John M. Harrington Jr.
In Memoriam (1921-2015)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired partner John M. “Mike” Harrington Jr., who died November 8.
Mike was a trusted mentor and friend to a generation of attorneys at Ropes & Gray. In addition to contributing greatly to the firm’s growing reputation in litigation, Mike was well-known and liked for his abundance of humor, warm personality and generosity of spirit.
Mike was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe as a captain in the Field Artillery of the U.S. Army. A graduate of the Roxbury Latin School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mike joined Ropes & Gray in 1950. He served from 1955-1957 as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts before returning to Ropes & Gray, where he served as chair of the litigation department and remained until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, the Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Judicial Conduct Commission. He also was a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.
Outside of the courtroom, Mike’s community commitments were numerous, including serving as a trustee of Roxbury Latin School, St. Sebastian’s Country Day School and Winchester Savings Bank. As a resident of Winchester, Mass., he served on the town’s Finance Committee, was a Town Meeting member and a trustee of the Winchester Public Library. He was a longtime member of the Nisi Prius Club, the Harvard Club of Boston and the Union Club of Boston, where he once served as president.
To read Mr. Harrington's obituary in The Boston Globe, click here.