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101-year-old lawyer is still working at Fox Rothschild


Murray Shusterman says he has no plans to give up law practice, though he is 101 years old.

Shusterman still works at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia, where his practice has focused on corporate and real-estate law, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“What? Retire? Sit in a rocking chair and wait to die?” Shusterman said in an Inquirer interview.

Shusterman was born in the Ukraine and and came to the United States with his parents as a youth. He graduated from Temple University law school and began practicing law in 1936. Early in his career, he was counsel to the Reconstruction Finance Corp. and was deputy city solicitor from 1956 to 1962.

Shusterman tells the newspaper he can’t hold forth on the meaning of life, but he does see it as an adventure to be embraced. “I did all the good things and all the bad things that a young fellow does,” Shusterman said. “Except I had wonderful parents, and they gave me a sense of morality and generosity, and I’ve always acted accordingly.”

Shusterman’s son, 72-year-old architect and lawyer Robert Shusterman, told the Inquirer that “stubbornness” keeps his father going to work. “He keeps pushing himself as hard as he can, and tries not to complain about things. He has a determination, a will to overcome impediments,” the younger Shusterman said.

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