Bruce Lyons: A law firm with a bashert*
“I am going to miss seeing Dale every day. We have never had an argument in all this time.”
I am going to miss seeing Dale every day. We have never had an argument in all this time.
“When our office lease ends in few weeks, the Law Offices of Lyons & Sanders partnership that has endured longer than either of our marriages is over.
I can finally focus on cases that peak my interest and maybe travel a little, spend time with family.
In the grand scheme of retirement plans, I have a good one. I’ll teach Trial Tactics at University of Miami on Wednesdays. I’ll do a one week class in New York City at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, stuff like that. I won’t have a regular job but I won’t be retired either.”
But the story of the partners has a bashert.*
When Bruce was a young lawyer, he didn’t know about his grandmother’s friend, Dora Sanders.
Dora and Sarah Post (Bruce’s grandmother) were friends from living at the Greystone Hotel at 1920 Collins in Miami Beach, an assisted living place one block from the old Wolfie’s Deli. The three-story art deco style hotel was built in 1939 and and succumbed to South Beach sidewalk cafes and leggy models when it was sold in 2007.
Sarah listened patiently when Dora talked about her grandson, a brilliant attorney. You see, Sarah had a brag-worthy grandson of her own who she also thought was a brilliant attorney.
During one of their boasting sessions, the women brought out their grandsons’ business cards and that is when the discovery was made.
Their grandsons were law partners.
Bruce Lyons and Dale Sanders have remained law partners since 1977. Bruce did criminal law, Dale was a family lawyer, property settlements, divorces.
“I am going to miss the camaraderie. They are coming to get our furniture next week,” said Bruce.
As for teaching law to the next generation of upcoming lawyers, “the kids are smart but they have lousy people skills because they connect with computer screens instead of people.”
To see the Greystone Hotel when it closed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb88nCc2Eg8
*bashert: Bashert, (Yiddish: באַשערט), is a Yiddish word that means “destiny”. It is often used in the context of one’s divinely foreordained spouse or soulmate, who is called “basherte” (female) or “basherter” (male). It can also be used to express the seeming fate or destiny of an auspicious or important event, friendship, or happening.