A graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., he majored in the Special Program in International Affairs (SPIA). He participated in Whig-Clio and the Pre-Law Society and was a member of Prospect Club, where he served as treasurer.
After two years in the Army he attended Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, and became a member of the New York Bar in 1959. He then joined the firm of Szold, Brandwen, Meyers, Blumberg and Altman — later known as Szold and Brandwen — where he became a partner in 1968 after a four-year stint in the civil division of the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.
In 1966 Al married Dorothy Cone, a manager of classical musicians, especially opera. They lived near Lincoln Center and spent summers on Cape Cod, where Al loved playing tennis, kayaking, and attending concerts and lectures. Retiring in 2007, they spent winters in Naples, Fla., where Al was a member of the Princeton Club of Southwest Florida, and enjoyed summers at the Cape in addition to frequent visits to New York.