Attorney Ronald Konecky dies at 80
Represented TV news clients including Cronkite, Walters
Ronald Konecky, an attorney who represented some of the biggest names in the TV news business, died Thursday in New York. He was 80.
Konecky's clients included Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt, Roone Arledge, Morley Safer, Stone Phillips, Barbara Walters, Harry Smith, Don Ohlmeyer, Roger Goodman and Rick Kaplan. He also represented Frank Gifford, Alec Baldwin, Budd Schulberg, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Konecky served on the boards of the American Theatre Wing and the New Dramatists with his wife, Isobel Robins-Konecky, a Tony-nominated producer.
Konecky was counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz for the past 25 years.
In 1962, he co-founded Hardee Barovick Konecky and Braun, an entertainment law firm with more than 200 lawyers and offices in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, Calif.
A graduate of the University of Arizona and Harvard University, Konecky began his legal career at MCA Artists, the most prominent entertainment talent agency in the U.S. and Europe at that time.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, ABC News producer Jennifer Konecky Wheelock; his son-in-law Bob Wheelock; and two grandsons.
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