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ROSEN--Matthew, on November 20, 2015. The partners, attorneys and staff of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP mourn the passing of our partner and friend Matthew Rosen. A co-head of our tax practice, Matthew was a rare kind of lawyer -- one of the very finest tax practitioners of his generation and an unsurpassed mentor of the generations growing up under him. He led by example and will be remembered as always supporting new talent and the expansion of the practice into new spheres. Matthew joined our New York tax team in 1979 and, building upon the culture of camaraderie he inherited, enhanced the tightly knit group's reputation exponentially. Matthew handled every aspect of tax work and developed various types of financial instruments. He was repeatedly ranked among the top practitioners of his field. Raised in South Philly, Matthew attended Swarthmore College ('73) and Boston University School of Law ('76) and received an LLM from New York University School of Law ('79). He is survived by his wife, Mariana, and his children, Amanda, Anthony and Oliver. He will be missed greatly by all of us.




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Published in New York Times on Nov. 21, 2015.
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December 5, 2015
Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts about my brother Matthew Rosen. He was a grey brother, father, husband, and uncle. and we will all miss him.
Kenneth S Rosen MD
November 30, 2015
Dear Rosen Family,
I am sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this difficult time. Psalms 116:15
November 30, 2015
Matthew was one of the great shining lights. I will miss him dearly. He always found a way to make me laugh when I would try to make him laugh. He was caring and loving man and will be missed by us all.
Dwayne Haywood
November 25, 2015
I'm so very sorry to hear about Matt's premature death! I didn't know him well while at Swarthmore in our mutual class of '73, and always had a good impression of him. I also remember being warmly impressed with his "quite kindness" and engagement at a recent class reunion. My heart goes out to his wife, kids, family and many friends.
Martha King
November 25, 2015
Condolences to Matt's family and colleagues. Matt was a great a lawyer because he approached problem solving by mixing intellectual rigor with an understanding (and a desire to learn more about) the practical realties of a given situation. He was a great mentor to me during my tenure at Skadden and I credit him with shaping my own approach to the practice of law. And even in the 80's he tried to get anyone that had free time to attend off-off- broadway theater productions. I am sure he will be missed by everyone in the many worlds in which he travelled!
Melanie Gnazzo
November 25, 2015
My college roommate and dear friend. I can't believe you are gone, Matthew. Your talent and kindness helped change the world. Your wit and laughter enlivened it. I will miss you more than words can say. May fond memories of you console your family and comfort your friends.
Bill Yarrow
November 24, 2015
As the daughters of James Levitan, we would like to extend our condolences to Matt's family at his untimely passing. Of the many experiences our father had at Skadden, mentoring Matt was one of the ones he valued most, and we know he was proud of the extraordinary lawyer and exemplary person that Matt became. Our thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.
Susan Levitan
November 24, 2015
Matthew and I went to Central High School together and then Swarthmore College, where we graduated in the same year, 1973. To be honest, I had no idea that he had achieved such stardom in the legal profession or even that he became a lawyer, but in retrospect, this all makes sense, as do the nice things I've read about him. As a young guy, he was a role model for the rest of us. Condolences to all who knew him.
David Rosenbaum
November 23, 2015
Called Philadelphia home for many years. Am sorry for your loss.
Ginger Walker
November 23, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew some years ago. He was king enough to meet with me and share his insights about the tax profession. I will forever remember and cherish his modesty, his kindness and his words of encouragement. May he rest in peace.
John Sasopoulos
November 23, 2015
To the superlatives previously noted I would add that Matthew's qualities as a teacher, in any setting, were unsurpassed, even of the most complex concepts. I feel fortunate to have been the beneficiary of his patience and wisdom and grace. My deepest condolences to Matthew's family, friends and colleagues.
Cary Pugh
November 23, 2015
What a, kind, smart and generous man. I only met Matthew six years or so ago, through Playwrights Horizons. We had many lunches and dinners together and I am awfully saddened to think there will be no more of them. My thoughts are with Mariana and his family.
Bruce Norris
November 23, 2015
Matt was a good friend and one of the best tax lawyers that I had the pleasure to work with. I will miss him a lot.
Mark Silverman
November 23, 2015
May your memories of Matt be a treasure and a blessing. Terry Novick, his law school classmate, and I have Matt to thank for directing us to Philadelphia, a place we wouldn't have imagined without his encouragement. Our lives would have been so different.
Bob Blacksberg
November 23, 2015
My deepest sympathy to Matthew's loved one's. The world will be a less interesting place without him. His wit and intelligence along with the care he has shown toward his friends and his deep love of his family made him special. I am terribly sorry to have gotten this news.
Barbara Dahl
November 23, 2015
What a wonderful man! He will be greatly missed.
Iver Sanchez
November 23, 2015
Matthew was one of the finest tax lawyers on the planet. He was the living embodiment of the adage "the bigger they are, the nicer they are."
Scott Dayan
November 23, 2015
My thoughts are with Matthew's family. He motivated and inspired everyone who had the good fortune of working with him.
Daniel McCall
November 23, 2015
I met Matt during our freshman year at Swarthmore and reconnected with him periodically over the last 15 years. He was the same funny, modest, warm person the last time we got together as he was the first time we met. His intellectual power was always apparent just below the surface, but first and foremost Matt was a giving, thoughtful and empathic person I was lucky to know.
Ken Klothen
November 22, 2015
Oliver and Amanda,

Will, Nick and I are so very sad to learn of your father's death. We are thinking of you, and of all the family, with much love. Having known Matthew since you, Oliver, were five years old, I know that his loss is a huge blow. Please know that we love you and want to support you in any way we can in the difficult months ahead
Caroline Franklin Berry
November 21, 2015
Matthew inspired me to be the best Tax Librarian I could ever be. To match his incredible skill, determination, and thoughtfulness. It was my honor to serve Matthew and his tax department.
Thomas Tatarian
November 21, 2015
My sympathies to Matthew's family. He was a remarkable lawyer and the best tax lawyer I ever met or worked with. He will be greatly missed and fondly and warmly remembered.
Hal Hicks
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