Peacock Tales • Winter 2016


To Clients and Friends of the Firm

After 44 years of practicing law, 41 of which were with Peacock Keller & Ecker, LLP, I decided to retire.  It was a difficult decision.  My clients are also my friends and I am going to miss contact with each and every one of them.  

When I began practicing law with the firm before I went to the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, I was attorney #6.  Today, there are 18 attorneys.  I am proud to have worked with each and every one.  They are my friends and co-workers and I can trust each one to assist in representing my clients.  I will miss each of them.  

In particular, I will miss Chuck Keller who has been a mentor to me and at 92 years old, remains a wise and capable counselor to all of the firm.  His life is an inspiration to us all.

Finally the staff which numbers approximately 32 are an integral part of providing legal services.   Again, they too are close friends.  Most have been with the firm for many years, some almost as long as I have been.  We are truly a family.

The fact that the firm has been the largest local law firm in Washington County for many years and has been in existence for 90 years speaks for itself. 

As many of you know, history, music and involvement in the community are my interests.  I will continue until the end of my term to be on the Board of Directors of the Washington Symphony, to serve as the  President of the Washington Jazz Society, the Chairman of the Scouting for Food program in Washington County, a member of the Laurel Highlands Council Board of Directors of Boy Scouts of America and I will continue to be active in the Washington Rotary Club.  

My plan is to volunteer for the Washington County Historical Society, do some genealogy, be a part of a new mentor program currently being developed by Mary Jo Podgurski to help high school students graduate from Washington High School, continue working on my book on the history of jazz in Pittsburgh and spend time with my two grandchildren who are 13 months and 2-1/2 years old.  I’m sure all of these projects will keep me busy.

I hope I will continue to have contact with each of you and that in the words of the Irish blessing:  

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


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