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Dies; Father of Noted Law School Lecture Series
Hon. Arlin Adams
Irving R. “Bud” Segal C’35 L'38
“Bud” Segal, a renowned litigator who was revered in the Philadelphia
legal community, died last November. He was 88.
Born in Allentown, Mr. Segal grew up in Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to earn his
law degree at the school. Mr. Segal began his career as a lawyer in 1938
by passing up an opportunity to clerk for a Justice of the United States
Supreme Court, instead opting for a clerkship with Philadelphia Court
of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Finletter.
In 1939, he joined Schnader & Lewis, which later became Schnader,
Harrison, Segal & Lewis. Arlin Adams L’47, former judge for
the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, observed a quicksilver mind and
a perfectionist when he worked with Segal at the firm on-and-off for nearly
twenty years. “He was a taskmaster,” Adams said. “He
Segal specialized in labor law and litigation. He handled trials of complex
cases for major businesses including AT&T, The Bell Telephone Company,
RCA and NBC. Early in his career he became an expert in public utility
law, representing the Yellow Cab Company. But he also represented businesses
seeking to compete against regulated carriers. In that regard, his work
for United Parcel Service (UPS) was his crowning achievement. In more
than fifty trials and appeals over 35 years Mr. Segal enabled UPS to grow
from a department store delivery service to a national common carrier.
Segal, a captain in the Judge Advocate Branch of the U.S. Army during
World War II, was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers for
more than 30 years and was a Regent and Secretary of that organization.
He served on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Selection,
Tenure and Compensation, Standing Committee on Improvements to the Federal
Judiciary and its Commission on Correctional Facilities and Services.
He had recently received the 50-Year Award from the American Bar Foundation.
Segal also was chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s State
Civil Judicial Procedures Committee and Senior Lawyers Committee.