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ALEX ELSON, American Lawyer, Partner of ROSENTHAL AND SCHANFIELD, specializing in the field of General Practice.


Elson, Alex was born on April 17, 1905 in near Kiev, Russia. Came to the United States, 1906, naturalized, 1913. Son of Jacob and Rebecca (Brodsky) Elson.


University of Chicago (Bachelor of Philosophy, 1926. Juris Doctor, 1928). Associated with Tolman, Chandler & Dickinson, 1934-1938. Regional Attorney, Wage-Hour Division, United States.

Department of Labor, Chicago, 1938-1941. Assistant General Counsel and Regional Attorney, Office of Price Administration, 1941- January, 1945. Senior Partner, Elson, Lassers & Wolff, 1963-1978.

Member, 1949— and Member, Board of Governors, 1973-1975 and Vice President, 1983-1985, National Academy of Arbitrators. President, National Academy of Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation, 1985-1989. Lecturer in Law: Yale Law School, 1946.

University of Chicago, 1933-1945. University of Chicago Law School, 1951,1955-1958. Northwestern University Law School (Seminar in Labor Relations, 1961-1966).

Visiting Professor, Arizona State University School of Law (Seminar, Current Constitutional Issues, 1970). Consultant, The Ford Foundation, 1963-1968.


Bill drafter Legislative Reference Bureau, Springfield, Illinois, 1929. Attorney Legal Aid Bureau, Chicago, 1929-1934. Associate attorney Tolman, Chandler & Dickinson, 1934-1938.

Regional attorney Wage-Hour Division, Chicago, 1938-1941. Regional attorney, assistant general counsel OPA, 1941-1945. Senior partner Elson, Lassers & Wolff, 1952—1979.

Of counsel Rosenthal & Schanfield, 1979-1999. Lecturer University Chicago, intermittently 1933-1948, 79-99, Yale Law School, 1946, seminar-labor relations Northwestern University School Law, 1961-1965. Seminar constitutional law Ariz University, 1971.


Former public member Regional War Labor Board. Former chairman Chicago Rent Commission. President Fund for Justice, 1972-1976.

Former chairman Illinois division American Civil Liberties Union (honorary member board directors Illinois division). Former vice chairman Illinois Commission on Children. Former chairman Board Mental Health Commissioners State Illinois, 1960-1969.

Vice president Law in American Society Foundation. President National Academy Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation, 1987-1990. Board governors Orthogenic School, University Chicago.

Member institutional review board division social science University Chicago, 1994-1997. Consultant Ford Foundation, 1963-1968. Board directors Hull House Association, 1955-1965.

Fellow American Bar Foundation, Emeritus fellow College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, since 1998. Member American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association (board managers), American Law Institute (life), National Academy Arbitrators (honorary life member, vice president 1983-1985), Institute Psychoanalysis (president 1976-1979).


Married Miriam Almond, July 6, 1933. Children: Jacova Silverthorne (deceased), Karen O'Neil.

Jacob Elson

Rebecca (Brodsky) Elson

Miriam Almond

Jacova Silverthorne Elson (deceased)

Karen O'Neil Elson