The Walter S. Crumbley Award originated in the Practice Management and Development Section in 2004. When the Practice Management and Development Section merged with the General Practice, Small and Solo Firm Section in 2007, the Executive Council of the merged sections decided that the award should be continued. Unlike the Tradition of Excellence Award, the Crumbley Award is open to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The Award is for achievement in the advancement of practice management and ethics education for lawyers and their office staff. It is not limited to general practice or small firms. Recipients have included an educator, a law office administrator and a government lawyer.
The 2010 recipient of the Walter S. Crumbley Award is Michael R. Cavendish. Mr. Cavendish is a member of Gunster, Attorneys at Law and is the first large private law firm recipient. He concentrates on complex commercial disputes, environmental law, real estate and finance.
In July, 2008 and again in July, 2009 Mr. Cavendish was tapped as the national correspondent on litigation management by the National Law Journal, and wrote two features on lawsuit and legal dispute management during the Great Recession. Mr. Cavendish has lectured extensively on practice management and led the seminar “Managing Passive Law,” a seminar on how business management principles can help companies and lawyers resolve legal disputes more efficiently. He also lectured on “Nanojurisprudence” on how lawyers can borrow concepts from the natural sciences in their law practice and advocacy.
Mr. Cavendish has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 6 consecutive years. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbel and was a Law Dragon Finalist in 2006 and 2010. Mr. Cavendish is an outstanding example of the younger lawyers whose technological abilities are advancing the business of being lawyers at a meteoric rate. The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section is proud to recognize Mr. Cavendish for his many accomplishments and the contribution of his time and efforts to educate both fellow lawyers and their clients on the business of being a lawyer.
The Section presented the Crumbley Award to Mr. Cavendish at its Awards Reception during the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar in Boca Raton.