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“Sure, Glad to Help”

A few days ago, I learned that a colleague passed away. I met this man, many years my senior, maybe a year or two into my solo practice.  Though we were on opposite sides of a deal, he offered thoughtful pointers whenever it would not affect his client.

Not long after, I attended a real estate law seminar he taught. When it was over, he beckoned me to come and talk to him. “When you need the voice of experience, call me,” he said.  So I did on at least a half-dozen occasions. He never turned down a request, and he always provided helpful insight and thoughtful guidance.

As I gained experience, I stopped calling. So I was delighted to have another deal with him, perhaps not as equals, but certainly as colleagues.  After the closing, we walked together to the parking lot.  When we reached his car, he extended his hand and said, “Good, good work! Goodbye.”  I beamed the entire drive back to the office!

I waved to him each time I saw him at an Academy of Law seminar, but we never had a chance to talk or work together again.  Belatedly, I’m taking this opportunity to say to Adolph Siegel, “Good, good work! Goodbye.”

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