My friend and mentor, JIm Conlon, passed away at his home in Missouri, on December 10, 2011. When I first began to practice law in 1978 at Bower & Gardner, I was assigned to assist, Jim, a former assistant district attorney in Westchester County, on virtually every “Conlon file” in the office during my four year tenure at the firm.
What I learned from Jim during those years was never imparted to me in law school or anywhere else. First, Jim was an incredibly hardworking lawyer and it was a matter of principle with Jim that any junior working for him should work just as hard. I truly believe that Jim deemed hard work good for one’s soul. A part of his intensity lingers inside me 30 years later.