Former Senior B&I Partner Dies

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Former Senior B&I Partner Dies


 

 

The former senior partner of Brann & Isaacson, Irving Isaacson, has died at the age of 102. Irving actively practiced law until the age of 95. After attending Bates College and Harvard Law School, he joined the U.S. Army as a private in 1940. During World War II, Irving was assigned as a Commando in the OSS (the precursor of the CIA), where he rose to the rank of Captain. Irving wrote a book about his wartime experiences, Memoirs of an Amateur Spy. After the war, Irving married Judith Maygar, a Holocaust survivor he met while in the OSS (who also wrote an award winning memoir, Seed of Sarah), returned to Maine, and again practiced law with his father, Peter Isaacson, who had founded Brann & Isaacson in 1927. In the 1960’s, Irving served with L.L. Bean on a corporate board, and L.L. asked Irving to represent the company in a tax case. After winning that case, Irving became outside general counsel for L.L. Bean, a position that the firm continues to hold today. Irving’s success in tax cases gave rise to a nationally recognized state tax practice, in which the firm has now represented over 100 large and small companies in tax cases throughout the country, including two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to his legal prominence, Irving was recognized for his artistic metalwork that he continued into his 90’s. Irving was the foundation and inspiration for the firm today, and he will be truly missed.

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  • Judy Holmes

    March 30, 2018 12:53 am · Reply

    My husband and I will truly miss Ike, who hiked far and wide with us over many years, with Leon, Lloyd Holmes my dad, and many others. May you have a wonderful reunion with Jutka, dear Ike!

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