Fried Frank partner Stuart Gelfond dies following battle with cancer

Gelfond joined Fried Frank in 1986 and spent his entire career there

TRD New York /
Sep.September 06, 2018 12:00 PM

Stuart Gelfond (Credit: Fried Frank)

Stuart Gelfond, partner at Fried Frank and co-head of the company’s capital markets practice, died on Thursday, August 30 at age 55 following a lengthy fight with cancer.

Gelfond spent his entire career with Fried Frank, joining the company in 1986 and getting promoted to partner in 1993 at age 30, according to Real Estate Weekly. He represented every major investment bank during his career and was well-known among his co-workers for writing “Gelfond Practice Memos” about how to improve as a lawyer and a person.

The memos had titles including “All I Really Need to Know to Practice Law I Learned as a First Year Associate” and “How to be the Mariano Rivera of Closing Deals.”

Gelfond’s family has requested that donations go to Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, where Gelfond went as a child. He later worked there as a counselor and board chair. [REW] – Eddie Small

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