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Steven Murray Barna


It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Steven Murray Barna on March 31st in Los Angeles, California.

Steve was born in New Jersey on December 27, 1943 and while ultimately a transplant to southern California was at heart a New Yorker where he spent most of his life and professional career as a partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz.

Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara Robbins, whom he loved deeply and who was his true life partner enjoying adventures together and with their extended family. Steve was a devoted father, grandfather, sibling, and uncle as well as a friend to countless others, who all relished in his droll sense of humor and loving curmudgeonly disposition. He was a baseball aficionado, and always bemoaned the departure of his Brooklyn Dodgers, while humorously enduring the mediocrity of the predominately under-performing Mets and the travails of the Yankees. Steve played tennis – eventually – both the hard courts of LA and via the Nintendo Wii™, with his grandchildren, where he was a fierce competitor.

Steve was a very successful attorney known for his analytic mind and great writing skills. But mostly he was known for the person he was: kind, considerate, caring and generous. And despite his outward success he was humble and was respected and admired by all who were fortunate enough to call him a friend. He will be missed always.

In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, the family will hold a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, April 18th at 1 PM est at Kensico cemetery (, which is located at 273 Lakeview Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595. Attendees are asked to congregate at the office and will proceed together to the gravesite.