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SFBW’s Legal Awards Bring out the Best in the Industry

At SFBW’s annual Legal Awards, hosted by Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science, no one made any shark lawyer jokes. No one had to. In one of the magazine’s liveliest and best-attended events of 2021, a giant megalodon—an extinct species of mackerel shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago—was the unignorable backdrop to a celebratory gathering of South Florida’s brightest legal lights.

If the guests were fashionable, the vibe was anything but formal, as lawyers and the tech and logistical personnel that partner with them were easily coaxed into diving into the very mouth of the shark before a bevy of revelers strode to the stage to collect their awards.

“Over the course of several months, the SFBW editorial team undertook extensive research to identify the most successful and forward-thinking legal executives throughout South Florida,” announced SFBW’s managing director, Kim Sarni, explaining that nominees were judged with a points-based ranking system. The points were awarded for nominees’ success, growth, professional accomplishments, as well as charitable and civic achievements. “Throughout the past year and more, the business landscape in South Florida has seen some turbulent changes,” Sarni said. “I commend every honoree here this evening for persisting and continuing to push through barriers to become even greater professionals.”

In short order, sponsors of the event appeared onstage to offer remarks: certified public accountant Timothy R. Devlin, co-managing partner of Daszkal Bolton (presenting sponsor); Mike Wolfson, director of sales and business development at C3 Complete (gold sponsor); Jason Timmons, senior vice president, private banker manager, law firm group, at City National Bank (gold sponsor); and Anthony Foscolos CFO of NPerspective (gold sponsor). Silver sponsor Jessica Grenat also took a bow for the gastronomic delights she offered courtesy of her events company, Red Chair Catering.

From practice areas from family and international law to litigation and social impact, the region’s most accomplished attorneys were toasted and applauded by their peers, none more so than the honorees for lifetime achievement, Manuel Dobrinsky of Dolan Dobrinsky, and Peter S. Sachs of Sachs Sax Caplan.

The evening ended with Red Chair’s chocolate-covered strawberries, and no one left without a bite—at least none of them fatal.

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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.