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Former Hunton & Williams executive committee chairman dies

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Hugh V. White Jr., former executive committee chairman at Richmond-based Hunton & Williams LLP, died Monday at the age of 79.

“We remember Hugh as a special person who played a pivotal role in the growth and development of the firm, while also treating each person with great respect and kindness,” said the firm’s Managing Partner Wally Martinez. “The firm is saddened at this tremendous loss. Hugh will be greatly missed.”

Mr. White, who retired from active practice in 1999, was a member of the executive committee for more than 20 years.

During his tenure as executive committee chairman from 1986 to 1994, Hunton & Williams grew from 350 lawyers to nearly 500.

It also became an international firm, opening offices in Brussels, Hong Kong and Warsaw.

Under Mr. White’s leadership, the firm also opened its Church Hill pro-bono office to assist low-income people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer for their legal problems.

Mr. White was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University School of Law.


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