Obituaries

Death of Reed Smith Practice Leader Struck by Train Ruled a Suicide


A senior partner at Reed Smith committed suicide last week, dying of multiple injuries after being struck by a commuter train in Chicago.

Stewart Dolin was a corporate and securities partner who headed practice groups both at Reed Smith and, before it merged with Reed Smith, at Sachnoff and Weaver, reports the Chicago Tribune. He was 57 years old.

A resident of suburban Glencoe, Dolin began practice in 1977 after graduating from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and joined the Sachnoff firm in 1989. It merged with Reed Smith three years ago.

The chair of Sachnoff’s business department, Dolin headed the United States corporate and securities practice at Reed Smith. As it grew, he shared management duties with a Philadelphia partner of the Pittsburgh-based global law firm, Paul Jaskot.

“Stu Dolin was a close personal friend, valued colleague and a great leader in our firm,” said Mike LoVallo, managing partner of the Chicago office, in a statement provided to the ABA Journal. “His energy and spirit benefited everyone around him. Stu’s death is a profound loss to all of us personally and to Reed Smith.”

Dolin is survived by his wife, Wendy, and two children. The Tribune article provides details about his funeral, which is to take place Sunday morning in the Chicago suburbs.

Dolin was struck by a CTA train at a Blue Line station in the downtown Chicago Loop at about 1:45 p.m. on July 15, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about 2:30 p.m., reports the Pioneer Press. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled his death a suicide.

As an Above the Law post about Dolin’s death notes, the American Bar Association has lawyer assistance programs for those who are struggling with life challenges.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal: “A Death in the Office”

ABAJournal.com: “How Lawyers Can Help Depressed Colleagues”

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