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Wednesday, January 21, 2004


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Marvin Greene, Longtime Loeb & Loeb Partner and Securities Law and Regulation Expert, Dies at 79


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Marvin Greene, who headed the Business and Corporations Law Department of Loeb & Loeb for many years, has died at 79.

Greene passed away Monday night, his son said. Robert Greene, an attorney and a staff writer at LA Weekly, called his father “an outstanding role model” who “taught me that education is a life-long process, and that honor, dignity and a sense of humor are essential components of a happy life.”

Greene was a San Francisco native who saw combat in World War II, winning the Bronze Star, then served as a major in the Army Reserve. He graduated from Stanford  University 1947 and from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1951, the year he was admitted to the State Bar.

He later served on advisory boards for both universities, and as president of Stanford’s San Fernando Valley alumni group.

He began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission, working first in Washington, D.C. and later in San Francisco. He came to Los Angeles County in 1960, joining the firm of  Gendel, Raskoff, Shapiro & Quittner, before moving to Loeb & Loeb, where he was a partner from 1968 to 2000.

Robert Barry, a Loeb partner who worked closely with Greene, described him yesterday as “a fine lawyer who always took the time to help younger lawyers in the firm.” Greene, he said, “was very well liked and will certainly be missed.”

Regarded as a top expert in the field of California securities laws and regulation, he advised many of Los Angeles’ most historic businesses, and served on the boards of several, including Capitol Milling Co, one of the oldest businesses in the city. He worked as a securities arbitrator after retiring from the partnership at Loeb & Loeb.

He was an active member of Los Angeles County Bar Association and helped found the Business and Corporations Law Section.

In 1993, the section named an annual award in his honor. The Marvin Greene Award is presented annually to an exemplary attorney for service to the legal community in the field of business law.

He also served for several years as a LACBA delegate to the State Bar’s Conference of Delegates, lectured extensively for California Continuing Education of the Bar and wrote and edited CEB publications.

He was active in the American Bar Association and served on the Committee on Federal Regulations of Securities in the section of corporation, banking and business law.

Survivors, besides his son, include his wife of 53 years, Revlyn Greene, daughter Andrea Willard, son-in-law Douglas Willard, grandchildren Tristan and Graham Willard, and daughter-in-law Dana Chinn.

No information was available late yesterday as to services.

In lieu of flowers, his family requested that donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633, or online at


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