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McCarter & English Chairman Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Posted Jul 27, 2009 12:26 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Andrew Berry, the 69-year-old chairman of McCarter & English, died Friday while at his vacation home in Maine.

Berry helped expand McCarter & English into a “regional powerhouse” and “played a significant, if often anonymous, role in the rebirth of Newark,” the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. The cause was apparently a heart attack, according to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Berry, started his legal career as an associate at McCarter & English after his graduation from Harvard Law School, according to a law firm press release. He was a trial and appellate litigator and also participated in domestic and international arbitrations. He was ranked No. 1 in Chambers USA 2009 for commercial litigation and insurance litigation.

As chairman, Berry expanded the law firm’s commitment to pro bono, opened new offices and doubled the size of the firm, according to the press release and the Star-Ledger. Outside the firm, he was active in civic affairs.

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