UPDATE: Lots and lots of new names added after the original post.
At this time of year thoughts turn to those who have been here before us and have since departed. Many of those who graced our courthouse and this earth planted seeds which grew into giant oak trees. These are the men and women who made the practice of law in Dade County a great thing.
So in no particular order, except for the first, we remember Judges and attorneys we knew. Please email or post your remembrances and we will put those names on the front of the blog.
Ed Cowart- the first among many. Rob Pinero. Manny Crespo. Gerald Klein. Phil Knight.Sy Gaer. Ned Davis. Wilkie Ferguson. Henry Oppenborn. Julio Jimenez. Henry Leyte-Vidal. Fred Nesbitt.
Ellen Morphonios. Arthur Snyder. Stanley Goldstein (founder of the first drug court in the nation!). Calvin Mapp. Tom Carney.
George Orr. Gemma Cosentino. Greg Wenzel, who died in the line of duty of serving his country and was a former dade PD.
Harold Solomon. Sydney Shapiro. Richard Hickey. Richard Gerstein. Paul Mendelson. Margarita Esquiroz. Dixie Chastain. Mattie Belle Davis. Norman Roettger. David Dyer. Maxine Cohen-Lando. Michelle Block. Ed Newbold. John Tanksley. Morton Perry (a real gem of a man) C.P. Rubiera- who loved to mentor young attorneys, and one of our favourites: Dominick Koo. Joe Durant. Gabe Martin. Bill Meadows- another gem of a man.
Harry Prebish (founded FACDL Miami Chapter along with Daniel Pearson), Daniel Pearson, Carol Guralnick- somebody should write a book about her, Gino Negretti (the cuban rocket), Paul Pollack. Rodney Thaxton- amazing PD, FACDL gives an award in his name. Carl Vizzi. Danny Velaos.
David "Sterno" Stern. Ted Klein- they don't make them any better than Ted, Arthur Maginnis. Vince McGhee- brother of Rayfield McGhee, Arthur Winton. Bill Schurr. Meek Robinette- yes you young ASAs and PDs, there once was a judge named Meek. Murray "The K" Klein. Henry Carr. Harvey Baxter, who ran for judge with the slogan "Put a Mensch on the Bench." He won.
David Paulus. Ira Dubitsky, Terry McWilliams, Jeff Raffle, Kirk
Haas, Norman Haft, Max Kogan, John Durant, Milton Farrell Jr.
Max Engle. Stuart Mishkin. Steve Chaykin- a great lawyer and a great man who died way too young.
And ditto for Steve Levine, a judge who was cherished and taken from us way too soon. Joe Eaton. Lenore Nesbitt, Sidney Aroncvitz, James Payne, George Gold,Tom Duff, Kirk Marmar and John Komorowski.
Jeff Samek- led the defense in the Country Walk trial.
Adele Faske- the first woman ASA. Walter Gwynn. Ben Cohen. Rosemary Jones. Paul Louis. Bill Ferguson.
These names are in no particular order and we are sure we have forgotten many who deserve to be remembered. Think of this as a start. Please email us or post a name and we will put it up.
See You In Court.