Bakers pays tribute to former London chief Russell Lewin

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  • RIP Russell, what a lovely man he was, so kind and always had time for people. Sad loss to his wife and children. God bless.

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  • I was an associate at Baker & McKenzie from 1977 till 1984, and worked with Russell on several matters from his first day at the firm as a trainee in 1981 until my departure three years later. Not only was he an excellent lawyer who had no difficulty in grasping difficult points, but he was a pleasure to work with. I know that he will be sorely missed by his many friends, clients and colleagues around the world.

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  • I worked with Russell for many years at B&M. He was exactly as Michael Hart describes - a delightful, larger than life character who was a natural leader and great fun too. Russell had great instincts and was an intuitive leader.
    I was with him on 7/7 when London transport was bombed. Russell did not go home early - he stayed and hosted a B&M marketing conference not just because he was always an exceptional host but because he wanted to make a personal statement of defiance against terrorism. During the course of that evening he predicted that Londoners would recall the Blitz and stand quietly unbowed. Russell personified that principled stand.

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  • Poor guy. To die at 51 is such a waste. Lets hope he lived (and enjoyed) a full life. When you read articles like this it puts everything into perspective.

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  • I was lucky enough to have learned from and to have worked with Russell and I suspect like many who did, I counted him as a friend, confident and guru. If my reaction to this untimely news is anything to go by his loss will be felt deeply by all. He will be remembered as a kind and generous soul who will remain in some way a part of all our lives.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

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  • I was updating my CV, trying to remember B&M's address, when I came across the sad news.

    I was a "mature" candidate just coming out in the mid-90s London gay scene - not long after the Chicago office had famously been rocked by a major sexual harassment suit, when Russell interviewed me for a highly coveted training contract.

    Against all advice about joking in interview, when asked, "why B&M?" I responded with a crack that I'd heard they'd had a few vacancies in Chicago.

    Russell laughed - and I got the job.

    Bless him for giving an over-aged smart-arsed lesbian a break.

    Sincere condolences to his family and his colleagues.

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