Funeral set for Sunday for Miami lawyer Richard Sharpstein

Services for renowned Miami criminal lawyer Richard Sharpstein will be held Sunday on Miami Beach. The funeral will take place at Temple Beth Sholom, 4144 Chase Ave., at 1:30 p.m.

Sharpstein, a larger-than-life courtroom figure beloved in the South Florida legal community, died Tuesday at age 63. The gravel-voiced attorney was known for his courtroom theatrics, witty quotes and engaging personality.

Sharpstein was found dead in the bathtub of his Miami Beach condominium Tuesday morning. After an autopsy, his death has been ruled a suicide by drowning, according to Miami Beach police.

“This decision was based on evidence on the scene as well as statements made by those that were close to him,” police Sgt. Robert Hernandez said on Wednesday.

Investigators suspect Sharpstein sedated himself, and are awaiting toxicology reports. According to a police report, a note on a yellow legal pad also was found in the bedroom. It addressed loved ones.

His law firm, Akerman Senterfitt, announced the creation of a donation bank in his honor, the Foundation for Criminal Justice. To access the bank, visit

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