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Earle K. Shawe, tough-minded New Deal labor lawyer who later represented management of major corporations

Earle K. Shawe, tough-minded New Deal labor lawyer who later represented management of major corporations

Earle K. Shawe, a tough-minded labor lawyer who gained fame as a 24-year-old New Deal-era attorney after winning a case against Bethlehem Steel Corp. and later went on to establish the Baltimore law firm of Shawe & Rosenthal LLP, died June 30 in his sleep at his Pikesville home.

He was 104.

There are a couple of things you can say about Earle," said Eric Hemmendinger, who has been a labor lawyer with the firm for 40 years.

"He had a relentless drive and a persistence and was a student of human nature. He could figure people out and was a big problem solver," he said. "He was aggressive, but he tried to find ways to solve problems and understood...

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