Steven Dranoff, 68, Center City lawyer

StevenM. Dranoff
StevenM. Dranoff
Posted: January 24, 2012

Steven M. Dranoff, 68, of Society Hill, a personal-injury and civil-litigation lawyer, died Sunday, Jan. 22, of colon cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

For more than a decade, Mr. Dranoff headed Dranoff Associates in Center City.

Over the years, by word of mouth, he became well-known as a lawyer in the Asian community and represented Korean, Vietnamese, and Cambodian clients, his wife, Carol Epstein Dranoff, said.

Through his practice, he and his wife had several Asian friends. They attended a friend's wedding in Vietnam and were planning a trip to China and South Korea with Korean friends, she said.

"He was very soft-spoken, treated people with great respect, and was very family-oriented," his wife said.

Mr. Dranoff grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. As a teenager, he became an Eagle Scout and was on the football team at Northeast High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1964. He earned a law degree from Temple in 1968 and was on the Law Review.

After graduating, he was a lawyer with Oscar Spivack and then was a partner with Barry Shaw. Later, he and Paul Perlstein formed Dranoff-Perlstein Associates. In the 1980s, they were among the first law firms to advertise, including with clever custom phone numbers and with bus ads.

Mr. Dranoff and his wife met at her 18th birthday party and married in 1964. They shared a love of Philadelphia sports teams and travel, including car trips with friends through small towns in Italy and France.

He played tennis in the summer at their home in Brigantine, N.J., and enjoyed playing baseball with his grandsons, she said.

Besides his wife, Mr. Dranoff is survived by sons Jonathan and Peter; a brother, Carl; and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be at noon Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Memorial Chapel, 6410 N. Broad St. Burial will be in Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown.


Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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