded LL.M. and Doctor of Civil Law degrees. Served with U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force Reserve, retired as staff judge advocate with rank of colonel. Wartime service with anti-submarine patrol of the Civil Air Patrol and as transport pilot in China, Burma, India Hump Operation. Adjunct professor of aviation law, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical- University, 1966-72; chair, Florida Bar Aviation and Space Law Committee, 1976-78. Membership, International Institute of Space Law; Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, past vice president of the Southern region.
GORDON WAYNE TAYLOR (GORDY), Southwest Ranches.
Family: Children - Gordon Wayne Taylor, Jr., Paul S. Taylor, and Anthony D. Taylor.
Highlights: Member of The Florida Bar and have practiced several areas of law.
JUDGE LEE C. TRAVELSTEAD, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
Highlights: World War II: Enlisted as private, U.S. Army (Infantry), 1942, becoming corporal, Officers Candidate School, Ft. Benning, GA, where commissioned 2nd Lt., 1943, assigned to 101st Airborne Division as platoon leader; promoted to First Lt., platoon leader, 82nd Airborne Division, battlefield promotion to captain, rifle company commander. Decorations and citations: Silver Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Glider Badge (2 combat landing stars, Normandy and Holland); Bronze Star Medal (heroic conduct), with Oak Leaf Cluster (combat); Purple Heart (Normandy), with Oak Leaf Cluster (Ardennes-"Battle of the Bulge"); Distinguished Unit Badge; Militar Willems Orde, Orange Lanyard, Royal Netherlands Army; Fourragere, Belgium; European Theatre of Operations Medal with four bronze battle stars from Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.
Post WWII: U.S. Army Reserves, captain (infantry), 1946-1952; Diplome, Republique Francaise. . . les combats due debarquement en Normandie et de la Liberation, 1945, Dimanche 11 Nov. 2001.
Education: Texas Military Institute, diploma; Harvard University, A.B. (Cum Laude), 1949 (class of 1950); Columbia University Law School (1949-50); University of Miami Law School, LL.B., 1952, replaced with J.D., 1967.
Professional: Municipal judge (part-time), Hillsborough Beach, 1955-1962; Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, 1956-74. From 1952 to present, solo practitioner. Same office building, now known as the-Suntrust Bank, for 35 years.
DOMINIC ALFRED TROLANO (TROY or D.A.), Lakeland.
Family: Wife - Faye Marie Troiano; Children - Mary Ann, Stephen, and Frances.
Highlights: Born in New York, NY, on May 21, 1929. Received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from City College, New York, NY, September 1, 1952; received LL.B. from Stetson University, DeLand, Aug. 8, 1952; practiced law continuously since 1952 in Lakeland, Polk County. During past 50 years I have served as president, director, and senior partner of the law firm of Troiano & Roberts, P.A., 317 South Tennessee Avenue, Lakeland. During past 50 years I have represented the clerk of the the circuit and county courts of Polk County. Served as an underwriter for Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc., Chicago Title Insurance Company and the Commonwealth Title Insurance Company. I have been a member of The Florida Bar, Lakeland Bar Association and 10th Judicial Bar Association since 1952, serving as president of the Lakeland Bar and 10th Judicial Bar Associations. I have served my community through memberships in Kiwanis Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, the American Cancer Society where I served on the board of West P olk Division in Lakeland; Jaycees of Lakeland, serving as past local president and national director; voted "Outstanding Young Man of the Year," in 1957; director of the Catholic Charities of Lakeland; member of the Board of Education of St. Joseph's School Foundation; served as director of First Union National Bank from 1986 through 2001; served as director of Atlantic National Bank from 1981 through 1986; served as director, organizer and attorney of Imperial Bank of Lakeland since organization of bank in 1960 through 1981, at which time the Imperial Bank was sold to Atlantic National Bank.
In addition to continuing a full-time law practice, much enjoyment is found in spending time with family, especially grandchildren. Fishing, boating, and spending time at the beach cottage in Englewood, have always been favorite pastimes. And, of course, after 50 years of practicing law, this continues to be enjoyable, challenging, fulfilling, and an everyday way of life.
LIONEL LEWIS TULIN (LEE), Ft. Lauderdale.
Family: Wife - Susan; Children - Roslyn.
Highlights: Born September 28, 1923 in Hartford, Ct. During World War II, I served in the United States Coast Guard, 1942-45. I graduated from the University of Miami, 1949, B.B.A; University of Miami School of Law, 1952, J.D.
My first stroke of good luck came from a most unexpected source, Glasgow; Scotland, birthplace of my wife, Susan. I met her in Miami Beach, while she was on a brief vacation: Fortunately, she decided to stay. We were married in 1959 and our partnership continues to this date. A close rival to this highlight was the birth of my daughter, Roslyn, followed by my setting of a dad's exuberance record at her college graduation.
As to personal satisfaction achieved when I was actively practicing, that aspect was continually fueled by the favorable responses of my clients when they tendered their sentiments, not only when the matter reached resolution, but during its tenure.
RICHARD E. TURNER, Orlando.
Family: Wife - Edith LaMoyan Smith, born Orlando, married December 17, 1950; Children - Sondra Lee and Yvonne Suzanne. (Sondra is a Florida lawyer and Yvonne is a labor negotiator for Houston Metro.)
Highlights: Born June 8, 1923, Rushville, OH. After serving in the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 as a parachutist, participating in combat jumps in Normandy and Holland in 1944 and the Battle of Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, I attended Ohio University and the University of Miami School of Law (form 1946 to 1952). From 1952 to 1977; I was employed by the U.S. Government in law enforcement work (U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture) full time and part-time form 1985 to 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, making security investigations. Member: The Florida Bar, the U.S. Northern District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States of America.
DAN R. WARREN, Daytona Beach.
Family: Wife - Judge Stasia Warren; Children - Christine Marshall Warren, Dan Dallas Warren, Raymond Marshall Warren, Joseph Clegg Warren, Dr. Ruth Calloway Warren, and Adam Warren (four lawyers, a CPA, and a doctor).
Highlights: Born October 10, 1925, Concord, NC. Member: The Florida Bar, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Volusia County Bar Association. Main area of practice: criminal trial.
During the 50 years I have spent practicing law, I discovered law to be the noblest profession the mind of man has yet devised. The G.I. Bill, the nation's first affirmative action program, allowed me to fulfill my childhood dreams. It gave me the opportunity to become an attorney and to grow and prosper. As state attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, during the St. Augustine racial crisis, I was privileged to participate in events that changed the course of race relations in this country. As a criminal defense attorney, I had a part in having racial profiling declared unconstitutional. The law has taken me into many states, where I have witnessed firsthand its uniform application that attempts to render equal justice to al1l. Along the way, I found a land where its laws recognized the worth of individual rights. I found in it the humbling limits of power through trial by jury and the majesty of the Bill of Rights.
The past 50 years have flown by, but the more the law changed, the more it remained the same: It was then, as it is now, the great equalizer where justice is recognized as a natural right for all citizens. I have been privileged to be a member of this noble profession. I could not have found a better way to have spent the last 50 years.
PHILIP A. WEBB III (PHIL), Ponte Vedra Beach.
Family: Wife - Beverly W. Webb; Children - Leslie W. Finch and Kathy Webb.
Highlights: Born May 6,1928, Atlanta, GA. Active duty JAGC, U.S. Army, 1952-53; entered private law practice in Jacksonville, 1953, concentrating primarily in the civil trial and appeal areas of insurance law, personal injury/wrongful death law and workers compensation law on behalf of individuals, railroads, and self-insured companies. Main areas of practice: civil trial and appeals, personal injury, insurance law. Professional/civic associations and activities: Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel; International Association of Defense Counsel; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; Florida Defense Lawyers Association, president, 1964; Jacksonville Bar Association; ABA lecturer; Florida Bar CLE; past president of Jacksonville Exchange Club. Member, The Florida Bar, 1952 (chair, Trial Section, 1973-74); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1953; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1957; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1956; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1981; U.S. Supreme Court, 1962; Florida certified mediator, 1989-2001.
The "highlight" of my life-long practice of law has been the daily opportunity to associate with and enjoy the friendships of so very many fine members of both the Bench and the Bar, not only in Jacksonville and elsewhere in Florida, but also around the country. I have found almost all of them to be honorable, intelligent, courteous, competent and a credit to the legal profession. I am proud to be a part of the law profession.
JUDGE GRADY WOODROW WHITE, Huntsville, AL.
Family: Wife - Martina (53 years); Children - Rebecca, Tracy, and Debra
Highlights: Served as a Brevard County judge and mayor of Melbourne. Practice areas have been in estates and probate, marital law and real estate.
RICHARD S. WOLFSON, Miami.
Family: Wife - Ronnie Wolfson; Children - Leslie Colby, Robert Wolfson, Peter Wolfson.
Highlights: After graduation, I served three years with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigation, subsequent thereto, returned to Florida and have practiced personal injury representation in the Miami area. One of my greatest sources of pride is the number of attorneys who passed through this office and continued on to very successful legal and personal careers. The entire experience has been rewarding and a joy to have had the opportunity to experience.
JOSEPH H. YOUNG, Coral Gables.
Family: - Widower.
Highlights: I am admitted to The Florida Bar and my areas of practice are real property and estate planning.
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