Richard (Dick) Bruce Dannenberg died on July 20, 2018. He was 87. We join Dick’s wife Barbara and his entire family in mourning the loss of our founder, mentor and friend.
Dick was a graduate of Duke University – Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in 1952, and Yale University Law School in 1955. In 1968, Dick Dannenberg and Stephen Lowey founded the law firm Lowey Dannenberg, which for 50 years has specialized in complex business litigation, and our firm continues to proudly bear the names of our co-founders.
Dick was repeatedly praised by judges, colleagues and even adversaries for his skill, resourcefulness and ethics in representing shareholders in prominent complex securities class actions, including Deutschman v. Beneficial Corp. (3d Cir.), In re Oracle Securities Litigation (N.D. Cal.) and Cannon v. Texas Gulf Sulphur Company (S.D.N.Y.). Dick used his extensive experience as a litigator in his pro bono work. He volunteered as a Federal Court Mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, where he also acted as an advisor in Pace’s Securities Arbitration Clinic, and was on the Member Advisory Council for the Pace Investor Rights Project and the Pace Law School Investor Rights Advisory Council.
Dick created a legacy for this firm, both in how to practice law, and how to treat others. He took pride in mentoring younger lawyers, and he enriched our lives with his knowledge and sense of humor, which he shared freely for many years while at the helm of our firm. He was extremely generous in many ways, as evidenced by his charitable foundations, and by his willingness to share his time and deep knowledge of the law, as those who had the privilege to call him a mentor will attest. His abundant generosity and magnanimous spirit were sources of inspiration for the many lawyers who had the privilege of practicing law with him. His legacy at our firm will endure for many years to come.