JACQUIN BIERMAN

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BIERMAN--Jacquin David, 1915-2010. Born in Harlem on January 19, 1915, passed away in Miami Beach on March 23, 2010, at the age 95. A product of the New York City school system who graduated first in his class at NYU, and obtained his law degree from Yale, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Quarterly, Mr. Bierman began his career with the chief counsel's office of the IRS in Washington. While there, in the legislation and regulations division, he worked on many critical projects, including the excess profits tax regulations, which helped pay for WWII. In 1947, Mr. Bierman left the chief counsel's office for private practice. He became a partner in both the national accounting firm of J.K. Lasser & Co. and its legal advisor, the law firm of Chase & Bierman.He loved the arts and literature and represented many arts-oriented organizations and individual artists. He later became Of Counsel to Schwartz, Burns, Lesser & Jacoby, which in turn represented MCA and Universal, among others. Mr. Bierman also personally represented certain artists and organizations such as Simon & Schuster and the controversial science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, during Hubbard's development of Dianetics. During Mr. Bierman's career, he was a prodigious writer and lecturer. Among many other works, he co-authored "Income Tax Differentials" with William J. Casey, former director of the CIA. He taught at the NYU Law School and was instrumental in developing the NYU master of laws program in taxation. He was a major force and frequent chairman at the NYU Practising Law Institute, NYU's continuing legal education program for tax lawyers. Mr. Bierman also founded the Hawaii Tax Institute. While still in New York, he served Of Counsel to London, Buttenweiser & Chalif, and to Helen Lehman Buttenweiser's and Ephraim London's successor firm, London Buttenweiser. He was undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent tax lawyers of his day. In 1977, at age 62, he moved to Florida, and began a second career. He became a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where then Dean Soia Mentschikoff appointed him director of the graduate law program in taxation. At age 67, the IRS asked Mr. Bierman to return as professor-in-residence to spend a year studying and making recommendations with respect to the "Underground Economy." In this capacity, he analyzed and helped draft numerous regulations. Returning to Miami at age 77, Mr. Bierman began his third career by enrolling as a student at the University of Miami and earning a master's degree in mental health counseling. At age 81, as a mental health counselor, he spent a number of years counseling troubled youths in Miami's Liberty City. Until he was 90, he guided a large number of young people into useful and productive lives. Mr. Bierman was a religious man and a major philanthropic force in the Miami Beach Jewish community. Among the many beneficiaries of his philanthropic efforts were the Talmudic University, the Ascent Institute, and a Jewish women's homeless shelter. The endowed chair in taxation at Yale Law School bears his name. Mr. Bierman was an avid bongo player, art collector, reader, skier, painter, and collector of early American pressed glass goblets. He loved science fiction, owned a cattle ranch, enjoyed fishing, and was a wine connoisseur. As a tax lawyer, as a professor of taxation, and as a social worker, he achieved lasting success and changed lives. He will be deeply missed by many. Mr. Bierman is survived by his wife Gloria and their four children, Adam, Joshua, Douglas, and Robin Tennant. He is also survived by his first wife Irma and their three children, Alfred, Michael, and Louise Oshatz. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 4, 2010
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