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July 17, 2015

K. Robert Conrad, Co-Founder of Conrad O'Brien, Dies at 87

K. Robert Conrad, a founding member and former chairman of Conrad O'Brien, died Tuesday at the age of 87.


Conrad began his legal career at Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz, where he was a partner and member of the executive committee. 


He left to start Conrad O'Brien with his friend and colleague, Bill O'Brien, in the 1980s.
Conrad was a trial lawyer who specialized in complex litigation, including antitrust and construction matters, with a focus on scientific and technological issues, according to a release.


"Bob was a good friend who taught us all how to serve clients well and how to manage a law firm effectively," said Jim Rohn, current chairman of Conrad O'Brien, in a release.


Conrad mentored many lawyers throughout his career. He was known for his ability to simplify complex technical matters and his attention to detail in trial preparation, as well as his willingness to give young associates opportunities to participate in all aspects of his cases, a release said.


Conrad "was a wonderful lawyer who had so much talent and so much to offer" and "he always had time for everyone," said Louis C. Bechtle, former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a partner at Conrad O'Brien, in a release.


Conrad retired from the firm in the late 1990s.


He graduated from Penn State University and Yale Law School. He also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.


Conrad is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; two sons; and a grandson.


Contributions in his memory can be made to KenCrest Centers, 502 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 200, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, 19462. KenCrest serves more than 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism in three states.