Norman D. Tripp - In Memoriam

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In Memoriam

Norman D. Tripp, chairman emeritus of Tripp Scott, founded the firm in 1969. He led the firm's growth as it has responded to clients' needs and helped build the entrepreneur, business development, finance, environmental, employment, real estate, and technology law practices.

Through the years, Tripp's reputation for achieving results has attracted numerous national clients to the firm. Furthermore, his strategic counsel has helped local entrepreneurial companies grow into international models of business excellence.

A well-known community activist, Tripp was dedicated to improving government, education, and diversity. He has served as chairman of theBoard of Trustees of Florida Atlantic University, a trustee for the University of Miami, and chair and vice-chair of the State of Florida Board of Community Colleges. In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. In 2008, he was appointed to the Florida Board of Governors for the State University System.

A founding benefactor of the Community Foundation of Broward, he initiated the Tripp Fund for Educational Opportunity and the Tripp Scott Fund for Community Diversity.  In 1998, he successfully spearheaded the citizens' campaign for passage of the Broward County Public Library bond issue.

Tripp has received numerous honors in recognition of his community contributions, including the 2001 Outstanding Citizens Award from the Florida Library Association and the 2001 Tribute-to-the-Family Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 1988, he received the Child Advocate of the Year Award and the University of Miami College of Arts and Science's Outstanding Alumni Award.  He is also the recipient of the Leadership Broward Inc.'s "Leader of the Year" award and was awarded Broward Economic Development Council's Spirit of Broward Award for Overall Community Leader.

Tripp holds a law degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Miami.


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio J.D.

    Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Member, Moot Court Board, Law Review: Cleveland State Law Review, Member

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida A.B.

    Major:  Economics

Honors & Awards

  • Tribute to the Family Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 2001
  • Outstanding Citizens Award, Florida Library Association 2001
  • Child Advocate of the Year 1988
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Miami College of Arts and Science 1988
  • Legal Executive of the Year, Broward County Legal Secretaries Association

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Florida's State Board of Community Colleges- Vice Chairman
  • State Board of Florida Community College- Chairman and Trustee
  • Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board- Member
  • Broward Community Foundation- Member, Board of Advisors
  • The Florida Bar- Member
  • American Bar Association- Member
  • Broward County Bar Association- Member
  • Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority- Past Member and Chairman
  • Florida Atlantic University- Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Certified Tour, Incorporated (Delta Dream Vacations)- General Counsel
  • Alamo Rent-a-Car, Incorporated- General Counsel
  • Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority- Former Board Member and Chairman
  • Florida's State Board of Community Colleges- Former Board Member
  • Tripp Scott Fund for Community Diversity- Founder
  • Tripp Fund for Educational Opportunity- Founder
  • Community Foundation of Broward- Founding Benefactor
  • Annenberg Challenge Grant- Member, South Florida Board
  • Huizenga School of Business, Nova Southeastern University- Member, Board of Advisors

Previous Employment

  • Broward County- Assistant State Attorney
  • Broward Community College- Business Law Teacher

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