Obituaries

William Madonna

William Madonna, Bronx Solo and Chief Counsel to Assemblyman Gjonaj, Dies at 55

By Rebecca Baker |

William J. Madonna gained recognition as the attorney for the Pelham Parkway Preservation Alliance, working to preserve dozens of trees near and along Pelham Parkway from destruction during a city road project. His unexpected passing has left the legal community in the Bronx and elsewhere in shock.

Gus Newman

Gus Newman, Respected Criminal Defense Lawyer, Dies at 90

By Jason Grant |

Known as a skilled cross-examiner who used humor and an old-school presence with juries, Newman completed at least 200 felony trials during his five decades of practice. He was most known for successfully defending white-collar cases.

Sol Greenberg

Long-Time Albany County DA Greenberg Is Dead

By Joel Stashenko |

Sol Greenberg, who became one of the longest-serving district attorneys in New York during his 25 years as chief prosecutor in Albany County, has died.

Judge John Curtin

Longtime Western District Judge and "True Icon" John Curtin Dies at 95

By Rebecca Baker |

Western District Judge John Curtin, who ordered the desegregation of Buffalo schools and presided over one of the largest toxic contamination cases in U.S. history, died Friday following a lengthy illness.

Lester Shulklapper, left, and Robert Isseks

Lester Shulklapper, Noted Lobbyist, and Civil Rights Lawyer Robert Isseks Have Died

By Joel Stashenko |

Two attorneys who left their marks in different ways on New York state government, lobbyist Lester Shulklapper and civil rights lawyer Robert Isseks, have died.

Joseph Forstadt

Joseph Forstadt, Retired Stroock Partner With Record of Public Service, Dies at 77

By Rebecca Baker |

Joseph L. Forstadt, a retired partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan who held a wide array of roles in city government for nearly 50 years, died Thursday night after suffering a severe stroke the previous weekend.

Lynne Stewart

Ex-Civil Rights Lawyer Who Represented Terrorists Dies

By Larry Neumeister |

Lynne Feltham Stewart, a New York civil rights lawyer who represented small-time criminals and radicals alike before losing her license to practice law after she was convicted in a terrorism case, has died of cancer three years after her release from prison.

Michael Juviler

Brooklyn Judge and Former ADA Dies at 80

By Andrew Denney |

Michael Juviler, a retired Brooklyn judge who was known for his commitment to fairness and expertise on the law regarding search and seizure, died Jan. 20 at his home in Florida following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

George-Zeitlin

Chadbourne Partner, Former NYU Tax Dean George Zeitlin Dies at 86

By Christine Simmons |

Zeitlin was "one of the true lions of the tax bar," said Chadbourne & Parke tax department chair William Cavanagh.

Robert Feder

Robert Feder, Prominent Westchester Real Estate Attorney, Dies at 86

By Christine Simmons |

Robert Feder, a founding partner of Westchester County-based Cuddy & Feder, died Saturday after suffering complications from pneumonia. He represented most of the major developers and owners of commercial real property in Westchester and surrounding counties, such as the Robert Martin Co. and Presidential Realty, said firm managing partner Joshua Kimerling.