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Barry T. Harlan

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Barry T. Harlan Obituary
January 6, 1943 - February 11, 2017 Born in Syracuse, New York to Irving and Bertha Harlan, Barry ("The Bear") was raised in Burbank, California. Captain of the varsity tennis team, editor of the high school paper, and accomplished Boy Scout, he left Southern California for the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1964. Life truly began for Barry at Cal, where he forged life-long friendships at Kappa Nu fraternity and developed an unwavering loyalty to the Golden Bears. The proud Cal grad returned to Los Angeles to earn his Juris Doctor at Loyola Law School in 1967. Barry loved lawyering - it was what he lived to do, and he earned a reputation as a well-respected family law specialist and litigator. After several years as a sole practitioner, he joined Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan in 1987 and led the firm's family law practice and later served as its managing partner. He was honored to be part of the legal community, serving as a trustee of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, board member of the Valley Community Legal Foundation, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, Family Law Mediator, and frequent lecturer. Over the course of his 50-year career, Barry was a passionate advocate for his clients, mentor to countless attorneys, and trusted colleague. Nothing, however, gave Barry a greater sense of pride than his family. He was married to Judie for nearly 48 years, and raised three children, Jeffrey (Melinda), Gregory (Susan), and Melissa (Andrew) in Tarzana. He was a coach, counselor, and constant source of support. He loved spending time with his six grandkids, Sophie (13), Evie (9), Ty (11), Jack (8), Noah (10), and Blake (8). An avid sports enthusiast, Barry was an excellent tennis player, former lifeguard, and "bogey" golfer. When not watching his beloved Cal Bears (always optimistic they'd pull out a victory), he could be found regularly playing a round with his sons or his family law golf group. He often quipped that he "duffed his way through" some of the country's greatest courses. Barry passed of a sudden illness, surrounded by the love of his family. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 12:30 pm at Mount Sinai (Hollywood Hills), 5950 Forest Lawn Drive.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2017
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