The Fort Lauderdale law firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Roselli Buser Slama & Hancock has been a long-time friend and steadfast supporter of neurological research. Senior partner, Jon Krupnick, has been indispensable to the stability and growth of The Miami Project, and now serves as an active and highly productive member of our Fundraising Cabinet.
His firm has played an integral role in the founding of our successful Legal Advocates Society, now in its third year. In May, Krupnick and his firm once again stepped forward with a generous donation to support research at The Miami Project.
The Krupnick firm specializes in personal injury law, and they have represented many clients with severe head or spinal cord injuries (SCI). Jon Krupnick originally became aware of The Miami Project through his representation of Scott Mickler, an SCI patient who was injured in an automobile accident in 1978. When the case was concluded in 1983, Barth Green, M.D., inquired as to whether the firm would be interested in supporting spinal cord research that was being done at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Both the firm and Mickler made initial donations to the research project that was then in its infancy. Thereafter, the firm established a tradition of making a donation towards spinal cord research any time they concluded a case that involved serious spinal cord or head injuries.
After Scott Mickler's death in 1990, Krupnick and his firm, moved by Scott's tremendous courage, strength and hope, mobilized their colleagues in the legal field to establish the Scott M. Mickler Foundation Fund. The Mickler Fund provides stipends for support of SCI individuals who participate in Miami Project research activities.
In presenting the $50,000 donation, Krupnick explained the philosophy behind his firm's philanthropy: "It is a tremendous burden to represent people who have been catastrophically injured. We try to achieve for them a fair financial recovery, but we are very aware, as in the case of Scott Mickler, that a financial recovery does not begin to address the problems faced by the injured person and their family. Our firm strongly believes that The Miami Project, where doctors and scientists work together, will one day succeed in conquering spinal cord injury and paralysis. When we are dealing with our clients and their families who are facing these terrible burdens, we are proud to tell them that we support The Miami Project in it's important work and that we are confident that The Miami Project will ultimately be successful in finding a cure. We will continue to support your research in the years ahead."