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Schnader Mourns the Loss of Retired Partner and Friend Albert Momjian

On July 29, 2016 by Schnader in News

Schnader is saddened to announce the passing of retired partner Albert Momjian on July 11, 2016. Widely known as a giant of Pennsylvania family law, Momjian practiced law for more than 50 years, retiring in 2012.


“Albert’s dedication to his craft, his clients, and his colleagues was unsurpassed.  He worked from early in the morning until late at night to ensure that every client benefitted from his personal attention and every lawyer working with him was mentored to follow in his footsteps,” said Schnader Chairman David Smith.


Momjian served as Honorary Consul to the Republic of Haiti for nearly four decades. In 2010, following a massive earthquake that crippled Haiti, he helped local Haitians obtain passports to visit their relatives back home. He also arranged for the shipment of tents and medical supplies to Haiti.


His pro bono work focused on Armenian organizations. He was involved with the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Assembly of America in Washington, D.C., and the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He also was a tireless advocate for animal rights.


A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Momjian received many honors, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a prolific writer, authoring Pennsylvania Family Law, a treatise often cited by appellate courts. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University.


Momjian is survived by his wife, Esther; sons Mark and Thomas; daughter Carol Momjian Hanamirian; five grandchildren and brother, Set, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Momjian’s three children are all lawyers. In fact, Momjian collaborated with his son Mark to write Pennsylvania Family Law Annotated.


Momjian is remembered in this obituary in The Philadelphia Inquirer, this article in The Philadelphia Business Journal, and in this article in The Legal Intelligencer.

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