A friend of mine retired on Friday. A friend, an opposing counsel, a reasonable and zealous advocate. I was a part of his last hearing on Friday morning. He was, as he has always been — gentle and kind and persuasive.
When I started practicing, he was one of the lawyers I faced. Many opponents saw me for what I was — new and naive. They leveraged that against me. But he never did. He played his role, but never did so by also turning the thumb screw on me. And for that I have always respected him.
If we had an award to recognize such qualities, it would be his. I am unaware of any. And so I honor him here.