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Robert Wolfe Gilbert

Labor lawyer Robert Wolfe Gilbert, whose clients included many of the major showbiz trade unions and who was a specialist in international labor law, died July 22 of natural causes at his home in Valencia. He was 80.

Screen Actors Guild attorney during the Reagan years and lawyer for the Hollywood Film Council since its inception in the 1950s, Gilbert also served as legal counsel for the Writers Guild of America and nearly every IATSE local at one point or another.

Born in New York, he earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He opened up his law office in 1944, which developed into the leading law firm Gilbert & Sackman.

A friend of Hubert Humphrey, Gilbert helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and helped found the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Active in the Los Angeles community, he helped bring the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles as a commissioner on the city of Los Angeles Housing Commission.

He served as co-chair of the ABA’s Intl. Labor Law Committee for more than 20 years.Preceded in death by his wife, Bea, Gilbert is survived by two sons.

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