John Mark Vine


John Mark Vine, of Washington, passed away on Dec. 2. He was 77. John grew up in Trenton, N.J., and graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School. He came to Washington to clerk for Judge Arnold Raum on the U.S. Tax Court and spent the remainder of his legal career at Covington & Burling, where he was instrumental in shaping important aspects of the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) following its passage in 1974. He represented some of Covington’s largest and most significant clients before both houses of Congress, the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as in numerous seminal cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. He published and spoke widely about his book, “A Parkinson’s Primer.”
John was the beloved husband of Joanna Vine; devoted father of David and Adam (Ana Muñiz) Vine and Brian and Todd Levin; and loving brother of Hugh (Lydia) Vine and Ed (Ellen Singer-Vine) Vine and friend to many. Donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.

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