Donald Eli Lampert, 72 passed away Aug. 10, 2020, from a hemorrhagic stroke. He was the son of Ethel and Charles Lampert (both deceased). He is survived by his wife, Patty; and his son, Charles; along with many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends across the United States. Everyone who knew Donald will miss his love, wisdom, intelligence and humor.
Known by many as “The Professor,” he graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, Class 223 in 1965. He began his career teaching political science, and in 1986, Donald became an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation and related employment litigation. He joined Calfee as senior counsel from 1999 to 2020. His clients loved working with him, and they appreciated Donald’s ability to easily explain complex legal issues. He was inducted as a fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation in 2011 and was included in the Best Lawyers in America list in the area of workers’ compensation. Donald helped create the Workers’ Compensation Specialty Exam and was an academic adviser to the Ohio State Bar Association specialty board.
In addition to practicing law, he had a passion for teaching and was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for 28 years. He was awarded the Joan Gross ’76 Annual Fund Award for his continued leadership in alumni relations and development. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, his M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. from University of Pittsburgh. Donald was a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations.
He loved his family and friends, going to art museums, discussing politics, history, Philadelphia and Cleveland sports teams, classical music, Wagner operas and playing tennis. Two of his fondest memories were seeing the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl in 2018, and the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Championship in 2016 with his son, Charles.
Burial was private at Mayfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, or call at 216-456-8400. Donations made in Donald’s memory will support activities of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.