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Irwin R. Brownstein (November 4, 1930 – March 24, 1996) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
He was born on November 4, 1930, in New York City. He attended the public schools in Brooklyn. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1950, and from Brooklyn Law School in 1953. He was admitted to the bar in 1953, and practiced law in New York City.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 16th D.) from 1960 to 1963, sitting in the 172nd, 173rd and 174th New York State Legislatures. He resigned his seat in 1963 to run for the State Senate seat vacated by Frank J. Pino.
In November 1968, he was elected to the New York Supreme Court. In June 1973, he was one of the three party designees for Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals who were defeated by challenger Jacob D. Fuchsberg in the Democratic primary. In February 1979, Brownstein's son, aged 16, died in a fire while staying with friends over the week-end in Salisbury, Vermont. Brownstein resigned from the bench in 1980, and resumed his private practice instead, specialising in matrimonial and real estate law.
- New York Red Book (1963–1964; pg. 152)
- The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (Vol. 10; pg. 1854)
- Five Democrats Will Vie In Primary for Chief Judge in the New York Times on March 13, 1973 (subscription required)
- Chief-Judge Nomination Is Won by Fuchsberg in the New York Times on June 22, 1973 (subscription required)
- Justice Brownstein's Son Killed As Fire Sweeps Inn in Vermont in the New York Times on February 20, 1979 (subscription required)
- I. R. Brownstein, 65, Critic of the Judiciary in the New York Times on March 31, 1996