Clarence Barasch ’35

August 31, 2010

Summer 2011

Clarence S. Barasch ’35 was a pioneer in the field of real estate brokerage law and a prolific writer who published frequently in a variety of publications. He passed away on August 31, 2010, at the age of 98.

Barasch, a graduate of both Columbia College and Columbia Law School, joined the law firm of Pfieffer & Crames soon after earning his law degree in 1935. Seven years later, he left the firm to enlist in the Army and was stationed in England at the site of secret British code-breaking activities during World War II.

When Barasch returned from the war, he briefly rejoined Pfieffer & Crames before launching his own firm. Over the years, he developed an expertise in the area of real estate brokerage law, and, in 1969, he co-wrote what several courts have hailed as the authoritative treatise on the subject. Barasch continued to write throughout his career and contributed regularly to the New York Law Journal, among other publications, for more than three decades.

“He never retired,” said his son and firm colleague, Lionel, in an obituary in the New York Law Journal. “He was totally sharp. He continued to consult with clients from his home, and he continued to write articles and keep up with his CLE credits.”

Barasch is survived by his sons, Lionel and Jonathan; his daughters-in-law, Lili and Lisa; and his grandchildren: Nicholas, Kimberly, Julia, and Francesca.