This summer has been chock-full of exciting assignments, thrilling tag-alongs, and too many lunches to count, but Saturday’s event undoubtedly takes the cake. Bilzin Sumberg hosted its annual firm dinner party at the Mayfair House in Coconut Grove, a historic Miami hotel that boasts incredible architecture and gardens.

To begin the evening, Managing Partner Al Dotson gave a toast to celebrate Bilzin Sumberg attorneys who, over the past year, have accomplished incredible wins, closed huge transactions, and earned prestigious awards. Al congratulated Lori Lustrin, who recently delivered the closing statement in a case that secured a multi-million dollar verdict for one of the largest toy manufacturers in the country. He then introduced one of Bilzin’s newest Senior Counsel members, Judge Michael Hanzman, who was also recently awarded the Florida Justice Association’s Judicial Achievement Award. At the conclusion of the speech, Al had every summer associate introduce themselves to the room, and despite my absolute stage fright, it was incredible to stand up and look into a room full of familiar smiling faces!

Following a celebration of the firm accomplishments and a stunning cocktail hour in the atrium of the Mayfair, we sat down and had an incredible dinner, chatted with friends and colleagues, and enjoyed the evening. We are truly lucky that spending a Saturday evening with our coworkers was a highlight of the summer!

The summer being almost over is bittersweet, but I am grateful for every opportunity I have had to learn and every attorney that has helped us out along the way, and cannot wait for these last few days, lunches, and events at Bilzin!