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Daniel Sherman, 91, Philadelphia Attorney, Active in Civic Associations

October 15, 2009
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Daniel Sherman

Daniel Sherman, 91, a prominent attorney and a 56-year resident of Lower Merion, died Aug. 19 at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.

Born of immigrant parents and raised in Allentown, Pa., Sherman graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1938 and from Temple Law School in 1941. In law school, he excelled as a student, and was the Notes Editor of the Temple Law Review.

Sherman practiced law in Philadelphia for more than 50 years until his retirement in 1995. He landed his first job as a lawyer at the law firm of Labrum and Doak, but concluded in short order that he wanted to have his own practice, and proceeded to open the Neighborhood Law Office in Roxborough in 1948.

He enjoyed quick success as a solo practitioner and decided to expand by opening another office in Center City. Though that office quickly became the center of his burgeoning corporate and real estate practice, Sherman never lost interest in serving the Roxborough community.

Two nights a week and Saturday mornings, he would staff his historic office on Roxborough's Ridge Avenue. Sherman also had a long-standing commitment to representation of the indigent. In a day when there were no legal services, Sherman often didn't charge or charged a nominal fee to clients.

Among Sherman's numerous community involvements, perhaps most enduring was his association with a discussion group that he and his wife began with a group of friends. Every month for 50 years, participants would take turns hosting a guest speaker, usually a local intellectual or leader in the community. A night of inquiry, discussion and camaraderie were the hallmarks of the group.

Sherman's other areas of community involvement included a 50-year membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association; representation of Philadelphia's 21st Ward Community Council; and different leadership positions in Green Valley, Wissahickon Hills, Andorra, and Merion civic associations.

He also served on the board of Temple Adath Israel.

Sherman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Sherman; daughters Lois Sherman Hagarty, Sandy Sherman and Renee Sherman Strauss; and five grandchildren.

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