In this brief week I had reason to dig into his past visiting stories, lots of photos, testimonials, and video tapes of his retirement party. I have been with the firm such a short time but did get a chance to know him a bit. He was instrumental in helping me reveal bits and pieces of this 100 year old firm, and I made sure he was in attendance at firm-honoring events these last several months. He had incredible charisma and such a joyful outlook it was inspiring.
As large as he was in life he always preferred less attention than more... and his family wishes the same so his name will not appear here. But my advise for other law firms will;
- Hero's should always be a part of a firm culture. Don't let people forget the efforts and individuals that contributed to "us" being here today.
- Retired alumni are tremendous cheerleaders.
- Honor your firm hero's. It builds pride and esprit de corps.
- Let families of recently deceased alumni set the pace and tone of any public recognition. Their rights are far more important than anyone else's.
- Document the days and life's of people in your firm. In trying to look back it is often too late to gather the memories that really mattered.