Honoring the Life and Legacy of Sheldon Schlesingerby Representative Alcee L. Hastings
Posted on 2015-12-09
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Mr. HASTINGS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life and
legacy of my dear, longtime friend Mr. Sheldon ``Shelly'' Schlesinger
of Broward County, Florida, who sadly passed away on Wednesday,
December 2nd at age 85. Shelly was born in Brooklyn, New York, and
later moved to Florida where he attended the University of Miami and
the University of Miami School of Law, and met his wife of 60 years
[[Page E1746]] Shelly's passion for the law and his skills in the courtroom were unrivaled. He practiced for 60 years and worked on landmark cases across the nation representing individuals and consumers. Shelly was recognized in every edition of the book ``The Best Lawyers in America'' throughout his career. His other honors include induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Verdicts Hall of Fame by the Daily Business Review.
Shelly was not only celebrated for being one of the best trial attorneys in the country, but also fervently served the South Florida community. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Nova Southeastern Law Center and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Broward Community College. Shelly was also one of the founders of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and served as the organization's president.
I offer my deepest condolences to Shelly's family. He is survived by his two sons, Scott (m. Anne) and Gregg, as well as his six grandchildren, Charlotte, Alexander, Molly, Theodora, Samuel, and Theodore; and his brother-in-law, Larry Butler (m. Grace).
His presence will be profoundly missed, however his impact in the sphere of law and public service will never be forgotten.
Mr. Speaker, I am honored to pay my respects to Sheldon Schlesinger and his family. He was a great friend to me throughout the years. His spirit, loving memory, and legacy will always live on.