Jeffer Mangels Butler and Marmaro LLP (JMBM) mourns the loss of their dear friend and partner, Mark Rosenthal who died on February 3, 2010 after a brief illness. Mark was with JMBM for 24 years, and chaired the Firm’s National Sports Law Group.
A talented litigator, Mark relished the practice of law, particularly during baseball arbitration season. For more than 20 years, he represented sports teams in arbitration and negotiations, including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers. He represented the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004 in the successful arbitration case against Cy Young Award winning pitcher Eric Gagne and the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 in the successful arbitration against All Star pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.
For years, Mark headed the Firm’s recruiting efforts and many of JMBM’s young lawyers were fortunate to have him as a mentor.
Mark was known for his wonderful sense of humor, and was an avid reader and wine enthusiast. He will be deeply missed by his many friends both inside and outside the Firm.
Mark graduated from Wesleyan University in 1970, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude) in 1973.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Rosenthal of Sierra Madre, and sons William Rosenthal, a student at the University of Michigan Law School, and Michael Rosenthal, who is a foreign service officer at the State Department.