In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name and date of birth and death (where available) of attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Gaynor Bloom at gbloom@cobar.org.


Christian K. Johnson
December 11, 1935–May 27, 2016


John Edward Reilly
June 3, 1931–May 2, 2016


John Edward Reilly

John Edward Reilly, “Jack” to his friends, passed away on May 2, 2016 at the age of 84. He was born on June 3, 1931 in Waukegan, Illinois. He received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the University of Denver. He was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and returned to Denver to practice in the field that he loved: patent law. He was the most intelligent person that I have ever met and showed a dedication to his clients that had no bounds. If a client needed criminal representation, he would spend hours searching for the best attorney for his client.

He served on numerous committees over the years, was a mentor to many patent attorneys in town, loved to play golf, and was always excited when a new golf invention would cross his desk. It was an honor for me to have been able to work with him for almost 16 years. He valued the relationships of those working with him, as evidenced by his loyal paralegal, Mary, who worked with him for 40 years. His favorite phrase—“I know there is a case out there that says . . . ”—usually turned out to be correct. His keen sense of humor, prodigious memory, integrity, and love of learning are the qualities that I will always remember about him. He was the best father, law partner, and friend. I sure do miss him.

—Submitted by Ellen Reilly

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