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Don Slesnick

Don Slesnick is the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey. LLP in Coral Gables. He currently serves as the Honorary Consul of Australia for the State of Florida, and is on the Board of Chancellors of the Consular Corps College in Washington, D.C.

Don served as Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida, 2001-2011. He also served as the 2009-10 President of the Florida League of Mayors.

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, currently serving as its President.

Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Don a rating of “AV Preeminent.” He was included in the Best Lawyers In America”, has been designated as a Florida “Super Lawyer” (2006-2014) and named as one of South Florida’s “Top Lawyers” (2005-2014).

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 is Vice-Chair of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law.

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” (protocol equivalent to Major General). 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. He is currently Vice Chair of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Included among his 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) in 2011 and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Kiwanis Clubs of South Florida. In 2014, Don was a Distinguished Honoree in the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's George Merrick Award of Excellence program.

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