Tribute to Charles Cannon

Vol. 16 No. 1


Haynes and Boone, LLP

Charles Cannon - remarkable scholar, sought after counselor and peacemaker, loving father and husband, dedicated partner and friend passed away on December 3, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

His life is distinguished by notable accomplishments in academia, having graduated from prestigious Yale Law School and Yale Divinity School, and in his numerous writings and law and mediation practices, giving his readers and his clients the benefits of his thoughtful analysis of issues through his wit, wisdom and experience. His life is distinguished by a unique ability to connect to people and effectively bring their problems to resolution. Charles had a giving spirit, exemplified in volunteering to teach young children the game of golf, his many pro-bono mediation activities and as an organ donor. His life is distinguished by love and loyalty as husband to Gayle Cannon and father and grandfather to children and grandchildren, who clearly returned that love.

One of the endearing memories I have is seeing Charles and Gayle, married for over 34 years and having practiced law together for almost as many, coming to ABA Forum events, always together, united in growing their business and firmly invested in each other’s professional success . As a former partner of Charles, I remember fondly how much I enjoyed dining out with Charles and clients-he was a “ foodie” and truly a wine expert, admired for his ability to select the very best in food and wine, making each event seem like it was customized just for the guests.

Charles always had a ready hand to shake, was competitive but always professional, and was witty to a fault, soothing others with humor and his calm, but clear thoughts, whenever he was asked to help.

Charles passed away on a beautiful day while playing golf with his best friends at his side. At his service, I was impressed by the consistent theme that was in some way reassuring - Charles ‘ family, friends and colleagues knew so well how much he loved and cared for them and those special relationships will carry on.

Joyce Mazero, December 19, 2012


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