Elie Hirschfeld is a renowned real-estate developer, patron of the arts and art collector, civic benefactor and triathlete in constant pursuit of life’s next challenge. Mr. Hirschfeld is always in pursuit of self-improvement and ways to improve the world around him. In that process, he often looks often to those who are at the pinnacle of their profession for traits to keep in mind, as he pursues his own goals and ambitions.
One professional that Elie Hirschfeld has long admired is Attorney, Herbert Rubin. Earlier this year Elie made a generous contribution to the New York University Law School Herbert Rubin Symposium. Mr. Rubin is a professor of law and continues to practice law in both State Supreme Court and Federal Court cases on his docket.
Elie says, “Herbert Rubin is an inspiration in pursuing what he is best at and continuing to push forward to always achieve more throughout one’s entire lifetime. I believe that one’s work ethic doesn’t need to stop at a pre-defined retirement age. There is so much to be gained with a lifelong dedication to always learning, growing and giving the most you can to your chosen profession, vocation or passion.”
Mr. Rubin was born in 1918 and his long-running career was highlighted in the New York Times, along with other Manhattan attorneys that were working far beyond what many Americans tend to view as a typical retirement age. Those individuals all share a dedication to their profession, and to their strong desire to continuing practicing the work they had been striving to be the best at all their lives.
Also exemplary is Attorney Bentley Kassal (age 100) who was born in 1917 and has ridden the bus from his home on the Upper West Side to the office five days a week, starting two of them in the gym at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
“These gentleman never stop pressing forward to learn more, achieve more and contribute more to their profession and to society at large. In this way – I admire them and seek to emulate this in my own life,” added Mr. Elie Hirschfeld.