O'HAIRE & FIORE
HISTORY

 

The roots of the legal practice O’Haire & Fiore, Attorneys at Law, are to be traced back to the courtroom in Nürnberg, Germany, that, in the course of the Nuremberg trials, had served as the forum for the disclosure of the atrocious acts of war and crimes against humanity committed by the political and military leadership of Germany during World War II in Europe and beyond.

Mr. Walter O'Haire

Following his service in the U.S. armed forces during the Second World War, Mr. Walter O’Haire, Attorney at Law (1911 – 1988) became a member of the Allied Forces’ prosecution team, preparing the legal work for the Nuremberg trials and participating in the hearings before the International Military Tribunal.

Nuremburg trial photo AChief US Counsel Justice Robert Jackson delivers the prosecution's opening statement at the International Military Tribunal. Nuremberg, Germany, November 21, 1945.

 

The International Military Tribunal

Today, the International Military Tribunal is acknowledged to have been the first international court to have tried criminal acts against humanity such as genocide and mass murder, bringing the perpetrators to justice. At the same time, the International Military Tribunal broke new ground in international law, setting the legal and ethical standards for decades to come. For more information about legal developments that trace their foundation to the International Military Tribunal, click here.

O'Haire & Fiore was established in the early 1950's

Due to his personal engagement in the Nuremberg trials before the International Military Tribunal, Mr O‘Haire decided to stay in Germany and establish a legal practice, In the early 1950’s, Mr. O’Haire lay the foundations for the law firm O’Haire & Fiore, one of first American law firms in the Federal Republic of Germany. Continuing the policies established by the International Military Tribunal, international accountability and protection of human rights have remained core principles of the legal work of O’Haire & Fiore.

Mr. Robert J. Fiore

In 1963, Mr. Robert J. Fiore, Attorney at Law, joined the law firm in Frankfurt, Germany, as a partner, advocating, along with Mr. Walter O’ Haire, for human rights and the rights of individuals in need of legal assistance and support.

Mr. Fiore managed the firm – with its diverse international law practice – representing U.S. military members and their families, as well as non-Americans needing assistance with U.S. law, until his retirement from the active practice of law in 2006.

Throughout his career, Mr. Fiore helped those in need, including U.S. service members and non-Americans with claims against American manufacturers of dangerous and hazardous products shipped to Europe.

For his dedication, outstanding contribution, and voluntary service in the development of the friendship between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America, the German government honored Mr. Fiore by presenting him with the 'Bundesverdienstkreuz' or federal medal of honor, Germany's highest service award, on January 21, 2004.

Foto Bob Fiore Bundesverdeinstkreuz Jan 21 2004
Hessen’s Minister of Justice, Christian Wagner (left) presents Robert J. Fiore (right)
with the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Following Mr. Fiore’s retirement, the law firm's office on Kaiserstrasse in Frankfurt was closed. O’Haire & Fiore, P.A, was then re-founded in Miami, Florida. The new law firm continues both Mr. O'Haire's and Mr. Fiore’s work and missions, seeking justice for individuals and promoting human rights.