(1924 - 1999)
One of the nation's most successful civil justice attorneys, Bill Colson passed away in 1999, leaving a lasting legacy as he received nearly every honor that the nation's trial attorneys and Miami's business community could confer on him. He served as president of American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), and the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, and was a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Mr. Colson was also president of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of the University of Miami and a recipient of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand In My Shoes Award and the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald's Charles Whited Spirit of Excellence Award. A testament to his concern for social justice, he founded Leadership Miami, an annual program targeted toward men and women interested in making Miami a better place to live and to work, and the "Bill Colson Scholarship" for African-American students at the University of Miami School of Law, where more than 20 students have graduated and become members of the bar.