NEW YORK — April 19 — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP announces with great sadness the death of longtime partner Morris Kramer, a cornerstone of the firm's M&A practice for more than 40 years. Mr. Kramer died last night, at the age of 71.
Mr. Kramer joined our M&A department in 1972 and soon became known as one of the "Fab Four," the new generation of legal strategists at Skadden. He was a principal player in the development of the modern takeover era. Mr. Kramer helped the firm to capture a large share of this new market, working on many of our defining takeovers. A strong advocate for the globalization of our practice, Mr. Kramer also helped launch our London office.
"Morris was a brilliant tactician," said Executive Partner Eric J. Friedman. "As one of the 'Young Turks' who helped guide the firm beginning in the 1970s, he played an essential role in Skadden's development as a top international law firm."
Over his four-plus decades at the firm, Mr. Kramer represented clients such as Allied Signal, Inc., ALLTEL Corporation, American General Corporation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Prudential plc and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. He advised many investment banks in the development of their M&A practices, including most notably First Boston (now Credit Suisse).
Mr. Kramer grew up in Brooklyn and attended Dartmouth College ('63) and Harvard Law School ('66). He served on the board of American General. His many honors include repeated selection as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Mr. Kramer is survived by his sons, Jeremy and Oliver; daughter-in-law, Kaye; and grandchildren, Jules, Maxime and Oscar.