With great sadness, we report that our retired partner, Allan Zelnick, died on April 22, 2013 at his home in West Orange, New Jersey. Allan was a leading litigator, writer, and scholar in trademark, unfair competition, and comparative advertising law, and represented major corporations including Estee Lauder, E. & J. Gallo, Alexander’s department stores, American Express, DC Comics, Warner Brothers, PepsiCo, Lego, and many others in leading cases for over four decades.
Allan received an LLB degree from the Harvard Law School in 1955 and served as assistant to the Chief Counsel, U.S. Bureau of Customs, from 1956 to 1958. He was a lecturer, both in the United States and abroad, and an author of articles on trademark law. Allan served from 1974 to 1976 as Editor in Chief of The Trademark Reporter and was a long-time member of the Board of Editors and the Advisory Board.
Allan joined our firm in 1979 and played a major role in developing our U.S. litigation group. He had a special talent for helping young lawyers realize their potential, and all of us benefited from his exceptional intelligence, experience, and character, as well as his buoyant personality. Allan was committed to excellence, but also to having fun, and time with Allan was always enjoyable. He was a gentle man who attended the opera, but also had season tickets to the New York Rangers hockey games.
Although retired, Allan remained close to the firm, regularly visiting our offices. He was a friend whose presence was cherished. He will be greatly missed.
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.