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Environmental lawyer Mark Weinberger, a founding partner of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, died Thursday at the age of 57 after a four-year struggle with leukemia. “He was a joy, extremely knowledgeable and a good strategist,” said Thomas Curry, a partner at McDonough Holland & Allen and a former Livermore city attorney. “He represented what I think is really good about our profession.” Weinberger had a great deal of pride in Stanford University, where he earned his B.A. in 1970 and served as editor in chief of the Stanford Daily. “While he was a tremendous attorney — he never took himself too seriously,” said Richard Frank, California’s chief deputy attorney general for legal affairs. “I will remember his laugh and his sense of humor.” “As a senior associate I remember being pitted against him, like David against Goliath,” said Clark Morrison, a partner at Morrison & Foerster who was often opposing counsel to Weinberger. “I went to his house to deliver a document and he took a genuine interest in what was going on in my life even though he was this giant. I sat on his doorstep talking for 45 minutes.” Weinberger was on the hiring committee at Shute, Mihaly and was always interested in helping and mentoring young lawyers, said partner Fran Layton. She said lawyers with complex litigation cases were known to make a beeline to Weinberger’s office. Weinberger earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. After graduation, he worked in the California attorney general’s environmental unit. “He’s handled the past few years remarkably,” said friend and poker partner Trent Orr, a board member of the California Wilderness Coalition. “Last week he was snorkeling with his life partner in Hawaii. He didn’t give into this thing. I would like to think I would have one-tenth of the willpower and strength he had.” Weinberger was an enthusiastic traveler who also enjoyed hiking and backpacking. Weinberger is survived by his life partner, Tamara Galanter, and her sons Ari and Jules, his son Adam, his mother, Marion, his stepfather, Bernard, and his sister Kathy. There will be a celebration of Weinberger’s life at 1 p.m. Monday at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St. in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Weinberger’s memory to the Greenbelt Alliance, 631 Howard St., Suite 510, San Francisco, CA 94105; the California Wilderness Coalition, 1212 Broadway, Suite 1700, Oakland, CA 94612; or other environmental organizations.

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