Leonard Silverstein, Buchanan shareholder, colleague and friend, passed away on February 14, 2018.
Leonard was one of Washington’s top lawyers, an esteemed tax guru and a philanthropic trailblazer. Highly respected as an extraordinary technician, Leonard’s exemplary career spanned more than 60 years. He served numerous presidents in writing and revising the country’s tax code. A generous philanthropist, Leonard worked with the Rockefellers, Mellons and Guggenheims and was instrumental in developing America’s tax laws related to charitable giving. His impact on the tax industry is further marked by his founding of the highly regarded Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolio Series.
An officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, Leonard’s dedication to public service spanned his entire lifetime. He advanced philanthropic causes through leadership positions with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra Association, the White House Historical Association, the French-American Cultural Foundation and many other notable organizations. Passionate about French-American culture, Leonard received France’s highest honor -- Officier de la Legion d’Honneur in France’s Legion of Honor – given to civilians for outstanding achievements in cultural, scientific, academic and humanitarian endeavors. He was also chairman of the largest children’s healthcare project in Russia, which administers vaccinations to children and later expanded to protect children in other countries.
Leonard’s commitment to his clients and the practice of law, his community and passions, and his family and loved ones was admirable and well-respected. He fostered deep, meaningful relationships and will be remembered as a mentor, friend, teacher and trusted colleague.
He will be greatly missed.
Harvard University, LL.B., 1948
Yale University, 1943
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