Sidney M. Perlstadt

Chicago, IL

Sidney M. Perlstadt was born May 9, 1907, and died February 14, 2004.

"My dad was one of the first tax lawyers specializing in pensions. He was born in 1907 in Warsaw, Poland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1916, and became a citizen in 1920. He received a PhB from the University of Chicago in 1928. During the 1930’s he was a revenue agent for the Bureau of Taxation (the predecessor of the IRS), became a CPA in 1934 and received his J.D. from De Paul University Law School in 1942. In 1944, he went to work for the Sonnenschein law firm in Chicago and later became a partner. Dad practiced law until he was 89 years old. He was active in the Chicago Bar Association for many years and was chair of its pension committee for over a decade. He was a member of the Illinois Public Employees Pension Laws Commission from 1973-84. He was also trustee of the Industrial Areas Foundation for many years. Dad was chosen to be a Charter Emeritus member of the ACEBC and after he died in 2004, one of the two ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competitions was named for him – the Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award. Dad was known as “Mr. Pension” among the Chicago pension bar.

Susan P. Serota