In Memoriam: Barry T. Harlan Honoring a Lifetime of Giving!


May 2017

By Laurence Kaldor, President of the VCLF

THE VALLEY COMMUNITY LEGAL FOUNDATION mourns the loss of one of its greatest friends, members and supporters, Barry T Harlan.

Barry was not only loved and respected by all who knew him, he was a giant in his field, with an estimable reputation that echoed far beyond his family and inner circle colleagues. Barry’s friends knew him to be an extremely community-minded and vastly generous individual.

The Board of the VCLF will always remember how he actively fostered the VCLF’s prosperity, allowing it to continue its mission of service to the legal needsof the youth and the less fortunate of the San Fernando Valley. Barry’s achievements speak for themselves. Admitted to the California Bar in 1968, he rose to become a name partner and Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall and Harlan. He played a pivotal role in the leading published case in California on post-nuptial agreements, entitled In re Marriage of Burkle (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 712.

Throughout his life, he was recognized for his consummate skill. Honored as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the past 13 years, Barry was also named one of Southern
California’s Top 100 attorneys every year since 2013. A State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist, he was named one of the top 25 lawyers in the San Fernando Valley by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and one of the Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, as published in both the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Barry was also honored for his civic efforts, including recognition from the Van Nuys court for his work in organizing and scheduling attorneys to preside in family law mediation cases and presentation of the Stanley Lintz Award for outstanding professional and community service presented by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. He was also instrumental in spearheading the creation of the children’s waiting rooms in the San Fernando and Van Nuys courthouses. Soon after his passing and with the blessing of the Harlan family, the VCLF unanimously and enthusiastically created the Barry T. Harlan Fund to provide financial support to grants and scholarships that were near to Barry’s heart.

If you wish to make a donation to the Barry T. Harlan Fund, please visit, and either make your payment directly into the Barry T. Harlan Fund or into the General Fund, with a notation at the end of the online donation process. Or you can always pay with a check made payable to the VCLF and mail it to 5567 Reseda Blvd., Suite 200, Tarzana, CA 91356, and write “Barry T. Harlan Fund” anywhere on the check. Thank you for your support and helping us to make a difference in our community.