Steven M Barna

27 décembre 194331 mars 2021

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Steven Murray Barna on March 31st in Los Angeles, California.

Steve was born in New Jersey on December 27, 1943 and while ultimately a transplant to southern California was at heart a New Yorker where he spent most of his life and professional career as a partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz.

Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara Robbins, whom he loved deeply and who was his true life partner enjoying adventures together and with their extended family. Steve was a devoted father, grandfather, sibling, and uncle as well as a friend to countless others, who all relished in his droll sense of humor and loving curmudgeonly disposition. He was a baseball aficionado, humorously enduring the mediocrity of the predominately under-performing Mets and the travails of the Yankees. Steve played tennis – eventually – both the hard courts of LA and via the Nintendo Wii™, with his grandchildren, where he was a fierce competitor.

Steve was a very successful attorney known for his analytic mind and great writing skills. But mostly he was known for the person he was: kind, considerate, caring and generous. And despite his outward success he was humble and was respected and admired by all who were fortunate enough to call him a friend. He will be missed always.

In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, the family will hold a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, April 18th at 1 PM est at Kensico cemetery (https://www.kensico.org/), which is located at 273 Lakeview Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595. Attendees are asked to congregate at the office and will proceed together to the gravesite.

There will be a contemporaneous virtual event, with information, including the Zoom meeting details found here:



  • Steven M Barna

    dimanche, 18 avril , 2021


Steven M Barna


trisha cardoso

13 avril , 2021

We have great memories of what a dedicated father & grandfather Steve was to Jackie and the kids. He & Barbara never missed a concert or yada performance and they were always so happy to be there. And of course it was clear to all of us how much he loved and adored Barbara. His dedication to his family will be remembered for ever and. we will miss him. love, Trisha & Ava

Richard Barna

11 avril , 2021

I remember my cousin Steven from the many Barna family events of my youth. As the oldest of the cousins, Steven was always the best at throwing a football or being a "big brother" to all his younger cousins.

Over 30 years have passed since then and we had grown apart.

Eileen and I send our condolences to Andrea, Scott, Susan and Nancy and their families.

He will live in our hearts.

Richard Barna

Susan - Nancy - Please contact me at rb@rbarna.com

Joan Finkle

10 avril , 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I will always remember him as a kind, soft spoken gentleman. I know how much he loved his family and I offer my condolences to all. I know he loved Barbara with all his heart.

Nancy Scharff

7 avril , 2021

Steve was my big brother and, as such, admired and respected by my sister and myself. He also was a typical older sibling, alternately teasing and ignoring us, but the underlying love was mutual and always there.
He was an intelligent, good-looking, athletic kid, but his main goal was to be cool. As a young teen, his ambition was to be a truck driver, much to our parents' displeasure, and then to join the Navy. Fortunately, he grew out of that phase, went to college and law school, and excelled in his studies and career.
He didn't allow his success to go to his head. He had a sharp yet understated sense of humor that I think we all enjoyed. He was a loving parent to Andrea and Scott, and a devoted partner to Barbara, his soul mate and constant companion. His love for his grandchildren was evident. We will all miss him, and cherish the memories.

Susan Sumnick

7 avril , 2021

So many memories! Steve was my big brother, so naturally he was in my life from the moment I was born. I idolized him, even when he was teasing me. He succeeded at everything he tried, from baseball to school, once he made up his mind that it might come in handy. His career speaks for itself, and so does the love and affection expressed by lifelong friends, colleagues, and of course his remarkable wife and life partner Barbara, his children, grandchildren, and so many others. Rest in peace, Bro. I miss you already.

Vivian Grunbaum

2 avril , 2021

He was the best boss I could have had. So sad to hear of his passing. Our sincere condolences to the family.