Myles H. Malman, appointed in 1990 as one of three lead prosecutors of Panamanian General Manuel Noriega for drug trafficking, died at his Florida home on Sunday, April 20, after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. He was 67.
Myles was born in New York city and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team. After college, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and served in Vietnam. A decorated veteran — National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Purple Heart — Myles became a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War after his honorable discharge. Myles received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School in 1974.
An esteemed trial attorney, Myles began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, under the leadership of legendary prosecutor Robert Morgenthau. Myles progressed to become one of six senior trial attorneys on a staff of over 400 lawyers, and in 1986 was selected to prosecute members of the Cali, Columbia, drug cartel captured through a federal undercover investigation called Operation Swordfish.
After leaving New York, Myles became a federal prosecutor in Miami and rose to the position of deputy first assistant United States attorney and special counsel to the United States attorney for the southern district of Florida. Myles was a member of the trial team that prosecuted General Manuel Noriega and gave the closing argument in that landmark South Florida case. After leaving government service, Myles was affiliated with several prominent law firms, and ultimately became the founding member of Malman, Malman & Rosenthal in Fort Lauderdale, where he had an active civil and criminal practice, including serving as counsel in several high profile cases. He battled cancer with the same resolve, determination and contagious sense of humor as he prosecuted his cases.
Among countless accolades, Myles was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of outstanding litigation skills, as well as six Department of Justice Superior Achievement Awards for Outstanding Performance. In 2010 Myles was inducted into the Pinnacle Society at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the highest honor the university bestows upon its alumni.
Always generous with his time and skills, Myles taught advocacy skills to other attorneys, including the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Widener University Law School. Myles also served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Hofstra University Law School and lectured extensively on topics involving criminal law.
Myles is survived by his wife, Jill; his children, Parker and Mallory; his sister, Sharon Miller; his nephew, Michael Miller, and his niece, Jennifer Rose, and many friends and loved ones throughout the country.
Private funeral services will be held on Martha’s Vineyard. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.