Archer deeply mourns the passing of our partner and friend Albert Burstein. Al passed away peacefully at home with his family in attendance on Thursday December 27, 2018 at the age of 96.
A Shareholder in the firm’s Hackensack office, Al was a prominent attorney, a political reformer, and a dedicated public servant. From 1971 to 1981, Al represented Bergen County’s 37th District in the New Jersey Assembly, and served as Democratic Majority Leader. As Chair of the Education Committee, Al was instrumental in revamping New Jersey’s school funding system to effectuate the constitutional mandate to provide efficient and fair education, regardless of the wealth of the locality. His belief in good government led to his sponsoring legislation revising New Jersey’s election laws, most notably the Gubernatorial Public Financing Law of 1974, designed to take dark money out of State politics. While Al left the Assembly in 1981, he continued to serve the State in other capacities, chairing both the New Jersey Law Revision Commission and the Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Al’s many successes as an attorney and as a consummate professional were evidenced by his being named “Lawyer of the Year” from the Committee on Professionalism in 1999 and by his receiving the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Professional Award from the New Jersey Bar Association in 2006. He was a founding partner of the Hackensack law firm Herten Burstein, which in 2011 merged with Archer & Greiner. An expert in trust and estates law, commercial law, and ethics, Al was a valued partner at Archer & Greiner. We will miss his sage, experienced input and advice.