In Memoriam

Richard G. Mintz

Richard G. Mintz

September 26, 1921 – April 20, 2011

The Mintz Levin family mourns the loss of their colleague, friend, mentor, and partner Richard G. Mintz. The son of one of the founding partners of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC, Mr. Mintz will long be remembered as the "soul" of Mintz Levin, a man with a passion for people and life.

The eighth attorney hired by the firm then known as Mintz, Levin and Cohn, Mr. Mintz remained an active member of the firm until just weeks before his death. In 2008, he celebrated his 60th anniversary at the firm. Mr. Mintz practiced in the Real Estate, Private Client, and Corporate & Securities practices.

In a note to the firm informing employees of Mr. Mintz’s death, Chairman R. Robert Popeo said, "Richard enhanced the reputation of this firm by his consummate skills as an attorney, which earned for him the respect and admiration of his clients, colleagues, lawyers, judges, and the larger community in which he lived. His infectious enthusiasm for the law firm and his sincere and deep love for the people who comprised it, helped shape the identity of the firm and created a unique culture that will be his greatest legacy."

His infectious enthusiasm for the law firm and his sincere and deep love for the people who comprised it, helped shape the identity of the firm and created a unique culture that will be his greatest legacy.

— R. Robert Popeo, Chairman, Mintz Levin

Mr. Mintz was born in Boston in 1921. He attended Harvard College and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948. He served in the US Navy as a naval aviator during World War II.

Mr. Mintz took great pleasure in serving as a mentor to younger attorneys. He also took a deep personal interest in the lives of the people he worked with, including sending baby gifts to the homes of new parents at the firm.

"His consideration and concern for every individual knew no limitations. The gifts for newborn children, the lunches with new employees, the mentoring of young lawyers, and the counseling of those in distress were but a few of the quiet reflections of this great man," added Mr. Popeo.

His many community activities included the following:

  • James Jackson Putnam Center (Board and President)
  • American Jewish Committee (Boston Board and Chapter Chairman)
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (Lawyer Division Chair);
  • Newton Charter Commission (elected)
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Board)
  • Prince Building Condominium Trust (Board and President)
  • Vilna Shul – Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture (Board and President)
  • James D. St. Clair Court Education Project [Discovering Justice] (Board)
  • Kenneth B. Schwartz Center (Leadership Counsel)

Mr. Mintz is survived by his wife Evvajean, two daughters from a previous marriage, and a stepson and stepdaughter.