Milton Pollack, 97, who was appointed a federal judge by President Lyndon B. Johnson and oversaw many notable corporate corruption cases, died Aug. 13 at a hospital in New York of complications from surgery.
Judge Pollack had served as a judge for the Southern District of New York since 1967.
One of his most prominent cases involved Drexel Burnham Lambert's bankruptcy, which encompassed claims against the company and several of its executives, including Michael Milken. Judge Pollack ultimately approved a settlement of more than $1 billion in that case. The amount was later reduced.
In 1975, he sentenced Jane Alpert, a member of the militant Weather Underground group, to 27 months in prison for conspiring to bomb a federal building in New York during the Vietnam War and then jumping bail.
He was still working as late as last year, when in October he tossed out eight lawsuits that sought to hold Merrill Lynch & Co. responsible for investor losses during the Internet stock bubble.
Judge Pollack grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Columbia University's law school in 1929.
He worked as a lawyer in private practice for 23 years before becoming a judge.