The Miami legal community lost two very different lawyers this week.
Naphtali Wacks was murdered by a reckless driver who rammed his car into the back of Wacks' car as he drove to work.
We can't help but think that Naphtali woke up like he did any other day, performed his morning ablutions, got into his car, and drove to work, not realizing that his days were numbered. Of course there is the denial of this tragedy. "If he had only lingered over his coffee five minutes longer...If he hadn't made that light on the way to causeway he would have been delayed five minutes and wouldn't have crossed paths with the man who killed him."
But fate had other plans, and Naphtali's life crossed paths literally with a man who had literal regard for human life, and Naphtali lost his life in a senseless tragic accident.
Friday morning came work that civil super-star lawyer Ervin Gonzalez had committed suicide. Mr. Gonzalez is the second high profile lawyer in Miami to take his own life recently. It seems like only yesterday when Richard Sharpstein made that same, tragic decision.
It was just a few weeks ago that Attorney Ken White died suddenly of a cardiac event.
Some lived and wanted to die. Some died, wanting to live.
And life for us plods on.
All of these men had much to live for. And yet they are gone. Forever. Death brooks no appeals. There is no waiver. The judgment is final and eternal and irreversible.
We get up every day and yet some of us are living our last day and don't know it.
What we take for granted has a fragility that we mask behind our daily denial of the inevitable.
There is no real end to this dark billet-doux. Just the musings of an older, rumpled, exceptional trial lawyer, who on this rainy day, is a bit morose about life and its fragility.
From Occupied America....Affirm Life.
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