The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will honor two lions in the legal community with lifetime achievement awards at its annual dinner on Thursday.

Retired attorney and former Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding and the late Susan Rosenblatt, a Miami attorney who led Florida’s successful lawsuit against “Big Tobacco” in the 1990s, are both set to receive the award.

Supreme Court Justice Major Harding delivers a Eulogy for Rhea Chiles, wife of former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, during her memorial at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee on Monday.

Harding served on the court from 1991-2002, spending two years as chief justice 1998-2000. He retired from the practice of law last year.

Rosenblatt, along with her husband Stanley Rosenblatt, handled two significant class action lawsuits against Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynolds. She died last year. 

Susan Rosenblatt

Thursday marks the first time the annual Historical Society dinner has been held in person since 2020. It will be held at Florida State University’s Dunlap Champions Club starting at 7 p.m. 

The keynote speaker is Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht. Dinner reservations and information about the Historical Society are available at

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