In memory of Edward Wood "Jack" Dunham: July 9, 1953 - May 1, 2015

May 5, 2015

Wiggin and Dana is deeply saddened to report the loss of our partner, colleague and cherished friend Jack Dunham, who passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015, following a battle with a long-term illness. He leaves behind a loving wife, Betsey, and four children.

Jack was a nationally recognized trial lawyer who practiced at Wiggin and Dana for 35 years. He held many leadership positions at the firm, including Chair of the firm's Executive Committee from 2002 to 2006 and Chair of the firm's Litigation Department from 2009 to 2012. He played a critical role in the firm's growth and expansion and helped develop several prominent practice areas, including the firm's franchise and class action practices.

"Jack had a sharp mind and an especially engaging personality," comments Bob Benjamin, Chair of the firm's Executive Committee. "His character and contributions have been indelibly woven into the fabric of the firm, as many of our partners were trained and mentored by Jack. Simply put, Wiggin and Dana would not be the firm it is today without Jack's many contributions. He was a great lawyer, but more importantly, a great guy. We will miss him."

Jack represented businesses in a wide range of complex litigation, including class actions, antitrust, patent and trademark infringement, trade secrets, product recall and employment discrimination disputes. He also defended hospitals and physicians in numerous medical malpractice cases involving complex medical issues and large damage claims.

Jack had a national reputation in the franchise area. Chambers USA ranked him as one of the ten leading franchise lawyers in the United States and also as one of Connecticut's top commercial litigators, describing him as a "gentleman, genius and extraordinary trial lawyer." Jack served as Chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising from August 2007 to July 2009 and was also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Before starting at Wiggin and Dana in 1979, Jack was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

Jack graduated from Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in history and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Note & Comment Editor of the Law Review.