Alan S. Becker
1946 - 2020
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Alan S. Becker, 1946-2020, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away at the age of 74 on July 4th, 2020. Mr. Becker grew up in Brooklyn, where his parents Jack and Lorraine Becker met and were married. He spent his spent summers with his late brother Martin at Sun Mountain overnight camp. He entered Brooklyn College at the age of 16, went on to attend the University of Miami School of Law, and received the highest grade on the Bar Exam in 1969.

Mr. Becker began his legal career in the Office of the Attorney General and as an Assistant Public Defender (1969–1972).

At the age of 26, Mr. Becker became the (then) youngest person to be elected as a State Representative in the Florida Legislature, where he served three terms from 1972-1978. As a member of the Legislature and the Florida Law Revision Council (1975–1976), he was the principal author and/or sponsor of the Condominium Act, Florida Corporation Act, Mechanic's Lien Act, Evidence Code, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Act, and Reformed Dade County Grand Jury system, and more. Mr. Becker was a lifelong Democrat who prided himself on being able to work collaboratively and collegiately with people on both sides of the aisle in order to get things done for the betterment of his State, a practice he continued throughout the rest of his life and career.

Mr. Becker met his friend and future law partner, Gary Poliakoff, in law school during a mock trial competition when they were paired up, and they won the binding real-life case on behalf of their client. They decided to form a partnership, and began by working out of the trunk of a car, passionately advocating for the rights of condominium owners and associations. Together they founded Becker & Poliakoff, PA, which is now one of the top 20 largest law firms in Florida with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. Mr. Becker served as the Managing Shareholder of the Firm for a time as well.

A successful businessman, political leader, and college lecturer, Florida Trend magazine has recognized Mr. Becker as a member of the ""Legal Elite"" every year since the award's inception. He was also recognized by South Florida CEO Magazine as a member of South Florida's ""Power Elite"" and by CAMACOL, the Latin Chamber of Commerce as "Professional of the Year". In addition, he was selected by his peers to be included in the 2006 "Best Lawyers in America and was awarded the Global Achievement Award by the Florida Council of International Development. He was also awarded the Daily Business Review Lifetime Achievement Award (for legal profession) (2015).

Alan Becker was a member of the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors (for 20 years) and Executive Committee, and served as Vice-Chair (2015-2017). Enterprise Florida is the official economic development organization for the State of Florida. In 2012, he was awarded the Governor's Business Ambassador Medallion for his contributions to economic development in Florida. He also previously served as the Chair of the Beacon Council (2011-12), Miami-Dade County's economic development agency, and on the Board of Directors of Florida Atlantic University Foundation.

Mr. Becker was the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic (1992-2016), and was able to pass the Czech Bar as one of very few foreigners to do so.

He was also the author of two books. The first, of which he was co-author, was Florida Rules of Evidence. He also wrote, ""There's Always Room at the Top: The 8 Secrets of the Super Successful,"" in which he provides life lessons from interviews with supersuccessful people in various fields, including politics, the arts, and corporate America. In his book, Mr. Becker taught how they have seen and grasped opportunity, have overcome adversity, have persevered through difficulty, and have maintained a positive outlook in the face of negative events. These interviews and his own experiences were intended to be a source of inspiration and strength.

Alan Becker taught the ""Business of Law"" at the University of Miami Law School, and ""Leadership"" at Keiser University. He once said that ""law and politics were in his blood, and teaching served his soul."" Always the historian, he was known to quote world leaders. His first lesson in every class: Winston Churchill's ""Never, ever, ever quit.""

Mr. Becker is survived by his mother, Lorraine Becker, his beloved wife, Debra Jean Becker, his two daughters, Marni and Ilana, his son-in-law, Roie, and his two grandchildren, Adam and Sabrina. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, who loved listening to NPR, going to Broadway shows, spending time with his dogs, and at his beautiful house in Maine. In his ""free"" time, he enjoyed painting landscapes and watching his grandson change the world through his non-profit, Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation, of which he also sat on the Board.

Services will be held virtually on Zoom, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 11:00am, with Shiva to follow from 2:00pm-4:00pm, and again on Wednesday, July 8th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. To attend, please visit https://tinyurl.com/AlanBeckerServices.

He asked to thank all of his colleagues, clients, supporters, and friends, and wanted you to know that he ""had a good run, and wishes you a longer one."" He said it with a smile, as that was his sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers or food, please consider a donation to: Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation https://wufshanti.com.

He will be missed by many and remembered always.

Published in Sun-Sentinel from Jul. 4 to Jul. 6, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
Alan walked his talk. I was the first Black lawyer hired by the Firm, but more significantly, I was not the last.
May his memory be a blessing.
Allison Bethel
Coworker
July 13, 2020
Brilliant and truly unique.I enjoyed being on the campaign trail with him,
Bob Crawford
July 9, 2020
(I sent this in two days ago but it did not post - just my pictures did, see July 7th)
The world has lost one of its most humble and righteous persons, Alan Becker. Alan has been my friend for 70 years. We met in the fourth grade. This was the beginning of a lifelong relationship. Alan was the best friend anyone can have. He was always there when I needed him for advice and always volunteered to help me without me having to ask. His reputation for honesty and integrity with anyone who even remotely knew him or knew of him was beyond doubt. He was a pioneer in the fight for equality and justice for all people and this was ingrained in his being. I know this because, as I said, I knew him forever. I will miss him very much.
Howie Sorkin
Friend
July 9, 2020
I knew Alan many years ago through his lifelong friend, Howie. At ages 12-13, Howie, Alan , my best friend and I took a few dancing lessons in a studio above some stores in Bensonhurst. I guess our parents wanted to prepare us for the upcoming Bar Mitzvahs. So long ago, but such a happy memory.

My heartfelt condolences to all Alan's loved ones. I hope you will take comfort in a life so very well-lived.
Joan Foley
Acquaintance
July 8, 2020
My sincerest condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one, Please except my deepest sympathies.
Simone Taylor
July 8, 2020
Delilah & I grieve for the kind hearted & caring Alan. Alan's soul & spirit will carry on with his loving family & friends . Pura Vida, much love, Adam & Delilah Grobstein, New Orleans
Delilah & Adam Grobstein
Family
July 7, 2020
Back in July 1980, I joined the then firm of Becker, Poliakoff & Streitfeld in their legal department. This was a time when the firm specialized in condominium law. Most cases were in regard to condominium and association law. Many many of their cases are in the law books regarding unjust enrichment, unconscionability and the like relating to long-term recreation leases owners were bound by at that time. This changed thanks to the genius and hard work of this firm. Alan Becker and Gary Poliakoff originally worked out of the trunk of a car and soon thereafter opened their first office in Miami Beach. The Honorable Jeff Streitfeld joined them not too long after who was the main litigator in the firm. I was employed to work for Jeff Streitfeld and Mark Schorr as their legal secretary/word processor in the two-story office they had just opened on Cypress Creek Road. There were only 11 attorneys at that time and it was an awesome place to work. Attorneys and staff lunched together in the small lunch room sharing stories, laughing and having a great lunch break. They held Christmas parties with lawyers and staff exchanging funny and meaningful presents. There were many, many picnics over the years at the home of Gary Poliakoff. One of the first memorable events they had shortly after I arrived was a sing-a-long party at a home of a close friend. I remember thinking what kind of a place was this but it and our many anniversary parties were awesome and will always remain in my memories. I had some of the best times of my life during these sing-a-longs and parties. Only two weeks after I started with the firm, they hired their 12th attorney, then their 13th, and continued to grow and expand all over the State of Florida, including a New York office, and four foreign offices.

All I can say is this was a wonderful life experience for me having worked for the firm over 30 years. I was there, in fact, when Alan met and married his wife, Debbie, who remained partners all of these years. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Marnie and all other family members and close friends. You will be missed Alan.




Penny Barnard/Hernandez
Coworker
July 7, 2020
Penny Hernandez
Coworker
July 7, 2020
Howie Sorkin
Friend
July 6, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Becker family. Alan was a friend to many, always gracious and generous in sharing his professional and personal counsel. He will be missed, but long remembered for the kind and caring person who made many sacrifices and contributions to better our lives and those of generations to follow. May he rest in peace.
Richard Salem
Friend
July 6, 2020
I was very sorry hear of Mr. Becker's passing. Back in the late 1970's and early 1980's I worked part-time at Becker & Poliakoff. Mr. Becker was always nice and respectful to those who worked there. Prayers to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace.
Linda Annarino
Coworker
July 6, 2020
Alan was a law school classmate of mine. I always told Alan he got me through law school. We had study groups at Lewis Kimlers house. Of course Alan was our leader.He was So patient. Alan was such a great guy. We all loved him. I wish I had stayed more in touch with him after we graduated.i always credited him with becoming a successful lawyer. It sounds you led a wonderful and accomplished life. God bless you.
Fred Robbins
Classmate
July 6, 2020
I want to express my sincerest condolences to Alans family. I got to know Alan through our work together on the Board of the Miami-Dade Beacon council. Alan did an outstanding job as a board member and also in his capacity as Chairman. He had a lot always going on but yet was always cool, calm and collect, the ultimate professional. Alan, thank you for your commitment to our community and for touching so many peoples lives that are now better because of it!
Hugo Castro
Friend
July 6, 2020
Alan was an amazing man. He was brilliant and kind and he made the world a better place. Now he has graduated from the school of life with high honors and returned to heaven. Heaven is brighter and warmer now that Alan's soul has returned. He will be missed but we will see him again.
Gail Zelko
Sister
July 5, 2020
My sympathy goes out to the family upon the loss of Alan. We met as classmates in 1969, became adversaries in the courtroom for many years and colleagues for years as well. He was a brilliant lawyer with a keen intellect coupled with a sense of humor. The testaments to his career will clearly fall short of describing the overwhelming impact he had upon the legal community as well as his friends and family.
Manny Garcia
Friend
July 5, 2020
one of the best persons i ve ever met. Easy going. Always had the time to assist everyone. We will miss yoy
Gonzalo Arance
Friend
July 5, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Alans passing. I will always remember him as a kind and generous person. Despite all of his accomplishments, he remained a modest man and treated everyone with dignity and respect. I truly admired him. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Marni, Alana, and the entire family.
Pedro Gonzalez
Friend
July 5, 2020
Marni- I'm not sure if you know my name- Maxine Cohn. My daughter is Meredyth Cohn Deighton. I am so sorry for your loss. My father worked very closely with your dad on condo law. My father, David Unterberg, even traveled together for work as my dad was an attorney in NYC and seemed to click with your father as to the injustices in condo law. They were both advocates for condo reform. You went to NMB with my daughter, Meredyth- Your dad was a remarkable attorney and a loss for you as well as the community. I remember many a conversation with my dad about the remarkable work that they were doing to save unsuspecting condo owners from fraud. My thoughts are with you today.....it is not easy losing a parent.
Maxine Unterberg Cohn
Friend
July 5, 2020
Alan Becker and Gary Poliakoff were true leaders and visionaries on many fronts. One of course in condominium law which built their firm and the other was in community involvement. When there firm was on Stirling Road, they were one of the first law firms to have events with speakers. They gave a platform for new and seasoned politicians as well as speakers for a variety of causes. We all went in those days to hear people speak. It was the place to be and a place to learn. It was at their law firm I first was introduced to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I was with a friend and I remember saying, "Watch that woman, she is going places!!!!" Sad to think they are both gone but their beliefs and lives have set many precedents for the law firm to follow.
Beverly S. Bachrach
July 4, 2020
I am so sorry that today the world lost a brilliant, compassionate and a modern renaissance man! Is it irony or divine intervention that Alan, who loved the law with all its intricate nuances, passed away on the day that our country celebrates the very existence of those laws...I am so very sad for the 4 very beautiful women in his life as well as his princess Sabrina and for Roie and Adam who were so incredibly lucky to have him as their role model.
I wish that he could have had many
more years to enjoy this life; his wit and kindness is my very first memory of him and I feel very lucky to have known him at all.
All My love to you ..Debbie, Marni, Ilana, Lorraine, Roie , Adam and Sabrina. I hope that you will always remember that for the rest of us Alan was a man who changed the world and made it better in every way possible. All my love and respect, Lisa
Lisa Schultz
July 4, 2020
I met Alan in 1961 when he was my counselor at Sun Mountain. We used to write each other letters during the winter. In college I was asked to write an essay on someone ( not family) who I admired and respected. I wrote about Alan. We were friends for almost 60 years and I will miss him very much. My deepest condolences to his family. May his memory be a blessing.
Jay Steinberg.
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