It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of William E. Rattner on March 16, 2019. Bill came to LCA in 1999 following a successful 38-year career in commercial litigation, and served as Executive Director from 1999 to 2014. He brought with him his passion for the arts, especially opera, and a drive to make a difference. Bill led the organization through a rough period and rapidly helped the organization regain its standing in the legal and arts communities.
Among Bill’s many accomplishments while at LCA was his Non-profit and Tax Exempt Workshop, which has run for more than 15 years, five times a year. The Workshop became a “must” for managers of many hundreds of start-up organizations, folks with great ideas but often little business experience. Bill helped them navigate the daunting application for non-profit status and provided valuable advice on how to run their businesses efficiently and with integrity.
The Staff and Boards of LCA, our many volunteer lawyers, and thousands of clients will remember Bill with great affection. He was a true original -- smart, perceptive, with a sharp sense of humor that was always good-hearted. We extend our deepest condolences to the Rattner family.
Obituary and funeral details are here. The Rattner family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lawyers for the Creative Arts.