Marvin Weinstein has resided in Surfside and Miami Beach for nearly five decades.
But his real home is the courtroom.
Weinstein, a practicing trial attorney since 1961, believes in meticulous preparation. That is reflected in the verdicts he has helped to obtain and the persuasive manner in which he interacts with juries. Since 1963, the firm that is now known as Grover and Weinstein, P.A., has been a beacon in the South Florida legal community.
Mr. Weinstein helped to secure what is believed to be the first personal injury verdict for an individual plaintiff to exceed $1-million in three different counties. He also helped to obtain a $5.5-million verdict against Big Tobacco in a second-hand smoke case. Those are just a few of the highlights in a brilliant career. Mr. Weinstein sees even greater meaning in the qualities that are sometimes only seen behind closed doors.
More than legal knowledge, Mr. Weinstein said he has always been heartened by the firm’s compassion, fairness and sense of humanity, along with the close relationships shared by all the employees. Mr. Weinstein received an associates degree in structural technology from the State University of New York, then completed his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering at the University of Miami.
He received a degree from UM’s School of Law, where he would meet his future partners, Mr. Grover, Norman Ciment and Sherwin Stauber.
Mr. Weinstein’s education was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Coast guard, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and became commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s electronic navigation station in the Philippines.
Eight years into his legal career, Mr. Weinstein was appointed municipal judge in Surfside. That was followed by one term as Surfside’s mayor, after which he returned to the firm full time.
Mr. Weinstein and his wife celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year and have 8 grandchildren.