My $451,000,000 Lottery Winner

By, Walter W. Blenner Earlier this year I became one of only a handful of attorneys nationwide who have represented a lottery winner of what is called, “extreme wealth”. This prize of $451 million won here in Florida was the fifth largest lottery win in US history. However, it was soon to be eclipsed by someone in N.H. who won over $560 million. Regardless of what one thinking about any one single person winning this kind of largesse, it is a new reality in the Read More +

All We Are Is Our Word

If we lived our entire life, interacted with no one and then died, what is left of us? Other than some carbon matter, nothing. There’s no proof that we existed as a sentient being. However, most of us don’t live in isolation, we live in societies and communities and nations and countries.What separates us from other beings is the way in which we communicate. Yes, other highly developed animal communities communicate in their species-specific ways, but we humans have sophisticated ways to express ourselves, through Read More +

Eulogy For Jan Press

When Anna asked me to speak today, I told her I would only do it if I could ditch the downer stuff and talk about the Jan Press I knew for 20 years and who worked down the hall from me for the last 5 years. The funny, smiling and laughing Jan that made him so full of light and ease and delight. There’s an old adage: There’s no such thing as a funny lawyer. Only a funny person who made a serious career mistake. Read More +

A Thanksgiving Wish….

Dear Clients, Friends and Family, I cannot tell you how many people I’ve spoken to this year who have had a challenging (read: difficult) 2013. Maybe it’s because I have as well and people are just commiserating with me. As the year comes to an end I like to think about the past year as challenges met and actually conquered. An Italian race car driver was once seen ripping the rear view mirror off of a rental car saying, “What’s behind me is not important” Read More +