March 14, 2018

Remembering Dennis Belcher

By Dana G. Fitzsimons Jr.

On April 28, I woke to the dreadful news that Dennis Belcher had died unexpectedly the day before. His enormous personal presence and professional accomplishments are well known, and he was deeply important to a lot of people. Over the years, Dennis was my supervisor, mentor, teacher, colleague, partner, protector, advocate, debate opponent, father-figure, co-defendant (a long story and a treasured memory from one of our fights against a scoundrel), a Bessemer Trust board member, and a friend, but I always referred to him simply as “Boss.” Dennis had strong feelings about the practice of law that he relayed to the young lawyers who worked for him in meaningful and colorful ways. When you worked for him, you worked hard and you learned.

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