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Myer “Mike” Feldman established a blue-chip firm, advised presidents, and was a founding board member of the Special Olympics. On March 1, he died of heart disease. He was 92. Feldman started his D.C. career in 1957 as a legislative assistant to John F. Kennedy, then the junior senator from Massachusetts. He went on to advise Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. After Kennedy’s election, Feldman became deputy special counsel to the president, where he wrote speeches and focused his work on foreign policy with Israel and economic issues including trade and tariff matters. After Kennedy’s assassination, he worked for one year under President Lyndon Johnson as White House general counsel. Then, in 1965, he left government service to become a founding partner of the law firm Ginsburg, Feldman and Bress. At its peak, the firm had 100 lawyers, which, says former name partner David Ginsburg, was still too many for Feldman, who thought law should be practiced in an intimate setting. The firm, like its founder, never specialized, taking on a variety of cases and clients. “Mike loved his profession and family,” Ginsburg says. “He lived a quiet, personal life.” In the 1960s, Feldman worked with Eunice Kennedy Shriver setting up the President’s Council on Mental Retardation and the Special Olympics. “Much of what Mike did, government service and his work as a lawyer, was shaped by his childhood,” says Ginsburg, referring to Feldman’s upbringing as the child of Ukrainian immigrants who struggled to put food on the table. “Mike was a successful lawyer and man.”
Nathan Carlile can be contacted at [email protected].

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