David D. Siegel
October 9, 2014
Siegel, David D. NORTH EGREMONT, Mass. David Donald Siegel died on October 9, 2014 at his home in North Egremont, after a series of health problems. He was born on October 18, 1931, in Brooklyn. David attended New York City public schools and was a bright but unmotivated student at Brooklyn College, where he majored in romance languages. He received a draft notice on the day of the Korean War armistice, and served his country for two years in Stuttgart, Germany, translating French documents. David often described his peacetime military service as a turning point in his life. After returning home, he enrolled at St. John's University Law School where he graduated at the top of the class of 1958. In 1962 the New York Legislature enacted the Civil Practice Law and Rules, which reorganized the law of New York civil litigation. David quickly found his professional niche, disentangling complex procedural issues simply and elegantly. He transformed arcane subjects with clarity, concision, and, most remarkably, humor. The bench and bar came to rely on his writings as indispensable to the practice of law. In the years that followed, he was in wide demand as a lecturer and expert in the areas of New York Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and Federal Jurisdiction. David's premier publication was his treatise, New York Practice, which has been the definitive text on New York civil procedure from its original publication in 1978 until today, now in its fifth edition. He brought meticulous scholarship and lucidity to all his writing, including the Bar Association's New York State Law Digest and his own Siegel's Practice Review, which he first published in 1993. David edited the former for 37 years, and the latter from 1993 to 2014. His extensive practice commentaries for McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York have been cited by the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal trial and appellate courts, and they have been extensively relied on by New York courts, including more than 250 citations by the State's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. David was a former chair and esteemed member of the Chief Administrative Judge's Advisory Committee on civil practice. He authored many articles for the New York Law Journal and the New York State Bar Association Journal, and he was a popular lecturer for that association, for which his New York Practice updates became essential legal education throughout New York. He served as professor of law at Albany Law School from 1972 until his retirement as distinguished professor of Law in 2007. For many years David also served as a professor at St. John's University Law School, with visiting semesters at New York University and Cornell University Law Schools. At Albany Law he created a scholarship fund for Law Review students, which has provided financial support for 126 students to date. Always interested in young people and possessed of a singular personal touch, David was a revered mentor to scores of students and lawyers, as well as to family members and friends. David was renowned for his quick wit, pithy repartee, infectious sense of fun, and generous soul, all of which were in full force until his final hours. David is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Rosemarie Duffy Siegel, and two daughters, Sheela Clary of West Stockbridge and Rachel Siegel of Great Barrington. His five grandchildren, Cecelia, Fiona, George, Donal, and Patrick were the lights of his later life. He was predeceased by his father, Harry Siegel, in 1976, and his mother, Ida Scharaga Siegel, in 1980. An interfaith memorial service will be held at St. James Church in Chatham, at 1 p.m. on October 19. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Albany Law School, Law Review, in Memory of Professor David D. Siegel.

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A mensch! He was a great fella.
Al Dickman
July 6, 2018
I am sorry for the loss to your family. I had the honor of being a student in 2 of his classes, and can say he is the greatest teacher, to whom none can compare. He will be missed.
Holly Moynihan
October 23, 2014
I had a nice visit with David early in July when I visited his home for a swim with my nephews, brother, and sister-in-law. Despite not feeling well he was gracious and in good humor.
Thank you David for giving us Rachel, George, and Patrick. Marge Maurukas
October 21, 2014
A wonderful teacher, mentor and human being. I benefited immeasurably from being his student and friend. I took every course that he taught at ALS, and if he had taught more, I would have taken them, too. He is surely someone I feel most fortunate to have known and whom I shall miss. My sincerest and deepest sympathies to his family for their loss.
Jerry Swartz
October 15, 2014
A great man - I am proud to have known him and to have worked with him.
October 15, 2014
Professor Siegel was one of the best teachers I ever encountered. I took every class that he taught as Albany Law School, even though many of them were New York Practice classes and I knew I would likely spend most of my career practicing elsewhere. He was a simply masterful teacher. I last saw him on a train from New York to Albany. I was returning from arguing a case in the Second Circuit. I introduced myself and he took the time to talk with me about my case and my career. His treatise remains on my shelf and I am glad to have it. Thank you Professor David D. Seigel for your excellence as a scholar and teacher. Thank you to each of the members of his family for sharing him with us.
We will miss him.

Albany Law School, '78
Richard Cassidy
October 13, 2014
Dear RoseMarie, Rachel & Sheela,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. We will always remember David for his humor, brilliance and zest for life, which still shines so brightly in his family.
Rose & Jaime Carey
October 13, 2014
He had that wonderful ability to allow you to feel an intimate connection with him, watching as he peeled away layers hiding a another nugget of remarkable logic. He was gifted (as he often reminded us in class) with tremendous ability; his beauty was that he actually shared it with true sensitivity, devoid of pomposity and pretense. I will miss him dearly.
Michael Brockbank
October 13, 2014
Whenever I walk in his woods, which David generously let me share for 20 years, I thank David with all my heart. A good man and a good neighbor.
Andrea Wolfand-Taylor
October 13, 2014
What a great loss -- I will concur that he was a great teacher, and made what could otherwise be dull into something exciting. The law has lost a lion, but we were all the better for having known him.
Ellen Barshevsky
October 12, 2014
My heart and prayers go out to his wife and daughters.

I've been fortunate to get to know David through his daughter Sheela who is a dear friend. I have seen the man he is through the amazing children he raised and grandchildren he adored.

He will be deeply missed and remembered.
Kirsten Larson
October 12, 2014
Our deepest sympathies. He will be missed in Egremont.
Mary & Ron Brazie
October 12, 2014
Best teacher I ever had, bar none. Truly a gentleman and a scholar.
Robert Smith ALS '73
October 12, 2014

My condolences. I can't say anything everyone else doesn't already know. Thoughts and prayers forever with him and all those that will miss him so much
Tom Newgarden
October 11, 2014
He literally "wrote THE book" on New York practice. Thousands of lawyers relied on his work. His CLE courses were a joy to attend. Condolences to his family.
Barry Seidel
October 11, 2014
Rosemarie & Family, You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Susan Bassett
October 11, 2014
Brilliant legal mind; the very best professor and lecturer I have had the privilege of ever experiencing; and the "dean" of New York Practice. Most importantly, a kind and giving man to all who often spoke so fondly of his wife and children. Professor Siegel's legacy and impact on the practice of civil law in New York will outlive all of us. Sincere condolences to Professor Siegel's family and friends.

Forever grateful former student
October 11, 2014
We are so saddened to hear this news today....keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. David will be greatly missed.
Carl & Arlene Van Deusen
October 11, 2014
Thank you Prof. Siegel for inspiring me to concentrate my law practice on civil litigation. Richard J. Evans, University at Buffalo Law School, class of 72'.
October 11, 2014
Dear Rosemarie, Sheela and Rachel
Our deepest sympathy and condolences. You are in our prays.
Maria and Eugene Cleary
New Marlborough Ma
October 10, 2014
Rachel, my heart aches for you, your mom, your sister, and your children. Find comfort in your memories.
Joni Olsen
October 10, 2014
A brilliant professor and author. Thank you Professor Siegel for bringing decades of clarity and common sense to the practice of law in NY. Your book (and course at ALS) on "New York Practice" was the single most significant influence on this lawyer's career.
Laurence Soronen
October 10, 2014
You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Love from Colorado!!
October 10, 2014
Rosemarie, Rachel and Sheela - So sorry for your loss. I know you will treasure your memories always.
Susan Frisch Lehrer
October 10, 2014
I could never have practiced law in NY without his wisdom and wit. RIP Prof. Siegel. Sincere condolences to all family members.
Bruce Egert
October 10, 2014
Dear Sheela, Jim and family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We didn't know him but knowing you makes us sure that he was a really nice guy. He brought up a beautiful daughter. Take care.
Sue & Bill Harrington
October 10, 2014
So sorry for your loss.
Joanne & Joe Saliba
October 10, 2014
So sorry to hear of his passing. I am honored to have had the privilege of learning NY Practice I and II from him. May God bless his family
Kelley Provo
October 10, 2014
You single-handedly changed the practice of law in New York in a positive way. Thank you. You will be missed.
pete weinman
October 10, 2014
Best law professor I ever had.
October 10, 2014
I am so sorry to hear that Professor Siegel has passed away. I had the pleasure of working with him on the Law Digest and Siegel's Practice Review, first at The Letter Shop and later at Modern Press. He will be greatly missed.
Mary Scaligeri
October 10, 2014
So sorry for the families loss.
Morag bell
October 10, 2014
I followed his lessons and admonitions for practitioners during and after law school. Whenever I had a New York Civil Practice question, my first place to go was always Siegel on NY Practice. He served generations of attorneys and judges with his knowledge. He will be missed. God be with you, David. You have earned your Rest in Peace.
Casey E. Callanan
October 10, 2014