NEW YORK – February 11, 2012 – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP announces with great sadness the death of partner Roger S. Aaron, who passed away today following an illness. He was 69 years old.
Mr. Aaron joined Skadden as a summer associate in 1967 and returned as a full-time associate in 1968. He was promoted to partner in 1975 and rapidly became one of the protégés groomed by Joe Flom to succeed him in leading the firm. Mr. Aaron served as the head of the firm's corporate practice for more than two decades and held leadership positions on numerous firm management committees.
"Skadden would not have become the firm that it is today without Roger. He helped shape our culture and was tremendously dedicated to both his clients and the firm, playing a vital role in our global development," said Executive Partner Eric J. Friedman.
Over the years, Mr. Aaron led many of the most significant corporate transactions for the world's largest corporations, including XTO Energy, Compaq Computer, General Motors, Mobil Oil, Univision, U.S. Steel, Daimler and Alcatel.
Mr. Aaron graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1964 and received an MBA with high distinction from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1965. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1968. He has been recognized as a top attorney by such publications as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and International Financial Law Review 1000. Who's Who Legal called Mr. Aaron the "dean of the Bar."
In addition to his leadership role at the firm and in his field, Mr. Aaron was an active supporter, fundraiser and contributor to his alma maters Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. He served on the boards of directors of the American Jewish Committee, the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the Legal Aid Society, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, and Teach for America.
Mr. Aaron is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginny), sons Peter and Todd, mother Phyllis, sister Carolyn, daughter-in-law Jessica and grandsons Nate and Will.