Larry Pivnick was born in 1947 and grew up in a small close knit, working class neighborhood called Midwood, in Brooklyn N.Y. The grandson of immigrants, who came to the U.S. in search of religious freedom, and the son of high school educated parents who grew up during the depression and served their country during World War II, Larry, and his twin brother Bill, attended public elementary, high schools, and colleges. During the summers while attending high school and college, Larry worked for 4 years as an elevator operator and door man, a well paid union job, to help pay for college. Upon graduation, Larry was a social studies teacher in the N.Y.C. public schools before enrolling at the University of Florida Law School, and worked as a part time teacher while he earned an advanced law degree focusing on trade regulations and consumer protection, from N.Y.U.
Larry engaged in the private civil practice of law in Memphis in 1972 as an associate of the Armstrong Allen law firm and later as a partner with Mike Adler and Leonard Hackell, with law offices in Memphis and Millington.
From 1976 until 2014, Larry was a full time University of Memphis law professor, attaining tenure and the rank of full professor in 1983. Larry served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for 6 years, and for 15 years served as the founder and faculty director of the University of Memphis’ General Litigation, Child Advocacy, Elder Law, and Domestic Violence Legal Clinic programs, which provided free legal services for clients of all ages who were not able to afford and/or obtain legal services. Larry also directed the Law School’s Trial Advocacy program and coached the University of Memphis’ award winning Mock Trial Teams from 1990 to 2000. Larry served as the UM Faculty Senate’s President in the 2011/-2012 academic year, and from 2012 to 2014, served as the University of Memphis Faculty Ombudsman. In 2014, Larry was honored with the title of Emeritus Professor of Law for his accomplishments.
Since 1981,Larry Pivnick has contributed to the legal profession by annually authoring books titled Tennessee Circuit Court Practice, and Tennessee General Sessions Court Civil Practice, the latter being a guide for new attorneys and persons appearing in General Sessions courts without an attorney.
Since retiring from the University of Memphis, Larry Pivnick has been active, serving on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee and its Steering Committee, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) serving on its Immigration and Intercultural Equity Task Force, and serving on the Boards of University of Memphis Association of Retirees and Memphis Choral Arts. Larry was appointed by Mayor Lee Harris in 2019 to serve on the Shelby County Work Release Board.
Larry Pivnick’s wife of 37 years is Dr. Eniko Karman Pivnick, a pediatrician/ geneticist and professor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Larry and Eniko have two daughters, Hajnal, who is a professional violinist living in NYC, and Lilla who is working towards a PhD in Sociology at UT-Austin. Larry is a member of Beth Sholom Synagogue.