To the Editor:
Kenny Pollock of Boca Raton, admitted to the Florida Bar on Nov. 27, 1995, died tragically on July 3 at the age of 49. Those of us who knew Kenny and had the privilege of practicing with him (and against him) will miss him terribly. As a profession of professionals who behave unprofessionally far too often, Kenny was a beacon of professionalism who served as an example to all who knew him how a lawyer can do well by not only doing good but by being good.
I met Kenny my first day of work upon moving to Florida to practice law in 1997. Kenny was the associate in the next office at Stephens Lynn in West Palm Beach. I was immediately befriended by Kenny. His exuberance was contagious. He was always helpful. He went out of his way to assist me in my acclimation to Florida practice after seven years of New York practice, which wasn’t easy. Without Kenny, I would have been lost, both literally and figuratively.
Everyone who worked with Ken knew they could count on him for anything. Research assistance, hearing coverage, restaurant recommendations, case assessment, a kind word, a hug, anything. When asked, Ken’s version of the affirmative was always one better than “yes.” “Absolutely!” was Kenny’s mantra. I heard it from him often and loved hearing it every time he said it.
Kenny Pollock lived, breathed, ate, slept, walked, talked and practiced professionalism. I never heard him say a cross word about any lawyer or adversary, judge or client, no matter how they may have wronged him or his clients. Kenny always treated others as he would want to be treated regardless. Kenny gave the word civility new meaning.
After practicing one year together, Ken and I saw each other only sporadically. But we ran into each other now and again in court or at bar functions or at the schools our children both attended. When he saw me he was always quick to share his glowing smile and warm handshake. I enjoyed catching up with him and hearing about how he and Gary Shendell, another Stephens Lynn associate, had built a successful litigation firm together.
My heart goes out to Ken’s wife Karen, their children Sarah and Ethan, their entire families, Ken’s partner Gary Shendell and all the great people at Shendell & Pollock. But condolences are not enough. We should all honor Ken’s memory by living and practicing as Kenneth Pollock did — with respect for others, dignity, kindness and, most of all, professionalism.
Kenny, you will be missed. Absolutely.
Joel B. Rothman
Schneider Rothman IP Law Group