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Steven P. Lockman, 56, product liability lawyerSteven...


Steven P. Lockman, 56, product liability lawyer

Steven P. Lockman, a lawyer who specialized in product liability and was an active supporter of his alma mater, the University of Maryland School of Law, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications of an aortic aneurysm. He was 56.

Mr. Lockman grew up in Baltimore and was a graduate of City College. He worked for the Washington firm of Arnold & Porter, where he helped to settle a national class action lawsuit against the makers of fen-phen, a drug combination used by thousands of people who hoped to lose weight. In that case, Lockman represented the pharmaceutical company American Home Products.

A resident of Chevy Chase, he became ill last month while in Oregon to meet with an executive with the drug company.

Mr. Lockman was the Baltimore spelling champion at ages 11 and 13, and was president of the Club of Presidents at City College. He was a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was first in his class and editor of the law review. He also won membership in the Order of the Coif, a legal honor society.

After law school, he worked as a clerk for Judge Simon E. Sobeloff of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department. The office was headed by William H. Rehnquist, who became chief justice of the United States.

In 1970, he joined Arnold and Porter, where he represented corporations facing claims of product liability and false advertising.

"He was very highly thought of for his judgment and litigation skills," said Michael Sohn, the firm's chairman. His colleagues repeatedly elected him to the firm's governing body.

Mr. Lockman was dedicated to his law school, serving for many years on its board of visitors. Dean Karen Rothenberg said he supported the school's efforts to develop a greater presence in Washington's legal community - in part, by placing more of its graduates in jobs with area firms.

"I was struck by his incredible love and devotion to the law school," Rothenberg said. "He was a very brilliant, but modest, man. When you were speaking to him, you could tell he was very smart but he didn't have to make an issue of it."

He loved sports, following the Washington Redskins and the Orioles, and had a weekly poker game with friends, including Tony Hope, son of comedian Bob Hope, and various attorneys.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Washington Hebrew Congregation, McComb Street and Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Ilene Lockman of Chevy Chase; his brother, Dr. Bruce Lockman of Philadelphia; and four children, Michael Lockman and Andrew Lockman, both of Chevy Chase, from his first marriage to Madeline Roth Lockman, who died in 1989, and Rebecca Dopkin of Washington and Peter Dopkin of Chevy Chase.

Leonard Forman, 78, owned distribution firm

Leonard Forman, co-founder of the Forman Inc. distributing company and longtime Pikesville resident, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home on Park Heights Avenue. He was 78.

Mr. Forman and his father, Morris Forman, founded what was then called M. R. Forman and Son Inc. in 1946 after they lost their jobs as paper bag salesmen. At first, they operated the business from Morris Forman's Ashburton home, buying grocery bags in bulk from manufacturers and selling them to local wholesalers.

The company expanded its product line to include paper cups, plastic utensils and janitorial supplies, among other things. In 1951, the company moved into its first warehouse.

By the time Leonard Forman retired from the business in 1976, the company was selling thousands of products and doing more than $12 million in annual sales, said his son, Robert Kraus-Conrad Forman of Hastings, N.Y.

Mr. Forman was born in Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1938. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1941. That year, he married Rosalind Michelson.

During World War II, Mr. Forman commanded an Army distribution and transportation center in Paris. He left the Army with the rank of second lieutenant.

He served on the board of Oheb Shalom synagogue, where he was a lifelong member, and was president of the board of trustees for the Baltimore Hebrew College.

Mr. Forman, who enjoyed golfing, spent winters at his second home in Palm Beach, Fla. He received a master of liberal arts degree from Hopkins in the early 1980s.

His first wife died in 1988. In 1994, he married Evelyn Lutzky, who survives him.

Services were held Thursday.

Mr. Forman also is survived by a daughter, Fran Forman of Boston; a sister, Elaine Tobias of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Jane Christopher, 81, D.C. legal secretary

Jane Christopher, a retired legal secretary, died Tuesday of cancer at her daughter's Sykesville home. She was 81.

Before retiring about 20 years ago, she worked in Washington law firms.

Born in Baltimore, the former Jane de Moss was reared in Waverly. She was a graduate of Eastern High School.

In 1945, she married James Frederick Christopher, a Xerox Corp. salesman. He died in 1974.

A private memorial tribute is planned.

She is survived by a son, James de Moss Christopher of Missoula, Mont.; a daughter, Debra Christopher Fletcher of Sykesville; and two grandchildren.

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