Lawrence S. Margolis

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Lawrence S. Margolis
Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
In office
December 10, 1982 – December 14, 1997
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byseat established
Succeeded byFrancis Allegra
Personal details
Born(1935-03-13)March 13, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 2017(2017-01-18) (aged 81)
Alma materDrexel University (B.S.)
George Washington University Law School (J.D.)

Lawrence S. Margolis (March 13, 1935 – January 18, 2017) was a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims from 1982 to 1997.[1]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Reuben and Mollie Margolis, Margolis received a B.A. from Central High School in Philadelphia,[2] followed by a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in 1957; and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1961.[2][3] After being admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, he was a patent examiner for the United States Patent Office from 1957 to 1962, and was then patent counsel to the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland until 1963, and then assistant corporation counsel for the District of Columbia from 1963 to 1966.[2] While serving in the latter position, he also maintained a private legal practice in Silver Spring, Maryland.[3] He joined the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division and special Assistant United States Attorney for District of Columbia from 1966 to 1968,[2] also serving as a consultant to the President's National Crime Commission from 1966 to 1967.[3]

He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1968 to 1971, at which time he was appointed to an eight-year term as a U.S. Magistrate for the District of Columbia in 1971. He was reappointed for a second 8-year term in 1979 and served until December 1982.[2] On September 27, 1982, Margolis was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat on the U.S. Claims Court authorized by 96 Stat. 27. Confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 1982, he received his commission the same day,[3] and took his oath of office on December 15, 1982.[2] He assumed senior status on December 14, 1997.[3]

Margolis married Doris May Rosenberg on January 30, 1960, with whom he had two children, Mary Aleta and Paul Oliver.[2]


  1. ^ "Death Announcement: Senior Judge Lawrence S. Margolis, 1935–2017 – US Court of Federal Claims". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Joint Committee on Printing, Congressional Directory for the 105th Congress (1997–1998) (June 1997), p. 856.
  3. ^ a b c d e Federal Judicial Center page for Lawrence S. Margolis.

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