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Monday, November 15, 2010

Theodore Kheel Dead at 96

On Nov. 12, 2010 Ted Kheel died at age 96, here. I never meet Mr. Kheel, but has a labor lawyer growing up and practicing in New York, he had a tremendous influence on me. He was involved in every major labor dispute in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. He is the author of a multi-vol. treatise on labor law and was a named partner in Battle, Fowler and Kheel which later merged into Paul Hastings. When I was a student at the ILR School, I remember researching union information in the Kheel Center which was a depository of information housed in Catherwood Library.

Kheel was also involved in NYC politics. He was a frequent guest on T.V. and many people will miss him.

For additional converage, see New York Daily News,  New York Times. A Wikipedia article about his life is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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I did know Ted Kheel; my father was the lawyer for the Transit Authority in many of the epic battles that Ted mediated, and I went to school with Ted's son Bob. Ted Kheel was definitely a presence in the New York labor law world after the War; like many in that scene, he came out of the War Labor Board, and I think that public service colored the view of lots of lawyers who subsequently went into private practice, making them more aware of the societal effects of their actions. Notr so many of that breed around anymore.

Posted by: Steve Zorn | Nov 15, 2010 1:45:02 PM

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