2019 Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award Recipient
Larry Gibbs Turner
This year, the Criminal Law Section has the pleasure of bestowing the Selig I. Goldin Award on one of our most-dedicated members – Larry Gibbs Turner. The Award is bestowed annually to a member of the Bar who has made a lasting contribution to Florida’s criminal justice system. Larry has met, and surpassed, that standard.
Larry graduated from the University of Florida law school, over the course of his 49-year career, he served as Alachua County Judge, followed by two terms as Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. He was an Assistant State Attorney and for many years, has maintained an active criminal defense practice. Larry was Selig Goldin’s law partner and shared with him one of the more highly respected practices in Florida. He helped found the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served as one of its Presidents.
Larry Turner is indeed one of our finest and most recognized trial attorneys. While he currently specializes in complex criminal defense (e.g., capital cases, white collar crimes, drug offenses), he represents professionals in licensure, tenure, and employment matters, as well as litigants in civil rights disputes. Every year, he is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers and Law Firms (U.S. News & World Report), Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. He received the Stephen M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award presented by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
But perhaps the best measure of a professional comes from the respect garnered by colleagues. Retired United States District Court Judge Stephen Mickle wrote: “[Larry Turner] exemplifies integrity and fairness, two of Selig’s best qualities. Larry consistently stands up for what is right no matter the consequences, whether it means defending an unpopular cause or providing a voice for the accused. He is one of the most honorable human beings I know.” Attorneys describe him as a “true patriot” (fighting for the civil rights of rich and poor) and “the pinnacle of professional excellence in criminal defense.”
For many years, he was the voice of conscience on the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section and we are indeed proud to bestow upon Larry Turner our highest honor, the 2019 Selig I. Goldin Award.