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Taub, Simon
November 2, 1913 - February 7, 2012
Simon Taub, a charismatic family-law attorney whose clients included numerous celebrities during more than fifty-years of practice here, died February 7 at Cedars-Sinai hospital at age 98. Son of Samuel Taub, a grocer, and his wife Becky, Simon was born November 2, 1913, in the Bronx, NY. He labored at odd jobs while studying nights at New York's city colleges, St. John's University in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Law School, where he earned his law degree. The grueling hours would influence his determined work ethic and his compassion for others struggling to thrive. World War II interrupted his early law practice in New York. Enlisting in the Army, he became a Military Police sergeant guarding German POWs before training at Yale University as an overseas officer. Assigned to Korea with the Allied Occupation forces, he worked with the Enemy Property Custodians Office. He emerged a captain in 1946 and achieved the rank of major in the Army Reserves. Lured west by film star and friend Barry Sullivan---who as Patrick Sullivan had been a movie usher with him at a Manhattan theater---Simon settled in Beverly Hills and was admitted to California practice in 1948. With a keen New York wit, passion for work, and quick embrace of West Coast style, he flourished in entertainment and family law, establishing the Beverly Hills firm, the Law Offices of Simon Taub. His gentlemanly yet incisive courtroom style would become "legendary," according to peers in the legal community. Another New York friend and co-usher was Hollywood figure Robert Alda (father of Alan Alda), one of many celebrity connections during Simon's long career. A member of the American, California, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, Simon was of counsel to the firm of Hayes and Hume (1980-91) , as well as to the Beverly Hills family-law firm, Hersh, Mannis & Bogen, established by his protege, Neal Raymond Hersh. Simon regularly entertained clients and friends in his cozy but dramatically perched home in Beverly Hills' Benedict Canyon before moving to a Century City condo in Los Angeles. He contributed generously to favored causes and freely assisted friends and family in meeting educational and other goals. A brief marriage to Sylvia (nee) Rudnick of Bakersfield ended in divorce. Simon continually extended his education, not only professionally, but taking such classes as piano, Yiddish, current events, and cooking. His lively social life included dining, theater, sports events, resorts, and world travel. With intense curiosity and a love of reading and the arts, he was admired as a conversationalist and raconteur whose witty "throw-away" lines would often become iconic. Family anecdotes are legion, many arising from his fly-ins to New York to host holiday gatherings, where he would regale family with tales of Tinseltown. He would astonish people with his interest in and memory of details, qualities that served him well as an attorney, friend, and family doyen. Displaying youthful vigor most of his life, Simon was comforted in his last years by the devotion of caregivers Michael Chua and Teresa Guzman. Survivors include a niece, Barbara Markowitz of Boynton Beach, FL; three nephews: Arthur Plotnik of Chicago, Roger Golden of Woodridge, NY, and Bruce Golden of Kingston, NY; a first cousin, Manny Schongut of San Francisco, and other relatives. Simon requested cremation of his remains with no funeral services. A memorial event will be planned for the future.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2012
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