Roscoe Trimmier, Jr.
In Memoriam (1944-2015)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired partner Roscoe Trimmier, Jr., who died July 30.
Mr. Trimmier was a distinguished trial lawyer who prevailed in numerous matters of lasting significance, a pioneer who became Ropes & Gray’s first African-American partner, and a mentor to countless young attorneys at the firm.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Trimmier joined Ropes & Gray in 1974 and remained with the firm until his retirement in 2009. In addition to serving as chair of the litigation department, Mr. Trimmier was also the head of the environmental practice group and a member of the hiring committee and the associates committee. He was an accomplished trial lawyer involved in a variety of litigation matters for corporate clients, utilities, high-technology entities and governmental authorities in state and federal courts. In addition, Mr. Trimmier was an early leader in diversity efforts that have now garnered a reputation for the firm as among the most inclusive, welcoming workplaces in the country.
Mr. Trimmier was honored with many awards during his career, including The Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and vice chair of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and was a member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Boston Bar Association, among others.