Message from the President – Summer 2018

Florida Bar Foundation President Juliette E. Lippman

Florida Bar Foundation President Juliette E. Lippman began her term in July. A partner with Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC, she is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. She has received The Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Special Award of Merit and the Broward County Bar Association’s Joseph J. Carter Professionalism Award. Lippman earned her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University and her law degree at Nova Southeastern University School of Law.

Like you, I am passionate about increasing access to justice for our most vulnerable neighbors, co-workers and loved ones. When I first began my legal career, I received funding from the Foundation to work at a clinic at Legal Services of Greater Miami. I later went on to volunteer for Broward Legal Aid. I am now a partner at a small firm of six attorneys; promoting our local legal aid organization is a firm priority.

Recently, I chaired the Foundation’s executive director search committee, and I am pleased to announce the appointment of attorney Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie as The Florida Bar Foundation’s new executive director. Donny was selected after a competitive nationwide search process. His deep commitment to increasing access to justice and his proven effectiveness made him the obvious choice to lead the Foundation.

Donny obtained his bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He became a partner at Holland & Knight in 1994, and his practice specialized in medical and professional malpractice defense, health care litigation, product liability, construction litigation, and personal injury.

Executive Director Dominic C. "Donny" MacKenzie

Executive Director Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie

Donny has shown a devotion to providing civil legal aid throughout his career, being Holland & Knight’s pro bono partner for Jacksonville and serving as a member of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and co-founder of the Campaign to Maintain Justice in Jacksonville in 1995. He was recognized by The Florida Bar with the President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 4th Judicial Circuit in 1998. Holland & Knight honored him as its Pro Bono MVP Partner in 2006, and he has been recognized by the firm as a Pro Bono All Star since 2005. He has also served on various state and local Bar committees.

After serving on the Foundation’s board of directors for eight years, Donny took office as our president in 2015-16. He has served on our Legal Assistance for the Poor, Law Student Assistance, Grants, Interest on Trust Account Operations, Development and Executive Committees. He also chaired our Strategic Reset Committee.

Donny and I are wholly dedicated to continuing the Foundation’s work to make the justice system accessible to all, and we are so very fortunate to do so with your support.