Sad news from Southern California. Robie & Matthai name partner James Robie died Sunday while making a certification dive near Catalina island. He was 61.
Robie practiced complex litigation and had served as chairman of the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association for 2009-10. He also was a longtime board member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Southern California.
"For those of us who had the absolute privilege to work with Jim, and to be considered among his friends, it's almost impossible to sum up what he meant to us," said Robie & Matthai partner Kyle Kveton. "Jim was a brilliant and fearless trial lawyer, who taught us you could be successful while still maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethics. He impressed upon young lawyers the importance of making a commitment to serve the community and our bar associations. He was also one of the most decent, generous, and sociable persons you could ever meet. Above all else, Jim loved and adored his wife and his son and daughter."