Testament for Richard S. Gresalfi

By Scott Partridge 
December 30, 2010

Rich was my co-counsel in a case many years ago in which we each represented significant players in the personal computer business.  We travelled to Sweden together on this case, and enjoyed a devilishly cold couple of days there developing some key evidence, with Rich convincing me to venture out into that weather to enjoy a meal, a beer and a walk around town.  I would have rather stayed in, but it never took Rich long to convince anyone of anything, especially when it involved enjoying life, sharing lighter moments, and laughing over the silly things we and others regularly do in living each day.  We maintained our friendship from the moment we first met in that case until his passing a few months ago.  He remained quick to invite me to join him and others in his firm for social occasions, and his passion for his work and knowledge of how to put a case together made him a stellar lawyer.  He successfully pursued a couple of angles as to which I was skeptical, and it turned out he was right.  I appreciated all of this in him, but especially the human kindness that was ever present in his interactions with me and others.

When he was considering the role of managing partner of his firm, we talked on the phone.  I asked him why he would want the administrative burdens and potential political challenges that that role was likely to require, particularly when those burdens and challenges would likely reduce the amount of time he could spend practicing the law he loved.  His answer was pretty simple - "he wasn't quite sure but it felt right - in his heart not his head it felt like this was his role to play at his firm at that particular time."  And so

he did.  When we talked periodically thereafter on the phone about the new challenges in our business, how he was facing those challenges and the progress he had made dealing with some tough decisions as managing partner, he remained ever optimistic, confident and enthusiastic.  He did not look back.  He owned it.   

I really admired Rich for what he took on at a young age, and how he successfully managed his practice and his firm, while still making his wife, family and friendships his first priority in life.  If he ever wrote a book about being a balanced man, I would be among the first to buy and read it.  He was a unique, gracious, bright and loving person whose contributions endure in the hearts and memories of many, and certainly in mine.  I too miss his presence, but will carry his spirit with me.  My thoughts and prayers to Jayne and his family as you too miss his presence but carry his spirit with you every day. 

With warmest sympathies and wishes for strength and understanding in the time ahead,

Scott Partridge - Friend/Colleague