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James Matthew Lichtman


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James Matthew Lichtman Obituary
November 9, 1965 - November 25, 2017 Executive Vice President; Deputy General Counsel NBC/Universal James (Jamie) Lichtman died suddenly in Tarzana, California on Saturday, November 25 at 52 years of age. He was born on November 9th in New York City at St. Albans Naval Hospital during the "great blackout of 1965." As a navy dependent, his formative years were eventful and challenging as he moved many times, residing primarily in Bethesda, MD, San Diego, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, and Oakland, CA. Jamie's favorite extracurricular activity in high school and college was performing in stage productions. In his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania he met his future wife, Jennifer (Jenni) while both had leading roles in a production of Amadeus. After graduating from Penn with honors (magna cum laude) in 1987, he attended Stanford University Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. In 1989 Jamie and Jenni were married and in 1990, after graduation from Stanford, Jamie joined the law firm of Ropes and Gray in Boston. In 1997 the Lichtman family, now including son Spencer and daughter Miranda, moved back to Southern California. The following year Jamie joined the NBC family in Burbank as a litigator. Although his job at NBC was demanding, Jamie was an equal partner with Jenni in raising their two children. His interests were many, but there was nothing he loved more than spending time with his family. He never missed a single stage performance by either of his children, both of whom are aspiring show business professionals. His other interests were travel, theater, music (especially the Beatles) and literature. At the time of his death, Jamie had risen to the position of Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at NBC/Universal, with offices in Southern California and New York. He was much admired by his colleagues for his leadership skills, intellect, wit, warmth and generosity. In 2015 the Los Angeles Bar Association named him "Corporate Attorney of the Year." His favorite charity was the Alliance for Children's Rights Foundation where he was a member of its Board of Directors. Jamie is survived by his father, Rear Admiral (retired) David Lichtman, his mother Frances Lichtman, his sister, Elisa, his wife, Jennifer and children, Spencer and Miranda. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alliance for Children's Rights (http://kids-alliance.org/letter-co-chairs-passing-jamie-lichtman/.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 6, 2017
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