For more than three decades, Robert "Bob" Traurig, a Miami Law alumnus who is now 86, was the "go to" lawyer for developers who sought to build in Miami-Dade county, especially on Miami's Brickell Avenue, in Coconut Grove or even as far as the edge of the Everglades. On November 3, he will be awarded the 2011 Alumnus of Distinction by the Law Alumni Association.
Traurig had an enormous influence on land-use issues in Miami and the surrounding region at a time of unprecedented expansion after World War II. The law firm he co-founded in 1967 with Melvin Greenberg and Larry Hoffman, now called Greenberg Traurig, continued to grow and currently has 1,800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
When Traurig came to Miami in 1939, as a 14-year-old, he declared it the "most beautiful place" he had ever seen. In the years since, he became one of the area's most renowned philanthropists and humanitarians. With his wife, Jackie, he has extended his generosity and influence to countless charities and organizations. He is a director of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, a Board of Trustees member of the Beth David Congregation, and past chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Traurig is also the immediate past chairman of the Miami Region of the National Conference of Christian and Jews and a member of the University of Miami's Citizen's Board.
As a result of his outstanding leadership and dedication, he has made an extraordinary difference to Miami's legal community and citizens.
The Alumnus of Distinction award will be presented to Traurig at the Biltmore Hotel as part of the Homecoming celebrations. Cocktails begin at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Click here for further information.