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Greenberg Traurig lawyer honored for philanthropic work


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Congratulations to Alan T. Dimond who was recently honored for his “outstanding leadership in the legal profession and his dedication to philanthropic and community endeavors” by the American Jewish Committee. Dimond, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, has more than 40 years of "first chair" experience in commercial and real estate related litigation. He was awarded the AJC’s prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award.

The award is considered the highest given by the AJC in the legal profession. It is recognition for lifetime achievement and dedication to individual rights and democratic values.

"The Judge Learned Hand Award embodies the core principles reflected by the teachings of the leading jurist, Judge Learned Hand, who in 1945 said, 'Right knows no boundaries and Justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.' Those words and this award are as inspiring today as they were 68 years ago, and I am honored and incredibly grateful to receive this prestigious recognition," Dimond said of his award in email.

He said his role models have been Mel Greenberg, Bob Traurig and Larry Hoffman who “taught the importance of contributing to our community and caring for others, which has always been at the heart of Greenberg Traurig’s philosophy.”

“We know that we are all interconnected, and helping each other ultimately benefits all of us. I am proud to help our firm continue that tradition, with a special emphasis on supporting our Jewish community,” Dimond said.

AJC is dedicated to advancing human rights and democratic values in the United States and the world. The annual Judge Learned Hand Award was established in 1964 to recognize leaders in the legal profession.

The event was co-chaired by Cesar L. Alvarez, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig; Edith G. Osman, a shareholder with Carlton Fields; Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; and Stephen N. Zack, administrative partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

“Alan’s outstanding leadership and contributions over the years both to the practice of law and to the community speak for themselves, and he truly embodies the best of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of individuals and democratic values in society,” said Brian D. Siegal, director of the AJC Miami and Broward.

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Members of the Coral Gables Fire Benevolent Association will present a donation to the ING Run For Something Better Program at 10 a.m., April 29 at the Coral Gables Public Safety Complex, Rear Apron of Fire Station 1, 2801 Salzedo St.

Funds to help combat childhood obesity were raised through a fitness challenge organized by the CGFBA. Eight members completed an eight-week competition in which they were paid to see who could lose the most weight and percentage of body fat.

Conducted at the University of Miami Wellness Center participants in the challenge had a combined weight loss of 91 pounds and 29 percent body fat. Their goal was to raise awareness of healthy eating and exercise. They raised $475 for their cause.

CGFBA members; Dave Scott, manager and director, U.S. Road Sports; children from the Run For Something Better program; Dr. Tony Musto of the UM Wellness Center; and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and city commissioners should be in attendance.


Learn more about news coverage of the future when John Labonia and Dan Grech of WLRN-FM speak at the next South Florida International Press Club luncheon at noon on May 1 at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd.

Labonia, general manager of WLRN Public Broadcasting Radio and Television, has transformed the station by creating partnerships with other news organizations.

“I strongly believe that strategic partnerships are the key to success in today’s competitive media environment,” he said in a release. “The success of this enterprise has resulted in unprecedented growth in audience, revenue, new digital and online services and the ability to form strategic partnerships with media entities like The Miami Herald to bring listeners more in-depth, compelling local and regional news.”

Grech, news director of WLRN-Miami Herald News, is a journalist with more than 15 years of professional experience. Under his leadership the WLRN radio news department has been recognized with numerous national and statewide awards.

This event is open to the public. Cost is $25. RSVP for the luncheon to Ron Levitt at 954-349-2596 or 305-775-2689 or send e-mail to


Be sure to go out to hear the 85-member Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 8 p.m., May 7 at Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables.

This 16th annual "May Pops Concert" will feature Loras John Schissel, senior musicologist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., composer, arranger and conductor of the Virginia Grand Military Band and Cleveland's Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra. Schissel is returning as guest conductor for the concert.

The GMSB will perform marches, novelties and arrangements by Henry Fillmore. Fillmore published over 250 pieces of music and arranged hundreds more including Trombone Smears, and the famous Lassus Trombone which Schissel will conduct at the event.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children 5 and older. Tickets are available in advance using a credit card at or at the Gusman Box Office on the night of the concert with cash or check only. For more information go to or call 305-273-SOUSA (7687).

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