David E. Kenty, 65, of Bryn Mawr, who retired in October 2010 as a partner in the tax and wealth-management department of the Philadelphia law firm Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, died of brain cancer Tuesday, May 17, at home.

Nicholas J. LePore, Schnader managing partner, said in a statement: "David was an incredibly talented attorney, a dedicated professional. . . . I know his spirit and counsel will truly be missed."

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Kenty graduated from Newark (Ohio) High School as the 1963 valedictorian.

His wife, Janice Asher, said he earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he won a William A. Galpin Award for General Excellence in College Work. Asher is clinical chief of women's health for the Student Health Service at the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1970, Mr. Kenty worked for the Boston law office of Bingham, Dana & Gould and for the Chicago law office of Winston & Strawn.

Mr. Kenty joined the Schnader firm as a partner in 1988.

BNA Tax & Accounting of Arlington, Va., publishes pamphlets that, a spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail, "primarily cover aspects of tax law and are written for an audience of attorneys." Mr. Kenty wrote two pamphlets for BNA: Section 403(b) Plans, with Jon C. Hughes, and Medical Plans - COBRA, HIPAA, HRAs, HSAs and Disability.

Mr. Kenty focused his pro bono work in the 1990s and 2000s on developing health-benefit plans for nonprofit organizations such as the Arch Street United Methodist Church and the Support Center for Child Advocates.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kenty is survived by his father, Calvin; daughters Joanna and Nora; and two sisters.

A memorial was set for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Bringhurst Funeral Home, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd.

Contact staff writer Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.