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Merton Bernard Aidinoff

Merton Bernard Aidinoff was American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1953, New York 1954. Recipient Judge Learned Hand award American Jewish Committee, 1997.


  • Aidinoff, Merton Bernard was born on February 2, 1929 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Simon and Esther (Miller) Aidinoff.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Michigan, 1950. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1953.


    • Law clerk to Judge Learned Hand, United States Court of Appeals, New York City, 1955-1956. With Sullivan & Cromwell, 1956-1963, partner, 1963-1996, senior counsel, since 1997. Board directors American International Group Inc., 1984-1906, Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund.

      Member advisory committee to Internal Revenue Service commissioner, 1979-1980, 85-86.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1953, New York 1954.


    • Editor in chief The Tax Lawyer, 1974-1977.


    Trustee Spence School, 1971-1979. Member advisory committee Gibbs Brothers Foundation, 1965-1994. Member visiting committee Harvard University Law School, 1976-1982, 99-05.

    Advisory director Metropolitan Opera Association, 1989-1902. Chairman board directors St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, 1988-1901, chairman emeritus, since 2001. President Society Friends of Touro Synagogue, 2002-2003.

    Chair Touro Synagogue Foundation, 2003-2006. 1st lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps, Army of the United States, 1953-1955. Member of American Bar Association (vice chairman section taxation 1974-1977, chairman-elect 1981-1982, chairman 1982-1983, chairman commission taxpayer compliance 1983-1988, House of Delegates 1988-1991, section taxation Distinguished Service award 2003), American Law Institute (chairman tax program committee 1988—2010, John Minor Wisdom award 1995), Association Bar City of New York (executive committee 1974-1978, chairman executive committee 1977-1978, vice president 1978-1979, chairman taxation committee 1979-1981, chairman government ethics committee 1988-1990), New York State Bar Association, The Parks Council (board directors 1995-1997), Human Rights First since 1986, (treasurer 1997—2002), Council Foreign Relations, East Hampton History Society (trustee 1983-1989, 1990-1995), Foundation for a Civil Society (board directors since 1994, vice chairman 1997-1998, chairman 1999—2006), Guild Hall (trustee 1989-1994, treasurer 1993-1994, 1995—2002, trustee 1995—2003), Metropolitan Club, Century Association, India House, Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Celia Spiro, May 30, 1956 (deceased June 28, 1984). Children: Seth G., Gail M. Married Elsie V. Newburg, November 29, 1996.
    • father: Simon Aidinoff
    • mother: Esther (Miller) Aidinoff
    • spouses: Celia Spiro
    • Elsie V. Newburg
    • children: Seth G. Aidinoff
    • Gail M. Aidinoff
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    Born February 2, 1929