Edward Lawrence "Larry" Hannaway, 70, of Haverford, a lawyer in Philadelphia for more than three decades, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, of complications from prostate cancer at the Quadrangle in Haverford.

Born in Manchester, N.H., he earned a bachelor of science degree from Villanova University in 1966. Mr. Hannaway was awarded a law degree with honor from George Washington University Law School in 1971.

He stayed on as a lecturer at George Washington and earned his master's degree in the areas of law and psychiatry in 1974.

Mr. Hannaway was qualified to argue before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He was a member of the Philadelphia and American Bar Associations, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Hannaway's first job outside law school was with the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington. He specialized in the regulation of interstate land sales and litigated a number of cases against sellers who falsified their registration statements or failed to make proper disclosures to prospective buyers.

Mr. Hannaway then became a trial lawyer with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. One of his cases took him to Guam and Hawaii, where he defended the Navy.

After his years working for the federal government, Mr. Hannaway wanted to try something a little different, so he returned to Philadelphia and joined the law firm of Kates, Livesey & Mazzacone before opening his own law firm in Philadelphia. The latter specialized in medical malpractice cases.

"He loved representing people who had been wronged," said his wife, Barbara Ann "Hazel" Hannaway.

Mr. Hannaway had a sharp intellect and was a formidable debater, his family said.

In private, he was a great tease and a wonderful companion. He shared his many sports interests with his family, encouraging his children to play tennis, basketball, and golf. He loved being with his family, listening to jazz, and tending his standard poodles.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Maria Madelyn Hannaway; a son, John "Jack" William Hannaway; two sisters; and a brother.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at the Church of the Redeemer, 230 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr. Burial is private.

Donations be made to Main Line Deputy Dog via www.mldd.org. The organization helps people with disabilities train their own dogs to be service animals.

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