Congratulations to The Florida Bar's 50-Year Members -- Class of 1950! Of the 194 lawyers marking their 50th year as a Florida Bar member, 145 of you have chosen to celebrate the occasion and, in your own words, share your stories with us in the following pages.
Among you are a former Florida Supreme Court justice, judges, legislators, and Florida Bar leaders. Also prominent in your numbers are veterans of World War II and the Korean War, as well as founders of prominent law firms.
The entire membership of The Florida Bar celebrates your service to the profession, service to the community and service to individuals by protecting their rights. We collectively thank each of you!
WILLIAM H. "BILL" ADAMS III, Jacksonville.
Family: Wife - Carlie C. Adams. Children - Dr. William H. Adams IV, Lynn A. Sickinger, Laura A. Bruce, David Barth Adams and Amelia Adams.
Career Highlights: Duke University "with distinction" Order of Coif. Florida Commission on Uniform State Laws, 1967-82; executive committee secretary, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1977-79; lecturer University of Miami School of Law, 1975; Master of the Bench as secretary, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 1985-89; George Mason University Foundation professor of law George Mason University, 1989-94; member of following law firms: Durden and Adams, 1953-55; Adams and Tjoflat, 1955-60; Botls, Mahoney, Whitehed and Ramsour, 1960-62; Mahoney, Hadlow, Chambers and Adams, 1962 and 1972; Mahoney, Hadlow and Adams, 1972-81; Mahoney, Adams Milam, Surface and Grimsley, 1984-89; Mahoney, Adams and Criser, 1989-98; McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe, 1998 to present.
MARSHALL H. ADER, Miami
Family: Wife - Lydia Djiman-Ader. Children - Mark Ader and Michael Ader.
Career Highlights: Practiced law in Chicago, Illinois until 1946. Relocated to Miami, Florida, began practice in 1950. Major part of practice was in civil litigation. Elected judge of the county court in 1976. Elected clerk of the circuit and county courts in Dade County, 1990. Served as senior judge from 1993 until 1999.
JACK G. ADMIRE, Jacksonville
Family: Wife - Ruth Thompson Sullivan, married December 18, 1948. Six children and 12 grandchildren.
Career Highlights: Graduated from the University of Florida, 1950, B.S., B.A. and LL.B, (J.D.). Member of Coral Gables, Dade County, Florida and American Bar associations. Former director Dade County Bar Association. Areas of practice: principally' real estate, estate planning, estate and trust administrations, guardianships. Civic activities: Board of directors MiamiDade Community College Foundation; president, Historical Association of Southern Florida; Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, Donor's Forum; Coconut Playhouse and Governor's Constituency for Children. Member, Attendance Boundary Committee Dade County Public Schools; chairman of Permanent Judicial Commission Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
JAMES J. "JIM" ALTMAN, New Port Richey.
Family: Wife - Theresa Ann Dawson, deceased 1988. Children - James J. Altman, Jr., Theresa Ann Altman, Joan Anderson, Janet Dupont, Robert N. Altman, Peter A. Altman and Thomas P. Altman.
Career Highlights: Chairman of the Probate and Guardianship Rules Committee of The Florida Bar and CLE lecturer on the new probate code and rules during 1970's and 1980's. Chairman of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, 19811982. Continuing author of chapter 1 of CLE manual "Litigation Under the Florida Probate Code" 'and chapters 4 and 14 of CLE manual "Practice Under the Florida Probate Code."
The friendships made in college and during the following years with attorneys, judges and other people in my community, and a diverse, interesting and generally appreciative clientele, plus some service on behalf of The Florida Bar, and my years of involvement with the Real Property Probate. and Trust Law Section and the close friendships developed therein, were all involved in a rewarding law career and the rapid passing of 50 years of law practice.
The highlight of my career is having the opportunity to wind down my practice and enjoy with pride the skill and professionalism of my sons, Robert and Thomas, who have practiced with me since their respective admissions to The Florida Bar.
A collateral benefit of my practice was the lifestyle it afforded that enabled the raising and educating of my seven children. My most cherished rewards are all connected with the happy times, love and respect which I have been fortunate enough to share and enjoy with all of my family.
WILLIAM R. ALVIN, Miami.
Family: Wife - Ellen S.Alvin. Children - Stephen C.Alvin, Robert S. Alvin and Jodi L. Alvin Buckley.
Career Highlights: I was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1950; U.S. District Court, Southern District including Trial Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th circuits in 1950, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1983. My practice areas were civil trial, general and civil practice.
CROM WELL A. ANDERSON, Coral Gables.
Family: Wife - Mary Alice. Children - Cromwell III, Bruce and Preston.
Career Highlights: I spent a short time as an insurance adjuster after law school and then three years as a special agent with the FBI, before returning to Miami as an associate at the Smathers and Thompson law firm. I was with Smathers and Thompson as associate, partner and managing partner until 1982 when I joined Patton and Kanner, which later changed its name to Anderson, Livingston, Kubit and Mase. in 1992 we merged with Fowler White Burnett, Hurley, Barrick and Strickroot, from which I retired in 1999.
During my career I tried cases throughout Florida, mostly maritime and business litigation, although over the years I have handled almost every type of civil litigation.
I was active in the Maritime Law Association of the U.S. and served on its executive committee. I was chairman of the maritime committee of the ABA's insurance section. I have also been active in The Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar Association.
Outside the legal profession I have served on the board of directors of a local bank and bank holding company and presently am a member of the board of Commercial Bank of Florida which has 12 branches in Dade and Broward counties. I own an orange grove in DeSoto County and hope it continues to avoid viruses and other natural disasters.
I enjoy fishing and have been a member of the Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club (president, 1964) and president of the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament, 1969-1972. I also enjoy hunting and am a member of a mystical organization called the Prairie Creek Hunt Club whose distinguished members include Florida Bar members as old as I.
I have three sons and six grandchildren of whom I am proud. My wife, Mary Alice, and I married in 1984 and live in Coral Gables with three Brittany Spaniels, near many old and dear friends.
ROBERT "BOB" BADER, Port Charlotte.
Family: Wife - Carolyn Bloom Bader, seven children.
Career Highlights: I arrived in Miami in early December 1945, after four years of military service in the South Pacific. It was not long before I became a student at the University of Miami graduating with an LL.B. in June of 1950. Efforts to expand my education at Cornell University were interrupted by a call to active duty and my return to Korea. Late, in 1951 I returned to Florida. More schooling was forgotten, the necessity to earn a living became paramount and I spent the next 24 years in general practice in Miami. Times were good for anybody willing to work and I prospered and eventually found out how to do "it right," I married Carolyn Bloom. Joining her children with mine we soon had a daughter Elizabeth now 34 years old. We have successfully raised seven children and have enjoyed a healthy and rewarding life.
In 1976, for a multitude of reasons, we relocated to Charlotte County, then a county with less than 50,000 people. After 25 years, I am about to hang up my shingle. The community has' grown three-times and I have lost all my hair. Apparently, its time to quit. I never considered working for 50 years, never gave it a thought, but now that it has come, I am surprised and pleased. I congratulate all my fellow survivors, and hope that they have the good sense to quit while they are ahead, if they haven't already done so.
CARROLL S. BARCO, Orlando.
Family: Wife - Susan M. Barco. Children - daughter, Carolyn Barco Freeman, son, Carroll S. Barco, Jr., and daughter Tayman Barco Barnett.
Career Highlights: The highlight of my career-as a practicing attorney, has been to see my eldest daughter, after working in my office for several years, secure her degree, and come in to practice with me. After only six years she became a judge' in the Orange County Court system in 1990, and I was given the privilege of swearing her in.
PHILIP "PHIL" BARTON Gainesville.
Family: Wife- Faye Thornton Barton. Children - Mary Ann Barton, Priscilla Barton Fernandes, Lynne Barton "'Collins and Terri Barton Anderson.
Career Highlights: Graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Florida Law School and received Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, December 1967.
Served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Second World War. Married and have four daughters. Two of my daughters' husbands are attorneys. Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; and Pilots Association; 32nd Degree Mason at R.T. Schafer Lodge No.350. Member Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; Lawyers Title Guaranty Fund; completed course in Flight Safety for Pilot Training for Cheyenne 1/11; received recognition by National Committee for Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve for leadership and initiative.
LLOYD GRAHAM BATES, JR., El Portal.
Family: Wife - Marjorie Ogden Bates.
Career Highlights: Two memories stand out. First, Judge Fulton, then Chief Judge Southern District of Florida, called me into chambers to say he enjoyed working with me...