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Chuck Berry was a client of mine for more than 20 years. It was a privilege to represent him.

His death marks the end of an era. Chuck Berry was the inspiration for musicians for generations and will continue to be known as the founder of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In 1990 he called my office looking for an attorney to handle some lawsuits for him. He was referred to me by an attorney in San Francisco by the name of Melvin Belli. He, too, was a legend. He was as innovative in the legal field as Chuck Berry was in the musical world. I first met Melvin Belli when I spoke at a conference of what was the the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Melvin asked me to speak at his annual seminars.

When Chuck Berry got involved in a few high-profile lawsuits he went to San Francisco to see Melvin Belli. Melvin suggested that since the cases were in St. Charles County that Chuck use me as his attorney. It started a long attorney-client relationship. It also started a friendship. He was very good to me and we had some great times together.

Chuck Berry’s funeral was quite an event. I was honored to be asked to speak at the funeral. You can see my remarks here on Youtube.

There we more than 1,000 people at the funeral. Joe Edwards of Blueberry Hill was there, of course.

He wore a bright red sequined shirt similar to those worn by Chuck Berry on stage during his performances.

We will most likely not see another person like Chuck Berry in the music world for a long time. He changed the course of music history and the direction of a lot of lives. From the Beatles to the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen his music will live on for a long time.

Farewell, Chuck Berry. Rest in peace.