Robert O Lampl

  • Died: February 7, 2022
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert O Lampl (72) died February 7, 2022. Robert O was born November 29, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Mary Ann (Herron) and Richard Lampl. Robert O graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an Industrial Engineering Degree (taking a break to enlist in the Marine Reserves). He was a proud Marine and used the term "Semper Fi" with many of his colleagues, clients and friends. Robert O later earned a Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Although he lived most of his childhood life in Squirrel Hill, his fondest childhood memories are from his summers at his Uncle Ross' farm in the Mon Valley. Robert O lived for his work and family, both of whom were sacred to him. Robert O raised his two sons after the untimely death of his beloved wife, Leslie Alberts Lampl. Those who knew him well knew that he was a loyal friend who was thoughtful, kind and generous to a fault which belied his tough, stoic outward appearance. Other than an occasional movie and dinner, he could be found in his office doing research or at a family event enjoying his grandchildren. Robert O was an exceptional attorney, a rain man, a brilliant strategist and a legal scholar who had an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and history. He could read a case, commit it to memory and orate all facts to the Court. He always strived to make a deal with his opposition and was largely successful in both state and federal practice in many types of litigation. He was especially proud to have been a part of the inception of the Bankruptcy Court as we know it today following the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, which brought about a great deal of change, including replacing referees with bankruptcy judges, and required the creation of new rules and procedures. Robert O participated in several rules committees and was influential in the development of the rules and procedures in local practice today. He was an iconic, legendary "Lion of the Bankruptcy Bar". He, along with a select few, worked with each other, often on opposing sides, to mold the local bankruptcy system. Although he is most known for his fierce advocacy as a debtors' attorney, he prided himself on beginning his career as both a creditors' attorney and debtors' attorney as, at that time, such divisions were simply undefined. For the next forty or so years, he practiced law in his own passionate, though perhaps somewhat unorthodox, way and regularly obtained positive results even in the most complex scenarios. To put it simply, he loved the law with all of its facets. He represented many large Debtors, including Mesta Machine Company, Brownsville Hospital, Pittsburgh
Brewing, Monsour Medical Center, Ceda Mills, Inc., and Max and Erma's. Robert O was intensely involved and influential in the legal community in Western Pennsylvania and was a force of nature. He will be fondly remembered as a great mentor to many young attorneys over his storied career and will be deeply missed within the legal community and beyond. He is remembered as a statesman and warrior for the people who always had a soft spot for the underdog. Robert O was truly one-of-a-kind!

Robert O is survived by his fiancé Jeannine Schemm; five children: Michelle A. Apessos (Craig), Elsie R. Lampl (Ben Huber) (daughters of Helen R. Przywarty), Ross C. Lampl, Sy O. Lampl (sons of Leslie A. Alberts, deceased), Chase R. Schemm (Alyssa), Haley Schemm Hores (Matthew) (children of Jeannine Schemm); grandchildren: Corinne Bringe, Ella Bringe, Ada Huber, Maggie Huber, Carly Huber; and Siblings: Patti (Gary) Holupka, Tommy (Lisa) Lampl, Joni Lampl Roche (Mike) and Edward (Valerie) Lampl. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, and their families. Friends welcome FRIDAY 2-8 PM & SATURDAY 12-4:00 PM and Blessing Service SATURDAY 4:00 PM, WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Rd, Scott Twp 15220. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. Semper Fi.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Not possible to put all my memories in this little box

Those that move to the forefront do however have Leslie standing directly
in front of ROL and me "calmly explaining" why ROL'S venture into Arabian racehorses and the purchase of all new conference room furniture while she was away was causing her a bit of angst.

The ensuing 9 day IRS audit (probably triggered by the nags and the law library donation to the Jail) calmed thigs down!

Posted by Tom Lindahl - N. Braddock, PA - Coworker   February 11, 2022

Robert was a brilliant man with unwavering dedication to those around him. He will always be my favorite adversary and a dear friend. You will be missed brother.


Posted by Mike Roeschenthaler - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   February 11, 2022

Great guy..Will be missed.

Posted by El Fox - Friend   February 10, 2022

Semper Fi Marine. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. R.I.P.

Posted by Brother Marine, McKeesport, Pa.    February 10, 2022

May God bless you and your family with this very difficult unexpected loss. Robert was truly a one of a kind amazing attorney with whom I was blessed to have come to know. God’s speed Robert❤

Posted by Lynn Katekovich - Acquaintance   February 09, 2022