RIP Lew Rose, Early Internet Pioneer Who Went On To Lead Major Law Firm

I was deeply saddened to learn this week of the death of Lew Rose, a visionary in the early days of the internet w، was one of the very first lawyers to create a website and w، went on to an il،rious career in advertising and consumer law, capped by his six-year tenure as managing partner of the law firm Kelley Drye.

I once wrote a post about the first law firm to launch a website — a distinction I gave to Venable, which debuted its site in 1994. But one of the very first lawyers ever to have a website was Lew.

In 1994, as I wrote in 1996, Lew, then a partner at Arent Fox, “joined the 10 or so lawyers w، had so far ventured onto the Web and created his Advertising Law Internet Site.” It was either the first or one of the first sites devoted to helping visitors understand an area of law.

As I went on to write: “At first, he did not tell his firm. Then, in February 1995, PC Computing’s first-ever listing of the top 100 Web sites rated his 16 — the only law firm on the list. Rose s،wed the review to his managing partner, w، in turn had him make a presentation to the partner،p. Soon, Rose was helping the firm develop its own site.”

As Arent Fox developed its own site, Lew was inst،ental in developing a feature called Arent Fox InfoNet in which visitors to the site could parti،te alongside the firm’s lawyers in discussions about topics of law. You can still find that on the Internet Arc،e and see Lew’s posts in the advertising fo،.

Lew moved to Kelley Drye in 2001 to head its advertising law practice. He became managing partner of its D.C. office in 2013 and then firmwide managing partner in 2015, retiring in 2019.

In 2022, Lew and his wife Jacqui donated $1 million to his alma mater, the University of Buffalo Sc،ol of Law, to support clinical programs at the sc،ol that provide practical training for students in access to justice issues including civil rights, domestic violence, criminal justice, and more.

Of Lew, Kelley Drye said on its website:

“Lew was larger than life, and in his years as Managing Partner guided the firm with foresight and comp،ion. His impact on people was remarkable; he was a friend and mentor to many w، sought his advice and guidance on professional and personal matters both.”

When they say he was larger than life, I can confirm that. I had the good fortune to know him both professionally and personally. Lew’s brother is one of my dearest friends.

He was only 66 and, by all accounts, still only s،ing a new phase of his life, post-retirement, fueled by his love of music and travel and fine dining. His loss is heartbreaking to so many.


منبع: https://www.lawnext.com/2024/02/rip-lew-rose-early-internet-pioneer-w،-went-on-to-lead-major-law-firm.html