Respected lawyer Joseph H. Flom dies

February 23, 2011 Joseph H. Flom, the respected corporate lawyer that helped to build Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom into a leading US law firm, has died of heart failure in New York at the age of 87.

Mr. Flom rose to prominence in the 1960s as an adviser in the high stakes practice of corporate mergers and acquisitions. The New York Times reports that other companies often hired his firm simply to ensure that Mr. Flom and his team could not oppose them.

“It is an understatement to say Joe was an individual without equal,” Eric J. Friedman, Skadden’s executive partner, said in a statement on Wednesday. “He was a most trusted adviser, beloved and respected partner and mentor, faithful friend and formidable adversary.”

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