Attorney David Rowe marks 30 years at Florida Bar

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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MIAMI — Jamaican American attorney-at-law David P Rowe celebrated his 30th year at the Florida Bar last Thursday evening with a VIP affair at Miami's Capital Grille Restaurant.

Rowe, an attorney in both Florida and Jamaica, was joined by a number of high-profile attorneys from the area, representatives from the United States Government and members of the South Florida media.

Among the attorneys joining Rowe were Edward Dabdoub, Gayle Hamaty-Bird, Niyala Harrison, and Jeff Fraser, the current president of the Jamaican-American Bar Association.

"I am honoured to mark my 30th year at the Florida bar," said Rowe, a native of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, who is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami and created the school's Caribbean Law program.

"The Florida Bar is a wonderful professional fraternity and I am happy to belong to it without professional blemish."

In a wide-ranging speech, Rowe discussed his legal path from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, to the University of Miami to positions at two of Miami's leading law firms, Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight, serving as a capital partner at the latter.

Rowe eventually started his own practice, developing into one of the leading voices in the Jamaican community in Florida and a well-respected litigator in the Sunshine State.

In his speech, he specifically addressed the need for an improvement in the social and economic conditions of poor black Jamaicans, whom he described as being "in a serious crisis."

Rowe's speech also celebrated his father, the Hon Ira Rowe, who served as the President of the Courts of Appeal of both Jamaica and Belize.

"I am not the first Jamaican-American to have achieved this milestone, but I am one of the few who have done so," Rowe said.

"I am glad to be considered one of the pioneers of trans-Caribbean law - the capability of practising in both the Caribbean and the United States simultaneously."

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