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Marshall A. Bernstein, 87, Attorney, Communal Leader

April 3, 2013
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Marshall A. Bernstein

Marshall A. Bernstein, an eminent Philadelphia lawyer who served the Philadelphia Bar Foundation as president and trustee, and was long active in Jewish communal circles, died March 19. 

The 87-year-old attorney lived in Philadelphia and Longboat Key, Fla.

Born in Melrose Park, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949. Upon graduation, he went to work with his father, Robert M. Bernstein, later becoming partner, senior trial attorney and managing partner of the firm Bern­stein & Bernstein.

He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Law­yers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Inner Circle of Advocates.

Among other positions, Bernstein served on the board of directors and president of the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society. 

He lectured and acted as course planner for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations, as well as at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova, Delaware and Temple universities. His expertise in the area of civil litigation earned him a listing in the first through sixth editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

Among his many communal activities, he was actively involved with the Federation of Jewish Agencies (now Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia), where he served as a member of the Allocations, Education, Planning, Inclusions and Personnel committees; was chair­man of the Committee on Federation-Synagogue Relations; and served for many years as a Trustee.

He served the Philadelphia Committee of State of Israel Bonds in a number of capacities as he did with Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park . He established the J-CHAI (Samuel Bernstein House) in memory of his brother.

Bernstein was a voracious reader and an avid sports fan. He loved to play golf and tennis.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Gladys Bliss; two daughters, Dena Bernstein and Susan Gordon; a son, Jona­than; a sister, Deborah Silver; and five grandchildren.

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