OBITUARY

Alan Mansfield

January 27, 1954January 11, 2021

Alan Mansfield died peacefully on January 11, 2021 after a long illness. Alan was an accomplished litigator and a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and attended Duke Law School, where he met his wife, Susan. After beginning his legal career at Phillips Nizer, he moved to Greenberg Traurig, where he was a shareholder, a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a co-chair of the firm's Global Litigation Practice. He represented clients in a wide range of litigation matters with a focus on First Amendment and appellate work. As a commissioner of the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination (1996-2020), he helped to select nominees for the New York Court of Appeals for nearly 25 years. He was involved with numerous charitable organizations, most notably serving as a long-time board member of Mobilization for Justice, formerly known as MFY Legal Services (1997-2020).

He loved the Upper West Side, the Hudson River, the birds in Sag Harbor, the theater, the Yankees, the Giants and Duke basketball. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, sons Daniel and Adam, sister Debbie, niece Tamara and many supportive relatives, colleagues and friends. He was buried at the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, N.J. on January 14, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan's memory may be made to Mobilization for Justice (www.mobilizationforjustice.org), which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

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Hal Ennis

January 17, 2021

I can’t say that Alan and I were friends in Fair Lawn, NJ, but we shared many classes together throughout high school. He was a sharp-witted son of a you-know-what. We were in the “smart kids” tier, and my expectations of his future success were born out in the story of his life. My sincerest condolences to the family come from knowing that he was a good young man when I knew him, and he obviously went on to even greater good to his community and those he loved. God rest his soul.

Bill Briendel

January 15, 2021

I met Alan in 1988 when I joined Phillips nizer as a young associate and quickly became in awe of him and his talents as many were there. That never changed as we worked together as partners at Greenberg traurig for the past 26 years. He was the best lawyer I’ve ever seen...by a wide margin. He was also a great friend and mentor to me my entire career and I am forever grateful to him for the advice he gave me both professional and personal for most of my adult life. And I was far from alone. I spent countless days in his office watching a parade of lawyers coming in for his advice which he dispensed patiently. I’d marvel at his encyclopedic knowledge, even in areas in which he didn’t really practice but having read advance sheets the way many of read box scores he was still versed in. I’ve “stolen” many of Alan’s expressions and approaches through the years such as “the chances of that happening are substantially less than unlikely”, or when asked to comment on the skills of a lawyer he didn’t think highly of, “he’s a very nice person”...so many of us at Greenberg have been talking about how much we loved and already miss Alan these past few days—in between tears—he was one of kind. Susan, Daniel and Adam please accept my deepest condolences.

Russell Rosen

January 15, 2021

Alan had been a wonderful and contributing member of the Board of Trustees of Lexington School and Center, Inc. His love, words of wisdom, advice, and support for Lexington have made tremendous impact on the board and school operations. The Board will never forget him and the allure of his presence at Board meetings. He is cherished and always remembered dearly by members of the Lexington Board and the Deaf community. May him rest in peace.

Russell Rosen
President
Board of Trustees of Lexington School and Center, Inc.

James Brill

January 14, 2021

So sorry to hear about Alan he was a terrific lawyer and will be missed by all who knew him.
My deepest condolences to his wife and family.

Aldo Recchione

January 13, 2021

It with great sorrow that I heard of Alan too premature departure. Alan was the best lawyer and one of the best people I ever had the honor to know.
My most sincere condolences to his family.
Aldo Recchione

Gregory Spak

January 13, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Alan's passing, and please accept my condolences. I did not know Alan well, but we shared a common client in Italy, which allowed us to collaborate occasionally. I always found him to provide wise counsel. In our interactions, I never had to worry about whether he was putting the client’s interest first: he always did. As a person, he was respectful and straightforward. As a lawyer, he used his vast experience, expertise and clarity of mind to defend our common client's interests. We had different specialties and were in different cities, but we had a professional bond formed by our service to the client. It was refreshing to work with such a quality lawyer and human being.

Valter Viero

January 13, 2021

Alan was a very fine lawyer and a great personal friend. I have known him since 1993 and he has been of immense assistance over all these years to our company Valbruna of Italy to develop a relevant business in North America. I fondly remember his habit of taking a few seconds before giving his answer to you and also his lively curiosity and interest to learn all different things. We will all miss him a lot !
Valter, Lorenza and Valeria Viero

Eve Burton

January 12, 2021

Susan I wanted to send you love during these days. I learned of Alan’s passing today from Steve Saxle. I was so glad you and Alan were at my 60th on RSD. It was a joyful evening with you and Alan. He was my hero. I will miss him dearly. He loved what he did. Please be in touch when you can. Hope the boys are with you and doing ok. Here is Alan with a judge he respected! Love Eve Burton

Jeremy Taylor

January 12, 2021

I find myself speechless at Alan's passing. I served on the Lexington Board with Alan for many years. Alan lived one of the most consummate lives I have been privileged enough to witness, with singular integrity, commitment and ability. Always on the side of the marginalized, always on the side of those struggling for empowerment.

Alan was one of less than a handful of individuals whose counsel you could trust to be honorable, without a personal agenda and above all just.

With Deep Respect and Esteem,

Jeremy S. Taylor

Nellie Graverson

January 12, 2021

Sending so much love and condolences to Alan's family. I worked as a secretary at the same law firm where he was a shareholder - Greenberg Traurig. Though he was a quiet man, he was a man of truth, honor, respect and good humor. I will remember his sweet "I caught you" grin, especially when he'd catch me doing something silly at my desk. He never judged and was always fair and full of knowledge.

He will be deeply missed by all the lives he touched with his words or his sheer presence.

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