White and Williams MP Cellucci Dies at 59
White and Williams managing partner Guy Cellucci died in his sleep early Saturday morning. He was 59 years old.
Cellucci took over as managing partner of the firm in November 2010 after spending more than a decade leading the 230-lawyer firm's litigation department.
The firm's nine-person executive committee, of which Cellucci was the chairman, met Saturday to discuss how the firm would operate moving forward.
Ken Gibb, White and Williams' executive director, will be the leader in charge of all administrative matters until a new chairperson can be named. That is the process as outlined in the firm's partnership agreement. A spokeswoman for the firm said the committee has agreed not to discuss firm matters in any more detail until after Cellucci's funeral.
"Guy was an outstanding leader and has left the firm in good working order," Gibb said in a statement. "We will continue with the leadership that Guy put in place and discuss next steps in the near future."
Cellucci started with White and Williams out of law school and recently celebrated his 34th anniversary, having spent his entire legal career at the firm. While he began his career practicing general commercial litigation, he quickly focused on insurance coverage cases, particularly those involving environmental liabilities.
Cellucci put himself through college working at the Breyers ice cream factory, the firm said. He was a 1976 graduate of St. Joseph's University and a 1979 graduate of Georgetown Law School. He became a partner at the firm in 1986 and in 1999 he became chair of the commercial litigation department.
"Notwithstanding his rise in leadership, Guy always had an open door," the firm said. "He would strategize on cases even if he was not involved in them and would mentor younger attorneys."
"He was always willing to discuss anything that was on someone's mind, personal or professional; he always made time," said Michael Olsan, chairman of the reinsurance practice group, in a statement.
Gibb said in an interview Monday that he handled the administrative side of running the firm while Cellucci handled the legal aspects. Cellucci was able to look at an issue from all angles and quickly come up with a solution.