M. Bernard Aidinoff

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Merton Bernard Aidinoff (February 2, 1929 – 8 August 2016) was a tax lawyer, and partner at the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.[1][2] Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, he served as law clerk to Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Aidinoff is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


M. Bernard Aidinoff was born on February 2, 1929 in Newport, Rhode Island.[1] He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, followed by a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1953 where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[2]

Following his law education, Aidinoff became a first lieutenant in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps.[1] After this, he served as a law clerk for judge Learned Hand on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.[1] In 1956, Aidinoff joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where his expertise was in the area of tax law. He would remain at Sullivan & Cromwell until his retirement in 1996.

Within the law profession, Aidinoff had several additional roles including chairman of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, chairman of the Tax Program Committee of the American Law Institute, editor-in-chief of The Tax Layer, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a member of the Commissioner's Advisory Committee of the Internal Revenue Service.[1]

He also served as a member of the board of AIG.[1]

Outside of the law profession, Aidinoff held various roles including a member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, Human Rights First, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.[1][3][4] Additionally, Aidinoff was chairman of the board of the Foundation for a Civil Society[5]

He died on 8 August 2016 in Manhattan, New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "M. Bernard Aidinoff". Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "A Conversation with M. Bernard Aidinoff '53". Harvard Law Bulletin. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Orchestra of St. Luke's Announces New Additions to its Board and Administration". broadwayworld.com. July 2, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Foundation for a Civil Society - Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-05.