Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Judge Gold formally retires

The blog reported back in August the sad news that Judge Gold was formally retiring this month and that he would close his chambers and take inactive status.  John Pacenti of the Daily Business Review covered the story last week and reports that Judge Gold is happy about moving on to the next phase of his life:

But for now, he is focused on his baby granddaughter in New York. His wife, Susan F. Gold, retired last year as an associate professor of pediatrics and education at the University of Miami, and they want to focus on family and travel.
"It's about at this phase in my life, reprioritizing while I'm healthy," he told the Daily Business Review. "We wanted to explore really other interests in our lives together and independently."
Gold was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 after serving as a state circuit judge, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig and a Miami-Dade County attorney. He took senior status in 2011.
"This is a tough week because there is a sense of sweet sorrow in retrospect, but also an excitement about living a mindful phase of my life," the 70-year-old judge said. "At this stage, it's time to ask your next question: Who are you now, and what is it you want to do with the time you have left?"
U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said Gold was one of the hardest-working judges in the district."He always has been one of our more scholarly judges," Moreno said. "We are going to miss him because he was such a hard worker, but I'm delighted he wants to spend more time with his family. He certainly deserves a break." 
Judge Gold was at Judge Bloom's investiture last week and looked great. 

He handled some of the biggest cases in this district -- Exxon, UBS, Shaygan...  But more importantly than the brilliant way he handled those cases was that he was a great person and made everyone feel like they were getting a fair shake.  He'll be missed on the bench.


Anonymous said...

Judge Alan Gold was the ultimate professional, and a dedicated jurist who exemplified the meaning of an impartial judge. He commanded the Courtroom and did not put up with any nonsense from any party. As a juror in one of this cases many years ago, I was taken with concern for the process, the jurors and all involved parties. Wonderful man.

Jose M. Colom said...

Judge Alan Gold is the mindful judge. From the bench he inspired utmost fairness, honesty and responsibility. To many jurors, clerks, marshals, lawyers and defendants his integrity strengthen the confidence in the justice system. I'm not sad for his retirement but joyfull and honored to know that he will walk and live in the present in God's path.