Jeffrey F. Liss, 55

Lawyer was active in politics

March 20, 2007

Jeffrey F. Liss, a co-managing partner of a Washington law firm who had been the gubernatorial campaign treasurer for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in 2002, died of complications from pancreatic cancer Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Chevy Chase resident was 55.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Fallstaff neighborhood, he was a son of the late Judge Solomon Liss. A 1968 graduate of Northwestern High School, he earned his bachelor's, master's and law degrees at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

At the time of his death, Mr. Liss was the co-managing partner of DLA Piper -- formerly Piper & Marbury -- in Washington, and often met with clients and legal associates at the firm's Baltimore office.

Active in Democratic politics, he was an unpaid adviser on Cabinet-level appointments to the Clinton administration. His wife of more than 34 years, Susan Michelson, had been chief of staff to Tipper Gore when her husband, Al Gore, was vice president.

A devotee of classical music, Mr. Liss was board secretary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chaired its Strathmore Hall committee. He also was a Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. in Northwest Washington, where he was a member.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Harrison Liss of Chevy Chase; a daughter, Joanna Liss Strait of Washington; and two sisters, Linda Liss Hirshberg of Del Mar, Calif., and Debra Liss Tyrangiel of Stevenson.

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