It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of longtime Martindale-Hubbell leader Lou Duffy on Friday at his home in Annandale, NJ.
To those who knew him as a friend and colleague, Lou will be remembered most of all for his generosity of spirit and for the joy with which he began each and every day. He will be missed by us all.
For those of you who did not know Lou, he was a giant of our company and the industry – leaving a profound and undeniably positive impact on legal profession. His is a story worth repeating, and so as we remember Lou today and going forward, I wanted to share just some of that story with you.
Lou’s lifelong dedication to the legal profession began as a field sales representative for Martindale-Hubbell in 1956 and he steadily escalated through the ranks of the company, holding such positions as national sales manager until becoming vice president of sales in 1978.
In 1980, he was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing, and soon thereafter he was appointed as the Martindale-Hubbell delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA).
Lou also established the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Advisory Board in 1990. Later that year when Martindale-Hubbell was acquired by Reed International he relocated to England to establish the company’s first international headquarters. In 1993, Lou returned to New Providence where he continued his work in developing the international business, as well as working closely with the various worldwide bar associations, including the ABA and International Bar Association (IBA).
Retiring in 1998, Lou assumed a full time role as international consultant, working on special assignments while continuing to be the company’s delegate to the ABA and other International Bar associations worldwide.
In 2006 Lou’s lifelong interest in young lawyers across the world was recognized by the establishment of the Louis F. Duffy Scholarship by LexisNexis in partnership with the International Bar Association (IBA). The scholarship helps lawyers from developing countries who need financial assistance to study international law.
In 2010, the ABA honored Lou for his efforts on the issues of human rights and world peace throughout the world. In the long history of the ABA, Lou was first non-lawyer ever to be so honored by that organization. All involved knew that this was a very special moment for a very special person.
Thank you Lou for all the people whose lives you touched and for the difference you made in our company, in our profession and in our world.
Arrangements as follows: Countryside Funeral Home, 724 Route 202 North, Three Bridges, N.J. 08887 on Tuesday, April 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 20, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 20, beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, N.J.