William H. Ginsburg, 2012 ABOTA Foundation President, passes away

LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2013) — The ABOTA Foundation’s 2012 President William H. Ginsburg died today at his home in Los Angeles following a valiant struggle against cancer. He was 70 years old.

Mr. Ginsburg was a longtime member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He tried more than 300 cases making him a Diplomate-ranked member, ABOTA’s highest level of membership. 
 
In 2008, he was elected by the Fellows of ABOTA Foundation to serve on the Board of Trustees. He served the offices of Treasurer and Vice President before becoming President in 2012. On Jan. 26, 2013, the ABOTA Foundation awarded him the Masters in Trial Award, an annual honor that recognizes teaching excellence for the Foundation’s professional educational programs held nationwide.
 
Mr. Ginsburg work as a lawyer promoted freedom and made the world a better place. His work on several pivotal cases made a significant impact. He was involved in the seminal "right-to-die" cases in California, the Hank Gathers basketball court death case, and the dispute over Liberace's remains. Before transitioning into the medical malpractice field, Bill specialized in pool safety, including the landmark Meneeley v. National Spa & Pool Institute case over diving injuries in sub-standard swimming pools.
 
Mr. Ginsburg was passionate about constitutional law and was frequently invited to speak to legal and medical associations on the topic. While serving on the Board of Trustees, he focused heavily on youth education and traveled extensively to speak to students and teachers across the country, including serving as a judge for the National High School Mock Trial Championships and other mock trial programs.
 
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Ginsburg was known for his ability to quickly assess the true value of a case and for his extraordinary understanding of medicine. He spoke at many distinguished events and published numerous articles in peer-review medical and legal journals. 
 
Mr. Ginsburg was born on March 25, 1943 in Philadelphia to Sylvia and David Ginsburg. The family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s. He attended Hamilton High School followed by the University of California, Berkeley. Bill received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.
 
Mr. Ginsburg leaves his wife Laura, son David and wife Virginia, son Maxwell and wife Katie, daughter Sasha and husband Chad, and grandchildren Verena and Brahm. Additionally, his mother Sylvia and brother Kenneth and wife Betty survive him.
 
There will be a memorial service; details to be announced.
 
The family has requested memorial donations directed to the ABOTA Foundation and the Los Angeles Jewish Home.
 
Comments:
 
“I was very honored as National President to be called upon to speak about Bill’s distinguished career and how hard he has worked for ABOTA “At our last Board meeting in Florida, Bill said that he would work for ABOTA as long as he could still draw a breath. What a wonderfully dedicated man he was. His wonderful wife, Laura, was also supportive of ABOTA.  May this outstanding human being rest in peace and may God bless him and his loving family. Bill, you will be forever missed.”
— Robert N. Stone, 2012 National President
 
“Bill met his health challenges with a stoic determination and dignity. His dedication to ABOTA was truly remarkable.” 
— Harry T. Widmann, 2011 National President
 
 
“Bill criss- crossed the country last year promoting ABOTA's role in youth education, and we are much better off for it.”
— Michael T. Callahan, 2013 National President
 
“Rhonda and I are so sad to hear this news. Bill and Laura were frequent guests in our home. My fondest memory of Bill is sitting on our back deck sipping single malt scotch and talking about the ABOTA Foundation.”
Joel W. Collins, Jr., 2008 Foundation President
 
 “A great ABOTA leader who served with distinction.  May his name be for a blessing.”
Joshua A. Whitman, National Treasurer
 
“Truly a unique, warm and very sincere man. We have all lost a friend.”
Christopher A. Duggan, National Secretary