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SFBW Celebrates Lawyers and Legal Support Staffers Who Exemplify the Best of the Profession

The evening signaled our enhanced editorial coverage of the legal profession in print and online. Read on to find out how you can have your practice featured in the magazine.

It’s flashback time for me every year when SFBW hosts its Legal Awards event. I left the profession behind not long after I graduated from NYU Law and went through the agony of bar review. It’s a good thing that I passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams on my first try, because I could never go through the rigors of that hard-core studying again. In those days, we had to write down everything the instructor said—by hand—three or four hours at a stretch. My handwriting was never the same; that’s why my signature is illegible.   

But a funny thing happened a couple of months ago. I was in New York, around Washington Square Park, and I decided to walk into Vanderbilt Hall, home to NYU Law School. Same atrium, same sweeping circular staircase, same courtyard—I heard the echoes of the authoritative voices of the legal titans John Sexton and Stephen Gillers. Saw shadows of John F. Kennedy Jr., also taking night classes—he didn’t like getting up early, either. And being there felt good. In many ways, the Village will always be home to me, and Vanderbilt Hall is part of that history.  

For the past two years, when we’ve held our Legal Awards (at the Museum of Discovery and Science), I’ve been reminded of the discipline a legal education instills, the sharpening of critical thinking, the refinement of cogent argument, and gaining an understanding of the way the world works.  

Accordingly, it was a spirited evening at MODS when we commended the achievements of our legal honorees—lawyers like Louis Reinstein, our Best Mentor honoree; and the honorees for Legal Innovator, Rebecca Rodriguez, Michael Elkins and Daniel Novela. During this time of South Florida’s dynamism and the influx of newcomers to our region, attorneys like these are essential to sending the elevator back down and rejuvenating the practice of law, helping us navigate everything from taxes to estate planning to real estate development to employment.  

Our sponsors at last year’s event—including presenting sponsor Daszkal Bolton and gold sponsor The Coaching Network—were there with bells on, as were all our partners and everyone involved in the nominating process. The evening’s revelry was well-earned.  

This year, we’ll be celebrating our top legal eagles in our December issue, which will feature expanded coverage of the profession and professionals in this essential industry. For more information, contact Steve Lederman at slederman@lmgfl.com or 954.778.3558.

Photo by Eduardo Schneider 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.