Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

A Clan in the Courtroom

Barbara Bensoussan

3 states, 5 offices, 9 lawyers: How the Rothenberg Family became a personal injury empire

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

According to the old saw, if you put two Jews in a room, you get five arguments. But what if you put ten Jews in a room, and nine of them are lawyers — and all of them are immediate family?

Welcome to the Rothenberg family: Allen and Barbara Rothenberg are the proud parents of eight children, of which seven are lawyers, and six work for the family firm, known as The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP. “We used to have debates around the dinner table,” says Beth Halperin, the second oldest Rothenberg daughter. “My father would organize us into teams.”

People often ask Allen Rothenberg if he gave his children any choice about going to law school. “I gave them plenty of choice about it,” he says expansively. Then he adds with a twinkle: “I told them they could go to any law school they chose.”

But it’s not quite as simple as all that. Each Rothenberg child has found his own way into the legal profession, and they aren’t all cookie-cutter versions of each other. Even within the firm, which deals exclusively in personal injury suits, they’ve veered into individual specialties and different populations. Harry, Marc, Ross, and Scott have developed specialized expertise in the complex litigation of automobile malfunction, construction and commercial vehicle injuries, traumatic brain injury, and wrongful death cases. And while most of the family deals with all manner of people, Beth’s Lakewood-based branch of the family firm deals with a mostly Jewish clientele.

It’s not every day you encounter a family who, as Allen Rothenberg puts it, “probably holds the Guinness Record for the most members of an immediate family to belong to the New YorkStatebar.” But this month, Mishpacha was privileged to meet seven of the nine lawyers, who gathered together at theirManhattan office onSeventh Avenue, across from Macy’s.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"