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Susan Rosenblatt posthumously presented the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Stanley Rosenblatt accepted the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his late wife Susan Rosenblatt. The FSCHS also renamed in award in her honor and it will now be known as The Susan Rosenblatt Lifetime Achievement Award. “Susan was the best wife, mother, and partner that any man could ever hope for,” Stanley Rosenblatt said.

Susan Rosenblatt

Susan Rosenblatt

The late Susan Rosenblatt, a Miami appellate attorney, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society and the society announced that its highest honor is now renamed to permanently recognize her legal career and her dedication to the historical society’s mission and efforts.

The first Susan Rosenblatt Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to her husband Stanley Rosenblatt during the historical society’s 2022 annual dinner and program April 7 in Tallahassee.

“The society’s board wanted to honor Susan’s memory with our greatest appreciation and highest honor,” FSCHS President Scott R. Rost said. “By unanimous consent we present this award to the Rosenblatt family to forever be known as The Susan Rosenblatt Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Our children and I very much appreciate this tremendous honor and tribute for Susan,” Stanley Rosenblatt said.

Also receiving a 2022 Susan Rosenblatt Lifetime Achievement Award was retired Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding. Harding who was the 74th justice  on Florida’s Supreme Court. He served from 1991-2002 and as chief Justice from July 1, 1998, to June 30, 2000. (See story here.)

Well-known for leading Florida’s successful lawsuit against “Big Tobacco,” Rosenblatt, who died in November 2021 from acute myeloid leukemia, was a longtime historical society leader and supporter.

Rosenblatt’s friend and historical society past president Hank Coxe said that honoring her is important.

“She was the greatest sponsor of what the historical society has tried to accomplish over the years,” Coxe said. “I believe the name change is the society’s appreciation for everything she did. She will be sorely missed.”

Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt became active members of the historical society’s board of trustees in the late 1990s and are among the organization’s greatest benefactors. Both served as chairs of various committees and the trustees elected Susan Rosenblatt to multiple officer positions in recent years including treasurer, second vice president and first vice president.

“She was enthusiastic about becoming the president of the historical society,” Rost said. “When her illness placed that move on hold, the trustees unanimously agreed that her term as president would always be available to her.”

Stanley Rosenblatt added, “Susan was the best wife, mother, and partner that any man could ever hope for.”

Susan Rosenblatt graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Economics at age 17 and received her J.D. with honors from the University of Miami the month she turned 21. She returned to the law school a few years later for an LLM in tax.

As a young lawyer, Susan Rosenblatt was an associate of the Miami firm of Colson & Hicks. She later devoted her practice to civil appeals, working extensively with Robert Orseck of the Podhurst Orseck firm who died in 1978. The Roseblatts married in 1980 and began practicing together shortly after. Beginning in 1991, they devoted their law practice to handling the two major tobacco class actions, Broin and Engle. Both cases included multiple appellate proceedings, all of which were handled by Susan Rosenblatt.

In recent years, Susan Rosenblatt focused her time and energies assisting FAMRI, a nonprofit created through tobacco litigation, which funds research seeking cures for diseases caused by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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