Lawrence Randolph Bailey, the First African-American Equity Partner at Eckert Seamans, Dies


Lawrence R. Bailey Jr.

Lawrence Randolph Bailey Jr., the first African-American attorney to become an equity partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, died May 2 in Westchester at the age of 68.

Bailey, the son of two attorneys, Cora T. Walker and Lawrence R. Bailey Sr., was born in 1949 in Harlem. His mother was one of the first female African-American attorneys to practice law in the state of New York.

After Bailey Jr. graduated from New York University School of Law, he went into partnership with his mother, forming the Walker and Bailey Law Firm in Harlem. Despite its success, the firm resisted any suggestion that it move out of Harlem, the family said in a statement.

After his mother’s death, Bailey became a partner at Hodgson Russ…

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