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Merton Bernard Aidinoff, American Lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1953, New York 1954. Recipient Judge Learned Hand Human Rels. 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.


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, New York City, 1956-1963;partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1963-1996;senior counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, since 1997. Director American International Group Inc., Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Advising committee to Internal Revenue Service commissioner, 1979-1980, 85-86.


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.