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Cravath’s Ex-Presiding Partner Dies

Posted Jan 29, 2010 7:49 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Robert Joffe, the lawyer who served as presiding partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1999 until 2006, has died of cancer.

Joffe was 66, the Am Law Daily reports. A Cravath lawyer for 42 years, Joffe was known for his expertise representing directors on corporate boards. After the financial crisis, he represented Fannie Mae, General Motors and Citigroup.

Joffe was proud of the time he spent on pro bono matters and encouraged other lawyers at the firm to do the same, the story says.

“By all accounts Joffe was as driven as any big firm partner routinely returning midnight e-mails at midnight,” the story says. “But his interests were wide and his friendships real. Over the years, opportunities to leave the firm arose, including the general counsel job at the newly formed Time Warner. But he turned them down. Why? ‘I love what I do,’ he said.”

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