On Sunday, December 11, 2016 Mattaniah Eytan of Mill Valley, CA and formerly of Washington, DC passed away. Born in Tel Aviv in 1934 to the late Benjamin and Molly Epstein, he came to the US as a child, studied at the Ramaz Day School in New York, graduated from Columbia Universi ty, the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Zurich. Inspired by his Zionist upbringing, he changed his last name to Eytan (“strength”) as a young man.
He was Assistant General Counsel at the State Department – Agency for International Development 1964 to 1971 and then a partner in the DC law firm of Kaplan, Russin & Vecchi. In 1976, he moved to San Francisco to head the firm’s CA office and in 1981 he successfully argued a case before the US Supreme Court. He subsequently founded his own law practice in the Bay area and diligently represented his many clients over the past two decades.
A man of many interests, he had a keen and insightful mind and was passionate about the law, politics, art, history and Israel. Funeral and interment took place December 14, 2016 in the Gan Yarok section of Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley, CA.