R. Gerald Markle

R. Gerald Markle (1950-2004)

We offer our respect and condolences to the family and friends of R. Gerald Markle who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on June 23, 2004 after a long, courageous and intelligently waged battle. Jerry was a family man with two lovely daughters, the lively spouse of our director of public policy Ellen Pansky, a wry humorist and a man of singular accomplishment.

R. Gerald “Jerry” Markle, preeminent legal ethics expert and litigator, died at home in South Pasadena on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 after a remarkable 27 month survival from diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Markle advised and represented many of California’s most prominent lawyers and law firms during the past 15 of his 27 years in practice.

1989, Markle and his wife, Ellen A. Pansky, opened a boutique law firm emphasizing the defense of legal malpractice matters and State Bar disciplinary cases. Markle defended several hundreds of attorneys in disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, as well as successfully recovering a number of seven-figure plaintiff’s legal malpractice settlements. He was generally recognized as one of the most effective disciplinary defense counsel in the state.

Markle also served for years as a member and also co-president of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, and long supported the schools in his community.

Markle received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972. He attended University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law), graduating 14th in his class of 219, and receiving his J.D. cum laude in 1976.

He was an avid sports fan, and played many sports including novice ice hockey, golf and softball (even while wearing a portable chemo infusion pump); he owned one of the first pairs of rollerblades ever seen in the San Gabriel Valley, occasionally stopping traffic as he skated on surface streets.

Markle is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ellen, his two daughters Angela and Valerie, his brother John “Larry” Markle of Cave Creek, AZ, and many other close relatives.

Memorial services were held on June 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.PanCAN.org (Panceatric Cancer Action Network) or www.pancreatica.org (Cancer Patients Alliance).

For more information on Jerry’s professional life please click here.

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