Bernard W. Rubenstein, labor lawyer

March 18, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Bernard W. Rubenstein, a retired Baltimore labor lawyer who was a partner in the firm of Abato, Rubenstein and Abato, died March 11 of heart failure at his winter home in Stuart, Fla. He was 88.

Mr. Rubenstein was born in Philadelphia and moved with his family to a Reservoir Hill home in 1924.

He was a 1937 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1940.

From 1942 to 1946, he served as an Army staff sergeant in the Aleutian Islands. After leaving the Army, he earned his law degree from Yale University in 1948.

Mr. Rubenstein began practicing law in 1948 and in 1961 was named a partner in the firm of Edelman, Levin, Levy, and Rubenstein, which later became Edelman and Rubenstein.

In 1984, the firm merged to form Abato, Rubenstein and Abato, which specialized in representing labor unions, including the Amalgamated Transit Union Division, the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers, the Teamsters, the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Rubenstein taught at the University of Maryland School of Law for many years.

The longtime Mount Washington resident retired in 1990. He had been a board member of the Jewish Community Center and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. After he retired, he enjoyed working as a docent at the Babe Ruth Museum.

Mr. Rubenstein was an opera, jazz and classical music fan. He also liked watching sports.

He was a member of Beth Am Synagogue.

Services were Sunday.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Frances Hilda Traub; a son, James M. Rubenstein of Oxford, Ohio; a daughter, Marian Hoffman of Baltimore; a sister, Esther Levin of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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