CHICAGO, April 12, 2016 — Donald D. Slesnick II, a distinguished lawyer from Coral Gables, Fla., will receive the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners as well as bar leaders and associations.
The award will be presented to Slesnick at the Solo and Small Firm Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 13, during the 2016 Joint Spring Meeting at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West, Fla.
Slesnick is managing partner in the law offices of Slesnick & Casey in Coral Gables. He has been in private practice since 1976, representing public sector employee organizations. Prior to this he held labor relations management positions with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Miami-Dade County Police Department. In 2011, he concluded 10 years as mayor of Coral Gables He served as the 2009-10 president of the Florida League of Mayors. In 2014, Slesnick was appointed Honorary Consul of Australia for Florida.
Slesnick is a Vietnam veteran and a former U.S. Army adviser to NATO forces in Germany. He
retired from the Army at the rank of Lt. Colonel, and now serves the Chief of the Army Reserve as an “Ambassador.” He was founding chairman of “Team Miami,” which led the efforts to relocate U.S. Southern Command to Miami and to save Homestead Air Reserve Base after its destruction by Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the U.S. Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service Award” by the commanding general of SOUTHCOM.
Slesnick earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from Florida International University. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Relations and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He is the immediate past president of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and serves as a member of the ABA House of Delegates and as vice chair of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law. He also is president-elect of the Orange Bowl Committee.
For more than 25 years, Slesnick has held the Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent. He
has been included in the “The Best Lawyers In America,” designated as a Florida “Super Lawyer” and was named as one of South Florida’s “Top Lawyers.”
He has received the Bill Colson Community Leadership Award from Leadership Miami; the ABA Distinguished Service Award; the Miami-Dade County Medal of Merit for Leadership in 2007, was included in the Miami SunPost list of the “50 Most Influential Persons in South Florida,” was chosen in 2004 by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the “Top 101 Global Leaders of South Florida,” was the first Floridian awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was named the 2011 “Citizen of the Year” by the Kiwanis Clubs of South Florida.
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