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William Campbell Jr. Obituary
The lawyers and staff of DLA Piper mourn the loss of our partner, colleague and friend, William "Bill" J. Campbell Jr., who died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Chicago. He was, in many ways, the moral and ethical compass that guided so many of us. His leadership and service as our General Counsel and Professional Responsibility Partner were extraordinary. He was counsel and counselor to all who sought his advice regarding the responsibility and ethics of the legal profession. As a result, Bill was recognized not only throughout our firm but around the world in matters of professional responsibility. He practiced law for more than 40 years, concentrating his legal practice on complex commercial litigation, handling all aspects of cases before state and federal courts, including many jury trials. Before entering private practice, he also had a distinguished career in the US military's Judge Advocate General's Corps and served as an officer in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He subsequently served in the US Naval Reserve for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Chicago and University of Michigan Law School, Bill served on the faculty of numerous American Bar Association and continuing legal education programs, and spoke extensively about ethical issues for lawyers. This past June, the ABA awarded him with the 2013 Presidential Citation, which is given for noteworthy contributions to the legal profession and outstanding leadership qualities. Everyone who came into contact with Bill was impressed by his depth and breadth of knowledge, his emotional intelligence, his common sense, and his effectiveness. He helped make DLA Piper a great place, and helped us be better lawyers and people. He recognized that relationships, ethical and moral behavior and the mentoring of associates are what allow us all to thrive. Bill was intuitive, caring, extraordinarily smart, self-deprecating and loyal to the end. He always did the right thing and handled the most difficult situations with grace and truth. We will very much miss him. We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Published in Chicago Tribune from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013
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