San Francisco trial attorney and recent author Allan Littman died Dec. 20 at his home in Marin County. He was 81.
Littman spent 42 years at what was then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, where he ran his own litigation group, trying cases for clients that included the motion picture studios, International Harvester and UPS. He developed a specialty in cases involving accountants, and was chief trial counsel for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of San Francisco in investigating what would be known as the Lincoln Savings & Loan scandal. Earlier this year Littman published The Fraud Triangle, which examines why instances of corporate fraud weren't caught by auditors.
In 2002, he became of counsel at Bartko, Zankel, Tarrant & Miller, where he continued to practice until recently and where he participated in Grafton Partners v. Superior Court (PricewaterhouseCoopers), the state Supreme Court case that established that pretrial jury waiver agreements aren't enforceable in California.
Littman was born in England in 1929 but moved to the United States during World War II. He later attended Harvard Law School, where he met and married Caroline, his wife of 59 years, before graduating cum laude.
He is survived by Caroline, his sons Jeremy, Jonathan and Peter, and eight grandchildren.
A memorial in his honor will be held on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Legal Community Against Violence, 268 Bush St., Suite 555, San Francisco, CA 94104.