February 16, 1934|
|Died||September 17, 2007
New York, New York
Howard Gittis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating from Philadelphia's Central High School. He earned his economics and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Air Force at an Illinois airbase. After his military duty, Gittis accepted a job offer from Tom McBride who had just been elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. McBride lost his subsequent election, leading McBride to found his namesake law firm and keep Gittis by his side. This led to a merger with Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen where Gittis eventually became managing partner. Gittis worked at Wolf Block for 25 years. He continued in a consulting capacity to Wolf Block for a few years after he relocated to New York with MacAndrews & Forbes, a holding company owned by Ronald Perelman. Gittis and Perelman first met back in the 1970s. Gittis became Perelman's trusted adviser and friend.
Gittis also acted as an adviser for politician Frank Rizzo, whom he successfully defended from an attempted recall.
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