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Melvin Leonard Zurier, American lawyer. Bar: Massachusetts 1953, Rhode Island 1957, United States District Court Rhode Island 1958, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1958, United States Court Military Appeals 1958, United States District Court Massachusetts 1975.


Zurier, Melvin Leonard was born on April 30, 1929 in Providence. Son of Louis and Frances C. Zurier.


Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, 1953).


Worked at Tillinghast Licht & Semonoff Ltd. (Providence, RI) specializing in General Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1953, Massachusetts.

1957, Rhode Island; 1958, United States. Supreme Court and United States. Court of Military Appeals.

1959, United States. District Court, District of Rhode Island. 1964, United States. Tax Court. 1975, United States. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Phi Beta Kappa. Rhode Island Commissioner on Uniform State Laws, 1958-1963. Executive Counsel, Governor of Rhode Island, 1961-1962. Member, Rhode Island Judicial Council, 1971-1983.

Special Counsel, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, 1977-1987. Member: Rhode Island, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. Military: Colonel, United States.

Air Force Reserve, J.A.G., Retired. The 1996 merger of Licht & Semonoff with Tillinghast Collins & Graham brought together the skills and resources of two established, leading law firms to form Tillinghast Licht & Semonoff. TL&S is one of the nation's oldest continuing law firms with long-standing client relationships which often span several generations.


President Temple Beth El, Providence, 1985-1988. Member Providence City Plan Commission, 1997. Member Rhode Island Ethics Commission, since 1997.

Colonel Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force, 1954-1957, Reserve retired 1979. Member American Bar Association, Rhode Island Bar Assn, Harvard Club of Rhode Island (president 1978-1980).


Married Janet R. Zurier, July 4, 1951. Children: Rebecca, Samuel, Benjamin, Sarah.