Schnader Mourns the Loss of Retired Partner Robert L. Kendall, Jr.On August 26, 2014 by Schnader in News
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is saddened to announce the death of retired partner Robert L. Kendall, Jr., who passed away on August 20. Mr. Kendall began his career with the firm in 1956, joining the partnership in 1966. He retired in 1996 after 40 years of service. He was a mentor for many of our attorneys and a role model for all.
When announcing his retirement, Mr. Kendall said, “I have been privileged to be associated with many wonderful people in this firm. I cherish every one of my friendships here and every minute of those 40 years.” At Mr. Kendall’s retirement, then-chairman Dennis R. Suplee noted, “Much of Bob’s work has been for UPS. It is fair to say that Bob has played a significant role in every matter of importance that the firm has handled for UPS over the last four decades. It is not too much to say that, like others here and at UPS, he can claim a share of the credit for the company’s enormous success during that time.”
On the occasion of his retirement, Mr. Kendall was given a lifetime achievement award by the CEO of United Parcel Service for his decades of extraordinary service to the company. It remains the only occasion on which the award was given to anyone other than a high-level employee of UPS.
Mr. Kendall was active in firm management as a long time member of the executive committee. As a partner in the firm’s litigation department, his practice focused on government regulation of business. He conducted proceedings before federal and state regulatory agencies involving acquisition of licenses and operating rights, changes in authorized rates and services, price control, and allegations of anticompetitive conduct.
Mr. Kendall was admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeals: for the Second and Third Circuits, the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Postal Rate Commission.
Mr. Kendall served as a lecturer on antitrust laws at Temple University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
He was a member of the board of directors for the Mann Music Center, Settlement Music School, and St. Christopher’s Church (Episcopal), in Gladwyne, Pa. In addition, Mr. Kendall was involved with the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and Society of Values in Higher Education.
During his time at Schnader, he resided in Gladwyne, Pa. and enjoyed music, public affairs, skiing, golfing, sailing, and gardening.
Mr. Kendall received his A.B. cum laude, from Harvard University in 1952. He received his J.D. cum laude, in 1955 from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. In 1956, he attended Oxford University, earning a Diploma in Law.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 226 Righter’s Mill Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to either the Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., Philadelphia PA 19147 or Parkinson’s Action Network, 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1120, Washington, DC 20005.