Sudden Death Of First Year Associate Shocks Biglaw Firm


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Sad news from Sidley. Over the weekend a first year associate unexpectedly passed away just a few months after starting full time at the firm.

Ralph C. Catalano joined Sidley in September 2019, where he worked in the Real Estate group in the New York office after previously working as a summer associate. Catalano got his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

According to an email sent to New York employees, Samir Gandhi, managing partner of the New York office, remembered Catalano as “a conscientious worker, valued member of the team and liked by everyone who knew him.”

The firm is making counselors available to employees, and they are encouraging folks to seek assistance in dealing with Catalano’s death.

Our thoughts go out to Catalano’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.


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