Brian John Pollock
1973 - 2020
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Brian John Pollock

Brian John Pollock, 47, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020, following a more than five-year battle with ALS (a/k/a Lou Gehrig's Disease). Brian was born in 1973 in Davenport, Iowa, to Dr. Perry and Janet Pollock, who went on to provide Brian with invaluable guidance and support throughout his life. Brian grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1995, he moved to Tucson to attend law school at the University of Arizona. It was there that Brian met the love of his life, Jennifer Garcia. Brian and Jennifer married in 2000 and later had two sons, Zach and Sam. Following law school, Brian had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Robert C. Broomfield of the United States District Court in Phoenix, a wonderful boss, and mentor who taught him much about how one should act as a lawyer. After the clerkship, Brian went to work at the Phoenix office of Lewis and Roca, where he remained until 2018 when he could no longer work. Brian is forever thankful for the mentorship, friendship, and help provided by his colleagues at Lewis and Roca throughout his entire career at the firm, but particularly during the last few years while he struggled with ALS. Away from work, Brian was an active member of various committees of the State Bar of Arizona. His favorite "hobby," however, was spending time with his wife and sons, including on vacations and at his sons' baseball games. Their love and presence helped keep Brian going during difficult times. Brian is survived by his wife, sons, parents, sister Laura (Ken) Arvesen, brothers Mark (Jessica) and John, five nieces and nephews, Anja, Ingrid, Willow, Gehrig, and Jasper, and many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Clem and Irene Pollock and Albin and Geralda Bries. A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held in Phoenix at a later date to be announced due to the Coronavirus. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Arizona Chapter of the ALS Association (, a wonderful organization that provides assistance to those and their families suffering through this disease. Please visit for online condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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March 26, 2021
Your illness and passing sadden me. You were a wonderful man, and I will always be grateful for your able representation when I found myself entangled in a distressing lawsuit. You were the consummate professional and gentleman, a star whose pleasant demeanor belied a fine intelligence, never flaunted.

I wish you and your loved ones peace.

Gary Fry
Gary Fry
December 18, 2020
This world has lost a remarkable and wonderful soul. Blessings upon him, Jennie, their sons and all of Brian's family. Brian was a bright spot in life and we are grateful for having known him.
October 17, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 11, 2020
To the Pollock Family,

Brian and I started our first day of work together after both completing clerkships. I did not get to know him that well as I only stayed at the firm for about 3 years, but I know he was very well respected and well liked, and was always very pleasant to me. I also do Committee work for the State Bar of Arizona and at our Committee meeting last week several members spoke about Brian and his legal knowledge and passion for the work he did. They all said he was a tremendous attorney. My deepest sympathies go out to you all. And may you find comfort in knowing Brian will always be in your hearts and he made quite a impactful impression amongst his colleagues in Arizona. Prayers to you all. Jessica
Jessica Fotinos
October 9, 2020
Dr. and Janet Pollock, My heart felt condolences go out to you and your family as I read about the the loss of your son Brian. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your entire family and give you all strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Love, Denise Argyle, Trisha Argyle and Tiffany Peterson
Denise Argyle
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