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Obituary: Leonard Rosen

By John Caher |

Leonard Rosen, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a renowned bankruptcy attorney who represented the City of New York during its 1975 financial crisis and stood up for lenders in the Chrysler bailout in the early 1980s, died Wednesday at the age of 83.

Obituary: James W.B. Benkard

By web-editor@nylj.com |

James W.B. Benkard, a commercial litigation partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell who represented several death row inmates pro bono, died April 1 of complications due to melanoma. He was 76.

Obituary: Joseph A. Doyle

Joseph A. Doyle, a longtime banking lawyer at Shearman & Sterling who served as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy during the Carter administration, died on April 4. He was 93.

Lawrence Walsh, Iran-Contra Prosecutor, Dies at 102

By Joel Stashenko |

Lawrence Walsh, an attorney best known as the chief prosecutor in the criminal investigation of the 1980s arms-for-hostages deal known as Iran-Contra, has died at age 102.

Obituary: Milton Harry Ellerin

By Tania Karas |

Milton Harry Ellerin, a longtime solo practitioner in New York City, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 89.

David Sive in 2012

David Sive, Pioneer in Environmental Law, Dies at 91

By Joel Stashenko |

An attorney who won landmark environmental rulings in both state and federal courts and built the pioneering environmental law firm Sive, Paget & Riesel, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Obituary: Eugene Wollan

Eugene Wollan, a lawyer who spent his 60-year career with Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass and literally wrote the book on reinsurance law, died Feb. 2 after a short illness. He was 84.

Stewart Freeman Hancock Jr.

Stewart Hancock, 91, Former Court of Appeals Judge, Dies

By John Caher and Joel Stashenko |

Stewart Freeman Hancock Jr., a retired New York Court of Appeals judge known for his scholarship, humanity, liveliness and sense of the absurd—he once declared Christmas trees vegetables to sidestep a Sunday blue law—died Tuesday at his home.

Remembering Alfred Siegel

By Greg Berman |

Obituary: Richard J. Urowsky

Richard Urowsky, a litigation partner at Sullivan & Cromwell for more than three decades, died Jan. 14 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.