Tribute To Robert G. Morvillo

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:36

The Editor interviews Elkan Abramowitz, Partner in the firm Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C., on the death of Robert G. Morvillo.

Editor: Please tell our readers about your long-term relationship with your law partner Robert Morvillo.

Abramowitz: He was my close friend for 45 years, longer than I’ve known my wife, and a partner for 32 years. Aside from a professional loss and a loss to us at the firm, his is a real personal loss to my family and me. We watched our kids grow up together, and our families were quite close.

In my view, Bob was a unique lawyer in the sense that he was not only a master strategist (his planning about how to handle a particular matter would dazzle you when he laid it out), but the execution of the plan was equally brilliant. Anyone upon knowing him would know immediately what he intended to say or his point of view – not like so many lawyers who couch their words in legalese! He combined a great intelligence and strategic sense with an ability to communicate and an ability to persuade that I think was unique.

Editor: I gather that he was a giant among lawyers, especially with the defense bar.

Abramowitz: He was also a giant when he was with the government. I met him my first day at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. When I was sworn in, I was assigned to him to work on an appeal, and from that moment on we really worked together professionally and appreciated each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and that is why I think we became such good partners to each other. In many respects, he  was not like me and I was not like him, but together we really worked well together in a number of areas, certainly in building the law firm. It was a great combination.