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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our respected colleague and dear friend Gerald “Jerry” Penner on January 21, 2010. A partner in the Corporate Practice in Chicago, Jerry was a brilliant lawyer, truly devoted to his clients and to all the young attorneys for whom he served as a mentor.

He will be remembered for his greatest gifts—his integrity and generous nature. As the conscience of our firm for many years, he was a leader in the drive for diversity and always stood for what was right over what was easy or expedient.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Jerry’s family. A memorial service celebrating Jerry's life will be held on Sunday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rubloff-Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago. The family will be setting up a scholarship fund at the Pathways Center.