Sidney Lehmann, 67, of Yardley, Pa., died Nov. 15, 2012. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Vineland.
Mr. Lehmann began his legal career at Camden Legal Services in 1971. In 1974, the State of New Jersey created the Office of the Public Advocate, where he was a founding lawyer. In 1975, he joined the Public Employment Relations Commission, where he became general counsel and began his lifelong career as a public sector labor attorney. He joined the law firm of Tomar, Gelade, Kamensky, Klein & Lehmann as a partner in 1983, and became the NJ counsel of the Philadelphia firm Williams, Willig, & Davidson in 1986. In 1988, he joined Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, Watter, Blader & Lehmann, and in 2008, Zazzali, Fagella, Nowak, Kleinbaum and Friedman. He successfully argued several landmark labor cases before the Supreme Court of New Jersey and also taught courses as a co-adjutant professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Management and Labor Relations.
After attending Rutgers University, he earned his JD from Columbia University.
He was twice named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in the U.S.” by Best Lawyers in America; in 2003 New Jersey Monthly named him to its “New Jersey’s Top Labor and Employment Lawyers” list.
In 1986, he became the first Democrat elected in Lower Makefield Township to its Board of Supervisors, where he served until 1991.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janice Susman Lehmann; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Elizabeth Hamberg; two sisters, Judy Casper and Barbara Tombros; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 18 at Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville, with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.