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Murray Irwin Gurfein, American judge. Decorated Legion of Merit; honorary officer Order of British Empire; Croix de Guerre France).


Gurfein, Murray Irwin was born on November 17, 1907 in New York City. Son of Louis and Rose (Feld) Gurfein.


Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University, 1926. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1930. Doctor of Laws, Bard College, 1972.


Bar: New York bar. Law clerk to the United States Circuit Judge Julian W. Mack, 1930-1931. Assistant United State Attorneys Southern District New York, 1931-1933. Private practice law, New York City, 1933-1935.

Chief assistant investigation organized crime to Honorary Thomas E. Dewey, 1935-1938. Assistant district attorney New York County, 1938-1942. Partner Judd and Gurfein, New York City, 1946-1954, Goldstein, Judd and Gurfein, 1955-1968, Goldstein, Gurfein, Shames & Hyde, 1968-1971.

Judge The United States of America District Court, Southern District New York, 1971-1974, United States Court Appeals 2nd Circuit, from 1974. Chairman Multi-district Litigation Panel, from 1979. Member of New York State Temporary Commission Court Justices, 1953-1958.

Former president United Hias Service, International Council Jewish Social and Service Orgns.


Served as lieutenant colonel, chief intelligence Psychological Warfare Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Office of Strategic Services and Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation. Member American, New York State bar associations, Association Bar City New York, Harvard Law School Association New York (president 1977-1978), Council Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa.

Club: Harmonie (New York City).


Married Eva Hadas, August 6, 1931. Children: Abigail (Mistress.

Louis Gurfein

Rose (Feld) Gurfein

Eva Hadas

Abigail (Mrs Gurfein