Bachelor, Yale University, 1947; Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1950.
Brotman left Yale University to serve in the United States Army during World World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He returned to Yale and received a Bachelor of Arts in Eastern Studies from Yale University in 1947 and an Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1951. He served again during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1952.
He was in private practice in Vineland from 1952 to 1975.
On January 27, 1975, Brotman was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Mitchell H. Cohen. Brotman was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 1975, and received his commission on March 14, 1975.
He assumed senior status on April 23, 1990 and was succeeded by Judge William G. Bassler. Brotman was on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from May 1998 to May 2005.
In addition to his duties in the District of New Jersey, Brotman served on temporary assignments to the United States District Court for the Virgin Islands for over twenty years and was designated by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as the Acting Chief Judge of that court from December 22, 1989 to August 14, 1992.
Brotman stopped hearing cases in September 2013. A resident of Voorhees Township, New Jersey, Brotman died on February 21, 2014, at the age of 89, at a hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.
Trustee Newcomb Hospital, Vineland, 1953-1968. Vice president Federal Judges Association, since 1993. With United States Army, 1943-1945, 51-52.
Fellow American Bar Foundation, Judicial Conference United States (space and facilities committee 1987-1993). Member American Bar Association (house of deals 1975-1980, state delegate 1982-1993), National Conference Federal Trial Judges (Executive Committee 1984-1987, chairman-elect 1986-1987, chairman 1987-1988, chairman standing committee judicial selection, tenure and compensation 1988-1992, chairman steering committee of nominating committee 1992-1993, member standingcom. Federal Judicial Improvements 1992-1996), American Judicature Society (director since 1995), American Bar Association Judicial Immigration Education Proj.
(chairman advising committee since 1996), Fed.Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association (president 1974-1975), Cumberland County Bar Association (president 1969-1970), Association of Federal Bar of State of New Jersey, HarvardU. Law School Association New Jersey (president 1974-1975), Federal Judges Association (Vice-President since 1993), Yale University Alumni Association, American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, Yale Club, B'nai B'rith, Masons, Shriners. M C.
Married Suzanne M. Simon, September 9, 1951. Children: Richard A., Alison B.