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The National Law Journal: ‘A Lion of the Law’: O’Melveny’s Walter Dellinger III, Former Acting US Solicitor General, Dead at 80

February 16, 2022

O’Melveny partner and former US Solicitor General during the Clinton administration Walter Dellinger has passed away at the age of 80. “To say he was a ‘living legend’ doesn’t begin to capture the greatness of his intellect, heart and spirit,” O’Melveny chair Brad Butwin said. “In both government service and private practice, Walter’s commitment to social justice and equality was unmatched. He was a giant in the law—as a practitioner, a scholar, a counselor and a statesman—and his legal accomplishments will endure for generations.” Butwin continued, “There is a remarkably long list of lawyers in academia, in government, in business, at law firms, at nonprofits, and on the bench who Walter helped to find their place. As he mentored scores of young lawyers—including many of America’s great jurists—he also took the time to weigh in on many of the most pressing issues facing our society. We take comfort from knowing how much he loved our firm and the enduring impact he had on all of us. We are all better off for his wisdom, kindness, and contributions.”

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