We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Levine Memorial Chapel
Carl Rosenbloom, a Capital District-based attorney over six decades, died at 83 on May 19, 2022.
The eldest of three children of Irving and Rose Rosenbloom, he was born Christmas Day 1938 in Binghamton, New York and raised in Olean, New York. A 1960 alumnus of the University of Buffalo (now SUNY-Buffalo)—where he played on the football team his first semester, until his grades suffered and his father arrived on campus unannounced to less-than-gently explain, “No more football or no more college”—he then attended Albany Law School, earning his LL.B. in 1963.
He joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he “learned how to practice law” under the tutelage of his bureau chief, Joseph Romano. The better part of his career in the Attorney General’s Office was spent litigating throughout the state in the New York Court of Claims, specializing in the field of eminent domain, in which he became, as it were, eminent. Leaving state service after 20 years, he entered private practice with the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, becoming a partner, and worked until his retirement in 2003. Following that, he served as Senior Counsel for Hacker Murphy LLP, and its successor, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP.
While many people identify themselves by their profession, being a lawyer absolutely defined Carl Rosenbloom. For 57 years, he maintained a passionate affair with the practice of law. He simply loved it. Writing, filing and answering motions, briefs and appeals; the discovery process; conducting depositions; pre-trial conferences; the trials themselves—he adored every facet of practicing. (With the notable exception of needing to request an extension of time.) He believed it a noble profession. And, as he had been mentored by Mr. Romano, Carl deemed it an ethical duty throughout his career to instill in countless younger lawyers a respect for the dignity of the law and its practice.
Professionally, personally and every which way, he was an indefatigable advocate for being a mensch—a solid person, a stand-up guy. Treat people decently and respectfully; do what you say you’re going to do; if someone can use your help, help.
And, the man was absolutely mad for animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, squirrels—in his later years, birds—every animal was beautiful. He even retained a fondness for his grandson’s dog after a minor altercation required stitches in the emergency room. (For Carl; the dog needed none.)
Predeceased in 2012 by his wife Nicole (Plisson) Rosenbloom, he is survived by daughter Erica L. Hezi; son Jay Rosenbloom; his cherished grandsons Eidan and Amit Hezi; brother Oscar A. Rosenbloom; sister, Linda R. Semi; and dear friend Barbara Drago.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 24, 11:00 am., at the Mendleson Chapel in the Congregation Beth Emeth Cemetery, 58 Turner Lane, Albany, New York 12211. Following, mourners and friends will gather at the Rosenbloom home in Loudonville. Shivah likewise will be observed at the home that evening.
If donations would like to be made, please make them to the animal benevolent organization of your choosing. That man sure loved animals.