Martin D. Ginsburg

June 27, 2010

Fall 2010

Martin D. Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 and father of Professor Jane C. Ginsburg, was a prominent tax lawyer and a noted professor of tax law. He passed away on June 27, 2010, at the age of 78.

Raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ginsburg attended Cornell University, where he met his future wife. The couple wed in 1954, just before Ginsburg joined the Army. When he returned, he enrolled at Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1958.

Ginsburg began his legal career at a law firm in New York City. He later went on to serve as a professor at Columbia Law School before joining the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center.

Throughout his life, Ginsburg distinguished himself as a giant in the field of tax law. “Marty’s treatise with Jack Levin on the taxation of mergers and acquisitions was the definitive work in the field,” said Dean David M. Schizer, “and his brilliance, warmth, and wit were a source of great joy to those who knew him.” In a recent Columbia Law School Magazine piece, Justice Ginsburg referred to her husband as “the best life companion anyone could have.”

Ginsburg is survived by his wife; his daughter, Jane; his son, James; and
four grandchildren.