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His response: “Better you than me.” That was classic James—warm and
with an easy laugh.
James took the quote from The Taming of the Shrew to heart: “Do as adversaries
do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.” In fact, one
day James and another lawyer worked on opposite sides of a file through to
3 p.m. without taking lunch. The other lawyer was too tired to even go to
her office to get her purse, so, after having strived mightily, James bought
her lunch as well.
Another lawyer recounts that James also had a keen appreciation for
music. James kept up to date with wonderful musical artists with great big
voices like Adele and Pink. We often wondered how he could be so current.
James finally revealed that it was his daughters who kept him current in
He spoke often and so fondly of his family—they were his inspiration,
and they kept him firmly grounded. From this strong foundation he was
able to rise to the challenges of his work life with the kind and generous
approach we will always remember.
James was a consummate lawyer and a wonderful friend. His death left
a huge void in his family and almost as large a void with his many friends.
The large turnout at the memorial service was a testament to a life well
lived. James will be deeply missed by all of us.
SB, PB, RMQ, KF, OV, KH, MF
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