Attorneys Latoya Brown and Patrick Montoya Emcee Together We Rise Celebration

Colson Hicks Eidson Attorneys Lead Dade County Bar Association’s Second Annual Black History Month Celebration

Together We Rise Celebration, 2018

From left to right: Latoya Brown, Hon. Marcia Cooke, Loreal A. Arscott, Don L. Horn, Hon. Melvia B. Green and Patrick Montoya

Colson Hicks Eidson attorneys Latoya Brown and Patrick Montoya served as chairpersons and emcees of the Dade County Bar Association’s Second Annual Black History Month Celebration, Together We Rise. Additionally, Colson Hicks Eidson was a proud supporter and sponsor of the Celebration. The Celebration recognizes outstanding leaders in our legal community who have made a lasting difference in furthering the cause of minorities, and who serve as vital role models and mentors. The ceremony honored three distinguished members of the Florida Bar who have made significant contributions to our community.

Three Awards Presented at Together We Rise Celebration

Attorney Don L. Horn received the Icon Award. Don has been a practicing attorney for more than thirty years. He currently serves this community as Chief Assistant State Attorney for Administration at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He was the first African American Counsel to the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury. Additionally, he was the first African-American Major Crimes Prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office.

Judge Melvia B. Green received the Trailblazer Award. Judge Green served as a Dade County Court Judge before her appointment as the first black woman Circuit Court Judge in the State of Florida. She has been the only black woman to serve in that capacity in the 100-year history of the 11th Judicial Circuit. She was then appointed as the first and only black woman to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal.

The Rising Star Award was presented to Loreal A. Arscott, a bright and dynamic emerging leader in our local legal community. Loreal serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami Gardens. Prior to joining the City of Miami Gardens, Loreal served as a litigation attorney in the Corporate Law Department of a major insurance company. While there, she primarily practiced insurance defense. Loreal is very active in the Florida Bar and in her local community. She has also dedicated countless hours to furthering the cause of minorities.


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