Bernard M. Hollander, retired U.S. Department of Justice attorney, dies

Bernard M. Hollander, retired U.S. Department of Justice attorney, dies
Bernard M. Hollander, died April 3 of congestive heart failure at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda. He was 100. (HANDOUT)

Bernard M. Hollander, the longest-serving attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, died of congestive heart failure April 3 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda. He was 100.

At the time of his retirement in 2008, when he was 92, Mr. Hollander had served under 11 presidents and 22 attorneys general, according to a son, Jonathan Hollander of New York City.


The son of Walter Hollander, co-founder of Maryland Pharmaceutical Co., and Rose Hollander, a homemaker, Bernard Moses Hollander was born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills.

He was a 1933 graduate of City College and received a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Haverford College. In 1938, he earned a master's degree in business from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Hollander enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was the commanding officer of two submarine chases in the Pacific Ocean. He participated in the amphibious assaults on the islands of Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Saipan.

After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, he earned his law degree on the GI Bill in 1949 from Harvard Law School.

He began his career with the Justice Department's Antitrust Division in 1949 and was the lead counsel in many of the division's landmark cases that targeted anti-competitive practices and monopolies in major industries.

Some of the civil and criminal antitrust cases that Mr. Hollander led in the U.S. Supreme Court included U.S. v. RCA in 1959, U.S. v. Times Mirror Co. in 1968 and U.S. v. Standard Oil Co. of California in 1973.

Mr. Hollander also led the government's antitrust case against CBS, NBC and ABC in the 1970s.

His work earned him the Justice Department's John Marshal Award for outstanding achievement and the Attorney General's Award for lifetime achievement.

"He was the longest-serving attorney, not just antitrust, in the history of the DOJ," said Jonathan Hollander.

Mr. Hollander served on the board of the Community Psychiatric Clinic in Montgomery County, which offers low-cost mental health services to the community.

A resident of Chevy Chase Village for more than 60 years, he vacationed in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard.

His wife of 60 years, the former Joan Wolman, a concert pianist, died in 2007.

At Mr. Hollander's request, there will be no services.

In addition to his son, Mr. Hollander is survived by another son, David Hollander of Newton, Mass.; a daughter, Ellie Hollander of Silver Spring; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Susan Rose Hollander Parker, died in 2014.


— Frederick N. Rasmussen