Lewis P. Janowsky

Lewis P. Janowsky

Lewis Philip Janowsky, 64, of Santa Ana, Calif., died June 13, 2015. He was born in Newark and grew up in Hillside, moving to southern California in 1980.

He graduated from Hillside High School, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

Mr. Janowsky was a founding partner of the employment law firm Rynn & Janowsky, LLP of Newport Beach, Calif. He spent several years prosecuting criminal cases at the Cooke County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. 

As a staff attorney for Western Growers Association in Irvine, Calif., he worked beside attorney Patricia J. Rynn, eventually forming Rynn and Janowsky in 1986. He represented clients in labor and commercial litigation disputes in both federal and state courts throughout the United States, arguing before the California Supreme Court on several occasions, as well as the California Courts of Appeal and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. 

He supported many LGBT and AIDS service organizations and was active in the Orange County chapter of Lambda Legal. He was a member of the Floral Park Neighborhood Association of Santa Ana, where he worked to achieve historic landmark status for his home.

He served as president of American Jewish Committee and was an active board member of the Jewish Federation, both of Orange County, Calif. He was affiliated with Congregation Kol Ami of West Hollywood, Calif., and in recent years, University Synagogue of Irvine. 

He took part in the Los Angeles and San Francisco marathons and was an avid hiker. 

He is survived by his partner, Anders Brogarde; his mother, Jean Janowsky of Laguna Woods, Calif.; and a sister, Ann Mantel, and a nephew, Sam Mantel, both of Long Beach, Calif.

Services were held June 16 with arrangements by Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona Del Mar, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to Lambda Legal, 4221 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 280, Los Angeles, CA 90010-3512 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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