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Marvin Ellin


1923 - 2016 Notice Condolences
Marvin Ellin Notice


Marvin Ellin, one of Maryland's most notable attorneys, known as the "Dean of Medical Malpractice", died peacefully in his home on Friday, January 8, 2016. Mr. Ellin was born on March 6, 1923 in Baltimore to Morris and Goldie Ellin. He developed an early love for performance and showmanship, and after serving in the Air Corps during WWII returned to Baltimore and started a career in radio as a disc jockey on WCAO, where he featured and interviewed many of the celebrities of the day. He eventually took his talents to WMAR television, where he served as host of the popular "Block Party" show. Despite his success on both radio and television, he was fascinated and intrigued by the practice of law, and attended law school at the University of Baltimore at night, receiving his law degree in 1953 at the age of 30. Along with his commanding presence and powerful oratory style, Marvin was blessed with quick wit, charm, tenacity, and mental agility, which served him well throughout his more than 50 years practicing law. He was a well-respected and admired pioneer in the field of Plaintiffs' medical malpractice litigation, and was known as a fierce and relentless advocate for his clients, resulting in several record-breaking verdicts. Prior to 1953, few medical malpractice cases were brought to fruition because of the reluctance of local healthcare providers to testify against their peers. Marvin was one of the first attorneys in Maryland to utilize out-of-state and international medical experts in medical malpractice cases, an issue which was taken up by the Maryland legislature (where restrictions on using non-local medical experts were sought), and successfully argued his opinion before the legislature. He never worked at any firm but his own, and for a time worked closely with the late former Governor William Donald Schaefer, with whom he shared a decades-long friendship. Many of today's most successful Maryland attorneys worked for Marvin at one time or another in their careers, and benefited greatly from his legal acumen and wisdom. In addition to the practice of law, Marvin had a deep and abiding passion for Italy and all things Italian, especially Italian cuisine. He loved animals, especially dogs, and was an avid photographer who captured countless beautiful images of his beloved Italy. He was especially devoted to the love of his life, his wife Stella, whom he married in 1947 and who died in 1994. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Susan Ellin of Reisterstown, son and daughter-in-law Raymond and Donna Ellin of Pikesville; grandson David Ellin of Finksburg; grandson Joshua Ellin of Huntington Beach, CA, and grandsons Sam Ellin and Renen Katz of Florida; along with several great-grandchildren. Per Marvin's final wishes, a private, graveside ceremony was held in his honor. In lieu of flowers, the Ellin family asks that donations be made to The Associated - Jewish Federation Community of Baltimore.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 13, 2016
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