By Sergio Carmona
The recipients of this award are people considered to embody much of what the judge represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.
“I’m extremely honored,” Tropin said. “Learned Hand is a legend in legal circles and the fact that AJC is giving this award to me is just an amazing honor for me and for my family.”
Tropin added: “Learned Hand was probably the most famous judge other than a Supreme Court justice and he’s still widely quoted and revered today. He believed in civil rights for everybody and that’s probably what he’s most known for.”
This honor is one of many awards and accolades Tropin has received for his contributions to the legal profession and community during the past 30 years. Under his leadership, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, which began as a three-attorney law firm in 1982, has grown over the years into a 25-attorney firm nationally renowned for its work in bet-the-company litigation, class actions, bankruptcy and massive financial frauds. In the recent $500 million Ponzi scheme involving disgraced Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, Tropin and his team represented most of the defrauded investors in recovering more than 95 percent of their losses.
Tropin is also influential in the local community as he supports initiatives creating real change in the issues he is passionate about. He is a longtime supporter of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest.
“Almost 25 years ago, one of my clients got me involved in Federation and told me it was important to help Jewish people other than just my immediate family and myself and I found it’s been very rewarding,” Tropin said. “I’ve contributed some time and money and have tried to involve other lawyers, both in my law firm and the legal community, to support the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.”
Brian Siegal, director of AJC’s Greater Miami and Broward Regional Office, said “Harley’s combined passion to practice law and to help the community reminds us of the unique responsibility that comes with being a lawyer. There are few people in this city as deserving of this important award and we are thankful for the tremendous example he sets for the profession and as a leader in the community.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including tickets to the event Tropin’s being honored, which is open to the public, as well as time and location and to RSVP. Deadline to RSVP is April 6.
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