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Husch Blackwell Mourns the Passing of Stephen Cockerham



December 10, 2018
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Husch Blackwell's former Dallas Office Managing Partner was known for his devotion to pro bono work.

 It is with great sadness that Husch Blackwell reports the passing of Dallas partner Stephen Cockerham on December 7, 2018.

“Stephen will be fondly remembered by his colleagues at the firm for his positive demeanor and leadership,” said Husch Blackwell Chairman Greg Smith. “He played a key role in helping our firm establish itself in the Texas marketplace after our 2013 merger, and he was well known throughout the legal community for his selflessness and pro bono activity. We will miss him greatly.”

Cockerham joined the Dallas office of Brown McCarroll in 2010 as a partner, prior to that firm’s business combination with Husch Blackwell in 2013. Cockerham then served as Office Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell’s Dallas office from 2013 to 2016. He was a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources group and its Labor & Employment practice. An experienced litigator, Cockerham defended employers in federal and state courts, administrative law proceedings and labor arbitration hearings.

Cockerham devoted significant amounts of time each year to pro bono work. He was granted membership into the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College and in 2010 received the Pro Bono Excellence Award. He was a member of the board of directors and advisory boards for numerous community organizations, including City Square, Grace Place Properties, Ministerio Next Generation and Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Cockerham is survived by his wife, Kristi, and three daughters, Kate, Maggie and Emma.