On December 9, 2004, Pennsylvania attorney, MICHAEL G. NAST, 37, died in an underwater diving accident near Cancun, Mexico. Nast, was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on June 6, 1967. He was the husband of Baltimore resident Julie R. Brahmer, M.D., a thoracic oncologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, to whom he was married in June, 2004. Nast was the son of Dianne M. Nast and Joseph F. Roda, of Lancaster, and Michael Gallucci, of Philadelphia. He had three brothers, Daniel N. husband of Kimberly, Joseph, and Joshua and one sister, Anastasia, all of Lancaster. Nast attended Haverford College and graduated from Cornell University in 1989, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, with a degree in history. He graduated from Cornell Law School with honors in 1992. Nast was law clerk to the Honorable D. Richard Eckman, President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. After his clerkship, Nast was an Assistant District Attorney in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania where he tried more than 60 cases. Nast then became an Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster County. After working at the Lancaster County District Attorney office, he worked for the attorney General of Pennsylvania. Nast went into private practice with the firm of Roda Nast, P.C., where he concentrated his practice on class actions and complex civil litigation, particularly antitrust litigation. In 2003, he was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer as one of the top lawyers in Pennsylvania under the age of 40. Nast was a prolific writer and many of his articles were published in local and national legal publications. Nast was active in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers and the Lancaster Bar Association; he was an editor of its publication, and was the vice-president of the Lancaster Bar Association. He was also active in Lancaster politics, and in 2003, was elected a Republican committeeman. In addition to diving, Nast enjoyed fishing, hunting, competitive cycling and long distance running. He successfully completed four marathons during his lifetime. He also participated in many races on Long Beach Island including the 18 mile Island run. He was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Please omit flower memorial contributions. Donations in Michael's memory may be sent to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Thoracic and Head & Neck Program at Johns Hopkins, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, Suite 1100, 401 North Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.
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