MIAMI (Dec. 1, 2017) — Shepard Broad was a successful business man. Some might call him a visionary. And others, a humanitarian. He helped found Broad and Cassel in 1946, but that was really just the beginning of a long line of accomplishments that would forever mark the profession and South Florida community. Perhaps most notably was his instrumental role in the creation of the State of Israel.
Recently, Partner Mike Segal shared this and more as a featured speaker at a Jewish Law Student Association meeting at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
During the presentation, Segal was surrounded by Shepard’s daughter Ann Bussell and his grandson John Bussell. Reflecting on his own personal memories of Shepard, Segal shared how Shepard and Alvin Cassel came to found one of Florida’s leading law firms through news articles, a speech given at the firm’s 50th anniversary celebration, and through Alvin Cassel’s own personal writings and reminiscences of the extraordinary partnership forged between these two visionary men in 1946.
“Not only was it a wonderful way of remembering and reflecting on Shepard Broad’s professional legacy in South Florida but it was an impactful experience for our students to hear his story and his contributions to the Jewish people and Israel,” said Melanie Litzer, Assistant Director for Operations and Development, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach.
In addition to founding Broad and Cassel, Broad’s many accomplishments included creating the upscale community of Bay Harbor Islands; founding the American Savings & Loan Association of Florida (sold in 1988 with $3 billion in assets); and in 1974, establishing the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.