As with Manny and Bubba, I am really sad that Vic is gone. I knew him professionally, which is a shame, as I would have loved to have known him more outside of the courtroom.
But at the courthouse, he was a legend.
Vic whipped my butt when I was a young prosecutor. He was a gentleman about it. I was enamored with his polish, his presentation. Like so many others, I wanted to be like Vic. I learned from that.
Vic was always on time, prepared, and professional. I learned from that.
Vic had a great reputation with the judges, attorneys, and law enforcement officers. I learned from that.
Vic continued to work and care about his cases until the end. I learned from that, too.
I am happy to count myself among those that knew him and litigated with him.
Please say a prayer for him and his family. Please take a moment to reflect on the life of such a great lawyer. Take time for your family and friends. As we have seen for the third time in less than a year, life is too short.
Here is the article about VIc: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/07/072143/longtime-tampa-attorney-and-dui-law-expert-dies/
You can read his professional bio here: http://www.floridadefense.com/Bio/VictorPellegrino.asp