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William J. Marsden, Jr.

William J. Marsden, Jr. was the kind of lawyer all lawyers strive to be: a zealous advocate and yet a courteous and respectful opponent; a hard worker who believed and taught that family must come first; the man who stepped forward to be accountable when things did not go well, and who was content to stay back and ensure others got credit for the many victories in which he played so great a part. He was a mentor and friend to many, and is sorely missed.

After graduating from Haverford in 1978, William decided to pursue a career in the law. The University of North Carolina (Class of 1983) gave him an excellent foundation and paved the way for him to land his first job as a lawyer, where he focused on intellectual property law. His natural curiosity and desire to persevere made him well suited to handle the most complex cases. William often mentioned how much he liked the challenge—in particular, the intersection of science and law. He enjoyed it, and thrived at it.

In 1999 William was ready for a new horizon – one where he could try his hand at a national practice. He had worked with, and earned the respect of, attorneys at Fish & Richardson. William opened Fish’s Delaware office as its only attorney and one of three employees. In the eighteen years that followed, William expanded that office to employ dozens of attorneys and staff. His colleagues will always remember the example he set. He was the epitome of all that is fine in the American lawyer.

Please read William’s obituary here.