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Fellows Immediate Past Chair, Don Slesnick, Elected President of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

February 10, 2015, Fellows in the news

 Don Slesnick Elected President of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

 Coral Gables, Fl. – Don Slesnick, of the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey, in Coral Gables, Florida, was recently elected as President of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 1996, Don was inducted as Fellow and has served on the College’s Board of Governors for the past decade. “Recognizing your peers for their work dignifies their dedication to the profession, and shows appreciation for their contribution to society,” says Mr. Slesnick, who will serve as President for the 2015 year.

 The College is a professional organization which honors labor and employment lawyers, with more than twenty years of practice, who are nominated, vetted and elected to membership.  The College’s motto is “Leadership for Greater Purpose,” and its programs focus on professionalism and civility in the practice of law.  Currently, the College is comprised of approximately 1,300 Fellows from the United States and Canada. 

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 About the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers:

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland and was established in 1995 as a non -profit professional association that honors lawyers in the practice of Labor and Employment Law.

 About Don Slesnick:

Don Slesnick served as Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida, 2001-2011. He also served as the 2009-10 President of the Florida League of Mayors. Don continues as the managing partner for the law firm of Slesnick & Casey. He has been in private practice since 1976, representing public sector employee organizations. Prior to this he held management positions with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Miami-Dade County Police Department.

Don received a B.A. (Foreign Affairs) from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the University of Florida and a M.P.A. from Florida International University. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985; is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Relations and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.

Don has held a rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 25 years. He was included in the Best Lawyers in America”, has been designated as a Florida “Super Lawyer” (2006-2012) and named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list for 2012.

Active for many years in his profession, Don has been Chairman of the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Co-Chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law Committee. He is presently serving as a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates, and holds an ABA Presidential appointment to that organization’s Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools.

Don is a Vietnam veteran and a former U.S. Army advisor to NATO forces in Germany. He retired from the Army at the rank of Lt. Colonel, and now serves the Chief of the Army Reserve as one of his “Ambassadors.” He has been active in numerous civic and business organizations which include the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee (Former Chairman of the award winning program for Ethics in Business & Government) and served two terms as Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. He was Founding Chairman of “Team Miami” which led the efforts to relocate U.S. Southern Command to Miami and to save Homestead Air Reserve Base after its destruction by Hurricane Andrew.

Included among the awards he has received: the Bill Colson Community Leadership Award from Leadership Miami; the Distinguished Service Award - American Bar Association; the Miami-Dade County Medal of Merit for Leadership; in 2007 was included in the SunPost’s list of the “50 Most Influential Persons in South Florida”; was chosen in 2004 by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the “Top 101 Global Leaders of South Florida”; was the first Floridian awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Republic of China (Taiwan); and in 2011 was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Kiwanis Clubs of South Florida.

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