— Murray Austin Greenberg, a longtime attorney and law professor in
the Miami area, died
Dec. 31, 2016, at age 73 after losing a long battle with lymphoma,
according to a report by the Miami Herald.
dedicated nearly his whole career, which lasted more than 30 years,
to serving public service at the Miami-Dade County attorney's office.
Greenberg spent 25 years serving as first assistant county attorney,
and eventually served as county attorney. He spent a total of 33
years working in the county attorney's office. Greenberg also worked
as counsel at Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff and
Sitterson, later leaving to join his son's law firm, Gelber,
Schachter and Greenberg.
to a November 2015 news
release on the University of Pennsylvania's website, some of the
well-known cases Greenberg was involved with included representing
Miami-Dade County in the 2000 U.S. presidential-election cases and
in the county commission's districting, as well as drafting
and defending county charter provisions.
also served as a chair for the Good Government Initiative, according
to the Penn website news
release. His other out-of-practice activities included being a
member of a Miami-Dade County Charter Review Task Force and a Florida
Bar Grievance Committee as well as
Mayor’s Election Advisory Group. He also was on the board of
directors of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library.
Greenberg also had taught law
as an adjunct professor since 1974, teaching courses at colleges such
as The University of Miami, Florida International University and the
St. Thomas University School of Law. Before his passing, Greenberg
state and government law as well as election law at St. Thomas,
according to the school's website. After receiving his bachelor's
degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1965, Greenberg received
his Juris Doctor in 1968.
Greenberg's son, Gerald
Greenberg, 42, told
the Miami Herald that both he and his brother, Ben, would “aspire
to be half the lawyer he was.”
“If you live your life like
he did, you're going to be happy,” Gerald Greenberg said.
David Lawrence, who is chair
of The Children's Movement of Florida and former publisher of the
Miami Herald, commended Greenberg's decency and wisdom in the Herald
Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
Wilfredo Ferrer, who was hired by Murray Greenberg to work under him,
Greenberg as a mentor, confidante and friend, saying that he was the
type of person whom people listened to when he spoke.
to his obituary
on Legacy.com, Greenberg's family includes his two sons, Gerald and
Benjamin, daughter's in law, Anna and Maya and his six grandchildren.
His surviving family also includes his brother, Dr. Joel Greenberg,
as well as a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws.