Brown & James Founding Partner John L. McMullin Has Passed Away

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Brown & James, P.C. regrets to announce that John L. McMullin, one of the firm’s founding partners, passed away on March 24, 2016. He was 69.

Mr. McMullin was a beloved father, fiancé, grandfather, and step-father. He was an outstanding trial lawyer of unmatched abilities in the courtroom and a mentor to many.

Mr. McMullin was one of the six partners who founded the firm in December 1980, then known as Brown, James, Rabbitt, Whaley, McMullin & Pitzer. During his active practice, he was the firm’s senior trial lawyer for Illinois. He tried over 150 major civil jury trials to conclusion. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. McMullin was a professor of product and professional liability at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. McMullin was dedicated to his clients and committed to the success of the firm and its employees. He will be missed.

Memorial contributions in Mr. McMullin’s memory can be made to Tee It Up Cancer Research Foundation:

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