Remembering Daniel Rezneck


On February 23, the DC legal community lost a legend. Daniel Rezneck, former senior assistant attorney general for the District Columbia and third president of the DC Bar Foundation, passed away on February 23 at age 85.

In addition to his illustrious career, Dan was a longtime Foundation leader, donor, and volunteer. Dan served on the Board of Directors at the Foundation’s inception, and later served as Board President in 1980 and from 1994 – 1996. Since then, Dan continued to serve on the Past Presidents’ Council and as a volunteer for our Call to Action campaign. A longtime generous donor, Dan became a founding member and Chair of the 77 Society in 2017. Dan was also the fourth president of the DC Bar from 1975 - 1976.

Phil Horton, DC Bar Foundation Board Member and longtime colleague of Dan at Arnold & Porter, had this to say about his old friend and mentor: “Dan was truly one of a kind. He combined a penetrating intelligence and an almost fanatical attention to detail with a quirky, absent-minded professor persona that made working with him both a professional adventure and a personal delight. His devotion both to his clients in private practice and to public service — as general counsel to the DC Control Board, as DC Bar President, as a lawyer with the DC Attorney General’s office, and as a founder, president, and devoted supporter of the DC Bar Foundation — taught me all I really need to know about how to live a full life in the law. So many of DC’s poor who have been helped by the Foundation’s support that he made possible found justice because of him. They may never have heard his name, but, like me and his many friends and colleagues, they will forever be in his debt.”

Dan’s family has generously listed the DC Bar Foundation as one of three organizations that people may donate to in Dan’s memory. If you would like to make a gift, you can do so at this link.