Haute 100 Miami Update: Lewis S. Mike Eidson

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. As the new chair of the Adrienne Arsht Center, Mike Eidson makes our Haute 100 list.

Lewis S. Mike Eidson

Category: Thinkers

Company: Colson Hicks Eidson

Industry: Law

What Made Him Haute: This national trial lawyer, who goes by “Mike,” recently served as the president of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice, which has a goal of promoting a fair and effective justice system. Following his tenure, the national association was so inspired by his work and drive that they created the Mike Eidson Scholarship in his honor. On a local front, he is the chairman emeritus of the board of Miami City Ballet, where he has held a position since 1999. He has also served as chair-elect for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and is involved with the Kristi House for abused children and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

What Makes Him Haute Now: The Performing Arts Center Trust, the body that manages the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, recently elected Mike Eidson as the new chair, following in the footsteps of another haute member, J. Ricky Arriola. Eidson is a prominent lawyer in Miami and a partner in the Coral Gables law firm, Colson Hicks Eidson. A renowned member of the Miami community, Eidson has maintained a longstanding relationship with the Arsht Center as chair-elect of the PACT and president of the board of trustees of the Miami City Ballet.

As the new chair, Eidson hopes to recruit aid from private sectors, continue to garner attention toward the institution’s standing as a successful promoter of the arts, act as a resource for Miami’s community arts programs, and strengthen the Center’s position as a popular investment opportunity within Miami’s urban community. Eidson was quoted as saying, “The Performing Arts Center Trust will continue to support the center’s mission as a world-class, community-based institution committed to diverse programming, innovative arts education initiatives, and furthering its role as a catalyst for economic development.”