(1928 - 1985)
Melvin Block graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1950 and worked as a lawyer for 35 years. Prior to going into private practice, Mel was a police judge and prosecuting attorney in the village of Massapequa Park, NY. In 1966, he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the Advisory Committee on Products Liability. He was named President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association in 1972 and served in that post for two years. Mel wrote several books on litigation including The Art of Summation and Medical Malpractice.
Also in 1966, after handling a couple of cases where children were horribly injured by dynamite blasting caps, Mel testified before the U.S. House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce asking that it amend the then present Federal Hazardous Substances Labeling Act to include adequate labeling and design of dynamite blasting caps under the child safety bill.
Mel died in 1985 of a heart attack at 57 years of age.